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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  • johnnydals

    Great article! I agree with it 100%! Any chance to throw Tony under the buss, they would do it INSTANTLY!!☆

  • Th3Bill

    I fully agree with your assessment of Tony and especially of Kitna. Tony’s a warrior who obviously played at least 3 or 4 weeks with the injury, as you could see in about week 12/13 his throws started to get a little less zip and accuracy. How he plays through injuries is amazing to me. Course, one only needs to read the SI article written about him a couple months ago to realize the type of person and competitor he is. Kitna is a high quality person, and I was actually happy when they brought him in for the game, as he’s always been a good, reliable QB. I will somewhat disagree with Orton’s grade. I’d give him a B/B+. He was hampered by some of the play calling in that game…a good example of which was 4th and 1 when you have a great OL and hard running RB and they call a naked bootleg pass into the flat. That’s a play that Romo makes with his athleticism, but is not designed for someone with Orton’s lack in that dept. That play didn’t make a lot of sense and very well could have affected the outcome of the game. Overall, I agree that QB was definitely not an area of weakness on this years team and will continue to be an area of strength next year.

    Of course, Romo-haters will point to the Den Int…but I counter that any time you NEED to score 48+ points to have a CHANCE to win in an NFL game, you have a LOT more problems than QB. Without Romo, that game very likely could have been 50-14.

  • Chesney Blair

    Hi, I respect your opinion but have to respectfully disagree. Romo plays a quarterback position, and quarterbacks are judged by their wins not their stats. Lets exam what you’ve written. You point out the fact that Romo swept NFC East, which by the league observers as seen as one of the worst divisions in the league. This doesn’t warrant any credibility to him. He should sweep the Redskins, the Eagles when they were struggling, and the Giants. Everyone beat those teams. By the halfway point everyone said this our division to lose. By the way what is Romo’s record against the quality teams? He didn’t win any good games Mike! We have to hold our players more accountable, instead of switching the television off and saying they tried. Two decades of losing tradition has brought this weird unbelievable acceptance of this from our fan base. You think Manchester United fans wouldn’t riot if their owners pulled something similar? The fact remains we had hard time beating the Vikings and Raiders of the world at home. Again lost to the teams we should beat i.e. Lions and Bears, and still in the same situation we have been in the last three years. If he hasn’t got it done in the last three years, really his whole career, what makes you think he will when he is a year older?