Jason Witten: Tony Romo is “an elite quarterback”

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Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten sat down with AbileneSports.com and was asked about the disappointing end to last year’s  8-8 season.

“No doubt it was a disappointment — going 8-8,” Witten said. “We had a chance to win the division and lost it. The Giants won and went to the Super Bowl. We don’t need any extra motivation.”

Witten stands by Romo and believes he’s an elite quarterback that can help them compete for a Super Bowl title.

“Hopefully, we learned through these tough experiences in getting beat,” he added. “That’s what adversity is all about. You can either use that as your crutch or allow it to be what pushes you to chase greatness. I think that’s what this team is going to do. We got a lot better through free agency, got a lot better in the draft. Obviously, I think Tony Romo is an elite quarterback who gives you a chance to compete for a championship.”

“There’s high expectations for Cowboys,” he said. “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. He’s 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. Tony is a phenomenal player and a phenomenal player for our football team.”

Witten understands why the fans have been tough on Romo, even though he believes it’s not his fault for their shortcomings.

“That’s part of playing that position,” he said. “He’s a great player. Look at what he did — 31 touchdowns and 10 interceptions (last season). He was up there among the top five in quarterbacks this year. That’s just the way it goes. You can’t cry about it. I just hope the fans know what a good player he is. Hopefully we can win a championship.”

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