When Tony Romo received a $25 million signing bonus as part of a new contract that guarantees him $55 million, a common question was: How can Jerry Jones justify giving a quarterback with one playoff win that much money?
But one retired quarterback who has a lot of playoff wins, Brett Favre, says Romo does not deserve the blame for the Cowboys’ lack of postseason success.
“It’s the ultimate team sport,” Favre said at an event in Dallas today, via the Dallas Morning News. “I think it’s misleading to say that a quarterback has wins and losses and say he was a part of one playoff victory. I think there are a lot of factors that go into the success of not only Tony Romo but any player. Just what little bit I’ve watched the last couple of years, it seems like they were a little bit in disarray offensively. I thought he did a good job, from what I saw, of managing and making plays. Does that get you in trouble sometimes when you try to do too much? Sure it does. But I think I’d rather have a guy who’s willing to take those chances.”
Favre acknowledged that Romo (who tied his career high with 19 interceptions last season) sometimes plays recklessly. But he said that’s usually the result of having to do too much because the Cowboys are struggling.
“I like the way he plays,” Favre said. “I think there’s times that he’s made plays or decisions that were bad. But I think based on how the team has played or the way that the game has gone, for the most part, has kind of dictated the way his decision-making has played into it.”
Favre is right that football is a team game, and that quarterbacks often get too much credit for wins and too much blame for losses. But the reality is that Romo’s contract is the kind of contract a team gives its quarterback because it believes it can contend for a Super Bowl right now. And if Romo and the Cowboys don’t contend for a Super Bowl, the decision to give Romo that contract will look like an expensive mistake.