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Witten Says Romo Is Among NFL’s “Elite”

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NEW YORK (CBS SPORTS) - Last offseason, Giants quarterback Eli Manning was the subject of much scrutiny after the quarterback put himself in the “same class” as Tom Brady. Since Eli was right about that, we’re going to need a new quarterback to obsess over this year with respect to the elite nature of his football skills.

Cowboys tight end Jason Witten may have inadvertently nominated his quarterback, Tony Romo, by bestowing the “elite” status on the Dallas starter. “There’s high expectations for Cowboys,” Witten told Joey Richards of the Abilene Reporter-News this week. “There’s been some great quarterbacks who have come through that organization. You look at Roger Staubach and Troy [Aikman], and the expectations are Super Bowls. [Romo is] a phenomenal, cool quarterback. He’s an elite quarterback. But until we win the big game, the criticism is going to come.”

“We understand that, and we have high expectations,” Witten continued. “Tony is a phenomenal player and a phenomenal player for our football team.”

This is a bold statement by Witten, but… not really. Romo is, more or less, an elite quarterback. He threw for 4,077 yards, 30 touchdowns (to just 10 interceptions) and completed a very impressive 66.3 percent of his passes in 2011.

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