- 09/27/2011, 10:11AM ET
GoNets 2.0 said 09/27, 10:11 AM
Over the past 2 weeks, we have seen a side of Tony Romo that as a Cowboys fan I never thought I'd see. Alot of people are creditng him for his toughness, dealing with pain and playing through it. That in and of itself is not a big deal, since many players play through pain. But if you consider the injuries and their significance, it is somethnig to talk about.
Statistically, the past 2 weeks have been great for Romo. On his broken rib and punctured lung, he has been able to put together the following numbers:
42-69, 595 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT, 60.8% comp pct, 92.4 passer rating
Now the INT was not his fault. If you watched the Redskins game, you can clearly see that Ogletree ran the wrong route, and as a result, only the defender was around when Romo threw the pass.
But that's neither here nor there. My point is this: how can people continue to say Romo is the problem with this team when he obviously has carried this team to victory BY HIMSELF for the past 2 weeks?
There is a simple answer. You can't say he is the problem.
Which is why I challenge any Romo hater to come out from hiding and DEFEND YOURSELF!!!
Frank Pentangeli said 09/27, 01:02 PM
Romo Hater Present.
Right here I am.
They won without a TD. Washington is not on my list of Superbowl Threats. The game was in Dallas.
He is 17th in TD passes, and 17th in Passer rating.
17th, in with the elite?
I just see another let down to the Cowgirl Faithful.
Romo isnt that good.
GoNets 2.0 said 09/27, 04:15 PM
Romo has played in 71 games, and started 70 of them, playoffs included. In the 45 games where he has committed a turnover, the Cowboys are 26-19 (57.7%), and in the 25 games he has not committed a turnover, the Cowboys are 14-11 (56%). So they actually do BETTER when he turns the ball over.
I will admit off the field and on the field Romo has made mistakes. They range from going to Cabo during the playoffs to shrugging off a huge 44-6 pounding by the Eagles to end their playoff chances as meaningless.
And even on the field, Romo has had his share of memorable issues, from botching the field goal snap in the 2006 playoff game against Seattle, to throwing an INT in the 2007 playoff game vs the Giants in the closing seconds. He even cost the Cowboys the game in Week 1 when Revis picked him off.
But the Cowboys hav found ways to win DESPITE his mistakes. And since 2006, the Cowboys haven't been that good. So don't use the excuse of "good teams overcome mistakes."
The overall success of the Cowboys is not totally on the shoulders of Romo. He is semi-responsible, but to hate on him and blame him is unjust. The Cowboys problems are way bigger than Romo.
Frank Pentangeli said 09/28, 02:12 PM
Sorry, short on time today.
I really dont think anyone is going to argue that Romo is an Elite QB and the Cowgirls have been virtually irrelevant since hes been their QB.
How are you doing a TD saying where are the Romo Haters following a game in which they didnt even score a TD?
You a foo.
GoNets 2.0 said 09/28, 02:22 PM
I think everyone is missing my point. I am not saying Romo is elite. Those words never came out of my mouth. And Romo is nowhere in Brady or Manning's league. And yes, Romo has singlehandedly lost numerous games for the Cowboys.
When comparing Romo with the other great QBs in Cowboys hsitory, namely, Staubach, White, Dandy Don Meredith, and Aikman, Romo is right there in the discussion. And I dont think there is a doubt that both Aikman and Staubach were very good.
Let's look at the stats.
Romo has played in 33 less games than Meredith, and Aikman, Staubach, and White have all played at least 35 more games than Romo.
Among those guys, Romo is first in completion percentage, second to only Meredith in TD% at 5.6, has the lowest INT % (surprisingly) at 2.9%, and Romo dwarfs all of them in YPG (251.3) and QB rating (95.3). He is last in TDs among those other QBs, but in 33 less games, he trails Dandy Don by only 13 TDs.
Sure, Romo's numbers aren't glamorous, and I understand haters are gonna hate. But by the time Romo's career is over, he may be the best QB ever for the franchise statistically, ring or not. There is no reason to blindly hate him as a result.
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