Anyone who reads this must think I’m insane. Is Tony Romo the next Dan Marino? I must be out of my mind making such a comparison right. Well read on and maybe by the time I’m done you’ll see where my supposed insanity comes from.
It’s always a hard proposition to compare a good player of this era, to a hall-of-famer from an earlier era. Times were different back then. The game was played at a different speed in Marino’s time versus how fast it is today. With the many differences in era’s aside, if you break down the stats, they’re strangely similar.
In 17 seasons with the Miami Dolphins, Marino passed for 61,361 yards and 420 touchdowns. That averages out to be roughly 3,609 yards and 25 touchdowns per season. In comparison, Romo, with six seasons under his belt, has passed for 20,834 yards and 149 touchdowns. That averages out to be roughly 3,472 yards and 25 touchdowns per season. Marino averaged 7.3 yards per attempt throughout his career compared to Romo’s 8 yards per attempt. And get this; Marino has a career 61% winning percentage in the regular season. Romo has a 61% winning percentage to match Marino’s mark. That is scary in my opinion. Now it’s a given that Marino has a far superior post season record in terms of playoff appearences. But Marino’s short-comings in the playoffs are what really drew me to this comparison.
Marino had as many chances as just about anyone to win the big one. He took his team to the super bowl in the 1984-85 season. As we all know he didn’t win that one, and never had a chance to win another. He finished with an 8-18 record in the post-season which is one of the few black spots on his hall of fame career.
Romo has been similar in his playoff career. He is currently 1-3 in playoff appearances to date. He has consistently underperformed late in the season, and he has yet to prove the scrutiny wrong. Neither player, Marino or Romo, have played at a high level in the playoffs, compared to what they do during the regular season.
Romo still has time to turn things around, compared to Marino, whose legacy is printed in history. Will he is the big question? If he holds on the path he is on he may end up like Marino, a guy that has top-tier talent, but for whatever reason could never get the big one. Or maybe he’ll find a way to get a super bowl title. No one really knows. But one thing I do know is that if he doesn’t get it this year, with the massive amounts of talent Dallas has, I’m not sure how soon he’ll get another chance.