Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas.com has a column today discussing whether or not Tony Romo should be considered an "elite" quarterback in the league. Cowboys coach Wade Phillips believes Romo's already at that level, but the quarterback disagrees.
"You're judged at the quarterback position by wins and Super Bowls and things of that nature," said Romo, now 38-17 as a starter. "I love the tradition and the history of the game. You set out to accomplish certain goals, and right at the top, the only way to be included in any talk of anything is to go out and win championships."
Offensive coordinator Jason Garrett has developed solid chemistry with Romo after some shaky moments in 2008. Garrett is impressed with the way the quarterback handles himself in practice:
"If anything, his hunger has increased," said Garrett. "He's always been somebody who has been such a gym rat. He's always asking questions, always trying to learn and get better. He practices as well as anybody I've been around just in terms of his competitiveness on every play, and that continues to grow. That certainly helps him as a leader, it certainly helps him as a quarterback and the guys follow him."
That's a pretty big compliment from a man who used to practice with Troy Aikman and Michael Irvin on a daily basis. So I'm curious where you guys would rank Romo right now among NFL quarterbacks. Is he knocking on the door of the top 5 or does he need to win more playoff games first?
Is Romo the best quarterback in the Beast or does Eli Manning's ring trump him?