Alright Cowboys Nation, who’s excited for some Dallas Cowboys football!? Who’s ready to finally see Ezekiel Elliott run through defenses? How about Dez Bryant throwing up the X? Defensively, maybe it is Byron Jones or Tyrone Crawford that you are excited about.
However, more than anything, Cowboys fans can take solace in knowing that our quarterback – Tony Romo – is returning to action in 2016. The Cowboys never enter a game with Romo as their quarterback in which they feel like underdogs, which has fans anxious about the numbers that Romo and this offense could put up in a redemption type season.
Recently, Fox Sports picked their most likely NFL MVP candidates for each division, with Tony Romo representing the NFC East. You can click here to see the full story.
“Yes, Romo is a legitimate MVP candidate. He showed why last season and has throughout his career when he’s been sidelined. Why? Because the Cowboys can’t win without him, and that’s a testament to his effectiveness. No player in the NFC East is more valuable than Romo, though Eli Manning merits some consideration. When healthy, Romo is one of the eight best quarterbacks in the league. His career quarterback rating is 97.1, which is the third-highest in NFL history. With Dez Bryant healthy and Ezekiel Elliott in the fold, Romo is going to return to his 2014 form, when he threw 34 touchdown passes and nine interceptions with a rating of 113.2.” – Fox Sports
The article, written by Cameron DaSilva, is correct in stating that the Cowboys will be looking to get back to their 2014 ways on offense by drafting Ezekiel Elliott. You see Tony Romo’s numbers from that 12-4 season, which earned him 2 MVP votes at the end of the season. DeMarco Murray, before leaving in free agency to join the Eagles, also received two votes that season.
As a division, the last NFC East player to win MVP honors was Cowboys’ running back Emmitt Smith in 1993. League wide, in recent MVP history, 8 of the last 9 winners have been quarterbacks.
Romo could also find himself in the conversation for the league’s Comeback Player of the Year award, as Dallas sorely missed their signal caller for 12 games last season, losing all but 1 of them.
Even if he is not recognized by the NFL for his accomplishments in 2016, Tony Romo is as motivated as ever to force the entire football world to take notice of the Dallas Cowboys this season, by doing his part in hoisting the Lombardi Trophy on February 5th at NRG Stadium.