Good Friday in fact was not a Good Friday for Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback Tony Romo. Amid news spreading of his supple 6-year, $55 million dollar contract extension ($55 million guaranteed, $108 in the full length if he succeeds all six years), critics came clobbering at the legitimacy of his deal.
Romo doesn’t hold the most respectable reputation among his peers. One of whom was Philadelphia Eagles’ quarterback Donovan McNabb. He expressed his opinion today on Twitter, which spread like wildfire quickly.
“Tony Romo 6yr, $55M extension. Wow really, with one playoff win. You got to be kidding me.”
Tony Romo 6 yr 55 million dollar extension. Wow really, with one playoff win. You got to be kidding me
Sensitive topic when you come across Cowboys and Eagles fans. This news has major weight to be debated upon, as Romo has yet to prove anyone of his unexplained greatness. McNabb’s tweet cuts deeply with truth as just one playoff win describes Romo’s career in a nutshell.
At 32-years-old, Romo has made the playoffs in only 3 seasons. In four total playoff games, he holds a 1-3 record, going 80 completions /135 passing attempts for 832 passing yards with 4 TD’s, 2 INT’s, and an average 79.93 QB rating. He mortified himself in a clutch field goal attempt versus the Seattle Seahawks in the 2006 playoffs. The snap was botched and Romo (being the placeholder) tried to run it in for a 2-point conversion. Infamously, he’ll be known for holding his head down in a sullen state. He finally helped Dallas win their first playoff game in the 2009 NFC playoffs against McNabb’s Eagles on January 10, 2010 (this turned out to be McNabb’s final game as an Eagle). Romo sparked the team with a commanding 34-14 victory, until falling the next round against Brett Favre’s Minnesota Vikings.
Romo had his golden chance to twice push his Cowboys into the NFC playoffs with two straight NFC East title tiebreakers on the final Sunday of the regular season…on national television. In the 2011 regular season finale, the New York Giants dominated Dallas 31-14 en route to the Super Bowl XLVI championship. In the 2012 regular season finale, the Cowboys visited the upstart Washington Redskins and rookie QB Robert Griffin III put on a clinic on the Dallas defense in a thrilling 28-18 victory.
2011 and 2012 both ended the same way, leaving the Cowboys to 3rd place with an 8-8 record.
Romo has had a circus of ‘mild’ controversy surround his career—from wide receiver Terrell Owens running amuck in 2007 to dating celebrity Jessica Simpson—Romo will always have the media (and even his own fan base) doubting his cause.
It’s baffling that Ravens’ QB Joe Flacco scored on a big contract extension by earning it (a Super Bowl victory) while Romo has yet to make it to the NFC Championship game in his career. He’s been surrounded by blazing talent in Owens, All-Pro tight end Jason Witten, running backs DeMarco Murray, Julius Jones, Felix Jones, and wide receiver Miles Austin, alongside a solid cast of offensive lineman.
Now owner Jerry Jones seems to have either the biggest bulls-eye on Romo or he has total confidence the extension will catalyze Super Bowl glory for a seemingly regarded goat.