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Tony Romo is the same guy he’s always been

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This Monday morning, Tony Romo is a clutch tough guy.

Last Monday morning, he was a guy that wilts under pressure and makes too many mistakes.

The reality is that he’s been the same guy all along. Romo has always been tough.  He takes big hits and gets up, barring a broken collarbone.  He makes terrific improvised plays and puts up historically good numbers.

There’s also always been the Bad Romo. He makes too many mental errors, whether it’s in the fourth quarter or in the first quarter. He could improve on “managing the game.”

The idea that Romo wilts in big situations is mostly a misnomer. ESPN’s Stats and Info put together a compelling piece that shows Romo has consistently played better in the fourth quarter since 2008 than the three quarters before it.  He has the best yards-per-attempt in the fourth quarter since 2008.  His TD/INT is second best.

ESPN also used their “QBR” stat to test Romo in “clutch” situations late in close games. By that measure, his numbers were more average than usual compared to the rest of the league.

They also looked at 17 “Big Games” Romo has played in since 2008.  His numbers in those games were almost identical to his average numbers — although slightly worse.  These numbers were put together before Sunday’s win in San Francisco.

The Cowboys have endured plenty of problems over the last six years, but Romo isn’t particularly high on the list. He’s not a top-five quarterback, but he’s close.  You can win with him.  Far inferior quarterbacks have won Super Bowls or made it that far.

We can already hear the response. Wait, you say: You can “twist” stats anyway you like. Romo crumbles under pressure.

The stats are far from perfect, we admit. But they provide context. And the stats are closer to accurate than relying on your faulty memory. We often construct easy narratives after the fact to explain results.  The causes of those results are too complicated to fit into a soundbite. We are uncomfortable with how much those results rely on random chance that has nothing to do with a quarterback.

Tony Romo chokes.  Tony Romo is a hero.  Tony Romo is the same guy he’s always been.

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  1. PFTiswhatitis says: Sep 19, 2011 1:08 PM

    He certainly choked against the Jets. I still can’t believe it.

  2. sj39 says: Sep 19, 2011 1:08 PM

    Romo is OK, Jerry just knee-jerk overpaid him, that’s all.

  3. snowpea84 says: Sep 19, 2011 1:10 PM

    Romo is the same guy he’s always been. A guy who tosses the ball up without a real undertanding of what the defense is doing. Sometimes that pays off, but it’s not how you win consistently or against the better teams. You get away with more during the regular season. Its when you get to the postseason, you’re probably playing better teams, and they make you pay for mistakes. Hence his poor record when it counts.

  4. quiettexan says: Sep 19, 2011 1:10 PM

    the whole team has that problem.

  5. cowboyfan45 says: Sep 19, 2011 1:11 PM

    SO ROMO IS THE SAME GUY HE’S ALWAYS BEEN……SO HE’S AN AVERAGE QUARTERBACK THEN……… and I’m a cowboy fan

  6. hendawg21 says: Sep 19, 2011 1:13 PM

    It is what it is and with any player/QB etc., you can have all the positive stats you like but what matters in the end is how many rings do you have…

  7. thephantomstranger says: Sep 19, 2011 1:13 PM

    Denny Green: “He is who we thought he was.”

  8. stairwayto7 says: Sep 19, 2011 1:14 PM

    Romo is soft and a choke artist! 1 playoff win says it all!

  9. rhymeswithpunt says: Sep 19, 2011 1:14 PM

    injury prone and poor decision maker

  10. joetoronto says: Sep 19, 2011 1:16 PM

    “Tony Romo is the same guy he’s always been”

    A perennial choker in big games.

  11. starderup says: Sep 19, 2011 1:16 PM

    I agree he has not changed. Sometimes he is great, sometimes unbelievably bad. Consistency is something you look for in a leader.
    Romo is not that.

  12. notrelated says: Sep 19, 2011 1:16 PM

    Same guy that’s never won anything meaningful.

  13. shawon0meter says: Sep 19, 2011 1:17 PM

    yup

  14. mike83ri says: Sep 19, 2011 1:18 PM

    To sum this up nicely, Tony Romo has become his boyhood idol.

    Tony Romo is Brett Favre.

  15. sdboltaction says: Sep 19, 2011 1:18 PM

    A douche?

