Looming over the Dallas Cowboys' incredible 2016 season is the situation with Tony Romo. While Dak Prescott continues to dominate, Romo continues to be an A-plus teammate, playing the role of backup while quietly having his insides ripped out in a metaphorical/emotional fashion.
There are a couple of questions regarding Romo:
- What will the Cowboys do with Romo if they clinch home-field advantage? Jerry Jones previously said the Cowboys won't rest their starters but Romo could see some playing time.
- What will the Cowboys do with Romo after the season? In a new interview with Gary Myers of the New York Daily News, Jones revealed he plans to try and keep Romo around. The depth at quarterback and the presence of Romo means that much to him.
"I think Tony is going to compete. He will never accept it," Jones said. "But do I think it is possible that he could be in Dallas and it's good for him and good for us and be the smart thing to do? How many times have we ever seen one drawn up where you see that kind of depth at the quarterback position? How many times do you have to be reminded if we had the concussion protocol the way we had it today, Troy Aikman wouldn't have played in the second Super Bowl."
Jones acknowledged that keeping Romo along with Prescott would be "unorthodox," especially if he kept Romo and eschewed using the additional salary cap space moving on would create for a star defensive player.
The Cowboys owner also said he believes he can talk the quarterback out of asking for a trade.
"I think if I ask Tony to go with us on that and let's try to win a championship, I think, yes, he will," Jones said.
What Jones thinks about this season is even more interesting. Jones told Myers he firmly believes that Romo is going to play a part in a run for the Cowboys, that at some point during the 2016 season and/or postseason he will end up under center.
"I think Romo is going to get his opportunity," Jones said. "I don't want it to happen. But I think he may get his opportunity to get us a Super Bowl. While that's a mixed bag when I think about it -- that means you don't have Dak out there -- but it means, what a story, one for the ages, if he'd step in there and this year help us win a Super Bowl on the field with his skill. That can happen here. We're not talking about a bus driver out there. We're talking about a guy who can go out there and move our team."
It's quite the foreboding premonition from Jones, intimating something could happen to Prescott for Romo to get his chance as the Cowboys continue the pursuit of their first title in 20 years.
Having Romo step in to help would hardly be unprecedented. Drew Bledsoe was required again for the Patriots to win the 2001 Super Bowl, even though Tom Brady took Bledsoe's job because of injury early that season. That scenario should sound familiar.
Maybe Jones believes the Cowboys are destined to win the Super Bowl this season -- it is being played in Texas, after all -- and that Romo is destined to play a part.
Jones has pretty strong intuition. You don't accidentally become a billionaire. But hitting on this premonition would be downright spooky, not that Cowboys fans would mind very much.