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Why Tony Romo Deserves to Be in Cowboys Ring of Honor

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Why Tony Romo Deserves to Be in Cowboys Ring of Honor
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Last Friday night, NFL Network featured former Dallas Cowboys Quarterback Tony Romo in the acclaimed "A Football Life" television series. The episode brought back many thoughts and debates about the quarterback who became the face of the franchise in 2006. It was full of joyful memories, painful images and great memories from good ol' #9.

At one point of the episode, Cowboys' owner Jerry Jones mentioned that Tony Romo would be in the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor at AT&T Stadium. This is one of the many discussions that has taken place in Cowboys Nation since Tony's retirement and it seems we've finally got an answer.

Days after NFL Network's piece on the quarterback, Jerry Jones mentioned in 105.3 The Fan that he'd indeed honor Romo by inducting him to the Ring of Honor although he didn't mention any timetable. In the meantime, however, fans will not stop the everlasting debate.

So allow me to share with you my two cents on the topic, and why I believe Tony Romo does deserve to have his name written in the Cowboys' home forever.

As we all know, Tony Romo leads the Dallas Cowboys franchise in touchdown passes (248) and in yards thrown (34,183). He also has the most game-winning drives in team history with 29, which ranks him at 19th in the NFL since 1960. The stats are impressive, there is no denying that. But these numbers won't tell you the story of Romo's polemical career. We need to go beyond stats to discuss his time in the NFL.

Tony Romo may be the most controversial sports figure in the 21st century. Playing at quarterback for the most valuable sports franchise in the world is not an easy task and at the end of the day, his goal of bringing a sixth Lombardi Trophy to Dallas was never achieved. As painful as a botched snap in Seattle may have been, the lack of a Super Bowl win will always be the biggest thing that haunts his legacy.

In his very own words: "After all, they were depending on you to bring them a championship. That's what quarterbacks are supposed to do. That's how we are judged." When it comes to a fan base that knows how it feels to be at the very top of the league, expectations are naturally higher. Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman have combined for five Super Bowl wins, so naturally, that was always the standard for Romo. A standard that was never met.

Witten's Retirement Makes 2014 and 2016 Playoffs Even More Painful

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Even still, he deserves to be inducted into the Ring of Honor. You see, even if he never got to wear a championship ring, he meant a lot to this franchise. At times when the team was a disaster, he managed to make the Dallas Cowboys relevant year after year. It didn't matter who was on the roster, as long as #9 was healthy and on the field, they had a legitimate chance to win the ballgame.

As a young fan, I have no clue what it feels to watch my favorite team play in the Super Bowl. I can't even fathom what it's like. And yet, every time the Cowboys were on TV, there I was. Watching the team because I knew they could win. The main reason why? You guessed it. Tony Romo was in at QB.

There's an entire generation of fans who desperately love this football team because of Tony. This franchise, despite not being to the big game for more than 20 years, is passionately followed by a large group of people thanks to him.

I will always be convinced that wins and losses are a team statistic. Romo was electric on the field. He made epic throws and was one of the best moving around in the pocket. Most of his years playing for Dallas, the Cowboys featured a very poor supporting cast. He played for three different head coaches. He had to carry the team because for years he had shaky offensive lines and poor defenses.

Think about the punctured lung game, the 2013 Broncos shootout, the 2014 comeback versus the Redskins. All those great moments thanks to him.

I'll never put the lack of a sixth Cowboys' Super Bowl ring solely on his back. To me, that'll never be an argument that justifies omitting him from the Ring of Honor.

"If I had to list my number one disappointment since owning the Cowboys, it would be not to have gotten Tony Romo to a Super Bowl." Jerry Jones on 105.3 The Fan.

Tony Romo deserves to be remembered by Cowboys Nation. He always elevated the level of play of those around him and he gave it all for this franchise. He was an awesome player, a great teammate and one hell of a leader. Sure, his career may go down in our memories with a lot of "what could've been" thoughts. But there are many memories and victories that occurred thanks to him. And for that, along with many other Cowboys' fans, I'll always be grateful. That's my quarterback.

Tell me what you think about "Why Tony Romo Deserves to Be in Cowboys Ring of Honor" in the comments below, or tweet me @MauNFL and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!