  16. stinkfist5 says: Sep 19, 2011 1:19 PM

    He’s a good QB, slightly above average, but he’s good. Leave him alone. He’s Farve without the luck.

  17. footballguru517 says: Sep 19, 2011 1:23 PM

    Comments like the above (snowpea84) are just said in ignorance and is plain hater-speak. How do you become the 4th highest rated QB in NFL history and the highest rated 4th quarter QB in history if you don’t understand defenses and just “toss the ball up”? That’s ridiculous. Some of you people need to quit embarrassing yourselves and do some actual research. Tony Romo is a great QB. Does he make mistakes in Favre-like fashion sometimes? Yes. Does that mean Favre is trash???

  18. nyctexan says: Sep 19, 2011 1:24 PM

    Knee-jerk overpaid him? He played for beans for a year and a half and then got a 6 yr $67.5 mill contract that he has renegotiated for cap space. For a franchise Qb that is cheap. But once again, my love for Romo has opened up the doors for the haters, and here they come…

  19. seabreezes51 says: Sep 19, 2011 1:25 PM

    I hope he continues to be just good enough to keep.

  20. jbl429 says: Sep 19, 2011 1:29 PM

    Yes, he’s the same player he’s always been– wildly inconsistent. Keep in mind that he’s being called clutch today because what– he found a wide open receiver in broken coverage who raced to the 1 so they could kick a field goal?

    He’s the same inconsistent QB he’s always been, and he has a lot of company. Eli Manning, Joe Flacco, Matt Ryan, etc. They all have days they look like all-pro’s, they all have days you wonder how they have jobs in the NFL.

  21. pftequalsgreatjournalism says: Sep 19, 2011 1:29 PM

    cowboyfan45 says:Sep 19, 2011 1:11 PM

    SO ROMO IS THE SAME GUY HE’S ALWAYS BEEN……SO HE’S AN AVERAGE QUARTERBACK THEN……… and I’m a cowboy fan

    ———————————-
    + 1 million

    First game at the Cotton Bowl in 1969…

  22. gorilladunk says: Sep 19, 2011 1:29 PM

    Romo suffers from a bad case of overconfidence in his ability and that of his teammates. I’ve seen every pass the guy has thrown in his NFL career and while he pulls magic out of the hat pretty often, he still has those times when he pulls a turd out. He is basically Brett Favre reincarnated. His career up to this point, in many ways, mirrors Peyton Manning’s at the same age. Folds in the playoffs, makes the key mistake in big games, etc. The jury is still out on the guy, but he puts up some unbelieveable numbers (as his career stats bear out) and probably at least 24 or 25 teams in the league would take him in a minute over what they have.

  23. nineroutsider says: Sep 19, 2011 1:32 PM

    If Cowboy fans have their way, he will get released or traded after the season. The Niners would be happy to pick him up; we would win far more games with him than the Cowboys did.

    Then Cowboys fans can go back to posting about how great Quincy Carter is or better yet McGee…y’all won’t McGee don’t you?

    Romo earned a lot of respect from this Niner fan yesterday, not that he had to…

  24. jmsincla says: Sep 19, 2011 1:36 PM

    Throughout the article you could replace ‘Romo’ with ‘Grossmen’ and it’d be fairly accurate.

  25. clayswife says: Sep 19, 2011 1:37 PM

    Tony Romo = Brett Favre.

    Sorry, Dallas fans. Hope you’ll enjoy the 1 ring you might get in 17 years.

  26. cannonballdookie says: Sep 19, 2011 1:41 PM

    cowboyfan45 says: Sep 19, 2011 1:11 PM

    SO ROMO IS THE SAME GUY HE’S ALWAYS BEEN……SO HE’S AN AVERAGE QUARTERBACK THEN……… and I’m a cowboy fan
    ——————————————

    His career numbers and talent are anything but average. I’d love for Dallas to trade him and see all the ungrateful Cowboys fans deal with an actual average or below average QB. They would hop off the bandwagon.

  27. thephantomstranger says: Sep 19, 2011 1:42 PM

    jbl429 says:
    Sep 19, 2011 1:29 PM
    He’s the same inconsistent QB he’s always been, and he has a lot of company. Eli Manning, Joe Flacco, Matt Ryan, etc. They all have days they look like all-pro’s, they all have days you wonder how they have jobs in the NFL.
    _______________

    Maybe it’s just kind of hard to be an NFL quarterback? There are maybe five QBs who are at a consistently elite level. That means 27 other teams have to settle for someone who look like all-pros on some days and not others. There are plenty of teams that would love to have a QB like Romo.

