Roger Staubach calls Tony Romo “a Super Bowl quarterback”

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Tony Romo is the right quarterback to lead the Dallas Cowboys to the Super Bowl, according to a quarterback who knows what it takes to lead the Cowboys to the Super Bowl.

Pro Football Hall of Famer Roger Staubach says Romo is the man to get it done.

“He hasn’t been the problem,” Staubach said, per the Dallas Morning News. “He’s done unbelievable. He’s right at the top of the NFL as far as a quarterback — as far as his statistics and the things he does. He moves around the pocket. He makes great plays. Our quarterback is not our problem in Dallas. We’ve got a Super Bowl quarterback . . . I really believe that the league is so close in parity . . . and Dallas is the kind of team with Jason [Garrett] that they can be right there in the thick of it this year. . . . And they have the quarterback that can do it.”

Staubach knows that some fans in Dallas have questioned whether Romo is 100 percent committed to football, or whether he’d rather be a golfer or a celebrity, but Staubach doesn’t see why anyone questions Romo’s dedication.

“I don’t understand that,” Staubach said. “He is a fierce competitor. He works out. He’s with his team during the season. He’s one heckuva football player. I think he has been a leader. Leaders — you mature as you get experience yourself at that position. But the players like him. And look what he’s done. He’s accomplished a lot.”

So Staubach is satisfied with Romo’s performance. But to satisfy Cowboys fans, Romo is actually going to have to get to a Super Bowl.

57 responses to “Roger Staubach calls Tony Romo “a Super Bowl quarterback”

  1. Being a Giants fan, I can’t say too much about other qb’s in the league–(see eli)– but to say that tony romo is a super bowl qb with his track record in the playoffs,injuries, and just his overall D-BAGness is a very strong statement. I’d rather have Eli anyday, yea he looks like a waterhead but he’s a proven winner and hisd durability is obviously outstanding. So Cowboys fans, have fun moving forward with your “superbowl”qb. hahahahahahahaha

  2. I agree, Romo hasn’t been the issue. I think the problems have mostly been leadership in the coaching staff. I think the Boys finally are in the best position since Parcells with Garrett.

  3. Great Quarterbacks in Cowboy History

    Don Meradith
    Roger Staubach
    Troy Aikman

    Good Quarterbacks in Cowboy History

    Craig Morton
    Danny White

    Where does Romo belong?

    I dont think he’s the guy.
    Is he a Top 5 QB?
    Top 10 QB?

  4. staubach, i bleed cowboy blue becuz of you and landry. but i completely disagree with you regarding romo.

    sam bradford outperformed romo last year as a rookie. while other teams are improving each and every year (ie chiefs, bucs, lions) the cowboys have been stuck in neutral becuz of romo.

    romo better do something special in 2011 or he’s out of dallas.

  5. Staubach knows that some fans in Dallas have questioned whether Romo is 100 percent committed to football, or whether he’d rather be a golfer or a celebrity …

    “I don’t understand that,” Staubach said.
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    Ditto … and that’s coming from a diehard Steelers fan. The guy’s a dedicated golfer in the off-season. So? As long as he’s not risking injury, being disciplined in another sport will serve him well in football. He’s dated some famous women. So did Aikman, and a famous partner hasn’t hurt Brady’s career.

    As Staubach said, Romo’s a solid QB who’s maturing as a leader. I’d rank him just behind the top tier about where I’d put Eli, who has a ring. He’s not the reason the Cowboys have fallen short the last couple of years.

  6. How many concussions did Staubach suffer while playing? Just asking…

    Romo reminds me a lot of Favre, especially when he’s scrambling, making wacky passes, and (most importantly) blowing big games with careless mistakes.

  7. Every preseason the Cowboys are right there in the thick of it, and at the end of every season they’re on the outside looking in. The most overhyped team in pro sports.

  8. Oh hum… More superlatives for a player that has only 1 playoff victory.

    In other news… Tony Romo’s fiance is HOT!

  9. Don’t you have to at least get to the NFC championship game to sniff being a “superbowl quarterback”?

  10. Actually Romo’s stats are more than impressive. He has an incredibly high YPA of 8.0, for instance. His career passer rating is 95.5. If it all clicks for the Cowboys and Romo doesn’t face a lot of pressure, it’s possible.

  11. You guys are crazy if you think Romo “sucks.” I’m a Giants fan and as much as I despise Dallas, even I will admit that Romo’s a gamer. Yes, he botched a snap 5 years ago and threw a season-ending pick against a dominant Giants defense in 2007 as time expired. What you seem to forget is who his head coach has been the past 4 seasons: WIDE WADE PHILLIPS. You might as well have the Stay-Puft Marshmellow Man as your coach. Oh, he’s a heck of a defensive coordinator, but Phillips wasn’t/isn’t/never will be an effective head coach.

