Tony Romo finished 4th in 2011 with a 102.5 passer rating behind Rodgers, Brees, & Brady. A high QB passer rating can be misconstrued at times and that is never more evident then this year alone.
After finishing 4th in 2011, Romo also moved into second in NFL career passer rating at 96.9 but hasn’t lead the Dallas Cowboys to a playoff game since 2009. Conversely the New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning finished 7th with a 92.9 passer rate and coincidentally played for a second Super Bowl title yesterday evening.
Romo’s only falls behind Green Bay Packers Aaron Rodgers whose career passer rating is 104.1. The top five in career passer rating is rounded out with Steve Young, Tom Brady & Phillip Rivers.
All of these quarterbacks with the exception of Romo & Rivers have won Super Bowl championships. Steve Young was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2005. Tom Brady will likely be a first time ballot inductee into Canton, Ohio and the jury remains out on the others, including the Dallas Cowboys quarterback.
Now if we look at Total Quarterback Rating is a measure of the performance of quarterbacks developed by the American sports network ESPN in 2011. We will find that Tony Romo is once again at the top of the list only behind the likes of Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees and Tom Brady. That number alone seems to indicate a very high rate of play that measures the degree to which a quarterback contributes to points and wins for a team that finished a meager 8-8 on the season.
Tony Romo has been labeled everything from a choke artist to the perfect fantasy football quarterback largely due in part to statistics like his 64.5% NFL career pass completion percentage which, happens to also be sixth all-time, usually yields plenty of yards and touchdowns.
It will be interesting to see exactly what the next couple of years bring as far as Tony Romo’s total QBR and how he will continue to stack up against the rest of the leagues most elite passers.
One thing is certain which most fans will agree. Whether or not one is a proponent for Tony Romo or the thirty-one year old quarterback’s biggest critic the problem for the Dallas Cowboys doesn’t solely lay at the feet of Tony Romo.
Could Romo make better decision at times especially in the most critical of situations?
Of course he could. Not only could Tony Romo but Romo should be making keen decisions in the most critical of moments during a game.
Tony Romo’s critical thinking in key moments of the game must sharpen in a hurry before the window of opportunity, which is closing faster and faster with the passing of every NFL season, completely shuts and leaves the pro bowl quarterback on the outside looking in as what was once thought of as only an all-time great stats quarterback.
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