Outside of the Dallas Cowboys, there are serious doubts that Tony Romo can be the quarterback the franchise needs him to be.
You know, the one to return the organization to the pinnacle it achieved during the career of Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman. The Cowboys are struggling again this season and Romo has not performed well. He has an NFL-high 13 interceptions and he’s also lost two fumbles as the Cowboys (3-4) prepare to face the unbeaten Atlanta Falcons (7-0) on Sunday night in prime time.
The Cowboys have so much faith in Romo, according to Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, that they’ve opened contract negotiations to keep Romo with the Cowboys for the remainder of his career. The goal is to have a deal completed before the season ends.
“We've got a lot of confidence in Tony,” vice president Stephen Jones said, according to Hill. “Tony has a lot of confidence in himself. He is going to be fine. He is not the problem.”
Jones drew comparisons to Brett Favre and John Elway when discussing Romo.
“I think he is going to get better,” Jones said. “There are a lot of quarterbacks it doesn't happen right way for them as far as winning championships and that type of thing. You don't have to look any further than some of the Hall of Famers like Elway and Favre. It came late in their careers. They had some of the same issues that Tony has had. They had some really great games and some tough ones in terms of turning it over and that type of thing. It's all part of the process. There's a lot of expectations. He welcomes that. He will thrive.”
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