Was Troy Aikman Really Elite?

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It seems one of the hottest topics in the sports world lately has been Troy Aikmans’ comments in regards to Tony Romo being a better quarterback. Every major news outlet and football analyst in the nation had some kind of a rebuttal. Most immediately came back with remarks about Troy being better late in games or in the clutch. That Troy is better because he won three Super Bowls.

Jan 28, 1996; Tempe,AZ, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman (8) prepares to hand-off to running back Emmitt Smith (22) against the Pittsburgh Steelers during Super Bowl XXX at the Sun Devil Stadium. Dallas defeated Pittsburgh 27-17. Mandatory Credit:Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

There is one factor that really stuck out to me. The one not one of these people cared to mention.

Did Aikman really win those rings for the Cowboys? Or was it Emmitt? Troy Aikman  had 88 more starts than  Tony Romo currently has,,, but only has 17 more TD passes than Tony does.(only 17 in 88 more starts? WOW!)  I guess Emmitt’s 30 carries a game and 164 rushing TD’s has something to do with that. Troy was nothing more than a bus driver, Emmitt did most of the work!

I am sure that I just hit a nerve with some Aikman fans. Well, I’m sorry for that, but welcome to my world. Tony Romo is the quarterback now. He also happens to be my favorite Cowboy!  Day after day I see not only the media, but what are “supposed” to be fans, blaming him for all the shortcomings of the Dallas Cowboys. No matter what goes on in Dallas, it’s always his fault.  Even his own owner is taking shots at him. Was Troy Aikman really better than Romo late in games and in the clutch? I like most people don’t come with mere opinions, or the super bowl ring argument, I come with facts! Everyone’s argument in favor Aikman or any other quarterback for that matter is, stats don’t matter. Well,,, if you are going to come at me with the he was better late in games and in the clutch they do. At least in those situations right?  Putting aside things like yards, TD’s etc, the one thing that “DOES” matter is the quarterbacks “efficiency” in those situations right? Come on let’s be fair about this now! Under those situations (if you are going to use that argument) they do matter. In all fairness, I will use Aikman’s’94 season because that’s about the same point Romo is in his career right now. This is “with Emmitt”. (Trust me you don’t want to see the overall average.) All stats compliments of NFL.com.

Half Att Comp Pct Yds Avg Lng TD Int 1st 1st% 20+ Sck Rate
1st Half 260 169 65.0 2,038 7.8 94 14 11 98 37.7 22 7 89.2
2nd Half 179 113 63.1 1,325 7.4 53 3 5 65 36.3 15 11 79.5

 

Point Situation Att Comp Pct Yds Avg Lng TD Int 1st 1st% 20+ Sck Rate
Ahead 177 124 70.1 1,457 8.2 94 7 6 70 39.5 16 5 93.8
Behind 153 91 59.5 1,123 7.3 46 4 7 51 33.3 12 11 71.9
Tied 114 71 62.3 813 7.1 90 6 3 43 37.7 10 3 90.3

 

Home/Away Att Comp Pct Yds Avg Lng TD Int 1st 1st% 20+ Sck Rate
Home Games 182 116 63.7 1,351 7.4 53 8 4 71 39.0 12 9 91.6
Road Games 179 117 65.4 1,325 7.4 90 5 8 62 34.6 15 5 78.1

Ok , now lets take a look at Tony Romo in the exact same situations.

Half Att Comp Pct Yds Avg Lng TD Int 1st 1st% 20+ Sck Rate
1st Half 255 174 68.2 1,994 7.8 58 17 4 101 39.6 27 18 107.2
2nd Half 263 169 64.3 2,073 7.9 74 14 6 99 37.6 27 18 96.7
Last Two Minutes of Half 75 49 65.3 548 7.3 53 3 1 30 40.0 7 4 94.7

 

Home/Away Att Comp Pct Yds Avg Lng TD Int 1st 1st% 20+ Sck Rate
Home Games 231 155 67.1 1,848 8.0 74 16 6 89 38.5 27 8 103.6
Road Games 291 191 65.6 2,336 8.0 77 15 4 114 39.2 29 28 101.7

 

Point Situation Att Comp Pct Yds Avg Lng TD Int 1st 1st% 20+ Sck Rate
Ahead 177 118 66.7 1,332 7.5 64 11 3 73 41.2 14 13 102.6
Ahead by 1-8 Points 99 65 65.7 789 8.0 64 7 1 42 42.4 10 10 109.4
Ahead by 9-16 Points 52 33 63.5 348 6.7 58 2 0 18 34.6 2 2 95.7
Behind 217 144 66.4 1,688 7.8 74 11 2 79 36.4 22 19 102.9
Behind by 1-8 Points 131 87 66.4 1,014 7.7 74 5 0 44 33.6 15 12 102.4
Behind by 9-16 Points 37 26 70.3 339 9.2 53 4 2 18 48.6 5 4 112.3
Tied 128 84 65.6 1,164 9.1 77 9 5 51 39.8 20 4 101.8

 “Gosh, like I said, I didn’t want to burst anyone’s bubble but the numbers don’t lie!”

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