Let’s do a little experiment here. I am going to assume that every Cowboys fan out there who is somewhat sane is going to agree with me that Troy Aikman was and is a better QB than Tony Romo. Troy says he isn’t, but that was Troy being nice. He doesn’t have the stats Romo does, but he didn’t need to in that system. He was perfectly capable of the huge Offensive numbers.
Now, how about we compare running games between Aikman’s teams and Romo’s. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that I’ll take Moose Johnston and Emmitt Smith in their primes over the entire Fullback and Running Back corps that has trotted through Texas and Cowboys Stadiums since they hung up their sainted cleats.
How about receiving weapons? I’ll put Jason Witten over Jay Novcek, but I’ll take Michael Irvin over any two Wide Receivers Romo has ever had, even though I am damned excited about Dez Bryant. Alvin Harper never put up insane stats, but he was a deep threat we have lacked since Rocket Ismail or Joey Galloway were in town flying up the field. So what I am saying is that I personally would take Aikman’s weapons over Romo’s. Maybe you’d disagree, but I honestly don’t know how any Cowboys fan wouldn’t take Michael Irvin alone as the advantage.
Okay, how about the Defenses each has to rely on? I love DeMarcus Ware, but there isn’t a day, week, month, season, or year that I would take the Defenses Romo has had over the ones Aikman did. Charles Haley was every bit as disruptive a force as Ware for that team, but our Safeties, Defensive Tackles, and Cornerbacks were all superior in the 1990’s, especially when Deion Sanders arrived. Who do you have more confidence in at LDE, Tony Tolbert or Anthony Spencer? No disrespect to Anthony, but the name Tony should be on the lips of every fan who has seen both play. Leon Lett and Russell Maryland, or Ratliff and Hatcher? Come on, no one is going to say the current duo.