Roger Staubach has defended Tony Romo several times in the past and his support was on full display Thursday at AT&T Stadium.
By JON MACHOTAFS Southwest
ARLINGTON, Texas – Roger Staubach is not shy about showing his love for all things
Tony Romo. The Hall of Fame quarterback has defended Romo several times in the past and his support was on full display Thursday at AT&T Stadium.
Dallas Cowboys' Silver and Blue Debut practice, the two-time Super Bowl champion and Ring of Honor member said Romo shouldn't get all of the blame for the team's lack of success.
"It's a team effort, too," Staubach said. "I can't take credit for those great teams that I had. It was because I had a running game. I had a good offensive line. I had a lot of good things working for me. But you've got to be good yourself. Tony is a franchise quarterback."
And while some might be concerned with Romo's age – he turned 33 in April – Staubach, who won a Super Bowl at 35, says Romo is currently in the prime of his career.
"I just watch his instincts, the plays he makes, the way he can buy time," Staubach said. "Last year, if you looked at the Super Bowl, those guys had running backs over 1,000 yards. He doesn't complain. He doesn't blame it on anybody, but he needs some help up front at times. The running game has got to be better than [31st] in the league, but Tony just does his job.
"He makes plays. He's got a strong arm, and he just does a lot of good things out there [that] only a few quarterbacks in the league that can do."
Romo's 1-6 record in win-or-go-home games, which includes Week 17 losses the last two seasons, will continue to be the stat most closely associated with the quarterback until he guides the Cowboys on a playoff run. But even if that never happens, it's difficult to envision Staubach ever jumping off the Romo bandwagon.
"I just feel really good about him," Staubach said. "I think when he's on that field we have a chance to win. I felt that same way with [Troy] Aikman, so I feel very good about him."