I have wanted to write an article for a long time, but I couldn't really figure out what I wanted to say. Everything I came up with was snarky, stupid, or something the powers that BTB had already covered. Then a little while ago I saw someone over at ESPN talking about Romo being a heartbreaker. That no matter the situation Tony would break your heart. I thought that was very funny, laughable even, and it made me want to look a little closer at QB numbers across the league.
It also made me think of the show on ESPN called "Numbers Never Lie", which should be subtitled "Unless It Pertains To Tony Romo" – but I digress.
I am not a numbers person like the human analytical machine OCC, and I am definitely not a wordsmith like KD, and I don't understand X's and O's like Joey Ickes. But I want to put something out there anyway, about the way I see things as fanatically casual fan.
Tony Romo has averaged 0.89 interceptions per game over his career, with 1.8 TDs per game and an average passer rating of 96.6. Here’s how that compares to some other QBs:
- Peyton Manning: 0.91 INTs, 1.99 TDs, 96.7 rating
- Eli Manning: 1.09 INTs, 1.54 TDs, 82.0 rating
- Drew Brees: 0.96 INTs, 1.92 TDs, 94.7 rating
- Aaron Rodgers: 0.55 INTs, 2.02 TDs, 105.0 rating
These are just some simple numbers that I found over at Pro Football Reference, and they tell a story of a top tier quarterback. To me, they show exactly what Tony Romo is: A very good quarterback, a QB that seems to have all of the ability in the world. Unfortunately, his team doesn't always hold up when he really needs them.
I think if you showed all of those numbers without the names involved, any coach in the league would jump on obtaining that guy. But, because Romo is a Dallas Cowboy, he is not given the leeway most other QBs in the league are given - at least not in the court of public opinion.
Tony Romo is not the Mr. Bean of football that certain fans and sports pundits would have you believe.