Roger Staubach has been where Tony Romo is now, so he understands the scrutiny that goes with being America's Quarterback. At the same time, the Hall of Famer has a hard time explaining why Romo's leadership skills have been questioned.
"I think people should keep examining what he has done," Staubach said Monday. "This guy has done unbelievable. He's right at the top in the NFL as far as a quarterback -- as far as his statistics and the things he does. I'm mystified, because it's not our quarterback that is the problem in Dallas. We've got a Super Bowl quarterback. I really believe that the league is so close in parity, and Dallas is the kind of team with Jason [Garrett] that they can be right there in the thick of it this year. Last year, the Green Bay Packers were almost out of it. They lose 11 players [to injury], and yet they got that momentum going. Dallas is right there, and they have the quarterback that can do it. I'm hoping this is our year."
Romo is 39-22 in the regular season as a starter but only 1-3 in the postseason. He has been criticized outside of the organization for playing too much golf in the off-season, and some critics have questioned whether he has turned into the "celebrity quarterback" that Bill Parcells warned against.
But Romo has drawn praise during the lockout for his work in putting together player-only workouts. He was asked last week whether it was a "step in leadership or a natural maturity" that had led him to organize the workouts. He side-stepped the question, saying, "I think we have a lockout right now, and our team needs to get better at football, and the only way to do that is to get out and play football. The more ways we can do that, the more ways it helps our football team."
Staubach said Romo has been the leader of the Cowboys since the day Romo made his first start in 2006.
"He has been a leader," Staubach said. "He's a fierce competitor. They talk about him playing golf. I mean, he works out. He's with his team during the season. He's one heck of a football player, and I don't understand it. I think he's been a leader. You know, you mature as you get experience at that position. The players believe in him; they like him.
"Look at what he's done. He's accomplished a lot. The guy has really been a heck of a football player. He hasn't been the problem. Now, I hope they're resolving some of their problems and helping him."
-- Charean Williams