Well out of me anyways. A lot of threads are sparking controversy on the topic. I feel my take is more than a comment on insert BTB username here. I'm a huge Tony Romo fan. I knew this guy was good since the first time he started for the Cowboys. I will back this guy up until he starts playing like an average to below average QB. Right now that is not the case. As Tony Romo outrageously over blamed for the Week 1 loss to the Jets week comes to an end I just wanted to point some things out to you all that you may not recognize yet.
Remember these guys? Quincy Carter, Anthony Wright, Ryan Lead, Chad Hutchinson, Vinny Testeverde, and Drew Bledsoe. Enough said about the past.
Tony Romo is Elite, not just good
That's right Tony Romo is elite. I don't see this case to be who has a Super Bowl ring or not because that's not how you should judge a players talent level. Look at all the players that crack this "elite" status. Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger, Philip Rivers, and to the media possibly Mike Vick. While the media and the uneducated fan thinks Tony Romo belongs in the group just outside those guys. This is far from the truth. Here are some of Romo's stats compared to these elitists.
Cmp% - 64.1
Yards - 16992
TD% - 5.7
INT% - 3.0
Y/A - 8.1
QB Rating - 95.6
Cmp% - 63.6
Yards - 25361
TD% - 5.6
INT% - 2.2
Y/A - 7.4
QB Rating - 95.5
Cmp% - 65.2
Yards - 35685
TD% - 4.9
INT% - 2.7
Y/A - 7.3
QB Rating - 92.0
Cmp% - 62.9
Yards - 22782
TD% - 5.1
INT% - 3.1
Y/A - 8.0
QB Rating - 91.9
That's enough, but you get my point now I hope. Romo is very similar to these QB's. He throws TD at a higher % than any of them, has the the highest Y/A, and QB Rating. I'm not saying he's better than any of these guys. (Except Ben Roethlisberger. Let's be real his two Super Bowls came from his excellent defense.) So while you think you have it bad with Romo after games like last week think if we're going to find anyone better right now.
The Outside Looking In
The group I was talking about earlier consists of Eli Manning, Matt Ryan, Joe Flacco, and Josh Freeman. This is far from the truth. Romo is better than Eli Manning. I've made points about this consistently when it's brought up. I'm done with this argument. I think most of us will agree with that.
Next Romo is definitely better than Joe Flacco and Josh Freeman. That's just that, it's a fact. But how about Matt Ryan? Ryan is considered to be better than Romo by some already. Yet the whole playoff wins and Super Bowl thing isn't my argument, it usually is for ESPN and other sports media places. So why is Ryan ranked better than Romo in some cases? Ryan has yet to get a playoff win in his 3 seasons as a starting QB. Is your NFC best 13-3 record not good enough to beat the Green Bay Packers who eventually won the Super Bowl? You see where I'm going with this? Tony Romo is similar with Ryan that his team hasn't performed in the playoffs and lost to an eventual Super Bowl Champion when they finished first in the NFC. Yet Romo is constantly reminded of his failures in the playoffs, but Ryan is praised in Atlanta. I just don't get it. Actually I do, in the next part of the post I'll explain.
The Dallas Factor
The Cowboys are a major market team. They're America's team and get plenty of National coverage. While it's good that we the fans outside of the Texas area can see the Cowboys a lot more than a fan of the Bills living in Arizona can watch their team, we don't always get on the good side of the media. When it's good, it's good. The media falls in love with the Cowboys. But when it's bad, it's bad. The media will call for our head coach to be on the hot seat or like this week our QB.
If Romo was the Raiders QB right now he wouldn't have a lot of pressure. I actually think Oakland is one of Romo's perfect situations. This franchise is crying for a great QB. While they have Campbell he's just good and is no Romo. The Raiders would probably win their division in a weaker division compared to the NFC East and possibly a playoff game. The media would anoint him the guy who got the Raiders back into contention. All would be good in Romo land.
That isn't the case though. And it's a major reason why people's perspective on Romo is different than other QB's in the NFL in a similar situation. Yet they aren't being called out on it. Matt Ryan. No cough.
Folds under pressure
While in some cases it seems true, the botch game and this Sunday Night's game, Romo isn't really a bad player under pressure. The Giants Divisional playoff game was mostly bad defense at the end of the 1st half. The Cowboys had a 10 minute drive for a TD and within 2 minutes the Giants score again. Then Crayton drops that pass and bleh. Then we all blame Romo for the Vikings Divisional playoff loss. You do remember how terrible the offensive line played vs. the Vikings defensive line right? Just know they were out matched and Romo wasn't allowed to do anything.
Romo has 10 game winning drives and 34 4th Quarter TD's. I don't see how that is folding under pressure. If that is folding under pressure I hope we see more of that.
You may need to be reminded how good 2009 Romo was. He had 26 TD and 9 INT. Romo learned to throw the ball away when no one was opened or he was about to be hit. Hopefully he gets back to this. He led the Cowboys to an 11-5 record that year and got the win vs. the Eagles to end the playoff drought. We saw 2009 Romo in the first 3 Quarters on Sunday Night. Buy into Tony Romo right now. He's going to have a great season.
Movies are made based on these stories
The un-drafted free agent gets signed to America's most popular football team. He looks great in his first two years in the league, but always comes up short. He shows signs of excellence, but in the end gets back to his unable to finish ways. He's in a dark place and no one really believes in him. Yet he finds a way to turn his game around and gains confidence. He leads his team onto the Super Bowl and wins it. Capping off the perfect sports story for Tony Romo and the Cowboys.
I want Brad Pitt to play Romo, and Carrot top to play Garrett.