Regardless if you hate him or love him, in 2014 and for the foreseeable future, the Dallas Cowboys belong too quarterback Tony Romo. Last season, the Cowboys Owner and General Manager Jerry Jones made the point by signing him to a six-year 108 million dollar contract. He stressed the point this year by picking up new Cowboys guard Zack Martin over flashy quarterback Johnny Manziel.
Now, we don’t know the real story, maybe Jerry wanted Manziel or wanted to trade down, but in the end he went with a player that is mainly there to protect the quarterback. The offensive line became a bigger issue when Romo went down towards the end of the season, despite vast improvements on the o-line. Romo’s health and age are now starting to catch up with him.
At 34, Romo is now going to try to lead this team with the worse defense in football on a bad back that has now been operated on twice in the last calendar year. Well he survive the season? Former Cowboys Troy Aikman, whose own back problems ended his career, has had concerns for the Cowboys quarterback. Other experts have been concerned as well and don’t know if that back will hold up throughout the rest of the season.
The front-office is clearly ignoring all the warnings and believes that Romo is in the prime of his career. A lot of that optimism is from the idea that since Romo has not played as much early in his career and that he could play much longer than a normal player could. Cowboys Vice President Stephen Jones believes he will be ready by training camp. Who are you going to believe?
While I personally think that Romo could still play great and get this team far, I don’t believe that he is in his prime. Back surgeries are a very serious injury and the back controls a lot of your leg power. If that goes out, you can kiss your career over. Also, there are too many holes on the defense to help this team get over the hump of mediocrity, even with a healthy quarterback.
In the end, Cowboys fans have to hope that the surgeries aren’t too serious, because Jones has too much invested in this quarterback. To trade or release him would be a devastating blow to the cap and ruin any future the Cowboys are trying to create.
If the back can stay healthy and the front-office continues the philosophy of getting younger and cheaper, this team could get in the playoff and compete. The key words there are staying HEALTHY!
So pray for Romo and hope he does well fans. Love it or hate it, he is the last legitimate ray of hope for the foreseeable future.