With Jason Garrett facing another down season at the helm of the Dallas Cowboys, would Tony Romo leave broadcasting to coach America’s Team?
Before taking the helm of America’s Team, Jason Garrett had never once been a head coach on any level of football prior to taking official control of the Dallas Cowboys back in 2011. What Garrett did have was eight years of experience as a back-up quarterback for the Cowboys, four more years as Dallas’ offensive coordinator and the admiration of owner Jerry Jones.
So is it really that farfetched to think former quarterback Tony Romo, who played the last 14-years under center for the Cowboys, might be considered as a possible replacement for Garrett in Dallas? Especially considering the success the Los Angeles Rams have had this season under 31-year old head coach Sean McVay?
Earlier this year, the 37-year old Romo retired following several bouts with injuries to his collarbone and back combined with a once-in-a-lifetime offer to join Jim Nantz in the CBS broadcast booth.
As a color commentator and football analyst, the former quarterback has shined, earning rave reviews from his peers and fans alike. But would the former Cowboy even consider leaving his comfortable perch to attempt to do something he never could as a player … bring a Lombardi Trophy back to Big “D”?
Let’s not forget, Romo is the ultimate competitor. As a rookie broadcaster, Tony’s sense of humor combined with his vast football knowledge and ability to call out plays before they happen has captivated viewers. For many, the combination of Nantz and Romo is must-watch TV, regardless of which teams are battling it out on the field.
It could be argued that Romo is already one of the best color commentators on television. He certainly appears to be the most popular. Mission accomplished. So what’s the ultra-competitor’s next challenge? Being the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys seems like the natural next step.
And as friend of the site, ESPN’s Will Cain, pointed out recently on The Russillo Show, Romo has the one thing every effective Cowboys coach absolutely needs … the ear of owner/general manager Jerry Jones.
Jones built this Cowboys offense with Romo in mind. Dallas spent years and several first round selections to bolster the offensive line around the veteran quarterback. The Cowboys drafted Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott with the fourth overall selection in the 2016 NFL Draft to help support Romo’s return from two collarbone injuries he suffered the season prior.
This current Cowboys roster was built for Tony Romo. But a preseason back injury last season forced Dallas to hand the keys of this team to rookie Dak Prescott. And the late fourth round pick blossomed, benefiting from the years of work the franchise dedicated to building a stellar supporting cast around Romo.
In fact, Jones himself proclaimed that his single biggest disappointment as the owner of the Cowboys was not winning a Super Bowl during Romo’s tenure in Dallas. With that in mind, don’t you think Jerry would leap at the idea of allowing Tony to lead America’s Team to the promised land as it’s head coach!
Unless the Dallas Cowboys tank the next five games, I’m not sure Jason Garrett, the NFL’s reigning Coach of the Year, is on the hot seat quite yet. But with someone like Tony Romo potentially waiting in the wings, Jerry Jones is less likely to afford Jason Garrett much wiggle room next season. Romo eventually becoming the next head coach of America’s Team is simply too perfect a storyline not to come true.