Nov 11, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) adjusts coverage during the second quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

Tony Romo 2.0: It’s still not a reality

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One year ago this week I hit the bigtime when I became one of The Landry Hat writers.  It’s been a great experience and I hope you have enjoyed the articles.  It’s been a blast writing about the Dallas Cowboys.  With that said, I’m going to re-visit that first article and see what has changed and what stayed the same.  For a look back, here’s that link:  Tony Romo:  It’s Not Reality, It’s Just a Fantasy

Being the Dallas Cowboys quarterback is not an easy task.  Pressure to perform well comes from the coaching staff, the media, the fans, and the quarterback himself.  For some unknown reason, it seems ten-fold when you play for the Cowboys.  Romo’s tenth season hasn’t exactly gone as well as everyone had anticipated at the start of the year.  In the last three games, he’s averaging 322 yards of passing and just under two touchdowns.  He can do better.

Romo’s quarterback ratings 2012, year-to-date:

  • Week 1 vs NY Giants –  129.5   – Win
  • Week 2 vs Seattle –  74.1  –  Loss
  • Week 3 vs Tampa Bay –  75.1  –   Win
  • Week 4 vs Chicago –  60.1   –  Loss
  • Week 5 Bye
  • Week 6 vs Baltimore –  97.1   –  Loss
  • Week 7 vs Carolina –  98.5   –  Win
  • Week 8 vs NY Giants  –  58.3   –  Loss
  • Week 9 vs Atlanta  –  109.3  –  Loss
  • Week 10 vs Philadelphia –  122.1  –  Win

In the 2011 season, Romo’s quarterback rating averaged 97.7 after the same amount of games.  I had decided last year that he must do better than a 102 to win consistently.  In 2012, he is winning and losing with both high and low ratings, so there isn’t a method to the madness.  To date, Romo averages an 85.2 quarterback rating.  The Cowboys record as of today is 4 – 5 versus a 2011 record of 5 – 4.   His numbers are not improving; in fact, they are worse.  [All statistics from ESPN.]  Is Romo digressing?

Romo’s fantasy points scored 2012, year-to-date in my league:

  • Week 1 – 29 points
  • Week 2 – 14 points
  • Week 3 – 5 points
  • Week 4 – 8 points
  • Week 5 – Bye
  • Week 6 – 20 points
  • Week 7 – 16 points
  • Week 8 – 21 points
  • Week 9 – 18 points
  • Week 10 – 20 points

As of week 10, Romo has accumulated 151 fantasy points [CBS Sports] versus 178 in 2011.  He is the 16th best fantasy quarterback in the league – tied with Michael Vick, but two points ahead of Eli Manning.  I asked for consistency last season, but Romo has not held up his end of the deal.

Romo’s statistics, for you numbers people, are not helping him stand out.  He’s smack dab in the middle-of-the-pack.  Most will probably say it’s because of the offensive line, but most of the offensive line is back from last year.  There are a few injuries, but overall, it’s not changed.  So, what is it that Romo needs to do to get that coveted ring?  A fan comment from last year’s article of note:

Romo lacks the ability to throw the fade pass and the cross route.  His mental game has not improved the past year and the sack observation is still true as well.   Los Fritos

Has Romo plateaued?  Will he be the leader that takes the Cowboys to the Super bowl?   Maybe the win last weekend against the Philadelphia Eagles will be the turning point of the season.  There are still enough games remaining to earn them a spot in the playoffs, but Romo is going to have to make that a reality.  And someone please tell me why Romo yells, “KILL KILL KILL” at the line of scrimmage!

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