We'll always remember the 2017 Cowboys Offseason as the one where everybody had an opinion on what to do about the Tony Romo situation. It's a subject that's combative, complicated, and sometimes a little touchy. Everyone feels the need to interject their two cents whether it's on Twitter, Facebook, the Inside The Star comments, or in the case of Dallas Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick on FS1's Undisputed where he said that Tony Romo is better than 90% of starting quarterbacks.
"[Tony Romo] is better than 90% of the starters." — @OScandrick32 on QBs in the NFL pic.twitter.com/PFUkkKxn3K
Now for what it's worth Orlando Scandrick did just join Twitter, so maybe he's new to this whole “state your opinions so that the whole world can see them” thing. Scandrick has actually been making the media rounds lately. He appeared on ESPN's First Take on March 23rd, and five days later he left it for FS1's Undisputed just like Skip Bayless did. Whatever your thoughts are of either program, I'd wager you aren't exactly dvr-ing them to watch later, what Orlando said is of high interest to Cowboys Nation these days.
“I got the utmost respect for Tone (presumably Tony Romo). I love Tone. He handled the situation great. He rehabbed, I mean he came to work every day and when he was able to practice and play he came to practice and he brought it every day. And I think that was a part of what helped us as a defense – he made us better. He was the scout team quarterback. He brought it. He was better than some of the starters, he's better than 90% of the starters.”
It's understandable that Orlando Scandrick would show great admiration, as would anyone really, for Tony Romo rehabbing and working just to be able to come back. In case you don't remember, Orlando himself missed the entire 2015 season thanks to a torn ACL and MCL that he suffered at Training Camp. He knows the grind and toll it takes on a person to come back at an older age, Scandrick is 30, so him giving props to Romo is a nice thing.
Let's fully dissect what Scandrick said, though. He said that Tony Romo is better than 90% of starters. I'll save those of you who are not too fond of math the time here, that means that Tony Romo would be among the Top 3 NFL starters. I love Tony Romo as much as the next card-carrying member of Cowboys Nation, but is that true? Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers easily come to mind as quarterbacks superior to Romo, is ‘ol Number Nine really the next best among all NFL starting quarterbacks?
Orlando Scandrick's loyalty surely is admirable, and maybe he's trying to do “Tone” a solid by hyping him up on a nationally televised show, despite the fact that Undisputed struggles for ratings but hey facts or whatever. Scandrick has more in common with Romo than the fact that they've both experienced injuries, he's one of the most tenured members of the Dallas Cowboys when it comes to life with Tony Romo as your quarterback. Orlando was drafted in 2008 and had learned to count on Romo just as much as we all had, making the transition to Dak Prescott surely an emotionally difficult one for him as well.
"This is [Dak Prescott's] team. The guy's a natural born leader." — @OScandrick32 pic.twitter.com/B8KzxiV25k
— UNDISPUTED (@undisputed) March 28, 2017
Speaking of the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year, Orlando Scandrick spent plenty of time praising him while on Undisputed. According to Orlando Scandrick, Dak Prescott is the first one in the building and the last to leave. He's a leader, calm, cool, collected, and supremely humble. Basically Dak Prescott is the most perfect quarterback humanly – or perhaps inhumanly – possible, and Orlando Scandrick wanted to let us all know that. Good for you, O.
Orlando Scandrick is going to have to adjust to a lot of change in 2017. The Dallas secondary lost Brandon Carr, Barry Church, Morris Claiborne, and JJ Wilcox all to Free Agency over the last month. The veteran of the secondary is going to have to step up and lead some new pups in what we all hope is an improved unit of the Cowboys defense. The question that remains to be answered though is whether or not Orlando Scandrick and Co. will be going up against a quarterback who is better than 90% of NFL starters in Tony Romo while Romo wears another uniform.