The Cowboys have won only one playoff game during Tony Romo’s six seasons as the starting quarterback. Does that mean Romo is not a great quarterback?
Not according to Cowboys tight end Jason Witten, who says Romo is wrongly criticized for the team’s struggles, and that Cowboys fans will eventually realize what a great quarterback Romo is.
“There’s high expectations for Cowboys,” Witten told 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.”
Witten said he believes the Cowboys are a better team this year than they were last year, and he sees no reason that Romo can’t lead them to the Super Bowl.
“I think Tony Romo is an elite quarterback who gives you a chance to compete for a championship,” Witten said.
Witten pointed to Romo’s stats last season as evidence that he’s a better player than he gets credit for.
“He’s a great player,” Witten said of Romo. “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.”
If the Cowboys don’t win a championship, Witten will be the only one mentioning Romo in the same breath as Staubach and Aikman.