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Taylor Heinicke will make it difficult for the Washington Football team to return the starting position to Ryan Fitzpatrick once he is ready to return from a hip injury. Heinicke leads Washington to a come-from-behind wins about the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday was reminiscent of former Dallas Cowboys signal caller Tony Romo. If Heinicke continues to play like this, there will be no decision; Fitzpatrick will be the backup going forward.
Now I realize that Heinicke vs Romo isn’t an exact comparison, and more like Granny Smith vs Golden Delicious apples. Yes, both apples have a slightly different flavor, but are still quite similar overall. Watching Heinicke and some of the plays he’s been able to make since he took over from Fitzpatrick reminds me of a young Romo in his first few years as a starter.
Both quarterbacks didn’t count on smaller schools (Old Dominion Heinicke, Eastern Illinois for Rome) in front of and they were never expected to make it in the NFL, especially as starting QBs. They were both forced into action after the starting QB was out due to injury (Romo replaced Drew Bledsoe).
Their style of play on the field is similar to the way both guys are great at making something happen when a game breaks. Whether extending the game with their legs or narrowly escaping a defender to throw a touchdown. Heinicke and Romo were the driving force behind plays they shouldn’t have made.
Here’s Vintage Romo Making JJ Watt look crazy.
In the Falcons Sunday comeback, Heinicke led Washington on two late scoring runs en route to a 34-30 road win. Romo was also no stranger to victories coming from behind during his time in Dallas. Tony ranks 17th all time with 24 fourth-quarter comebacks in his career, and 21st all time with 29 game-winning drives. Cowboys fans witnessed many of Romo’s comebacks while he starred in Big D.
The Heinicke era has just begun in Washington, but it looks like the football team may have found its QB in the coming years in a man no one expected. What Romo accomplished with the Cowboys is overlooked because today is all about winning a championship. If you don’t win a ring, your career means nothing to most people now. This is just not true.
It’s hard to make it in the NFL. The Average career length of an NFL player amounts to 3.3 years. For quarterbacks, at 4.4 years, it’s a little longer, but still not very long. For Romo, not being drafted and hanging out at the highest level for so long is an achievement. Some number 1 picks never win rings, and many of them still have great careers. If Heinicke’s career ceiling is Tony Romo’s, that’s not a bad thing. Another man who was slept in by the competition went unbearable, then came in and took the competition by storm. That’s not a bad storyline at all.
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