While there is no fear of a quarterback competition, or any talk of anybody stealing the job from fan favorite Tony Romo. There has been some questions among fans and local media members about him being able to take the team over the top and win a super bowl. Even with good talent and a team that seemed stacked and ready to win it all, he has fallen short multiple times. But even with the questions and concerns from people outside of the franchise, he is still the guy in the number one spot.
John Kitna is in a position in his career that he just wants to sit on the bench and play mop up duty. Meanwhile 3rd stringer Stephen McGee seems to have some of the traits that have lead to winning teams in past years. He is more of a true quarterback type than Tony Romo, but one big problem is that we have never seen him consistently play with the 1st team, or against a 1st team defense. So while he has shown flashes of brilliance in pre-season and in late game fill in duty, there are still a lot of unanswered questions about him.
The one knock on Tony Romo is the fact that he is a “gun slinger” type quarterback and he will play off the cuff throughout the game. But the history in the NFL has shown that this style of quarterback is not going to consistently win anything big. It may be exciting to watch and fun to see what he can do to save a busted play. But unlike some of the other quarterbacks in the history who Tony plays like, he will end up making a costly turnover, or ending a great drive with some of his improvisations.
While the chips are stacked against Romo on ever getting to the Super Bowl and being a champion, he is still the fan favorite and will continue to be as long as he delivers wins on the field. It takes more than a quarterback to win a championship, but you can not even get there unless you have a great leader behind center. One of the biggest knocks on Tony is that he loves to live the playboy celebrity life style. While nothing is wrong with that, it has looked in the past that this lifestyle took precedence over the game. But this off season Tony settled down and got married to a local TV reporter, so maybe he will have a bigger focus on football and he will stay out of the limelight away from the bright lights of Cowboys Stadium.
If I am the Cowboys coaching staff, I would want to get Stephen McGee some quality playing time with the 1st string right now, because with the way Romo plays an injury is just around the corner and I wouldn’t want to be caught with my pants around my ankles again like last season. There is still a chance for Tony Romo to be a Super Bowl winning quarterback, but each passing season makes his chances less and less. While I am starting to lean towards he won’t be a champion, as a fan you can only hope your gut is wrong. While there is time, I want to see the team start looking at a solid plan B and plan C. But only time will tell what Tony Romo’s fate will be, Super Bowl winning quarterback, or wild gunslinger who couldn’t stay healthy.