Exposing "Expert" Canards: Cowboys Romo Clearly Elite

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Eli threw for 255 yards and an 87.3 quarterback rating in leading the Giants to 17 points in Superbowl XLII. Those 17 points were the lowest winning point total in a Superbowl since 1975, and the fifth lowest in Superbowl history. Those 17 points were enough – amazingly – to beat an undefeated New England team boasting the most prolific scoring offense in NFL history.

But those 17 points earned Eli Manning a ring, so the rest of it doesn’t matter to the experts.

Draw your own conclusions about Elite-I’s playoff success. This isn’t necessarily about him. Eli’s a fine quarterback and he’s earned everything he’s gotten. This is about the geniuses in the national media. It’s about the lazy, vacuous conventional wisdom that passes for expert analysis in the ESPN era.

Jan 1, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) and Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) meet on the field after their game at MetLife Stadium. Giants won 31-14. Mandatory Credit: Chris Faytok/The Star-Ledger via USA TODAY Sports

The truth is Drew Brees is an elite quarterback with or without a ring. The truth is Eli Manning probably isn’t considered an elite quarterback without that elite defense. The truth is a quarterback’s role is not to win football games all by himself, but to put his team in position to win football games.

Conventional wisdom says Tony Romo is not an elite quarterback. The truth is, Romo has been the one thing standing between Cowboys fans and a long, disappointing string of 4- and 5-win seasons.

And just to rub it in, the truth is Romo has a better career passer rating than Drew Brees, better career yards-per-attempt than Peyton Manning, a better career completion percentage than Tom Brady, and a better career fourth quarter/overtime passer rating than Aaron Rogers.

Cowboys fans: The truth is, you have an elite quarterback. Not every team does. Enjoy it while you can, because quarterbacks as special as Romo don’t come around often; once he’s gone, we’re not likely to see another one like him for a good long while.

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  • Just Thinking…

    Missing one stat: number of critical errors at critical moments. No position has a bigger impact on team success than QB. A game of high QB statistical play can be undone by a single critical error.

    • Artie C

      This I agree with

    • John

      Fair enough, but that stat goes two ways, and there have been a number of critical HUGE PLAYS at critical moments. Check out Scott Kacsmar’s excellent piece at Cold Hard Football Facts for all the data on whether or not Romo is “CLUTCH.”

  • Juanito Juanito

    Dont said that, because the haters cant support that, they are so dumb !!!!!!!!

  • Ronald W. Jones

    FACT – Romo has a 17-21 record over the last 3 seasons.
    FACT – Romo has a 21-22 career record against NFC Eastern Division teams. FACT – Romo has a 14-19 record in the months of December/January

    me·di·o·cre – adjective – of moderate or low quality, value, ability, or performance : ordinary , so-so

    • Artie C

      Good FACTS, but they look like TEAM statistics to me. Wasn’t one of the points of this article about inaccurately blaming or crediting the QB for things out of his control?

    • John

      Thank you for your feedback, Ronald. You raise some interes… Hey, wait a minute. Is this Ron Jaworski? Why the alias, Ron? Dug your work as QB of the Eagles, seeing as how I despise the Eagles. Thanks for reading, though. :)

  • JoeDaBeast

    Win the big one and critics will be less likely to pull the “choke” card on Tony Romo, even though some will then play the “I bet he can’t do it again” line.

  • Artie C

    Good article. Great points. And using the word ‘canard’

    • John

      I’m a sucker for alliteration, Artie.

  • jj

    This man is right you put brady manning any of the top qbs behind the oline romo has and they wont put the numbers romo has the giants exposed our line in the playofff loss and we have yet to fix it. When was the last time romo had a running game? Romos a top 5 qb

  • Ronald W. Jones

    You people seem to forget that Romo was a member of GOOD Cowboy teams loaded with All-Pro players. Look no farther than 2007 with a 13-3 record…had home field advantage through out the play-offs. BUT…Tony Romo makes the ridiculous decision to run off to Cabo with his little Hollywood girlfriend during the bi-week instead of staying in Dallas and studying game film on possible play-off opponents. So what happens? The NYGiants come to our house and knocked us out of the first round. Unbelieveable! And that IDIOT Wade Phillips supported Romo’s trip….Tom Landry wouldn’t have let his QB go to Cabo during the play offs….I know Jimmy Johnson wouldn’t have…..and certainly Parcells would have blown a gasket…..Then we had a 11-5 record in 2009…that is the year of Romos only play-off win (vs Philly) then the next week we got our teeth kicked in @ Minnesota. So don’t say Romo hasn’t had any talent around him….when he did…he squandered the opportunity.

    You people want stat champion…I want a WORLD CHAMPION

    • John

      The 2007 Cowboys had the 13th ranked defense in the league in points per game. Romo’s only ever had one top-5 defense, that was in 2009, and the ‘Boys won a playoff game. Tom Brady has had NINE top-10 defenses, and FIVE top-5 defenses in his tenure in New England. Big Ben has had SIX top-3 defenses in Pittsburg. Aaron Rogers has one top-5 defense, and the Packers won the Superbowl that year. All I’m saying is it’s a team game, dude. You want a world champion? It takes a team.