As Tony Romo undergoes his second back surgery in one year at age 33 the future of our franchise is in limbo. As we've all been reminded in the past few weeks, Troy Aikman's career was ended because of back problems. There is no doubt in my mind that Tony will be back in 2014 to play, he is one tough SOB, but I have no clue how this injury might affect him. The quarterback is the most important position on the team and I think it's time to put our team in a good position for the future. Romo is our starter, the face of the franchise, and our leader. However, if the opportunity presents itself to take a talented signal-caller we need to pull the trigger.
The 2014 draft contains names like: Bridgewater, Manziel, Bortles, Hundley, Carr, Mettenberger, McCarron, Boyd, Garoppolo, and Murray. I'm not saying we need to trade up to number one and select Teddy Bridgewater, but if you're sitting there at 16/17 and a name like Manziel, Bortles, or Carr (unlikely) is there we should take them.
Our struggles on defense are well documented; we set records for some of the worst statistics in NFL history. I know many of you are calling for defensive lineman back to back to back picks, but that is unlikely. My favorite thing about Jason Garrett is the way he sticks to his board. That's the way the draft should be played, take the best player on your board. His wants to fill our holes with free agents so that he can select the best player available on draft day and I respect that. If a quarterback is available at our pick that ranks 8th on our board and a defensive lineman is available that is 19th on our board is there I want the QB every time.
Whenever Romo decides to retire, which I believe will be in the next three years, would you rather have a defensive tackle or a blue-chip signal caller that sat behind and learned from one of the best QBs this league has seen? Yes, Tony Romo is one of the best QBs this league has seen in the past decade. His ability to improvise and make plays out of nothing is something we as fans have been blessed to seen.
Drafting a quarterback for this franchise is like buying life insurance, we need to protect our younger building blocks (Tyron, Dez, Lee, ect.) for the future. Can you imagine what a waste it would be if Romo is gone and we have "just another guy" play quarterback? Playoff teams all received high level play from their QB position. It's a lot easier to find defensive lineman later in the draft than a quarterback. Do we really want to go through another "Quincy Carter Era?" This is one of the best crop of QB talent in a long time and we need to take advantage of that.