What about Romo

What about Romo
March 12, 2017 No Comments Broncos, Cowboys, Off Season, Texans Jeff DiMatteo

Just something to think about…

 

The NFL, its fans and media have an unhealthy obsession with Tony Romo.  The soon to be former Cowboy quarterback has been one of the more polarizing characters of the last decade.  

Though he’s always had the ability, and the opportunity to be one of the league’s brightest stars he always seems to be on the wrong side of an untimely turnover or an injury that keeps him from being mentioned as one of the truly elite QBs.

We’ve heard ad nauseum about the different places Tony Romo may land this off-season; the Denver Broncos, Houston Texans, even the Los Angeles Rams.  We find ourselves trying to place him on every team that needs a QB and even with some that don’t. When healthy, he might be a top 10 NFL QB but that’s the issue, isn’t it?  IF he can stay healthy, he could lead a team to the promised land. IF he’s on the field IF his back holds up IF his collarbone holds up…IF.

If you happen to be a fan of the Broncos or Texans you should be less worried about getting him and more worried about the IF’s that he comes with.  Should he play this year, his IF’s will be enough to keep him outside of my top 12 QBs. Since 2006, he’s played in all 16 games 4 times. Including a combined 5 games played in the last 2 seasons.  As he heads into his age 37 season, it cannot be assumed that he’ll suddenly become more durable.

The unfortunate truth for Tony is that it’s probably time to hang it up.  The last two seasons have proven that his bones are basically made out of balsa wood and that his ability to endure an entire NFL season, including the hits that go with it, is almost non-existent.  I’ve always liked Tony Romo, and feel like he’s probably a really good guy- that’s why I want him to walk away…While he’s still walking. One day he’ll make a great coach or color analyst but his best days as a QB are certainly behind him.  

FANTASY OUTLOOK

If you’re still dead set on drafting him, his value will be predicated on where he lands.  

Denver – He’s QB14 and should be platooned with a guy like Ryan Tannehill, who could sneak into the top 10 this year with 4 games against the Bills/Jets.  

The good news is that he’ll have great weapons – The bad news is that OL (even with Menelik Watson) is going to get him killed.  

Houston – He’s QB20 or so…He’ll be a matchup-based starter that should be used as insurance if you also grabbed Andrew Luck who has a tendency to get nicked up here and there.  If this the route you go it’s important to note that a guy like Alex Smith would offer similar value and can be picked off the waiver wire.

The good news is…Nuk and Fuller? Playing indoors?  I don’t know there really isn’t any good news here. The bad news is he didn’t end up in Denver and the “weapons” and OL here will likely get him killed faster than he would have gotten killed in Denver.

I really wanted to send you out on something positive, sorry, I’ll do better next time…

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