Embarking on the Tony Romo Conversation: Part II

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 But how could that possibly be? We all know Romo ALWAYS chokes in the 4th quarter no matter what!

“What about all his interceptions?” “He has to be the freakin leader in interceptions!”

Romo has thrown 91 career interceptions. The franchise leader in this category; none other than three-time Super Bowl winner Troy Aikman with 141 career picks (this one always surprises people).


Nov 11, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Troy Aikman (R) talks with Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) during warmups prior to playing the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

I’m really not trying to compare Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman to Tony Romo as much as I am trying to get my point across that they are all different in how they handle being the franchise quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys.

Romo is more of a “risk taker” or “gunslinger” who is also more candid with the media when it comes to the position. Are we used to a different kind of quarterback here in Dallas? Yes, we are. Does Tony Romo throw an occasional costly interception that loses us the game? Yes, but name me a quarterback that hasn’t.

I tell fans this all the time, if you are going to take the 19 career game-winning drives and 18 career 4th quarter comebacks (yes they are different), you have to be willing to take the occasional interception that loses us a game and move on. If you are going to cheer for the touchdown pass that wins us the game, you have to take the lumps of the other extreme as well. Of course, that’s the case with ANY quarterback; again it is just magnified in Romo’s case.

However we all know the 1-6 record in elimination games is the ONLY thing that matters. My response to that is the Dallas Cowboys are 1-6 in elimination games, not solely Tony Romo. That’s all I will say about that. Always hated how ONLY quarterbacks and head coaches were the ONLY ones with win-loss records attached to their names. Last time I checked, football is a team effort folks.

 So how does Tony Romo rid himself of his critics, at least for one offseason; easy, win a Super Bowl.

And of course, without question, at the end of the conversation, you still will have…

“It does not matter, Romo STILL sucks.” “Romo always chokes.” “Trade ‘em!” “Cut ‘em!” “Kill ‘em!” “Romo lover!” “Tony Homo!”

You will always have those types of fans…always. Am I attempting to change your mind in regards to Tony Romo? No, not really. I’m just paying the man proper respect in the only way I know how, simply because I feel he deserves it.

He also deserves a premier offensive line (even top-3 perhaps) that will protect him. He deserves a season where we have MORE than 10 rushing touchdowns as an ENTIRE TEAM, something he has not had the past three seasons, which surprisingly all three ended without playoff appearances. And he certainly deserves a defense that can accumulate more than 16 TOTAL turnovers (from 2012) to allow crucial extra possessions.

 And finally, you know what else Tony Romo deserves? Cha ching! Cash money! $$$$ PAY THAT MAN…but make it cap friendly for 2013.

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  • juz sayin

    With the 18th pick Dallas selects Kenny Vaccarro who held Tavon Austin who runs a 4.3 to 10 catches & completly shut down Ryan Swoopes who runs a 4.3 one on one(look out Cruz & D.Jackson u cant hide from Carr & Claiborne no more)

  • truth

    1st and foremost, this article is “OverSimplifying” this Romo debate, IMHonestO.
    2ndly, I have made – as you would decent-minded man/gal – Cowboys fans think twice about their stand on Romo. Those that think he is Good or Elite.
    3rdly, it is not my intention to ever do this but genuinely, to give facts and/or strong evidence as to why I feel and think that Tony simply just sucks.
    So…when you give compelling facts, instances and well, evidence to the ideal that Romo simply sucks, you inadverdently change the mind of others. I mean this article kind of ridicules the intelligence level of Cowboys fans in general!!!
    Why, because this articles author thinks that – debate about Romo – is what it’s all about. 2ndly, Fans in general have the ability to take into account what happens in games, facts, numbers, experts take and non-experts(fans?) and combine it all together to get an Overall Perfect picture of what is truth – ; ) – and what is not.
    A lot of the debate has to do with emotions of loving this team and/or anyone player, and the ability to see past the emotions…
    Personally, I can tell you that I have changed many minds that were on the side of those that thought that Romo is or was a great QB. All while not trying to change anyones mind in the process or in the debates I have had. But with such compelling evidence and facts, who can say or disagree with me?? It doesn’t really come down to who it is individually, known or unknown, face, celebrity or whatever former or current player. It comes down to integrity, intelligence, credibility and the weight of the facts one has to offer, kind of like in any court of law. And thus….those facts, coupled with compelling evidence, says that Romo, in comparison to the NFL, simply and plainly sucks.

