Grading The Dallas Cowboys: Quarterbacks

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Tony RomoOn the way home from work on Thursday I was thinking about what to write for my Dallas Cowboys article this week when I heard that a TV Character named Roy Hinkley had passed away. You may think you have never heard of Roy Hinkley, but I promise you that you probably have. He was better known as The Professor on “Gilligan’s Island.” Yeah, that’s right, he actually did have a name besides Professor. Actor Russell Johnson was 89. In honor of him, and teachers everywhere, I decided to begin a series where I grade the Cowboys by positions over the coming weeks to see what I think of the season and the future. These are my grades, you do not have to agree with them. Grade your classroom however you see fit.

In analyzing the Quarterbacks this year one thing stands out to me above all else. If everyone on this team played at the level Tony Romo did this year we’d have been a fantastic team. Let’s take a look at some of Tony’s results. Tony matched his 2011 Touchdown and Interception totals this year, throwing 31 and 10 respectively. This is an outstanding ratio for any QB to achieve. It should have led to more wins. Tony was 8-7 this year.

I don’t pin the losses at the feet of Tony Romo. When I see a team that improves by 63 points over the previous year but gives up 32 more points than it did last year it is pretty obvious to me the majority of the blame lies on the Defense. Tony averaged 255 yards passing per game in 2013, and had he not been injured and continued that into the 16th game he would have fairly easily moved his season into the top 5 all time by Cowboys QBs. He would have bumped Danny White out of the 5th spot and owned all of the top 5 seasons for passing yardage in Cowboys History.

His previously mentioned 31 TDs tied his own mark in 2011 for 2nd best all time in Cowboys History. His 96.7 QB Rating was the 7th best season all time by that measuring standard, whether you agree with that rating system or not. He threw the 3rd most passes in a single season in team History and completed the 4th most in team History for a single season. Had he not got hurt both of those numbers would have easily been his 2nd best and therefore the team’s 2nd best all time. He was only 15 behind in attempts and 5 behind in completions for 2nd place in both categories.

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