Cowboys fans really love Tony Romo, but they want him healthy. Now it appears that Romo has suffered a broken bone in his back but the Cowboys are insisting that he will be playing for them in 2016.
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett announced Saturday that Romo underwent an MRI on Friday that revealed a broken bone in his back, per David Helman of the team’s official website. Experts are saying that Romo will be out until mid-season. With promising rookie Dak Prescott having an impressive pre-season, and Romo being 36 years old, this may be the end of Romo’s career.
Romo has had a turbulent career in Dallas. He replaced Drew Bledsoe in 2006 and led the Cowboys to the playoffs where he fumbled a hold on a kick that would have sent the Cowboys to the next round. From then on it has been a torture to watch Romo with the Cowboys. Yes he has great stats, and yes he has broken almost all of the Dallas Cowboys passing records in his career, but it seems that this fumbled snap will always haunt Romo. He is also maligned for only winning 2 of the 6 playoff games that he has played in.
The Cowboys chances this season appear to have taken a big hit. However, if you really analyze their success with Romo, I think that it looks like they have just as good a chance with another quarterback, like Dak Prescott . Prescott is mobile and young and has looked impressive so far. It’s not exactly addition by subtraction here, but the sooner the Romo era is over in Dallas, the sooner the Cowboys can move on to a quarterback of the future.
Tony Romo has been a great quarterback for Dallas. But he is old, has not had success in playoff games and has not won the Cowboys a Super Bowl or even a Super Bowl berth. It is hard to say this, but they might just be better off without him.
If Prescott starts to have success with the Cowboys and they are in the playoff hunt come mid-season, you may not see Romo come back to the starting role. Jason Garrett has his job on the line this season and he will go with whoever is winning him games. if that is Prescott when we get to November, it will be hard to shelve the rookie and replace him with a 36 year old who is coming off of a broken back.