  28. tundey says: Sep 19, 2011 1:43 PM

    Romo is Favre. Simple as that. Don’t need to tinker with the stats for 7 days (Sunday to Saturday when this ESPN stat came out) to know that. He’s very talented but he’s also very impetous and takes way too many risks. Problem is that taking those risks is what makes him great and what makes him lose big games. Favre is the same way. That’s why you’ll probably never see Favre coach QBs or be a TV analyst. He simply goes against the grain too often to be a good tutor for young players.

  29. Deb says: Sep 19, 2011 1:43 PM

    Romo’s better than his rep. He suffers from making infamously goofball plays, flashing an “aw shucks” grin when he blunders–and being compared to Aikman. Only Bradshaw, Montana, and Brady are in that company.

  30. 1bigtex says: Sep 19, 2011 1:47 PM

    @joetoronto

    Wow, imagine joetoronto actually being on a Cowboy thread. But didn’t you tell us that posting on another team’s thread is a violation? Or is it only a violation for anyone to post on a Raiders thread? At least you gave us your typically insightful and carefully reasoned point of view.

  31. comeonnowguys says: Sep 19, 2011 1:47 PM

    I’m not sure he deserved the premature declaration of the end of his career that he had to sit through last week, but I think he is the most overloved QB in the past decade.

    If he didn’t play for the Dallas Cowboys, he’d be as vilified and universally ridiculed as Rex Grossman.

  32. metalhead65 says: Sep 19, 2011 1:48 PM

    in other words he is

  33. metalhead65 says: Sep 19, 2011 1:50 PM

    in other words he is Rex Grossman right? only Grossman has led his team to a superbowl. it is nice to see the media finally call this and other qb’s who have bad games out instead of just picking on bears qb’s.

  34. hobbstweedle says: Sep 19, 2011 1:52 PM

    “You can win with him”? Some teams might. But the Cowboys can’t. They depend too much on the QB for success. Take the 2000 Ravens. True to the thought process of the 12 year old who wrote this article, Dilfer was an inferior QB when compared to the talent Romo has. But he wasn’t asked to LEAD that team to a Super Bowl win. That was the defense’s job.

    If the current incarnation of the Cowboys are to reach and win the Super Bowl, it will have to be on the back of their QB. And put simply, Romo cannot take these Cowboys to the Super Bowl. He’s too inconsistent to carry a team on his own.

    Sucks for Romo, and you Cowboys fans, but that’s the way it is.

  35. suckitphilly says: Sep 19, 2011 2:03 PM

    It’s pointless, Gregg. As you can see by the comments, most of the people on here only can regurgitate what they have been told by ESPN, or by other mindless trolls in other comment sections.

    Tony is not one of the greats yet, but he’s got a shot if he can put it together, and get on a roll.

    How ’bout them cowboys, trolls?

  36. favreforever says: Sep 19, 2011 2:09 PM

    When he is good, he is very good, but when he is bad he is very bad. He is the guy who gets into the hot little girl’s curls.

  37. trbowman says: Sep 19, 2011 2:09 PM

    ESPN is STILL trying to get that QBR crap to stick? lol.

  38. barbeaux says: Sep 19, 2011 2:11 PM

    How many of those big games or playoff games has he won? The elite QB’s will their teams to victory rather than derailing them.

  39. brownsince64 says: Sep 19, 2011 2:14 PM

    If you take all QBs, I wonder if their ratings are better in the 4th quarter than the others? You have more prevent D, lots of time to pad stats, etc. So some of this would be better taken in context of what the average QB rating and other measures of QB play do as a function of time/situation.

    Nonetheless, there is a plethora of research that shows that there is no such thing as a clutch player. Jordan’s stats were the same whether the game was on the line or not, he just took so many shots, you remember the ones that go in.

  40. zn0rseman says: Sep 19, 2011 2:26 PM

    Romo is one of the top 5 QBs in the NFL. He is consistently overlooked and underrated…

    which is how I drafted a QB who is on pace for 5,000+ yards in round 10 of my fantasy football draft.

