The Dallas Cowboys always enter a season with high praise and, with that high praise, comes extensive criticism. YOu would be hard-pressed to find a team more loved and hated than the Cowboys and that often translates to the players being under the microscope and not getting the praise that they deserve.
This couldn’t be more true for a guy like Tony Romo.
Fans will focus on his “inability to come through in the clutch” and “lack of leadership,” but if you ask his teammates, Romo is a great quarterback who just isn’t getting the love he should.
“There’s high expectations for Cowboys,” Witten said, per the Abilene Reporter-News. “There’s been some great quarterbacks who have come through that organization. You look at Roger Staubach and Troy [Aikman], and the expectations are Super Bowls. He’s a phenomenal, cool quarterback. He’s an elite quarterback. But until we win the big game, the criticism is going to come. We understand that, and we have high expectations. Tony is a phenomenal player and a phenomenal player for our football team.”
But what about the criticism that Romo can’t win a big game? Does Witten believe in that talk?
“I think Tony Romo is an elite quarterback who gives you a chance to compete for a championship,” Witten said.
“He’s a great player. Look at what he did — 31 touchdowns and 10 interceptions (last season). He was up there among the top five in quarterbacks this year. That’s just the way it goes. You can’t cry about it. I just hope the fans know what a good player he is. Hopefully we can win a championship.”
The praise is high and it is up to Romo to prove that Witten is not ingesting bath salts. If the Cowboys can put together an impressive run and finally make an appearance in the NFL’s big game, then Witten’s claim of Romo’s greatness will be justified.