One NFL assistant general manager believes a MVP year is coming for Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, who missed all but four games to injury last season.
“I see a vastly improved team,” the executive said, via Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report. “I think this is Romo’s year, finally, where we see him make a Super Bowl run. I know his health is a big concern, but this feels like his year to me.”
The Cowboys limped to a 4-12 record last season, in large part due to Romo fracturing his collarbone in two different games. Dallas went 3-1 in games started by Romo, but only 1-11 otherwise.
The 36-year-old quarterback is now entering a season in which all the pieces could be coming together like a casino bonus, especially on offense.
Dallas returns one of the NFL’s most dominant offensive lines, Pro Bowl receiver Dez Bryant is healthy and first-round pick Ezekiel Elliott looks ready to take the league by storm.
Over 15 games in 2014, Romo threw 34 touchdowns and lead the NFL in passer rating at 113.2. He finished third in the NFL MVP voting behind Aaron Rodgers and J.J. Watt, while the Cowboys won the NFC East at 12-4.
A revitalized season from the Cowboys could prove once and for all the incredible value of Romo under center for Dallas.
Health shouldn’t be an issue.
“(Romo) hasn’t really had any issues physically,” head coach Jason Garrett said back in May, via ESPN. “He’s integrated almost completely back into the offseason program. He’s really made a lot of progress. I think his back is feeling good. His shoulder seems fine. He’s moving around well. He’s really doing very well.”
If Romo can now repeat his 2014 production and return the Cowboys to contender status, he’ll have earned the right to once again be in the NFL’s MVP conversation.