NFL  > Dallas Cowboys  > Tony Romo is NOT to BLAME!
January 3, 2011, 02:11 PM
Personally, I am sick and tired of having to defend Romo...yet, I keep doing it hoping that maybe people out there, especially Cowboy fans, will realize what they have at QB.

Tony Romo was born on April 21, 1980. He will be 31 going into the next season.

Everyone out there has 2 beef's about Romo...1 - Leadership and 2 - Playoff wins.

I do not know what else the guy can do to lead a team? Just because he is not Drew Brees or Keith Brooking or Ray Lewis yelling at people on the sidelines, does not make him a leader...the guy will NEVER roll over on a team mate...IE, look at every chance he had to bury TO and he never did. He is a professional and is one of the hardest workers in the offseason...dont believe me, just ask Roy Williams this past season.

His playoff wins are where you Romo Haters have a beef...but lets look back in time and compare:

From 2000 (Aikmans last season) - 2006 (Romo), Dallas averaged 6 wins a season and were 21st in the league in Offense...several seasons they were 25th, 29th and 30th for God's sake!

We had, Cunningham, Carter, Wright, Leaf, Hutchinson, Testaverde, Henson and Bledsoe at QB over those years.

Since 2006, lets compare more: with Romo and ONLY Romo at the helm, we are now averaging 10 wins per season, including this season btw and, we are 6th in Offense.

So let me get this straight for you Romo Haters....we went from 6 wins to 10 wins and from 21st to 6th in Offense since Romo took over.

Does not take a genius to figure out that he has IMPROVED this team...

Let's go further...Romo is ranked 4th all time in QB rating with 95.5...only Rodgers, Rivers, and Steve Young are ahead of him. His completion percentage is 64.1%, which ranks him 8th all time...behind Pennington, Warner, Brees, Manning, Schaub, Rodgers and Steve Young.

Of all active QB's, he has only Manning and Brady ahead of him in Wins.

Repeat....only 2 SuperBowl QB's have a higher winning percentage than him!

So, basically, Tony Romo is averaging almost 4400 yds per season with 31 scores 10 wins and a 6th ranked offense???

But, many of you out there think he is either over-rated and needs to go and is not our future???

Are you stupid? Are you ****? Are you that misguided?

Several other threads are out there where guys are saying not to bring up stats...well, at the QB position, its ALL ABOUT STATS. If you do not complete passes, or throw Td's or throw lots of picks, then that means you do not win...and, if you do not win, you do not get into the playoffs.

Dallas has made the playoffs in 3 of Tony's 5 years starting...in 2008 he missed 3 games to injury, all losses by the way...if Dallas had won 1 game without him that season they would have made it 4 of 5 years.

Quite ironic that all of our playoff seasons are when Tony was healthy and played all year long huh? Yet more and more of you bozo's want to replace him??

My final question is WITH WHO???

Tell me WHO you can replace him with that is not a trade you did in Madden 2011?

The answer will take you a while....because, there is no one out there who can improve us more at QB that is available.

I am sick of all the off season comments made about him, or his lack of leadership or his Golfing or his hot girlfriends and now his engagement....Tony has produced on the field yet everyone wants more.

Last I looked Tony did not block, or run the ball...he did not catch it, kick field goals, or play on defense....nor does he coach...the guy has done what he can...now it is time for the rest of the TEAM to come through.

So do yourself a favor fellow Cowboy fans....

DEFEND the guy...he is what we need to win...

This team has talent, it has a QB, and now, hopefully a good coach....fix the holes on D and watch this team fly....
January 3, 2011  02:12 PM ET

By the way....all of the stats are from http://www.pro-football-reference.com

Thanks.

January 3, 2011  02:36 PM ET

Jeff,
Thank you for putting up the facts, I am a fan. I would like a little more hard-nose attitude from him along the side line, a withering stare to a line-man for another off-sides, occasional **** chewing for someone who fails to pick up a blitz, runs the wrong route but I think that isn't his character. I will take the fleet feet, the pretty arcs into Austin's hands, and the wins though. Oh can you do something about the silly beret he wears though?

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January 3, 2011  04:47 PM ET

Jeff, arguing with the Romo haters is like spitting into the wind. I've quit arguing with them. It's kind of like when Ernest Byner rushed for over 200 yards in a game when Cleveland played Denver, but he fumbled near the goal line and they ended up losing the game.