    Two years ago, Romo was throwing 4,500 yards, almost 30 TD’s, and fewer than 10 INT’s. Romo can make any throw, can make any play – so long as that OL does their job. Cutting Flozell Adams was the worst possible move they could’ve made before last year. That offensive line absolutely killed him in 2010 (See Week 6). Give him time to throw and he’ll beat any defense.

    I love the Giants, I travel all over the country to watch them play… but Romo > Eli. Let’s face it – Eli played well in that 2007 postseason, but he’s been slightly above average every season. He’s slightly better than average overall – not a great arm, not incredibly accurate, very average mobility, and throws far too many INT’s (Yes, yes, our young WR’s were the cause of many 2010 turnovers, blah blah blah). Our stout defense and top 5 running game won us SB42 – NOT Eli Manning. So let’s not pound our chests as Giants fans simply because Eli was SB MVP – that award belonged to the heart of our defense, Michael Strahan. Eh, possibly Justin Tuck, as well.

    Firing Wade will make the Cowboys exponentially better each of the next 3 years. I’d actually be shocked if they don’t win a Super Bowl by 2015, especially with those talented WR’s.

    Barring an injury, I’m willing to bet Romo outplays Eli this season.

  12. All you idiots hating on tony Romo.any nfl fan who doesn’t just look at box scores would know he wasn’t the jessie..or major issue in our playoff loses.and to call him a dbag…because he dates models and has a respectable.life outside of football..its pure jealousy.its a shame how pathetic you people are.and remember this is the same idiotic complaints people.had about Peyton manning and drew brees before they won the big game.to think rothlisberger or eli are better qbs because they’re defenses s were better is a completely bias way to.llook at things.and he has missed as many games as tom brady the past few years.is brady injury prone?

  13. ttommytom says:
    May 17, 2011 6:05 PM
    Romo will go to numerous Super Bowls if buys tickets.

    except if the game is played in Dallas. Buying a ticket does not guarantee a seat there. just sayin

  14. Oline and secondary…the root of the cowboys problems. I feel sorry for you people who really have that much hatred and jealosy towards someone you have never met.rothlisberger has 4 interceptions in his super bowl appearances…and don capers took the packets over the top.fidgets numbers have been y
    The same the past few years.

  15. Why yes he is a Super Bowl QB. I hear just this past SB he and some of his teammates were very gracious hosts. Now if hes saying he is going to be a SB winning QB then i would have to ask how many concussions did Staubach have.

  16. He’ll be a Super Bowl QB once he plays in one. Until then, he’s just a QB. I respect Staubach as he has walked the walk, but saying Romo is a Super Bowl QB when he’s only won one playoff game is just talk.

  17. Since his regular season debut in 2006, Tony Romo has given Dallas its best chance to win, week in and week out.

    Furthermore, until the 2010 debacle, Tony had improved his performance every year. Just now entering his fifth season as a starter, I am very optimistic about his future and the team’s prospects, too.

    From my perspective, the scathing criticism he has received is totally unjustified. Big games? How about beating the 9-0 Colts in only his 4th career start in 2006? Or, defeating the 10-1 Packers in 2007 to lock up top seed in the playoffs? In December 2009, Tony beat the 13-0 Saints in New Orleans, and followed that with consecutive wins over the Redskins and Eagles to grab the division title (and break the team’s December curse). Then, the next week he earned his first play-off win versus the Eagles.

    In the highly competitive NFC East, Romo has guided the team to a 13-9 divisional record so far. In the three seasons Romo has not been injured, he made the playoffs EACH year (2 division titles and 1 wild card).

    While his post-season record speaks for itself, and certainly needs to improve, those losses were not caused by his deficiencies as a QB.

    Tony Romo, FG holder, botched the hold on the potential game-winning field goal in the Seattle playoff game.

    The playoff loss to the Giants was clearly more the fault of Patrick Crayton and Anthony Henry than it was Romo’s fault.

    And I doubt whether any QB in the league could have beaten the Vikings with the Cowboys’ porous offensive line performance that day.

    Finally, I agree with others here who tie the Cowboys’ improved prospects (and Romo’s) to the appointment of Jason Garrett as head coach. There was no way the team was going to win with Wade Phillips. Garrett’s strategic vision, pro-active approach and demanding leadership style are exactly what this team lacked (and what Phillips lacked).

  18. I’m an eagles fan, and i absolutely hate the cowboys, and my brother being a cowboys fan doesn’t help, Romo has cost the cowboys in plenty of games, (see:Seahawks botched snap hahaha, priceless.) but nonetheless how it hurts to say, he is a decent quarterback and the cowboys have alot more priorities on their list of changes that are more important and are higher on that list than quarterback. With that statement comes an easy prediction. Marion Barber will not be getting any rushing attempts against us this upcoming season, unless the redskins get him, in which they try to get as much nfc east as they can get. And running backs for that matter. Redskins are such a funny team. Especially when they make plays that include one offensive lineman and the whole entire team moving to the left side of the field. Hilarious play.

