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.
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.”
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.