I love to write, I love football and I love the Dallas Cowboys. I've been rooting for America's team all the way from Mexico ever since I can remember. If you want to talk football, I'm in... You'll find me at @MauNFL.

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  1. elindio42

    October 3, 2018 at 3:55 pm

    Danny White should go in the Ring before Romo.

  2. dallas1966

    October 4, 2018 at 8:39 am

    I wholeheartedly agree with elindio42. White has a Super Bowl ring , in addition, to taking the Cowboys organization to 3 straight NFC Championship games. Whereas Romo, couldn’t sniff playing in the NFC Championship games. White playoff record is better than Romo’s.
    But because White played under the Schramn-Brandt-Landry regime , he probably never see the light of day of the Ring of Honor .
    Romo selection, will represent the Cowboys organization stuck in NFL Purgatory of mediocrity, with a 2-4 playoff record, to vindicate Romo’s loyalty to his adopted dad Jerry Jones. The standards of the Cowboys Ring of Honor will be diluted with the selection of Tony Romo Jones, the golden boy. Sad but true.

    • fred bear

      November 19, 2018 at 9:56 pm

      Y’all both a couple of clowns. I loved Danny, but he inherited Roger’s team which was far better than anything Romo ever had. Mediocre? Romo eclipsed Roger AND Troy’s stats playing with bad and mediocre teams. He’s the best they’ve ever had but you got your head buried too far up your back side to see that.

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Dallas Cowboys 2019 Offseason Preview: Linebacker

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Wolf Hunter: Leighton Vander Esch's Pass Coverage Skills Rising to Occasion

One of the brightest spots on the Dallas Cowboys' projected 2019 roster is linebacker. The young pair of Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch have already emerged as one of the league's best duos. But that doesn't mean that the Cowboys have no work to do at the position this offseason.

Having Jaylon and Leighton does take a lot of pressure off. Most teams utilize their nickel scheme more than any other these days, which generally utilizes just two linebackers, in the increasingly pass-focused NFL. And thankfully, both Smith and Vander Esch have shown great skills in pass defense.

But there's still a semi-starting role to get figured out in the base 4-3 scheme. Damien Wilson has held the strong-side or "SAM" position for the last few years and has an expiring contract.

What's more, Dallas has a big decision to make regarding the contract of Sean Lee, which is ripe for terminating with $7 million in salary cap savings possible.

It's highly unlikely that the Cowboys would keep both Lee and Wilson. If they decide to re-sign Damien, Lee will be cut to help fund that move and others. If Sean is kept on, Wilson will almost surely be looking for a starting role somewhere else in free agency.

Even if the Cowboys do make Lee a cap casualty between now and March 13th, they may still allow Wilson to test free agency and then try to re-sign him later at a discount. He's unlikely to attract the same attention that Anthony Hitchens got last year.

How Does LB Joe Thomas Fit Into Cowboys' 2019 Plans?

Dallas Cowboys LB Joe Thomas (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Another factor in all of this is Joe Thomas, a free agent addition last year who provided good depth and could potentially start in 2019. He is scheduled to count $2.2 million against the cap, which is fine for a primary reserve but a bargain for an occasional starter.

A core of Smith, Thomas, and Vander Esch gives the Cowboys a good foundation to build from. Smith can play the SAM in the base scheme and Thomas can be the primary backup to Jaylon and Leighton in the nickel.

However, going that route would deplete the depth chart. Chris Covington, a sixth-round pick last year, would be the only noteworthy player under contract. Dallas would need to find at least two more guys to fill out the group for 2019.

They could look at re-signing backup Justin March-Lillard, who would at least bring some familiarity and veteran experience. But that might still leave them looking for more of a primary reserve, which would be especially vital if Thomas is promoted to a starting role.

The projected LB free agent pool for 2019 should make it a buyer's market. Dallas may be able to re-sign Damien Wilson or even add an upgrade, like perhaps the Vikings' Anthony Barr, at a relative bargain. There should be ample options for depth as well.

Barring an extremely favorable value opportunity, don't expect the Cowboys to spend a significant draft pick at linebacker. The fourth-round is the earliest I could see one going based on other needs, and even then it would need to be someone they really like.