  19. Romo is a pretty good QB. Don’t know what Staubach means by “Super Bowl QB”. Trent Dilfer was a SB QB and so was Jim Kelly. Dilfer won one and Kelly never did… Does that make Dilfer better than Kelly?

    I dunno if Romo is the reason the Cowboys haven’t gotten there or not. I’ve always thought the Cowboys defensive backs horrible play was to fault. As a team moves on in the playoffs, the more important DBs become…

  20. Really when did he win a Super Bowl?? I though you need to win one to be a Super Bowl QB. I wonder if Trent Dilfer is still a Super Bowl QB? Hell is Dan Marino a Super Bowl QB now too?

  21. Romo has enough talent and skill to win a Super Bowl. There’s not much question of that. Almost every game, he does things that few of his peers can do.

    It’s not a question of whether he can. It’s whether he has, and will. Something’s been missing so far, from the team and from him. Some kind of underachieving culture has taken hold of this organization for years now.

    They’re talented enough to be doing a lot better.

  22. @ chuckcecil

    Yeah, you’re right. How could Romo ever be successful with a TD/INT ratio virtually the same as Peyton and better than Marino. You might want to find another stat to complain about because you’re a pretty good ways off base with that one.

  23. Romo couldn’t win a round of tag, even with his proven scramble like a bitch fearing for his life tactics. He doesn’t have one ounce of what it takes to be a champion.

  24. stevecmh says: May 17, 2011 7:24 PM

    Since his regular season debut in 2006, Tony Romo has given Dallas its best chance to win, week in and week out.

    Furthermore, until the 2010 debacle, Tony had improved his performance every year. Just now entering his fifth season as a starter, I am very optimistic about his future and the team’s prospects, too.

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    I’m a Redskins fan, and this sounded incredibly familiar, so I decided to investigate. Yep, people were saying the exact same thing about Jason Campbell before he was traded. Improving every year, “finally showing leadership”, best Redskins QB since Rypien (that may have been true, sadly). The only difference between Campbell & Romo is the amount of talent both had around them. I have as healthy a hatred for Dallas as any fan, & I can honestly say that I’m OK with Romo being that team’s starting QB, because I just don’t see the “it” factor in him.

  25. I’m a Redskins fan, and this sounded incredibly familiar, so I decided to investigate. Yep, people were saying the exact same thing about Jason Campbell before he was traded. Improving every year, “finally showing leadership”, best Redskins QB since Rypien (that may have been true, sadly). The only difference between Campbell & Romo is the amount of talent both had around them. I have as healthy a hatred for Dallas as any fan, & I can honestly say that I’m OK with Romo being that team’s starting QB, because I just don’t see the “it” factor in him.

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    Jason Campbell was a first round QB. His lifetime TD thrown is 68. Ints? 46

    Tony Romo was an UDFA. His lifetime TD thrown is 118. Ints? 62

    Now we’re talking!! Tony’s almost thrown as many INTs as JC has thrown Touch Downs. What a loooooser!! Yeah but… He’s also thrown 40 more Touch Downs…

    But JC can throw the long ball!! He’s thrown for omg 13,247 yards!!

    Tony’s only thrown for… 16,650

    They both have 5 years as starters.

    Do I really have to go on here? Yes? ok!

    Lifetime QB rating Tony 95.65
    Lifetime QB rating JC 82.6

    QB rating don’t mean squat!! Ok…

    You are so right. Tony is on the same path as JC!! Next we will discuss how Ware has the same career path as the janitor at FEDEX Stadium. Just about as bizarre to my ears.

    JC was a bust. Tony’s played so above his draft spot which was not drafted for those not keeping up that it isn’t even funny. The kid has game. Just hasn’t put it all together yet, due to whatever there is. 31 teams a year seem to not be able to get that thing together either. But let’s pick on Tony because he plays gold in his free time and has dated women we couldn’t sniff.

  26. And I doubt whether any QB in the league could have beaten the Vikings with the Cowboys’ porous offensive line performance that day.

    ^ Mr 55 sacks in 2010 Jay Cutler & Mr SB XLV MVP Aaron Rodgers say “wass-up?”

  27. “sprest83 says:
    May 17, 2011 5:45 PM
    I agree, Romo hasn’t been the issue. I think the problems have mostly been leadership in the coaching staff. I think the Boys finally are in the best position since Parcells with Garrett.”

