Dallas Cowboys Spotlight: Tony Romo, Offensive MVP?

Jun 14, 2016; Irving, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) throws during minicamp at Dallas Cowboys Headquarters. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 14, 2016; Irving, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) throws during minicamp at Dallas Cowboys Headquarters. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports /

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is poised to have a huge 2016 season if he is able to avoid injury.

Fruitful conversation around the Dallas Cowboys quarterback is no longer over his level of play, but over how much he will play. With a short window left open in his career, will Tony Romo stay healthy and lead the Cowboys to a successful 2016 campaign?

No matter how vehemently his critics will attempt to convince you otherwise – Romo is a top shelf NFL quarterback. He is either at the top of tier 2 or the bottom of tier 1, either way he is certainty a top 8 quarterback in the NFL when he is healthy. Just take a look at his numbers in the 4th quarter.

One doesn’t have a 102.9 rating in the most important quarter in the NFL without being an exceptional signal caller. So coming off his collarbone injuries which plagued his 2015 season, what is in store for Romo in 2016?

I’m sure the popular sentiment among the majority of Dallas Cowboys fans is quite simple. They want Tony Romo to stay healthy and after watching the struggles of Matt Cassel and Brandon Weeden last season with their inability to stretch the ball down the field. Which led several grumbles of the offense being too “Romo friendly.”

Which seems to be an overall misunderstanding of offenses in general. Almost every offensive system will see a drop off in production if the starting quarterback is injured, simply due to the fact that in the modern NFL backups are not as equipped as they once were. That argument also undercuts just how talented Romo is.

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The difficult aspect of projecting Romo this year comes from the unknown of his health throughout all 16 games. If Romo is able to last through all 16 games (which he hasn’t done since the 2012 season) it’s safe to expect he puts a similar rating to the 113.2 that he did during the 2014 campaign.

Yes, Tony Romo can still be that level of quarterback – without question.

A healthy Romo will definitely get the best out of Cole Beasley, Dez Bryant, and Jason Witten. With the attention opposing teams will pay to the running game, it could also help free up a player like Brice Butler or Terrance Williams – as those two will compete for snaps during training camp.

The Cowboys offense is posed to be an elite group and will need to produce with questions still surrounding the defensive unit. However, the defense should be good enough to win when paired with a Romo led Dallas Cowboys offense that is poised to be able to grind out drives and dominate time of possession.

Of course with a backfield that could contain Ezekiel Elliott, Darren McFadden, and Alfred Morris all of the pressure will not be on Romo to lead this offense with his arm. Which will only go to increase his effectiveness and the efficiency of the offense as an entirety.

Bottom line, if Tony Romo is healthy this season he will again be in contention for the Offensive MVP.

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