Four ways the Dallas Cowboys will miss Tony Romo

Dec 26, 2016; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) warms up before the game against the Detroit Lions at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 26, 2016; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) warms up before the game against the Detroit Lions at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports /

With quarterback Dak Prescott on the rise, the Dallas Cowboys are moving on from Tony Romo. Here are four ways the Cowboys will miss Romo.

Sorry Dallas Cowboys fans. But it looks like you’ll have to put up with Tony Romo wearing a different football jersey. Odd. Right?

Think running back Emmitt Smith in the red, Arizona Cardinals jersey. Or how about DeMarcus Ware in the orange, Denver Broncos jersey?

Now, it appears Romo is set to follow those footsteps and march into a new town. The franchise quarterback, who turns 37 in April, isn’t looking to take a broadcasting gig these days, opting to continue his football career instead.

But don’t think this is all sunshine and spring flowers in Dallas.

Romo is still a top 10 quarterback, who brings a lot of skills to the table. And though the Cowboys have their quarterback of the future in Dak Prescott, who has earned the right to start, this by no means Dallas won’t miss Romo.

In fact, whether his departure happens this spring or well into the preseason, Romo will be missed big time in Big D.

Sure, the Dallas Cowboys will clear some cap space to nab some new players (hello defense), but it’s hard to replace the guy wearing number nine because he wore so many hats for so many years.

Having said that, here are four ways the Dallas Cowboys will miss Tony Romo. Enjoy the list, and let us know how you’ll miss Romo with a comment below.

1. A Coach on the Field

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Tony Romo made everyone around him better — from players, to staff, to the front office. The Dallas Cowboys were relevant again thanks to this quarterback. And while his numbers speak for themselves, stats will never cover his contributions as a coach on the field.

Romo had a chance to wear a headset more than usual this offseason after a freak accident during the third preseason game in Seattle. This was Romo’s chance to shine as a coach behind the scenes. And he didn’t fail.

Dak Prescott went on to win the AP Rookie of the Year award, producing off the chart rookie numbers and several highlight reels that is sure to keep the Dallas fan base fired up until September.

Romo went beyond the offense too. His ability to understand the defense, schemes, and situational football, will surely be missed in Big D.

Don’t be surprised to see Romo switch out a pair of cleats for a headset in the near future. Let’s just hope he takes a coaching gig with the Dallas Cowboys. Something tells me owner and general manager, Jerry Jones, has a paycheck prepared for it already.

2. Jack of All Trades

Romo was more than a quarterback in the NFL. He was a top 10 (arguably top five) QB for years. But he did it all under the pressure of being a Cowboys quarterback, one of the hardest — if not hardest — positions to play in all of sports.

Romo was the face of the Dallas Cowboys franchise, who served as their leader, ambassador and team-friendly locker room buddy.

Despite a lack of playoff success (he has a 2-4 record), and a lack of Super Bowl rings (he has none), Mr. Romo was a marketable figure who remained a favorite topic to talk about in the NFL world.

The quarterback is a favorite to draw in headlines and ticket sales wherever he goes. Don’t be surprised if the loyal Dallas fan base follows the next phase of his career.

3. His Numbers

After starting 127 regular season games, winning 78 of those, and tossing nearly 35,000 passing yards, the end has come for Romo in Big D.

Since joining the Cowboys in 2003, Romo completed 65.3 percent of his passes, tossed 248 touchdowns against 117 interceptions, with a final rating of 97.1.

His 97.1 quarterback rating places him in fourth place on the all-time career passer rating list.

Tom Brady edges him out by one decimal point. Romo is ahead of other superstar quarterbacks like Peyton Manning (96.5), Drew Brees (96.3), Kurt Warner (93.7), and Matt Ryan (93.6).

4. Roger “The Dodger” Staubach impressions

Romo had a propensity to make something out of nothing, which was one of his major highlights as a football player in the NFL. His ability to dazzle out of the pocket, away from defenders and into open space, was a spectacle to watch.

When Romo is remembered, there will be many lines like, remember when Romo juked…

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Romo’s ability to extend plays, especially in the fourth period, is something the Dallas Cowboys fan base will miss. Sure, this type of play got Romo in some trouble. But it also led to one of the best jukes in all of football when he outplayed future Hall of Famer, J.J. Watt, which ended up as a deep touchdown toss.