Nov 26, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) is injured after a sack by the Carolina Panthers during the third quarter of a NFL game on Thanksgiving at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
A lot of people may not like him, but there is a certain admiration that must be had for Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. When many were calling for him to remove Tony Romo as starting quarterback of the team, he stuck to his guns. Time proved that a wise decision as the team continues to have success with him on the field.
Unfortunately, time and the rigors of pro football are catching up to Romo. For the second time this season, he suffered a fracture to left clavicle. It’s just the latest in a string of injuries over the past few seasons.
The fact he returned from the first was both brave and admirable, but also came with risk. Cowboys fans saw the downside of that risk and also clear indication that the future of this team is up in the air. Romo turns 36-years old next season. There are only so many more hits his body can take before he’ll have to face reality and retire. In spite of the loyalty to him and what he’s given Dallas, the team has to seriously consider pursuing a quarterback in the 2016 NFL draft.
Keep in mind this team has not drafted one higher than the 4th round since 2001 when they took Quincy Carter in the 2nd. They haven’t drafted one in the 1st round since Troy Aikman way back in 1989. That is a really long drought and it’s worth pointing out the Cowboys haven’t won a Super Bowl without a 1st round pick under center since he retired.
Now sitting at 3-8 with no Romo to save them, there is a strong possibility Dallas with finish with their first top 5 draft choice dating back to 2003. A number of quarterbacks might be available at that point including Paxton Lynch of Memphis or Jared Goff of Cal. Either would make an ideal understudy for Romo and give this team a chance to fully realize the potential of that strong roster.