  41. CKL says: Sep 19, 2011 2:39 PM

    barbeaux says: Sep 19, 2011 2:11 PM

    How many of those big games or playoff games has he won? The elite QB’s will their teams to victory rather than derailing them.
    _______________________________
    I agree with the sentiment that how a guy plays to help his team get rings or help prevent them from getting rings is way more important than the rings themselves.

    That said, I think Romo has been on a team…T-E-A-M that lacks clutchness/mental toughness to a degree. Think about how Bradie James has said on more than one occasion that guys feel entitled, etc. I believe him. Romo has made some bad plays in bad spots for sure, but he’s not the reason their team doesn’t get to the playoffs more often than not. He’s not the type of QB who can DRIVE his team mentally to another level maybe, but I believe he’s definitely good enough to win rings with.

    Look at a guy like Philip Rivers who is a really good to excellent/elite QB depending on one’s POV. He turned the ball over against my team 3 times all by himself yesterday, and one time he was tricked by the Pats’ ginormous NT dropping into coverage and getting his first ever INT in his 8th year in the NFL. He’s played well against my team ONE time in his entire career I think including two STINKERS in playoff games (where Brady battled him for who can suck more, but I digress). Is Rivers a choker? Nope, because he isn’t the QB of Dallas Cowboys. Rivers battled a torn ACL to play against my Pats in the 06 divisionals and was lauded for his guts, and RIGHTFULLY SO. Romo plays with a very painful injury rallies his team to a win, has a conversation with Holley on the sides to tell him what to expect on that drive where Holley made that long catch (per an interview with Holley I heard this am) and all he gets is verbal abuse by the internet people. He never fails to stand up there at the podium and take responsibility for any bad plays he makes. That’s a BIG deal, not that many QBs are man enough to do that. Peyton Manning for one.

    Think about this…a PATS fan is so sick of the abuse Romo takes that I am compelled to post this idiotically long dissertation on on it. ENOUGH ALREADY with bashing this dude unfairly.

  42. lbdpatch says: Sep 19, 2011 2:42 PM

    over paid ,over rated and not very durable.Cowboys no threat

  43. lbdpatch says: Sep 19, 2011 2:46 PM

    Top five quarterbacks In what NFL . He’s not a top 15 quarterback. Rex grossman is a better quarterback.

  44. bigperm33 says: Sep 19, 2011 2:47 PM

    This article is 100% right. No one has ever questioned Romo’s toughness. And no one has ever questioned his ability to put up impressive numbers in September against a bad opponent. The questions have always been can Romo win the big game and can Romo not self-destruct in big moments? His failures on MNF in the opening weekend against the Jets were completely predictable. Until he does something different in a big moment in an important game, in the playoffs, he will be nothing more than a guy who can win some games, put up impressive numbers, but can never get it done when it counts.

    As for the person above who said Romo is a top 5 QB – give me a break. Brady, Manning, Brees, Rodgers, Big Ben, Rivers, Vick. All of those are without question QBs any team would rather have than Romo. Romo is similar to Matt Schaub – great numbers, but needs to show can get it done? I’m not anti-Romo or anti-Cowboys, those are just the facts. Maybe he figures it out at some point – but as of now, we are still waiting, and a September win in SF, changes nothing.

  45. hendawg21 says: Sep 19, 2011 2:57 PM

    Ok looks like Cowboy nation is awake all the thumbs down :) oh and as for the person(s) who keep using the statement top 5 QB tell me what is the criteria for top 5 QB…

  46. barbeaux says: Sep 19, 2011 2:58 PM

    @bigperm33: well said!

  47. santolonius says: Sep 19, 2011 2:59 PM

    tony romo is solidly in the area of 8 to 12 in a ranking of the league’s quarterbacks. that’s not good enough to guarantee the cowboys will make the playoffs or win a playoff game if the rest of the team has problems. but it is plenty good enough to hold your head high as a quarterback. the added benefit is that the guy shows potential for getting better and climbing the ladder. that’s a big deal. there are plenty of quarterbacks below him that are clearly getting worse.

