We continue to hear how Tony Romo is the answer in Dallas and how both he and Jerry Jones have only won 1 playoff game since January 1997. If you wipe out his 1st season (2006) when he wasn't the starter out of training camp and his injury-shortened season (2010) he has been pretty successful (41-23) winning games in the regular season and hasn't had that many opportunities in then playoffs yet. He also did look pretty good in 2009.
Let's talk about opportunity shall we? Who is your #1 QB of all-time? Johnny Unitas or Joe Montana? Well, as I remember it Phil Simms was pretty good, lets look at the matchup on Jan. 4th, 1987. Montana's lineup? Pretty good...
FB Roger Craig - 81 catches and 1,450 combined yards (Marshall Faulk anyone?)
WR Dwight Clark - 61 catches
WR Jerry Rice - 86 catches for 1,570 yards, 15 td
TE Russ Francis - 41 catches
Who did Phil Simms have? Mark Bavaro and Bobby Johnson?
QB Rating - any guesses?
Score - any guesses?
Let me repeat - Phil Simms beat Joe Montana 49-3 behind Lawrence Taylor and Joe Morris - 4 TDs on 9 completions. How important was Phil Simms? There's more to being a QB then attempts and completions. This was the 6th time in 10 career playoff games he had a QB rating below 90 - 34.2 in this game - and he was already 30. It wasn't until he had a passing-oriented offense in 1988 - at the age of 32 - did those big 130+ QB Rating games start coming out. 1989 was the only season where he put up a monster QB rating - 112.4.
Could Tony Romo's best years be ahead? Can he put up similar performances? Can he run a predictable offense in the 4th quarter?
I say the answer is right behind him - Vickers and Murray. Don't get my started on how important Mo, Mike and Brandon are to that Rob Ryan defense...