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In Big Games Romo is...



I had a lengthy discussion with a group of objective and not so objective Cowboy Fans the other day. The issue that arose was Tony Romo. Now we were discussing whether or not all of the previous trash said about him (can't come through in the clutch, not a leader, blah blah blah) was true. For the most part we all disagreed with this uninformed rhetoric. However I've found that there is this one issue among Cowboy fans that we are not completely honest about when it comes to Romo. Yes he has one of the highest ratings for a QB in the 4th quarter, and he has had pretty solid amount of fourth quarter comebacks (especially last year), but the issue of how he plays in "Big games" is something we have started to overlook. I believe that this is due to the fact that the ONLY thing the MEdiots talk about on ESPN are how he plays in these supposed Big Games. I understand that our lack of playoff success does not fall completely on Romo but it IS important to ask yourself "Did Romo absolve himself of the lion share of the responsibility due to his play?" Well in this recent article by the most intelligent, Romo supporting writer I've ever seen at the Bleacher Report (I know it's a landfill over there) he takes a look at how Romo has performed in these "Big Games". The memories and emotions associated with these games make this a tough read. But it is a fairly objective look at Romo's performance in these games. Here is an excerpt from the article to show the tenor and feel of the piece.

Last week, Tony Romo signed one of the most lucrative contracts in NFL history. Yeah, that Tony Romo. The guy with just one playoff victory to his name. The guy who supposedly shrinks in big games and hides when the spotlight is directed at him. That inconsistent, mistake-prone loser who has the opposite of ice (fire?) in his veins.

Regular readers know that I think Romo has earned an extremely unfair reputation inside and outside of Dallas, based primarily on circumstances beyond his control. In various columns, I've listed them all.

Jerry Jones, the coaching staff, the defense, the running game, the pass protection, bad luck, injuries, Celine Dion. Whether or not they're "excuses," they've all been big-picture factors. Factors which I believe the majority of fans choose to ignore because they want—they need—somebody or something to blame for the fact that, since 1996, the Dallas Cowboys haven't gotten their way.

So I decided to go back to the beginning and work forward in an attempt to gain a better, hindsight-assisted feel for what exactly Romo has and hasn't been able to accomplish during his 10 seasons in the National Football League.

I think it is good for us to defend our QB against people who watch him ONLY when they are talking about him on the NFL network. And he has done enough to acquit himself against most of their accusations. But I have noticed on BTB a recent trend to spin things in a direction that appears to favor just us. For example in the piece about Romo vs. Rivers, it CLEARLY showed that Romo was better than Rivers in almost every way (Rivers is very bad), and I believe he was ranked 12th in "Clutch" situations (Game winning drives). This led many to go back to the old BTB rhetoric of how underrated he is, and what his QB rating in 4th quarter is, and the fact that he is elite. However that list actually surprised me. I personally thought he would have been much higher. I found it astonishing that other than Aaron Rodgers (which was even more surprising) there wasn't one QB under Romo I had any respect for. Please read this article when you have time, and if you have an open mind and are being honest with yourself you will likely come to one conclusion. Tony Romo is a very good QB who NEEDS to play consistently better in "Big Games" to be great. If you disagree, after reading the article, tell me why. But that's if you can get through the memories.... ugh, still feeling sick.

Another user-created commentary provided by a BTB reader.

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