  48. steelerhypocrite says: Sep 19, 2011 3:06 PM

    So, I guess Manning was a poor/average QB until the 2006 season, right? Look, I’m not a Cowboy fan, but I would take Romo over most QB’s in the league right now. The guy makes plays, and doesn’t have the Steelers or Ravens defense or the New O-line to protect him nor does he have a running game to lean on late in games…

    I’d take Romo over Rivers, Ryan, Flacco, Schaub or Vick…none of them have won a thing.

  49. stonedwhitetrash says: Sep 19, 2011 3:08 PM

    Love them or hate them Jerry “The barefoot hillbilly” and the Dallas Cowboys are known World wide
    GO DALLAS COWBOYS!

  50. pigskinswag says: Sep 19, 2011 3:11 PM

    The media had once anointed him the next Troy Aikman. Now they keep bashing this guy. Thats the problem. Media outlets like BSpn are too quick to heap a guy with undeserved accolades. If you remember correctly, they were singing the praises of Romo before he attempted one regular season pass in the NFL. He’s never been as great as they made him out to be. And yes he’s played awful in big games, but he’s not the only one. If you don’t believe that, look up Eli Manning and Philip Rivers’ playoff statistics.

  51. localoutlaw says: Sep 19, 2011 3:12 PM

    Good for him…such great 4th quarter stats…too bad it was mostly playing against prevent defenses when the Cowboys were losing…

  52. comeonnowguys says: Sep 19, 2011 3:17 PM

    “Romo is one of the top 5 QBs in the NFL. He is consistently overlooked and underrated… ”

    Oh my god, this is the dumbest thing I’ve heard all day, and I’ve heard someone seriously suggest they give Jay Cutler pot on the sidelines to calm him down.

    In alphabetical order:

    Brady
    Brees
    Manning
    Rivers
    Rodgers

    Romo is not up here.

  53. richkotite says: Sep 19, 2011 3:27 PM

    Um, hello?

    You’re talking about *averages*. What matters with a quarterback is *consistency*. How do you not understand this?

  54. richm2256 says: Sep 19, 2011 3:31 PM

    Romo has consistently played better in the fourth quarter since 2008 than the three quarters before it. He has the best yards-per-attempt in the fourth quarter since 2008. His TD/INT is second best.

    ——————————————————–

    You can twist statistics to say whatever the hell you want them to say, but it all comes down to this:

    How many Super Bowls did you get your team to?

  55. jpb12 says: Sep 19, 2011 3:34 PM

    Close to Top 5????

    1.Brady
    2.Manning
    3.Rodgers
    4.Brees
    5.Roethlisberger
    6.Rivers
    7.Eli
    8.Vick
    9.Ryan
    10.Freeman
    11.Flacco
    12.Sanchez
    13.Shaub
    14. Romo
    15.Orton
    16.Freeman
    17.Newton
    18.Bradford
    19.Kolb

  56. twotone27 says: Sep 19, 2011 3:34 PM

    what’s funny about this is how peyton manning is considered the greatest if not 2nd greatest qb of all time….how ppl forget how bad he plays in the post season, the first super bowl he one the defense got him there, in the super bowl he wasn’t even the mvp, yes he won the award but did not deserve it, the next superbowl he was in he throws a pic six to lose the game….his playoff record is just plan ugly…don’t get me wrong I think he is a hell of a qb, but if ur basing top qb by there playoff record then peyton isnt even in the top 5

  57. grpatriot says: Sep 19, 2011 3:38 PM

    Romo was the same guy in NY vs. the Jets….

  58. bigslizzle4twizzle says: Sep 19, 2011 3:38 PM

    Tony Romo is the same guy he’s always been……A BUM!!!!

  59. ruggerio says: Sep 19, 2011 3:43 PM

    brownsince64 says:
    Sep 19, 2011 2:14 PM

    Nonetheless, there is a plethora of research that shows that there is no such thing as a clutch player. Jordan’s stats were the same whether the game was on the line or not, he just took so many shots, you remember the ones that go in.

    ————————————————–

    Disagree. Watch tennis or golf. Clutch doesn’t necessarily mean stats improve. In fact, if the stats stay the same in high pressure moments that means they don’t succumb to the pressure like other people might. Many examples of this in other sports and football should be no different.

  60. abninf says: Sep 19, 2011 3:46 PM

    This Dallas fan does not want Romo replaced (not like he would be anyway). There is no one available who is better. However, I would like to personally ask Romo to please stay on the painkillers. You’re unstoppable while on them. You can go to rehab after you get us another Lombardi.

