A lot of people will point at Tony Romo for the reason the Dallas Cowboys have not returned to glory. You will often hear that Romo lacks any clutch gene and that he shrinks in the big moment. These criticisms of Romo sound awfully similar to those you used to hear of Peyton Manning or that you now hear of Miami Heat star LeBron James.
ESPN’s NFC West blogger Mike Sando wrote a piece inspired by LeBron’s fourth-quarter insufficiency and looked at the NFC West quarterbacks in clutch situations. Sando’s piece then inspired ESPN Dallas’ Todd Archer to look at Romo’s statistics in the big moments.
Does Tony Romo really lack the clutch jean? Is he unable to get the job done when pressure is on? The numbers tell a different story than what you may have been led to believe.
Archer looks at Romo’s stats in fourth-quarter games where the score was within seven points. In those situations, Romo has a passer rating of 101.5. In those close fourth-quarters during Romo’s career, he has 2,418 yards with 17 touchdowns and only 8 interceptions.
That doesn’t sound like a guy who shrinks in the clutch to me. In fact, only Peyton Manning has a higher passer rating in those same fourth-quarter situations.
People may continue to tell you Romo is not a clutch quarterback, but you can’t ignore the facts.
The Cowboys inability to make a serious run lately cannot be blamed on Tony Romo. He is doing all he can and the statistics back it up. If you want to point blame on anyone, blame the horrible offensive line play and the defense that has more holes than Swiss cheese.