Ernest Byner will never be remembered for the 200 plus yards he ran for, but for the FUMBLE. Same way with Romo...he'll always be remembered for the fumbled snap on the field goal attempt against Seattle.

Browns fans, I didn't bring this up to rehash old memories, but what I said is true. Byner was one helluva back, but he's stigmatized by that one fumble, as will be Romo with his snap, at least until he wins a SB, and then maybe not even then. Byner never had another chance to redeem himself, and Romo may never either.

But, you people who despise him..especially Cowboys fans......maybe you'd be happier with Chad Hutchinson? He couldn't even make it in Chicago, for crying out loud! That's one team that's been in dire need of a QB for years, and if you ask me, they still are. No offense, GSH1, and other Bears fans, but that's just my opinion.

January 3, 2011  05:06 PM ET

No position is all about the stats. That is a fallacy. If it were all about stats, Vinny Testaverde would be a Hall of Famer.

Stats don't account for "Hey, look, John Candy." Stats are only one way to compare players, and one of the key stats is playoff wins and championships. There are people out there who denigrate Dan Marino's career because he doesn't have a ring. The perception of Romo will change if he wins a bit more in the post-season, but until he does he isn't going to be considered among the elite quarterbacks.

January 3, 2011  05:11 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

The fact that he has been over rated for years is now starting to show...I hope that you do keep him as your QB...it just means that you will not be a playoff threat.

In the past 2 years, Cutler's stats are; 31 games played..987 atts/597 comp.for 6,940 yards.. 50 td's/42 ints. 19 fumbles/7 lost

Romo's..I have to use 08 and 09 since he only played in 6 games this year.......in 29 games (missing 3 in 08) Romo's stats are 1000 att/623 comp. for 7931 yds..52 td's/23 ints....19 fumbles, 11 lost
In 3 less games, Romo has thrown for almost 1000 more yards, 2 more TD's, 19 LESS ints, but 4 more fumbles lost.

Romo may never be a playoff threat as you say, but I can't see Cutler going any further than one and done. I'll take my chances with Romo.

January 3, 2011  05:19 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

No position is all about the stats. That is a fallacy. If it were all about stats, Vinny Testaverde would be a Hall of Famer. Stats don't account for "Hey, look, John Candy." Stats are only one way to compare players, and one of the key stats is playoff wins and championships. There are people out there who denigrate Dan Marino's career because he doesn't have a ring. The perception of Romo will change if he wins a bit more in the post-season, but until he does he isn't going to be considered among the elite quarterbacks.

I agree with you, but for someone to state for a fact that Romo will never be a playoff threat is preposterous. He may never make the playoffs, but he also could and never again leave. We'll never know this until his playing career is over. Same with any QB.

Jack, I know you're level headed, but between Aikman and Romo, is there any QB the Cowboys have had that you'd trade Romo for? I see none......But then I don't do the drafting either......considering Romo was undrafted, I think he's done well, and a lot better than those he was competing with.

The main thing is, the Cowboys will likely NEVER make the playoffs because of Jerry Jones's drafting and trading down. Jeff and I disagree about this, but that's okay. This is just my opinion, and I'd like to be wrong, but I don't think I am....It's people like Alan Ball who are losing these games for us.
Watching them play the Eagles the other night, their 2nd stringers should have won the game against our first team! Especially that atrocious secondary. Romo DOES NOT play corner or safety, but people are quick to blame him for it.

January 3, 2011  05:38 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

I agree with you, but for someone to state for a fact that Romo will never be a playoff threat is preposterous. He may never make the playoffs, but he also could and never again leave. We'll never know this until his playing career is over. Same with any QB.Jack, I know you're level headed, but between Aikman and Romo, is there any QB the Cowboys have had that you'd trade Romo for? I see none......But then I don't do the drafting either......considering Romo was undrafted, I think he's done well, and a lot better than those he was competing with.The main thing is, the Cowboys will likely NEVER make the playoffs because of Jerry Jones's drafting and trading down. Jeff and I disagree about this, but that's okay. This is just my opinion, and I'd like to be wrong, but I don't think I am....It's people like Alan Ball who are losing these games for us.Watching them play the Eagles the other night, their 2nd stringers should have won the game against our first team! Especially that atrocious secondary. Romo DOES NOT play corner or safety, but people are quick to blame him for it.

Bull, if anything, this season has proven to me how much the Cowboys need Romo. That said, I think he'd benefit from a change in scenery. I've had no truck with Romo but rather the notion that he's an elite quarterback. He has been good, very good at times, but not elite. That's just my opinion.

