Dec 22, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) warms up before the game against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

America's Favorite QB Barks: The Wolf of Tony Romo

Instead of replacing Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback Tony Romo with Johnny Manziel, Jerry Jones and company reassured him that he was the head honcho in Dallas.

The team also padded Romo with protection by selecting offensive lineman Zack Martin with the 16th pick.

Tony Romo’s thoughts on the Cowboys selecting Johnny Manziel with the 16th pick?

Calvin Watkins of ESPN reports that Stephen Jones discussed the rumors with Romo prior to the NFL Draft. In an interview with SirusXM Radio, Jones said Tony Romo had this to say about the team drafting Johnny Manizel:

“Well if you decide to, it ain’t going to matter, there’s not anybody out there that can beat me out.”

The Dallas Cowboys took the comment seriously: not one quarterback was selected with any of the nine draft picks.

Notable Quarterbacks Drafted in 2014:

  • Johnny Manizel | 1st Round Pick
  • Derek Carr | 2nd Round Pick
  • Jimmy Garoppolo | 2nd Round Pick
  • Aaron Murray | 5th Round Pick
  • AJ McCarron | 5th Round Pick
  • Zach Mettenberger | 6th Round Pick


We’ve seen Tony Romo the playboy. The guy who took a detour to Mexico with his best friend (Jason Witten) and celebrity girlfriend (Jessica Simpson) in 2008 just before a divisional playoff showdown against the New York Giants.

Dec 22, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) watches from the bench against the Washington Redskins in the fourth quarter at FedEx Field. The Cowboys won 24-23. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

We’ve seen Tony Romo the golfer.

We’ve seen Tony Romo’s resolve questioned after he made this statement:

“If something in sports is the worst thing that ever happens to you, you’ve lived a pretty good life.”

Dec 9, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) walks off the field after losing to the Dallas Cowboys 46-28 at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

But we’ve never seen Tony Romo bite back.

He never really had to.

The Johnny Football talk might turn out to be the best thing for the Dallas Cowboys and Tony Romo. Since taking the ball over for Drew Bledsoe, Tony Romo has never been challenged.


When Tony Romo takes the field this September, America’s most polarizing quarterback will stroll on deck with a huge chip on his shoulders.

Good. Good for him. Good for the team.

He will be out to prove his age (34) is no matter.

He will be out to prove that two back surgeries is no matter.

And he will certainly be out to prove that no other quarterback deserves his spot in Dallas.

A little pressure never hurts. It’s nice to see Tony Romo take a shot at the quarterback rumors. Every wolf has their day. It’s good to know Romo has a bite.

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  • SmartThinking

    Really? That’s a pretty empty bite the way I see it. Anyone, in any endeavor, who’s even moderately good at what they do, would say the same thing, or more. In fact, it’s easy to say that stuff. We hear it all the time.

    The really smart answer would be for Romo to include a few comments about how, exactly, he plans to take this team past 8-8, or how he envisions this team beating Philadelphia two times for a long-awaited division title?

    Now that would be something special I’d like to hear from our oft-injured hero. And then, there’s always that pesky problem of actually “doing it” to contend with.

  • Juanito Juanito

    good answer romo, nothing better than me, fix the people around him, defense and run more tha ball and this team will succed

  • Artie C

    I was surprised at Romo’s reaction. He’s a competitor, so he should have encouraged bringing in Manziel or Garappolo for the competition and the future. Both of those QBs should sit for 2 or 3 years like Romo did, like Aaron Rogers did. I liked both those QBs for Dallas future. Jerry Jones shouldn’t let Romo dictate what’s good for the Cowboys future. Besides, we wouldn’t be dealing with mediocrity if JJ would have built a team around Romo and a better O line in front of him.