Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo’s comments have stirred the media pot this week with his statement about former San Francisco quarterback Joe Montana winning two Super Bowls and legendary Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman also won a Super Bowl after having the same back surgery as Romo. Romo is quoted as saying :
“I’ll be able to play for a while,” Romo said during an NFL Network interview, via the Dallas Morning News. “There are way too many cases where you see people come back; Troy Aikman had it – they won a Super Bowl the same season. Joe Montana comes back and wins two Super Bowls. They had the same surgery.
A simple statement that has Dallas fans, the media and non fans alike misconstruing his statement as he is comparing himself to be as good as the great quarterbacks. We won’t go quite that far but the funny thing about this is as it has been stated numerous times, Romo could potentially “run with the big dogs” and compete. He owns many of the Dallas Cowboys records at the quarterback position but Romo hasn’t been given much to work with after current head coach Jason Garrett took over as play caller. Now it seems all that is finally changing for Romo. Word out of OTA’s and mini camps are that newly drafted wide receiver Devin Street and Cole Beasley are making people’s heads turn. Beasley has pretty much been a solid starter even if there are some fans who still can’t forgive him for “quitting” during his rookie year. Beasley is probably one of the better route running wide receivers on the squad and he has rarely disappointed the fans except for a drop ball in the Green Bay game last year. Aside from that, he’s been there and has become an intricate part of the Dallas receiving corps.
Now as it has been in seasons past, this season will once again depend on the health, agility and leadership of Tony Romo. Lots of questions will remain until the season starts as to whether Romo’s back will survive another season, if the Cowboys organization filled the remaining holes on the offensive line to give Romo time to find open receivers down field and most importantly whether or not the play callers will utilize the run game more often this season. Every Dallas fan and most especially Romo fans will be holding their collective breath during pre-season (if Romo plays) and most importantly in the first game of the season. As nice as it is to hear confidence from Romo and good reports coming out of Dallas, Cowboys fans are all about actions and no longer about words. As it has been, the Cowboys will ride or die with Romo.