Good drafting is why Dallas has flexibility and leverage this offseason. The picks they invested in Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch appear to have made LB a strength of the team for the next several years.

There is still business to attend to, but the Cowboys won't have to be too concerned with linebacker in 2019 thanks to their young stars.



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Xavier Woods Versatility Key in Dallas Cowboys FA Safety Pursuit

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Cowboys Safety Xavier Woods Is Getting Better By The Week

There has been a debate going on among Cowboys Nation for more than a year now about the prospects of bringing in Seattle Seahawks Safety Earl Thomas. Now with free agency approaching, there are several other names that the Dallas Cowboys could consider when looking to upgrade the safety position. Landon Collins, Tyrann Mathieu, and Tre Boston are several of the many quality and really good safeties that are hitting the free agent market in a few weeks. It's a group with varied skill sets and abilities, which makes the debate even more interesting. The Dallas Cowboys, however, will be able to take a look at all of them when free agency opens March 13th because of one player; Xavier Woods.

Xavier Woods, the Cowboys fifth round draft pick from the 2017 NFL Draft just finished his first full season as a starter for the Cowboys and played really well. In two years he's shown the ability to cover from the slot, play deep, play in the box, be a force over the middle, and make plays on the football. He's one of the more versatile players on the defense with his ability to play all over the field. That versatility allows the Dallas Cowboys' front office an advantage when approaching the names mentioned above.

The Dallas Cowboys don't have to be locked in to one particular type of safety. When people talk about Landon Collins, they label him a "box safety." Earl Thomas is a traditional free safety. Tre Boston is a similar player to Earl Thomas and Tyrann Mathieu is like Collins. The Cowboys can go into free agency with the freedom to explore their options and do their due diligence when it comes to these players.

That's a distinct difference from this offseason to last.

Last offseason, the feeling was that the Dallas Cowboys had to go get Earl Thomas. The safety position was so weak that the Cowboys were going to be playing at a disadvantage in the high-flying, pass-heavy NFL. Xavier Woods proved in his first full season that he can be a productive, play making starter in the NFL and should only continue to improve.

According to Pro Football Focus, Xavier Woods was sixth in the NFL in passer rating against among safeties with at least 352 coverage snaps. His 62.8 passer rating allowed in his coverage was tied with Eric Weddle, better than Derwin James, Reshad Jones, Adrian Amos, and Maliek Hooker. Of the safeties drafted in the 2017 draft class, only Eddie Jackson from the Chicago Bears had a better passer rating against than Xavier Woods.

The Dallas Cowboys got a really good player in Xavier Woods and as they get ready to potentially make a run at a big name safety, they can feel confident that whoever they end up signing will be a good fit with Woods. He can play in the box or cover receivers and tight ends. You can run more two deep safety looks, because he has the range to play it.

This year, as opposed to last, they have more certainty at the safety position because of Xavier Woods and the strides he took in 2018. There's no reason to believe that he can't continue to take a step forward for the Dallas Cowboys. His ability to play all over the field allows the Cowboys to be smart and patient in their pursuit of a safety upgrade this offseason.



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3 Free Agent Targets From Cowboys NFC East Rivals

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3 Free Agent Targets From Cowboys NFC East Rivals

The free agency period in the NFL will be here in a little more than three weeks and the Dallas Cowboys will begin the annual tradition of trying to put together the best 53-man roster that they can come up with. Free agency is just one part of the equation that includes the draft, the signing of undrafted free agents, adding and subtracting from the roster during training camp, and picking up players after the final cut down day.

You can rest assured that Will McClay and the entire pro scouting department is doing their due diligence in anticipation of the March 13th start to the 2019 free agency period. They'll look high and low for players that can come in and be contributors for the Cowboys. Even within their own division.

Between the New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, and Washington Redskins, there are some interesting names to consider as the Cowboys peruse the free agent aisles of the NFL superstore. Some of those players like Landon Collins, Ronald Darby, Nick Foles, and Brandon Graham will be new releases that will cost you a pretty penny at the check out stand. Others like Haloti Ngata will be in the used and refurbished section. And then there are those who could be had at a reasonable or discounted rate.

Here are three from within the NFC East that the Cowboys could have their eye on.

