Do The Dallas Cowboys Really Need Offensive Line Help?

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Where there might be discussion is at Linebacker, but until Bruce Carter and Sean Lee can stay healthy for entire seasons you have to give the edge to Ken Norton Jr. and company from the 90s don’t you?

In fact let’s do a little fact checking here. Tony Romo has had seven seasons in the saddle as Sheriff in Dallas. Let’s take his seven seasons and total up the points allowed by the Defense in his seven seasons. That comes to 2473 points allowed in his seven seasons including games he did not start due to Bledsoe and injury. Now, I am going to take the worst seven seasons of Aikman’s career, not just his Super Bowl years, or any consecutive seven years, I am going to cherry pick the very worst. That comes to 2253 points his seven worst Defenses allowed. A full 220 points better than Romo’s teams.

Dec 2, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware (94) motions to the crowd during the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

By the way, the only great team Aikman had to be in the bottom seven of his career was the 1995 Super Bowl XXX Champions who allowed 291 points. This comparison is with forcing Aikman to take the 1-15 1989 team and the 5-11 2000 Dave Campo led one that ended his illustrious career. Romo has never had teams as bad as those two Aikman had, and he has never had a Defense as good as the 1992 to 1996 version Aikman had. Romo’s best Defense was in 2009 when we allowed only 250 points. Aikman’s 1996 team matched that and 1992 to 1994 his teams were better than Romo’s best.

My obvious conclusion is that I would take the Defenses Aikman had over the one Romo has had.

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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

  • 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?