Tony Romo went out on a pretty big limb when talking about one rookie quarterback this week.
The former Dallas Cowboys quarterback turned CBS broadcaster believes the Jets first-year quarterback has the potential to soon be one of the three to five best quarterbacks in the entire league.
“It’s rare for me to say someone has the ability to get in the stratosphere of a [Patrick] Mahomes, but I think this kid actually has that ability. So when you have a quarterback like that, I think there’s no telling how good you can be. He can make up for a lot of weaknesses in a lot of areas for a football team,” Romo said.
“I think Zach Wilson is going to be in the discussion as one of the top three to five quarterbacks [in the league] very quickly. Within the next couple of years I think you’re going to see him rise. I think he’s unbelievable. His ceiling is so high.”
That’s quite the comment for a rookie quarterback. Not everyone is buying it, of course.
Colin Cowherd said Romo has officially “lost his mind.”
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) September 2, 2021
Others are pointing out that Romo said similar things about former Jets quarterback Sam Darnold.
Here's the question. I remember Tony Romo raving about then Jets rookie QB Sam Darnold at the CBS presser a couple of years ago. https://t.co/wWQxSDCjkl
— Michael McCarthy (@MMcCarthyREV) September 1, 2021
Yo Jets fans Tony Romo also said that Sam Darnold was going to be great too..So I’m not listen to anything he says .. we’re cursed until it happen I’m following the I’ll believe it when I see it 🤷🏼♂️
— Buzz (@Jbuzz15) September 2, 2021
“For [Wilson] to be a top three quarterback in the next few years, he would have to win… Folks, when you finish third or fourth in the division, you are not a top quarterback. The only reason we have Patrick Mahomes at No. 1, is because he wins,” Cowherd explained. “… This is nothing against Tony Romo, I like him. But, Zach Wilson has the worst coach in his division and the worst roster. The AFC East has never better coaches than I recall. So, love Tony Romo but that’s not gonna happen.”
Wilson and the Jets will open the 2021 season on Sunday, Sept. 12 against Darnold and the Panthers.