Got Health? Burning Questions Concerning Tony Romo's Recovery

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Dec 9, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) on the sidelines during the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Kill. Kill. Kill.

That’s how you can basically sum up the 2014 season without a fully recovered Tony Romo.

Sure, Kyle Orton put on a show in Week 16 against the Eagles. But in the end, it was Romo who went undefeated (5-0) against division rivals — not Orton.

Add in his 96.7 quarterback rating (8th in NFL), his 31 touchdown tosses (2nd in NFC), his 3,828 passing yards (5th in NFC), and you got a recipe for success.

What’s even more alarming is the damage the quarterback has done as the quarters flip forward. Take a look at his quarterback rating average by the quarter for 2013.

  • 1st Quarter: 90.6
  • 2nd Quarter: 92.8
  • 3rd Quarter: 97.4
  • 4th Quarter: 105.6

In the 4th quarter and the game within seven? A cool flat 105.0 rating.

Additionally, his completion percentage average spikes from 62.7 in the 1st quarter to 69.6 in the 4th. His overall completion percentage of 63.9 was 6th best in the NFC (Nick Foles finished 5th with 64.0).

Tony Romo’s overall regular season record is 63-45.


But heading into the season at the age of 34 with two back surgeries in two years is a concern. All the stats above may shuffle. It all depends on Romo’s health.

Here Are Five Things to be Concerned About:

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  • SmartThinking

    If Romo goes down again, I have faith in Orton to come in, run this team, and win games.

  • Artie C

    Last year I saw a much more ‘hot and cold’ Romo than I’d seen since 2006. I’ve always been of the belief that Parcells surveyed his offensive line back then and inserted Romo as the QB because he knew that the stationary Bledsoe would get killed behind that line, and Romo was raw but mobile and had the best chance of survival. Nothing’s changed since then.

    Love the KILL KILL KILL fantastic!