A penchant for heartbreaking losses have served to overshadow Romo's great moments under pressure and make it easy to forget that Romo has been a top-10 quarterback since the day Bill Parcells promoted him over Drew Bledsoe. Romo could have won Super Bowls like Eli Manning or Joe Flacco if he had the same support.
That's about Romo's past. His place on the "Top 100 Players of 2014" is about his present and his uncertain future. Romo was revealed on Wednesday night's episode as the No. 71 player in the NFL, as voted by his peers. Eleven quarterbacks are ranked ahead of Romo on the list. That sounds about right.
Even the staunchest Romo backers have to consider that he's started to decline. Romo will be 34 years old this season and he's coming off back surgery. His numbers remain excellent overall, but there are signs that he's started to tail off. Romo no longer seems as willing to push the ball down the field. His yards-per-attempt average has dropped significantly in back-to-back years, down to a career-low 7.2 last season. (His career average, 7.8, ranks in the top 10 in NFL history.)
The decreased amounts of yards and big plays haven't coincided with more completions; Romo's accuracy has been on the decline, too. This is reflected in the numbers and from just watching Romo's games. Perhaps the back was a huge factor last year, but he wasn't as consistently sharp last season.