Embarking on the Tony Romo Conversation: Part II

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Have you ever had the “Tony Romo Conversation/Debate” with someone, and in doing so, actually CHANGED their mind or attitude regarding the highly controversial quarterback?

Most times, the answer to this question will be a resounding no. Most times, especially after a loss, fans are too emotionally charged to see past their preconceived notions when it comes to Tony Romo. There is nothing one can say, and especially no statistic to point out, that will alter their perception.

So why even have the conversation/debate in the first place?

Because we are football fans, it’s what we do; and more importantly, we are Dallas Cowboys fans. It’s in our blood; we are a loud and proud bunch (some MUCH more than others).


Dec 23, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) signals a play with his hands during the game against the New Orleans Saints at Cowboys Stadium. The Saints beat the Cowboys 34-31 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

As I pointed out in Part I of this conversation last week, Tony Romo, in my opinion, is not “elite.” In other words, he is not capable of carrying the ENTIRE team on his back DESPITE their weaknesses and STILL win consistently. But only three or four quarterbacks in the league are capable of this anyway.

So why then does Romo, one of the most hated and talked about athletes in sports, constantly live “under the microscope?” Why is he judged and scrutinized more than any other quarterback in the NFL? Why such high expectations?

Simple really, he wears a star on his helmet. If he played for the Kansas City Chiefs or Seattle Seahawks, he would more than likely escape the wrath of constant hatred he receives.

 Every single throw he makes, every touchdown pass, every record he breaks, every quote or sound bite, every game lost or won and especially every interception that results in a loss, becomes magnified beyond belief because of that star. Every franchise quarterback we have had, from Don Meredith in the 1960’s to Troy Aikman in 1990’s, and now to Tony Romo in the 2000’s has lived with that same pressure and expectations. And every franchise quarterback has dealt with it in their own unique way.

Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman (who are both known fans of Romo) were the more “natural brash leaders”, and they have five Super Bowl rings between them to show for it. They were both obsessed with winning and doing anything and everything within their power to help their team win. One could argue though, and many opposing fans certainly would, that neither was in fact “elite.”

They needed the help. However, the difference with Staubach and Aikman was, they both actually received the help, and PLENTY of it. They both had Hall of Fame offensive linemen protecting them (Rayfield Wright and HOF newcomer Larry Allen) among many other dominant offensive linemen, they both had Hall of Fame wide receivers catching passes (Bob Hayes, Lance Alworth and Michael Irvin), they both had Hall of Fame running backs to take the pressure off (Tony Dorsett for three years with Staubach, and the legendary Emmitt Smith).

 Not to mention the championship caliber defenses. I think one was referred to as “Doomsday Defense.” Add superior coaching and drafting to the list as well.

Also, I can’t believe I never realized this before, but in all EIGHT of our Super Bowl appearances, we have boasted a top-3 offensive line, according to Jeff Sullivan (a.k.a the “Bald Head”). A top-3 offensive line in EVERY Super Bowl appearance! A mere coincidence? Not a chance!

Which brings us back to Romo. Want to take a wild guess of how many sacks Romo has endured under our porous offensive line the past two seasons? If you guessed 72, you would be correct (a career high 36 in each season in fact). Without a doubt, he would probably want guards Chance Warmack (Alabama) or Jonathan Cooper (UNC) with the 18th overall pick this April.

Another interesting tidbit I researched lately was game-winning drives. Everybody knows about Staubach’s famous mark of 23 in this category. Few fans know that Aikman is right behind with 21. Even fewer fans know that Tony Romo currently sits on 19 game-winning drives in his seven year starting career, accumulating five in 2012 alone and four in 2011. Want to know Tony Romo’s career 4th quarter passer rating, 102.9 folks. And again, that was 19 game-winning drives since 2006.

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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….?