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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