  61. eaglesblow says: Sep 19, 2011 3:55 PM

    Most of these guys don’t know what they’re seeing when it’s right in front of their eyes anyway. And even if they did, they wouldn’t acknowledge it.

    “Until he does something different in a big moment in an important game, in the playoffs”

    So that back-to-back paintbrushing of the Eagles in 2009 is already forgotten, eh? ::rolls eyes::

  62. eaglesblow says: Sep 19, 2011 3:58 PM

    As for the person above who said Romo is a top 5 QB – give me a break. Brady, Manning, Brees, Rodgers, Big Ben, Rivers, Vick.

    ===========================

    You lose all credibility by mentioning Vick. Nobody but a clueless fanboi would think he’s a top 7 QB. Eating all that hype is gonna make you sick.

  63. eaglesblow says: Sep 19, 2011 4:00 PM

    Ok looks like Cowboy nation is awake all the thumbs down

    =================

    It’s closer to “Eagles nation is out of school with all of the dumb, uninformed posts”.

  64. gorilladunk says: Sep 19, 2011 4:00 PM

    @lbdpatch…and exactly how many teams would take Grossman over Romo in a two player draft? Hell, the Redskins were begging Beck to take the job during training camp!

    @barbeaux…what you have to learn if you’re a Cowboys fan (and I’m not saying you are) is that it’s only a big game if the Cowboys LOSE. It’s never a big game when they win (remember week 17 and the playoffs two years ago, Philly fans?) It was only a big game the year before when the Eagles beat the Cowboys in the reg. season finale. When Romo was flawless in the two straight at the end of the ’09 season and tore the Eagles apart, well those don’t count.

    As for Vick, don’t get me started. More exciting, you bet! Better QB…I doubt it. A turnover machine that hasn’t accomplished any more than Romo (unless you count time for incarceration).

  65. drexelvol says: Sep 19, 2011 4:02 PM

    Maybe it was his imposter that fumbled all those balls.

  66. hatesycophants says: Sep 19, 2011 4:12 PM

    Anyone comparing Romo to Favre has a very limited frame of reference in regards to professional football. I hate the Packers as much as anyone ever has, but Favre was an outstanding QB. He is a first ballot hall of famer. He often carried Green Bay and his performance after his father’s death and after a concussion are two of the greatest I have ever seen. That’s difficult for me to say, but anything else would intellectually dishonest. Tony Romo is nowhere near the same league as Favre.

    Some of you folks should seriously consider badminton or frisbee golf.

    Go Lions! Go Badgers!

  67. polishrod says: Sep 19, 2011 4:22 PM

    Wow, I’ve never seen so many thumbs-down in my life.

    Must be a lot of Cowboys fans waiting in the wings!

    I would place Romo somewhere in the top 10-15 QBs in the league, which makes him just above average. Good player, works hard, makes too many mistakes (right now).

  68. polishrod says: Sep 19, 2011 4:27 PM

    zn0rseman says:
    Sep 19, 2011 2:26 PM
    Romo is one of the top 5 QBs in the NFL. He is consistently overlooked and underrated…

    which is how I drafted a QB who is on pace for 5,000+ yards in round 10 of my fantasy football draft.

    —————–

    The 12 idiots who gave this a thumbs up, need to identify themselves immediately….. that way the rest of us can write your names down and tune you out from any real football discussions.

    Romo a top 5 QB, are you insane?!?!?

    And nice projection, does that mean that Tom Brady is on pace for nearly 7000 yards passing?

  69. zn0rseman says: Sep 19, 2011 4:28 PM

    Top 5 (In no particular order.)
    ————-
    T Brady
    A Rogers
    P Rivers
    T Romo
    D Brees

    Better Than Average
    ————-
    R Fitzpatrick
    M Ryan
    J Flacco
    M Schaub
    J Cutler
    E Manning
    K Orton

  70. eaglesblow says: Sep 19, 2011 4:34 PM

    He makes too many mental errors, whether it’s in the fourth quarter or in the first quarter. He could improve on “managing the game.”

    =================

    You could say the same about the guy that recently got a $100 million contract.

    But you won’t.