    • Mekkio wekkio

      the problem with the cowboys fan base is that they forget how erratic romo plays because he could string together 3-4 solid wins back to back. then the argument comes if it was not for romo we would not be in the position to make a run for the playoffs. but they forget the guy was erratic the first half of the season or in a couple of crucial games. there is no romo debate we all agree to disagree… Romo is view as the savior but in reality the guy isnt good enough to take this team to the playoffs in a 9-7 division.

      • Renny Mason

        Sorry you feel that way brother.

    • Renny Mason

      Thanks for reading the entire article this time. And as always, your input is always valued.

  • truth

    Renny Mason… – Especially loved the part about Staubach and Aikman doing everything in their power to Win, individually and as a team-player. That for me and many others, just about sums it up. I mean that is what really makes them stand-out from the rest, from the pretenders. Romo doesn’t come close to making Cowboys fans think this way about him, not even close. I mean not even by his peers as such a poll was taken last yr. “Overrated” is what they said. Heck, Tim Tebow was rated higher than him by his peers, imagine that. That should tell you a lot. Would this happen to Aikman or Staubach in their time???, I think not!!

    Just as I opined that Romo just plainly sucks, I also opined – back when Aikman played – that Aikman was elite in the same yr. Cowboys went 1-15. Now why would I do that while not even knowing Aikman for more than one yr.???
    Because you, like many experts, could see an elite QB when we saw one. See, it’s not about how many games you win or lose, completion ratio and such, but rather what type of player you are, what characteristics you have as a player, how you react to adversity-pressure and Troy Aikman, like Roger Stauback, passed the “test” early and often – key word here, “often” and/or consistency – something Romo has never shown.
    If Romo was playing in Aikman’s era, he would have a better line. But by the same token, players evolve, players adjust, players are better every yr. One thing is for sure, whether it’s Aikman, Roger or Romo, they are all playing on a level playing field, and/or in their respective era’s.
    But who are we trying to kid??? Romo has had Top 5 Offenses and basically “CHOKED” again and again when every unit around him was clicking fine. And who are we kidding again???, Romo chokes under pressure where you know Aikman and Roger wouldn’t. Romo holds on to the ball for way too long, longer than Aikman and Roger would. Romo does not think that he has to improve, but “NOW” knows that he has to satisfy the masses by giving “lip service.”
    Romo is no Aikman or Roger or any of the current Greats. Rookies and 1st/2nd yr. QBs are showing the league this and what it takes. RG3, Russel Wilson, Kapernick and the list just goes on and on. And they aren’t even opportuned with the talent that Cowboys currently have. So….

    • Renny Mason

      Thank you for your input Truth.

  • YYZT23

    Truth / Mekkio -Your both idiots. The two greatest Cowboy QB’s ever see the talent in this guy. Who are we to believe, them or you two couch sluggs. Haters will always hate!!

    • truth

      It’s Very easy to see just “what” these Great HOF’s or former QBs think of Romo. If you are talking about Aikman and Roger. Now honestly, I’m not sure about Roger. Vaguely…I thought I heard Roger critize Romo about 3 yrs. ago. Then, as quickly as he criticized him, he gave him some encouragement by saying basically, that he thought Romo was okay.
      Now Aikman, I do remember without a doubt “HIGHLY” criticized Romo. To the point where he showed that talking about Romo infuriated him. Saying stuff like “Romo just doesn’t get it – about being a “good” QB in general – ” This included remarks about Romo not showing or putting in the work that most Great QBs think should be done or by the remarks that Romo himself has showed by saying such. Also, about the “Cabo” incident.
      Yes, after such criticizing of Romo, Aikman came back and/or said publicly that he thought otherwise. But most decent minded men/sports people can tell you that he was speaking from the heart when he criticized Romo and not in the latter comments.
      Emmitt did the same. He highly criticized Romo, saying something like, that Romo has never been a “leader” and that he has never shown to be one. So that when Tony Romo says, ” that he is ‘now going to be a leader…” he loses me(Emmitt) when he says such stuff. Recently, Emmitt has said something about Romo not having a line but we all know that he just feels sorry for Romo, being a Cowboy afterall. C’Mon….we all know this….main…

      • Renny Mason

        The Romo conversation always brings plenty of debate. So thank you for not disappointing.

    • truth

      And it’s “You’re not Your” – got it….?