Dec 9, 2012; Cincinnati, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) is sacked by Dallas Cowboys outside linebacker Anthony Spencer (93) during the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. The Cowboys won 20-19. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA Today Sports

More Overrated: Dallas Cowboys Tony Romo or Anthony Spencer?

As fans of the Dallas Cowboys, we often over-hype players simply because they play for our favorite team. But if we can take a step back from our own fandom, and take a hard, realistic look at our team, players who are a bit overrated should become more evident. And hence, our expectations of them lowered. Today’s two candidates: Quarterback Tony Romo and defensive end Anthony Spencer.

Dec 23, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) smiles on the field before the game against the New Orleans Saints at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Tony Romo: The hype by some fans is borderline delusional. But his numbers are solid: 25,737 career passing yards, 177 touchdowns, 91 interceptions and a QBR of 95.6 in eight seasons. Compare that to Troy Aikman’s career numbers: 32,942 passing yards, 165 touchdowns, 141 interceptions and a QBR of 81.6 in twelve seasons. But numbers are not Romo’s issue. It’s playoff wins. One.


Anthony Spencer: The hype around Spencer is at an all-time high. After finishing his first Pro Bowl season ever, Spencer was franchise tagged for the second straight year in a row for 10.6 million. He recorded 95 tackles and 11 sacks last season.  But the numbers prior to last year are the issue. In Spencer’s first five seasons, he never racked up more than 67 tackles and six sacks in a year. In fact, as a first round pick, Spencer was considered a disappointment by many until last season.

Now, it’s up to you: Who is more overrated – Romo or Spencer?

Here at The Landry Hat, we care about what our readers think. Our entire site is dedicated to you, the die-hard Dallas Cowboy fans. And there is no better way to gauge your opinions then through our poll questions. Please submit your choice below, leave your thoughts in the comments section below, and come back to check and see what the bulk of Cowboy fans feel is the right answer.

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  • Chess

    Terrible article. Playing to the lazy reporter meme.

    • utgjohn

      No kidding. Spencer was our best defender BY FAR last year and the boys would have won 2 games with Orton starting. Snore.

    • utgjohn

      No kidding. Spencer was their best defender last year BY FAR and they would have won 2 games last year with Orton starting. Snore.

      • utgjohn

        Sorry for double post. Me no no how work internets!

  • BradAustin

    Definitely enjoy the article and see where you are coming from on this. Most fans sadly have a “what have you done for me lately” mentality. Which is exactly why Spencer is praised as a solid, possibly elite Cowboy. He’s just not. Or let me re-phrase…he hasn’t been for 5 of 6 years in his career.

    Before 2012 (playing on a franchise tag in which his play determines future pay), Spencer wasn’t special at all. From 2007-2011, he was a pretty good player…better than simply “above average” but slightly below “good”. Being the 26th pick in the 2007 draft and a guy the team put so much faith and hope into to help is immediately…he never lived up to that. Year in and year out the question was will he turn the corner this year. And he didn’t until finally in 2012.

    We will see what he is truly made of in 2013. Maybe he was a late-bloomer, who knows. Me prediction is he will stay a solid run defender, yet come back to earth in sack totals to around 7. Crawford will play his way into more of Spencer’s time also.

    Comparing him to Romo is not even close and a slap to Romo. Romo may have some knocks and chokes here and there, but the guy has a career built on serious QB skills and the numbers to prove it. Even behind a bunch of old ladies at o-line the last 2 years. lol Romo is a top 10 QB over the last 5 years…easy. Spencer? Not a chance he is a top 10 DE/OLB when combining his last 5 years.

    The article asked about overrated. Spencer is now seen as this defensive force by those who can’t see past one great year. But his body of work does not suggest that AT ALL. If 5 of 6 years say he is just pretty good…I’m leaning with that until he can put 2 really solid years back-to-back. I surely know Romo can do it…he has always done it well.

    My answer is hands down Spencer is head and shoulders more overrated than possibly the most talented QB in the history of the franchise. When Romo is done in the NFL his numbers will be eye-popping.

    BTW, great article and comparison. This is much more of a debate than most think. As many people see them as both accomplished, strongly talented players. Spencer is nothing more than a mystery still in my eyes. I can’t erase 2007-2011 from my head and the annual questions on if the guy was gonna become worth his draft status.