The Dallas Cowboys Must Ask Tony Romo To Do Less

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Dec 29, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) throws a pass in the first quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

How It All Played Out For Tony Romo in 2003

Without an Internet search, do you recall the quarterbacks taken before Tony Romo in the 2003 NFL Draft? Go ahead. Guess.

Here you go.

The 2003 NFL Quarterback class:

  1. Carson Palmer | 1st Round, 1st Pick | Cincinnati Bengals
  2. Byron Leftwich | 1st Round, 7th Pick | Jacksonville Jaguars
  3. Kyle Boller | 1st Round, 19th Pick | Baltimore Ravens
  4. Rex Grossman | 1st Round, 22nd Pick | Chicago Bears
  5. Dave Ragone | 3rd Round, 24th Pick | Houston Texans
  6. Chris Simms | 3rd Round, 33rd Pick | Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  7. Seneca Wallace | 4th Round, 13th Pick | Seattle Seahawks
  8. Brian St. Pierre | 5th Round, 28th Pick | Pittsburgh Steelers
  9. Drew Henson | 6th Round, 19th Pick | Houston Texans
  10. Brooks Bollinger | 6th Round, 27th Pick | New York Jets
  11. Kliff Kingsbury | 6th Round, 28th Pick | New England Patriots
  12. Gibran Hamdan |7th Round, 18th Pick | Washington Redskins
  13. Ken Dorsey | 7th Round, 27th Pick | San Francisco 49ers

What is Tony Romo worth to you? A 1st-round choice? Maybe a 3rd rounder?

Remember: Tony Romo signed as an undrafted free agent. The Cowboys spent $12,000 to sign the quarterback out of Eastern Illinois.

Here is how the Cowboys drafted in 2003:

Dec 29, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Terence Newman (23) against the Baltimore Ravens at Paul Brown Stadium. Bengals defeated the Ravens 34-17. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

  1. Terence Newman | 1st Round, 5th Pick | Kansas St. | CB
  2. Al Johnson | 2nd Round, 6th Pick | Wisconsin | C
  3. Jason Witten | 3rd Round, 69th Pick | Tennessee | TE
  4. Bradie James | 4th Round, 6th Pick | LSU | OLB
  5. B.J. Tucker | 6th Round, 5th Pick | Wisconsin | CB
  6. Zuriel Smith | 6th Round, 13th Pick | Hampton | WR
  7. Justin Bates | 7th Round, 5th Pick | Colorado | OT
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  • Earl Robertson

    Be nice if Garrett would read this article! Why they won’t run the ball is beyond my imagination!!

    • Old Frog

      I think it was lack of faith in th O line, whether it be Callahan or Romo checking out of the run at the line of scrimmage, particularly on 3rd down. Hopefully drafting a premier guard will fix that.

  • PaulTX

    Something I have noticed about Romo is that he is not disciplined in the pocket. Often he needs to step up in the pocket, and in doing so, his OL can protect him. Instead, he starts scrambling and sure he might dodge a tackler, but he also throws interceptions and gets sacked. If you watch film, you will see what I mean. Tony often scrambles for no reason.

    • Earl Robertson

      I’m not sure about this because I didn’t pay that much attention to that but if it is true it might be because the inside protection has been so bad for a few seasons that he might got in a habit of not stepping up

      • PaulTX

        Romo has always done this. Maybe it is because of bad protection. I think the Flozell Adams, Marc Colombo, Leonard Davis, Andre Gurode line-up from 2007-2009 was a solid group, and he was doing it then too.

        • Old Frog

          I agree. Romo loved being compared to Brett Favre and it might have gone to his head.

  • SmartThinking

    Do less rather than more? I think Romo’s age and physical condition will make that happen long before his brain decides it’s true. All the more reason for him to move the ball around — more to Murray on the ground — more to his TE’s and WR’s as well. It isn’t like he doesn’t have a decent complement of tools.

    If he holds onto the ball as long as he has in the past, it can only lead to a bad outcome either by injury or outright losses. Playing with stealth is the key.

  • brian basile

    I have been saying this for years…Wonder why people bash on him for “choking” so often it is because he seems to be put in that position EVERY WEEK!!!! Fact of the matter is, he has won a lot more games that they should of lost than other way around…Last year they were 4-3 when scoring 30+…rest of NFL is winning them games at a 90% clip….