    As a Boys fan I’d say that’s only part of the problem. The O-line and the back end of the secondary have been pretty awful for about 2 years now. Those 2 things almost single-handedly got us to 6-10 last year. Garrett amazingly was somehow able to somewhat pull them out of the fire and make them look halfway like a football team after fat boy was fired. But make no mistake, the O-line has to get better, and so does the secondary. Also, with all the moving parts on the D-line…yeah. Stupid lockout. I want to hurry up and get to it!

    One thing is certain though, the Cowboys short-comings the past few years can’t really fall on Romo’s shoulders. Yeah he dropped the snap against the Seahawks, and he’s never going to live that one down, but overall he’s done his job and done it very well. I’d take him over anybody in the NFC East without even thinking twice.

    Really when you get right down to it, the problem is Jerry. He’s the one that puts the teams together, he’s the one making the picks, he’s the one giving out the ridiculous contracts to undeserving players, he’s the ones hiring the coaches, he’s the one parading training camp across the country like a 3 ring circus, etc… He FINALLY somewhat gave in a little this year after he was thoroughly embarrassed last year and let Garrett have some space. Hopefully it pays off, but there’s still serious work to do before we can even think about talking Super Bowl.

    /rant

  28. “childressrulz says:
    May 17, 2011 6:17 PM
    Romo is not a starting caliber NFL QB.”

    That might just be the dumbest thing I’ve ever seen posted on here.

  29. “bison4me says:
    May 17, 2011 7:10 PM
    He’ll be a Super Bowl QB once he plays in one. Until then, he’s just a QB. I respect Staubach as he has walked the walk, but saying Romo is a Super Bowl QB when he’s only won one playoff game is just talk.”

    Hey, can’t argue with that one. I think he’s a good enough QB to get there though. He just needs all the right parts around him, like any other Super Bowl caliber team.

  30. @terrellochouno

    Regarding that comment about Jason Campbell being the best Redskins’ QB since Rypien; since the QB’s now on the Skins’ roster are Beck, McChunks, and Sexy Rexy, that still might be true. Of course, all you could get for Campbell was a 4th rounder that was one year out. I would guess that Romo’s trade value is significantly higher.

    In three fewer starts than Campbell, Romo has thrown for 3,300 MORE yards. Let that sink in for a minute. Jason Campbell is basically a full year behind Romo in passing yardage despite having started more games. Yeah, I can see how you could easily compare the two.

  31. romo better do something special in 2011 or he’s out of dallas.

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    There’s a pretty good reason why you don’t get to make that call.

  32. Romo couldn’t win a round of tag, even with his proven scramble like a bitch fearing for his life tactics.”

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    You’re right, better to do the manly thing and stand there and get sacked rather than bitch out and scramble and make a play.

  33. Since when does a 1.9/1 TD/INT ratio make you a great QB?

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    It takes a lot more than that but a lot of HoF inductees would like to have a ratio like that, including Roger Staubach, Terry Bradshaw, Dan Marino, Troy Aikman, John Elway, Warren Moon, Bart Starr, Sonny Jurgenson, Otto Graham, Joe Namath, Jim Kelly, Bob Griese, Dan Fouts, Len Dawson, Y.A. Tittle, Norm van Brocklin, Fran Tarkenton, Johnny Unitas, Bob Waterfield, Bobby Layne, and George Blanda.

    If you’re wondering, that’s every modern-era QB inductee except for Joe Montana and Steve Young.

  34. Yes, he botched a snap 5 years ago and threw a season-ending pick against a dominant Giants defense in 2007 as time expired.

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    To be fair, that pass against the Giants was on 4th and 11 at the NYG 23, 4 points down with 16 seconds to go. Everybody was covered obviously but it’s better to try to make a play than to stand there and get sacked. Romo didn’t cost the Cowboys that game.

  35. ^^ Also to be fair, Crayton probably could have caught that pass. Yeah it was a little behind him but he still got his hands on it. For all intents and purposes it was crunch time, and it was the Cowboys last play of the game. Romo tried to make something happen, and he nearly pulled it off.

    I’m not mad at him for that one. I’m more mad at Wade for the lackluster preparation (they had 2 full weeks to get prepared) and Patrick Crayton for not making a better effort to bring that pass in. I feel that year is the one that got away.

  36. According to some fans, if a QB hasn’t won a SB then he hasn’t done anything and cannot be considered a great QB. To me, that’s just wrong thinking (Marino, Jim Kelly). If you believe that, then the inverse must be true – Rypien, Theisman, Dilfer, Johnson, Williams – all belong in the HoF with the rest of the greats.

    Oh, but they had great defenses, great running games, great coaches, etc…. If that’s true then you can’t blame Romo if the rest of the team hasn’t stepped up. Leadership is not going to get guys off of IR any faster. It’s not going to make injured OLmen block better. It’s not going to make a rookie fullback not miss his block. Those who know real leadership and its limitations understand this.

    Besides – if I’m paying someone $5 million a year then they shouldn’t need someone to get in their face to make a play.

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