Does Tony Romo Deserve To Win The MVP Award This Season?
At the start of the 2014-15 NFL season, there were very—very!—few people who included Tony Romo‘s name in the MVP conversation. Peyton Manning? For sure. Aaron Rodgers? Of course. Romo’s teammate DeMarco Murray? Eh, probably not. But even though nobody knew just how well Murray would play this season, even he probably would have come up in the conversation before Romo. Romo just wasn’t widely regarded as a guy who could get the job done on the field and win an MVP trophy. He hadn’t shown that he had what it took to lead his team to the playoffs in the past, so people didn’t even bring his name up with regards to the MVP award.
But now, there are some people who are singing a much different tune after seeing the Dallas Cowboys clinch a playoff spot by beating the Indianapolis Colts yesterday. During the Cowboys’ 42-7 rout of the Colts, Romo completed 18 of his 20 passes and threw for 218 yards and four touchdowns. It was an MVP type of performance and it suddenly threw Romo’s name into the MVP discussion. And at the moment, there are a lot of Cowboys players and personnel vouching for him.
“He certainly is [the MVP] in my book,” Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said last night. “Tony’s quarterbacking this year has been indispensable…We have a team that probably right now is in the top four or five in the league. That’s pretty good qualification in my book.”
“Hell yeah…he’s the MVP,” wide receiver Dez Bryant added. “Look at the performance. He’s giving ‘em hell in December. Icing on the cake. Give it to him. He’s doing a hell of a job.”
But does Romo really deserve the MVP award? Or should it go to someone who has been a little bit more consistent this season? Like, say, Manning, Rodgers, or Murray?
The funny thing is that, as of right now, there’s really no clear-cut MVP favorite. It could go to Romo. But it could also go to any of the guys listed above. And other players like New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson could also make a claim to the award.
So truthfully, Romo could win the MVP award this season—and he’d have every right to it. Coming off back surgery last offseason and playing through a lot of pain due to back and rib injuries this season, Romo has been spectacular and guided the Cowboys to a successful year. So we wouldn’t be surprised to see him get the MVP award. But we also wouldn’t be shocked if MVP voters went in a different direction, especially when you consider how much help Romo received from Murray this season.
What do you think? Should Tony Romo win the MVP award, or does someone else deserve it more?