Tony Romo’s path to the NFL was vastly different from that of Tony Romo but Scott Linehan, who has worked with both, sees major similarities between the two quarterbacks.
Romo entered the NFL in 2003 as an undrafted free agent out of Division I-AA Eastern Illinois. Stafford was drafted out of Georgia by the Detroit Lions with the first overall pick in the 2009 draft. But according to Linehan--who coached Stafford for five years in Detroit, before joining the Cowboys in 2014--the two are actually not all that different in terms of makeup.
"There's a lot of similarities between them even though they probably came up different," Linehan said, per ESPN Dallas. "One was the first pick of the draft. The other one was maybe the first pick in the free-agent pool. But neither one of them was really wired any differently. They both see themselves as great players, but humbly they do. They're also so open to coaching and I think that's why both of them are successful.
“Tony's got a longer career that he's been through and Matt is kind of hitting his prime, so to speak, in the NFL for a quarterback. I think both experiences have been equally beneficial for me to be able to have a background with a younger player and an older player."
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