  71. 1bigtex says: Sep 19, 2011 4:36 PM

    @ bigperm33

    Michael Vick??? Give me a break! Romo has a better winning percentage. A better completion percentage. While Vick has only topped 2500 yards twice in his career, Romo has bettered that every year except last year when the collarbone knocked him out. Despite playing fewer games than Vick, Romo’s well ahead of him in yards passing. Vick is an undersized athlete lining up at QB. If anyone had been willing to pick up the $5 million that Michael was owed last year and given the Eagles as much as a bucket of warm spit in return, Vick would have been gone.

  72. brintfatre says: Sep 19, 2011 4:50 PM

    He did what he had to do to keep fans/media from talking bad about him and endangering his position as starter.

    He was happy to go to the locker room and lose the game. So was the rest of the team.

  73. drgreenstreak says: Sep 19, 2011 4:55 PM

    I’ll take Tony and two spliffs over Vick or Big Ben just on integrity alone. Tony’s a decent human while Mike and Ben are turds. Tony plays QB. Ben plays with his penis. Mike is into beastiality. Tony marries a beauty with brains. Ben marries the only skank that believes anything he says. Mike has hoes and calls them whatever.
    Other that that, Ben is very ugly and kinda gross. Mike is impeccably groomed with that satanic gleam in his eye.
    Gosh I love comparing QB’s…..

  74. rarson says: Sep 19, 2011 4:59 PM

    I agreed with this story right up until you said “The stats are far from perfect, we admit. But they provide context.”

    No, they don’t. Context is something which explains why terrible numbers aren’t so terrible. Stats don’t provide ANY context, which is precisely why they’re so easily manipulated. The context, and the real question here, is how good is the team that actually surrounds Romo? No doubt he’s see a lot of clutch situations, and the question is whether he’s been in them because of himself, or because of his teammates.

    Romo’s problem is simply a phenomenon of human nature: we tend to remember negative things much more easily than positive things. Hence, when Romo does statistically good in clutch situations, but sees a lot of them, then the small percentage of time he’s actually bad looks worse than it really is, because the sample size is larger. The key to fixing it is putting him in less clutch situations. Maybe he needs a better team than Dallas.

  75. phan4life says: Sep 19, 2011 5:08 PM

    The name “Romo” has italian roots and loosely translates into “late game interception”

  76. logic4sale says: Sep 19, 2011 5:11 PM

    I love how people grade a QB’s greatness by the rings he has on his finger. Tell me this, is Trent Dilfer or Brad Johnson better than Dan Marino? Super Bowls are a measure of greatness amongst a team as an entire unit. It does not define a QB’s level of skill. Phillip Rivers always finds a way out of the playoffs and he was a 1st rounder. I find it funny that Rivers has less pressure put on him than that of a non drafted QB. The reality is every QB is only as good as the system he is in. Romo’s system hasn’t always benefited him. Infact, Garrett’s offensive calls are almost mirrored to Norv Turner. Since Norv favors the deep ball he has drafted accordingly. His average WR is 6-5 and runs a 4.5 . The average Cowboys WR is 6-2 and runs a 4.4. The Chargers WR are vertical threats where as the Cowboys WR are more physical, after the catch, threats. I blame Garrett for Romo’s faults more than I blame Romo. The talent is there, the coaching is not. I like Garrett’s passion but he lacks the knowledge to create his own style.

  77. eaglesblow says: Sep 19, 2011 5:58 PM

    How many Super Bowls did you get your team to?

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    Spoken like a true Eagles fan. A Cowboy fan would say “how many Super Bowls have you WON?”

  78. starderup says: Sep 19, 2011 7:22 PM

    Romo is easily one of the top 32 starting QBs in the league.

  79. MichaelEdits says: Sep 19, 2011 9:26 PM

    Is he just having fun out there?

  80. richm2256 says: Sep 20, 2011 9:02 AM

    eaglesblow says:
    Spoken like a true Eagles fan. A Cowboy fan would say “how many Super Bowls have you WON?”
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    Yeah, except I’m a life-long Patriots fan.

    I respect any QB that can get their team to multiple Super Bowls, win or lose.

    Jim Kelly getting the Bills to four straight SB’s is one of the most overlooked achievements in NFL history.

    Romo has yet to get his team there once. Rivers, too.

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