Do The Dallas Cowboys Really Need Offensive Line Help?

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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.

Dec 23, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray (29) runs with the ball against the New Orleans Saints at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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  • ta

    22 players. When your up by 12 with 4 minutes to play and one of those guys is named Terrance Newman – you can’t blame the loss on Romo.

  • Richard Storm

    Anyone “purporting to be a Dallas Cowboys fan” who says that Tony Romo is the problem with the Cowboys needs to get his ass kicked….They’re not really a Cowboys fan but a Dallas Cowboys hater who is a fan of some other team….Most Cowboys fans love Romo…The ones who don’t are fake Cowboys fans who band wagoned themselves to the Cowboys team when they started winning a bunch of Super Bowls in the 90s. Those idiots are in the minority who are just louder than us Romo fans. I really wish they would go band wagon themselves to the Giants team or to the Redskins team so that they can go suck on Eli or RG3….But I’m going to the first Dallas Cowboys home game. I will wear a shirt that says “Rome haters SUCK!!”. I suggest that all the real Cowboys fan do the same at this game…

  • GoCowboys

    This article is awesome.

  • Juanito Juanito

    the stupid heaters are dumb people who dont like read articles like this, they just hate because lisen other dumb hate, haters are so delitional to think that romo play in awesome team, and cowboys now are average

  • disqus_kLJwdEdnOL

    Good article. The problem with the Cowboys now is due to past poor personnel decisions.I have never heard that Romo participated in the draft or free agency signings. Yet ignorant fans point to him as the reason for Dallas’s mediocrity. As long as management is the way it is now, the Cowboys will not be contenders.

  • Renny Mason

    “Truth”, where are you at? Wonderful piece Mike!

  • billy

    there have been a couple of articles written recently disclosing stats from the dallas defense and offense. dallas was near the bottom in several of those stats. after one reads and understands those stats he will wonder how the cowboys managed to be 8 and 8 the last two seasons. they should have been 4 and 12 at best. they are a truly terrible team. injuries or whatever reason they have been bad. theres only two words to explain why they were able to win 8 games and they are tony and romo. he made some mistakes, sure. but the team he played with were awful. you can thank jerry and his lack of player evaluation and drafting for that. tony cant help jerrys weaknesses enough to win championships. the league is too strong for that to ever happen

  • http://twitter.com/OldFrog75 Old Frog

    Tony Romo is not the problem but as this article highlights we have so many glaring problems that need to be fixed he should have been traded now while he had value for draft picks to address all the other problems. I would rather do that than end up with another Dan Marino scenario. Suffer two lousy seasons with Orton now and build for the future.

    • disqus_kLJwdEdnOL

      The only problem with obtaining draft picks for Romo would have been the fact that the same general manager would still be there making the same personnel mistakes.

  • LesterBallard

    Did Romo throw that interception against the Redskins because of any of the reasons Mr. Burke mentions?

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