Pete Prisco: Cowboys Would Have Made Super Bowl If Romo Played Last Year

Time will tell whether Tony Romo is a top-notch broadcaster, but there’s no denying his success as a quarterback. Romo is the Cowboys’ all-time leader in passing yards (34,183) and passing touchdowns (248) and ranks third in wins (78).

“He was a darn good player, and I think if he had played last year, they might have went to the Super Bowl,” CBSSports.com senior NFL columnist Pete Prisco said on CBS Sports Radio’s Gio and Jones. “Look, Tony Romo never got the due he deserved as a quarterback in the National Football League – ever. If you look at his stats, his numbers, his fourth-quarter comebacks – I go back to the Denver game (in 2013). The guy threw for (506) yards and five touchdowns and threw a late interception and everybody blamed him for the loss. Are you kidding me? That’s the kind of career Tony Romo had. Tony Romo is significantly better than everybody said he was. Was he a great, great quarterback? No. But he was a damn good one.”

Brian Jones, a lifelong Cowboys fan, wasn’t big on Romo. Jones felt Romo was a solid quarterback but nothing special.

“If he had played last year, they would have went to the Super Bowl,” Prsico said. “They made a mistake.”

Jones thought the Cowboys could have reached the Super Bowl with Dak Prescott if they had a better pass rush.

“(Romo) would have been able to overcome that,” Prisco said. “The other kid, look, he brought them back, but the other kid wasn’t able to overcome it and he tailed off at the end of last year. I thought people started figuring him out. That doesn’t mean he’s not going to be a good player. I just think last year would have been better to play Romo.”

Prisco also weighed in on Adrian Peterson, who signed a two-year $7 million deal with the Saints on Tuesday. Peterson, 32, played just one game for the Vikings in 2014 and three in 2016.

Prisco does not believe Peterson will significantly help New Orleans. 

“No, I do not,” he said. “Same with Marshawn Lynch, who’s going to the Raiders. You don’t want to get older at that position. It’s not a good look for your team. You want to get younger. You draft them, you run them into the ground for five years, get rid of them and go draft another one. Young, fast, athletic, cheap is the way you want to go at that position, and it doesn’t make sense to me to go spend money on a veteran running back. So to answer your question, no, I don’t think he’s going to make an impact.”

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