Mario Edwards, Defensive Line, New York Giants

The former Oakland Raiders second round pick out of Florida State University has already played for two teams in his young four-year career. That isn't a good sign for Mario Edwards as he approaches free agency for the first time. You don't generally see many top 100 picks get released from the team that originally drafted as they usually wait as long as they can to see if the player is going to hit.

For Mario Edwards, he found himself caught in a numbers game and outplayed by two rookies in Oakland's training camp in 2018, leading to his release. It also sounds like the Raiders couldn't quite figure out where to put him on their defensive line.

We know that the Dallas Cowboys love looking around the league for those reclamation projects. Edwards could be the next David Irving or Antwaun Woods. A player that isn't highly thought of, but in the right situation and with the right coaching could flourish.

Edwards has played 14 or more games in three of his first four seasons, missing his second season with a hip injury. He totaled more than two sacks a season in those three seasons. He isn't by any stretch of the imagination someone who is going to come in and replace DeMarcus Lawrence or Randy Gregory, but he could be a nice depth piece with potential to see significant snaps both at defensive end and 3-technique defensive tackle.

Edwards could be the next Rod Marinelli special.

Jordan Matthews, Wide Receiver, Philadelphia Eagles

The Dallas Cowboys could be in the market for a slot wide receiver this offseason if Cole Beasley is allowed to walk in free agency, which seems like a near certainty. There are several intriguing options on the roster in Allen Hurns and Cedric Wilson that could play in the slot some, or play on the outside allowing Amari Cooper to play in the slot. They could also look to the draft for Beasley's replacement as well. In the free agent pool, there are several interesting names, one of which is Jordan Matthews.

Jordan Matthews just finished his second stint in Philadelphia and while he didn't have huge production in Philly in 2018 -- 20 receptions on 28 targets for 300 yards and two touchdowns, he's a player with a track record in the NFL and could be a "big slot" option.

In Matthews first three seasons in the NFL, he averaged 75 receptions on 115 targets for 891 yards and 6.3 touchdowns in his first stint with the Philadelphia Eagles. In 2014, Matthews caught 64 of his 67 receptions from the slot, which was second in the NFL that season. In 2015, he led the NFL in receptions from the slot with 81, while also scoring eight touchdowns. In 2016, his final year with the Eagles, he was ninth in the NFL with 53 receptions. So, in those first three seasons in the league, he averaged 67 receptions, 796.3 yards, and six touchdowns. He caught eight touchdowns in each of his first two seasons for the Eagles in the slot.

He's not the same player that Cole Beasley is, but he's a player that knows how to win in the slot and because of the past couple of years could be a cheaper option to try and replace Cole's production.

Jamison Crowder, Wide Receiver, Washington Redskins

If Jordan Matthews is the inexpensive option for the Dallas Cowboys in the slot, Jamison Crowder would require paying a pretty penny. Spotrac.com estimates that Crowder could be worth $8 million per year over four years on the open market.

Interestingly enough, he's never been as productive as Cole Beasley or Jordan Matthews, but because of his age and his work the last couple of seasons, injuries not withstanding, he's seen in a more positive light than Matthews.

Crowder is cut from a similar cloth as Beasley. Smaller in stature and uses quickness and speed to win games. As Cowboys fans, we know all to well the effect that he has in game. Crowder, however, has never had more than 66 receptions in a season and has only scored more than three touchdowns once in his four seasons in the NFL; back in 2016 when he scored seven.

Crowder is coming off of an injury this season that limited him to just nine games, 29 receptions for 388 yards and two touchdowns. In his three full seasons prior to 2018, Crowder averaged 64 receptions on 93 targets for 746 yards and four touchdowns.

If for some reason, his market comes in less than the $8 million per year that Spotrac.com is projecting, I'd be very interested in bringing Crowder to Dallas.

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Each of these guys offers something intriguing that the Dallas Cowboys could use. Whether it's a defensive lineman or a slot wide receiver, they all bring something to the table. The Dallas Cowboys need to approach this offseason with a "go for it" mentality, but if they continue to follow their free agency philosophy, Mario Edwards and Jordan Matthews could be nice pieces to add to the team that offer a lot of upside.



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