I'm also of the opinion that he's a stand-up guy, and not just as a player. By most accounts he's a good guy across the board and that means a hell of a lot more than being a football player, good, bad or indifferent. He's on one side of the scale, and the guy who QBs my favorite team has been a cretin and a creep. Personally, I'd rather be known as a good man than as a great football player.

January 3, 2011  05:41 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

I agree with you, but for someone to state for a fact that Romo will never be a playoff threat is preposterous. He may never make the playoffs, but he also could and never again leave. We'll never know this until his playing career is over. Same with any QB.Jack, I know you're level headed, but between Aikman and Romo, is there any QB the Cowboys have had that you'd trade Romo for? I see none......But then I don't do the drafting either......considering Romo was undrafted, I think he's done well, and a lot better than those he was competing with.The main thing is, the Cowboys will likely NEVER make the playoffs because of Jerry Jones's drafting and trading down. Jeff and I disagree about this, but that's okay. This is just my opinion, and I'd like to be wrong, but I don't think I am....It's people like Alan Ball who are losing these games for us.Watching them play the Eagles the other night, their 2nd stringers should have won the game against our first team! Especially that atrocious secondary. Romo DOES NOT play corner or safety, but people are quick to blame him for it.

I also agree with your assessment of Ol' Jer. Jimmy Johnson isn't a particularly nice guy, but at least he knows football, and his ego is, or at least was, big enough to trump Jerry's. Jones isn't a nice guy either, but he makes up for it by knowing very little about running an NFL franchise.

January 3, 2011  05:55 PM ET

Regardless of my opinion about Romo, Jeff and I are in agreement on one thing. Romo is not the problem. The awful 29th rated Pass Defense is the problem... the pass defense that contributed to the most points given up by a defense in Cowboys history.

Fix the defense and watch the W-L record change incrementally.

January 3, 2011  05:56 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Jeff,Thank you for putting up the facts, I am a fan. I would like a little more hard-nose attitude from him along the side line, a withering stare to a line-man for another off-sides, occasional **** chewing for someone who fails to pick up a blitz, runs the wrong route but I think that isn't his character. I will take the fleet feet, the pretty arcs into Austin's hands, and the wins though. Oh can you do something about the silly beret he wears though?

40+, I agree...Tony needs to rip a few guys here and there but it's not in his DNA and that does not make him a bad player.

He doesn't show much emotion at all except for when he throws a TD and candidly, I like that.

And yes, the beret needs to go!

January 3, 2011  06:00 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

No position is all about the stats. That is a fallacy. If it were all about stats, Vinny Testaverde would be a Hall of Famer. Stats don't account for "Hey, look, John Candy." Stats are only one way to compare players, and one of the key stats is playoff wins and championships. There are people out there who denigrate Dan Marino's career because he doesn't have a ring. The perception of Romo will change if he wins a bit more in the post-season, but until he does he isn't going to be considered among the elite quarterbacks.

i've said too much about romo for a true dallas fan... and that's what i am. all-in-all i totally argee with what's said here. wins in Nov/Dec, playoff wins and championships or at least competing for them are the ultimate measure of success in the NFL. when the team becomes competitive in post season play, romo will get the respect that many think he deserves. and if this happens, i'll be among the first to happily eat crow and give the guy all the praise he deserves.

January 3, 2011  06:01 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

The fact that he has been over rated for years is now starting to show...I hope that you do keep him as your QB...it just means that you will not be a playoff threat.

That comment is kind of dumb if you ask me...

Not a playoff threat? He has made the playoffs 3 of 5 years.

The knock after the 1st year (Seattle) was the fumble...the knock vs the Giants in his 2nd appearance was he cant win the big game...then we get blown out of the playoffs in his 3rd season by Philly...in season 4 he leads the team to 2 wins over that same Philly team and then his 1st playoff win vs them....that to me is progression.

It was not his fault that the TEAM stunk in so many areas early in the season either.

Dallas will be a much better team once some talent is churned, new blood is brought in on D and new coaches are calling the plays on D.

January 3, 2011  06:19 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Bull, if anything, this season has proven to me how much the Cowboys need Romo. That said, I think he'd benefit from a change in scenery. I've had no truck with Romo but rather the notion that he's an elite quarterback. He has been good, very good at times, but not elite. That's just my opinion. I'm also of the opinion that he's a stand-up guy, and not just as a player. By most accounts he's a good guy across the board and that means a hell of a lot more than being a football player, good, bad or indifferent. He's on one side of the scale, and the guy who QBs my favorite team has been a cretin and a creep. Personally, I'd rather be known as a good man than as a great football player.

