All the hoopla about Cowboys QB Tony Romo‘s comments in which he made the seemingly grievous error of mentioning himself in the same breath as Hall of Fame signal callers Troy Aikman and Joe Montana is a sad commentary on just how little is going on in the NFL these days.
Sure, OTAs gave everyone from media to armchair quarterbacks something to focus on for the short haul, but in today’s drama driven league that just wasn’t good enough. We need controversy…we need conflict…maybe we just need to tune in to “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” and give poor Tony a break. When Romo’s comments are taken in the context for which they were intended, it seems pretty obvious that Romo was attempting to lay to rest concerns about his recovery from back surgery…not posturing for on the field comparisons.
Despite him being a stand-up citizen in Dallas and a stay-out-of-trouble family guy, not to mention is ability to keep his cool and not punch Dez Bryant in his always-open pie hole, Romo has been portrayed as a sad caricature more than one human being deserves to be. The most obvious example, of course, is that bobbled snap seen round the world that ESPN loves to trot out at any and very opportunity. Can somebody please burn that tape , please?
The fact that he has brought the Cowboys back from the jaws of defeat on numerous occasions, suffered painful injuries while his inept offensive line stood by befuddled and bewildered and even finished that overtime win against the San Francisco 49ers with a punctured lung back in 2011, Romo’s legacy in Dallas is still tied to that horrific moment in Seattle.
Part of the criticism surrounding Romo has come from a perception that perhaps he isn’t serious enough about football. He went on vacation with his then-girlfriend Jessica Simpson the week before the Cowboys faced and were defeated by the rival New York Giants in the playoffs. He has been known to allude to the fact that there is more to life than football and…horror of horrors, he plays golf in the off-season.
Granted, the ill-timed vacation was a dreadful mistake in terms of public perception. However, Romo has more than paid for that offense and has proven that he is dedicated to helping the Cowboys win. Lest we forget he is a three-time pro-bowler and holds the Dallas record for most games with at least 300 yards passing yards and for games with three or more touchdown passes. It is interesting to note that Romo is also tied with the legendary Roger Staubach for most fourth quarter comebacks.
No, I’m not daring to compare Romo with Staubach, but with the right team around him here’s hoping that his legacy in Dallas is cast in a more positive light. Nothing outside of playoff wins is likely to do that… just ask Danny White. The Cowboys have intensified their efforts to improve their ground game and offensive line in recent years. However, the defense has to show vast improvement if Dallas is going to have any shot at making a post-season run. Unless he decides to suit up on the defensive side of the ball, maybe Romo will avoid taking the heat if the Cowboys falter in 2014.