No, I agree....he's not an elite QB, but he can be fun to watch....lot more fun to watch than anyone previously. He gives us fans HOPE.....something we've not had in years. We may never reach another SB, but Romo inspires more hope than anyone since Aikman.

The thing is, Jerry Jones does not inspire that hope.....at least with me, because of his draft picks, and how he does that. He thinks he can do as Bellichick and get "value", which might would work IF he was a real GM. However, the game the other night with the Eagles, shows me that these clowns that "beat out" the ones we had on the 13-3 season, are just that.....clowns......Alan Ball for instance.


Our real problem is our GM. IF he'd cut Emmitt and Aikman, no one is safe. I think it's going to be another longgggggggggggg 15 years.

January 3, 2011  06:22 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Dallas will be a much better team once some talent is churned, new blood is brought in on D and new coaches are calling the plays on D.

I'm hoping Jerry will do the right thing and get some damn help............but, I'm afraid this high draft pick will only get traded down. But, I've said this before...........lol..... Guess we'll see how much embarrassment Jerry had this year and if he will rectify things.

January 3, 2011  06:28 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

i've said too much about romo for a true dallas fan... and that's what i am. all-in-all i totally argee with what's said here. wins in Nov/Dec, playoff wins and championships or at least competing for them are the ultimate measure of success in the NFL. when the team becomes competitive in post season play, romo will get the respect that many think he deserves. and if this happens, i'll be among the first to happily eat crow and give the guy all the praise he deserves.

Romo ...undrafted. If he was an "elite" QB, he would have been drafted high, but coming from a small school, he's done more than anyone would and should expect. He may not be purebred stock, like.....oh Carson Palmer for example, who was a #1 pick a few years ago. But, he's done a lot more than Matt Lienart, and that Smith guy with SF...both high picks too.

It could have been worse. We could have stayed with Carter, and still be mired in the muck of those 5-11 seasons. If Romo hadn't of gotten hurt this year, I do believe the final w/l would not be as bad, but the defense went to sleep......esp the secondary.

January 3, 2011  06:28 PM ET

Picking 9th and 41st in the draft my guess is that JJ stays put and gets defensive help...

A Saftey or Pass Rusher will go 9th, the opposite at 41st...unless, a nice lineman is sitting there as well.

Either of those 3 probably can't get screwed up.

Plus, Jerry makes the final decision, but Garrett and Stephen Jones and many many others are heavily involved in the process.

I really do not see Garrett getting overruled on players by JJ...Jason is a tough mind and seems to be a good evaluator.

January 3, 2011  06:34 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

I also agree with your assessment of Ol' Jer. Jimmy Johnson isn't a particularly nice guy, but at least he knows football, and his ego is, or at least was, big enough to trump Jerry's. Jones isn't a nice guy either, but he makes up for it by knowing very little about running an NFL franchise.

I watch Jerry mumble and stumble his way on some interviews and if there was anyone who can say a lot, but yet say nothing, it's him. I swear I heard him use some made up word several times one evening, and I was hoping I could find that speech when I posted Jerry's quotes, but I haven't .......yet.
He said a lot of words that night, and made absolutely no sense. I know he'd been drinking, which leads me to wonder if he's drunk when he does the draft? Or anything for that matter.

January 3, 2011  06:38 PM ET

Alan Ball may be a fine cornerback but we will never know. He is NOW the worst Safety I have ever seen. He was nowhere to be seen during Philly game. Horrid safety play. Jerry must work on the defensive backfield and O-line

 
January 3, 2011  06:38 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Picking 9th and 41st in the draft my guess is that JJ stays put and gets defensive help...A Saftey or Pass Rusher will go 9th, the opposite at 41st...unless, a nice lineman is sitting there as well.Either of those 3 probably can't get screwed up.Plus, Jerry makes the final decision, but Garrett and Stephen Jones and many many others are heavily involved in the process.I really do not see Garrett getting overruled on players by JJ...Jason is a tough mind and seems to be a good evaluator.

I sure hope you're right, Jeff. If Jerry wants to become playoff worthy again, then after this year, he should know to start listening to other people.
If Garrett is his coach, and I have no doubt about it, then I sure hope he don't turn into Jerry's 'yes man'. They need to work together and right this ship.......(being an ex Navy man, that term works for me.......lol)

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