NFL Insider: “I Absolutely Believe The Cowboys Will Not Win Big With Romo”

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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

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

This is a dangerous time during the offseason. Especially for Dallas Cowboys players. This is the time when many media members begin to speculate on whose the best player at their position simply because it’s a slow news day…or month. And, of course, the quarterback position is usually the first victim of their idle minds. And that can only mean more unwarranted Tony Romo bashing.

In a recent ESPN article, a group of NFL insiders were chosen to rank the top quarterbacks in the league. The group included eight general managers, two former general managers, four pro personnel evaluators, seven coordinators, two head coaches, two position coaches and a top executive.

Romo’s stellar play and Houdiniesque escapes out of a collapsing pocket are the main reasons this team is in contention in the first place.
And, of course, Romo ranked out of the top five. In fact, the Cowboys starter was tied in eighth place with Atlanta’s Matt Ryan, Seattle’s Russell Wilson and New York’s Eli Manning.  All of whom have been grades as “Tier 2″ quarterbacks. Here’s how the NFL Insiders explained Romo’s ranking:

“A few evaluators questioned whether Romo had the mind-set to play at the highest level consistently. It’s a familiar refrain in league circles, a feeling that Romo is an undisciplined QB playing for an undisciplined organization with a poorly constructed roster. ‘People want to knock him,” one GM responded, “but the guy has talent and is one of the top 10 starters in the league.’

Now whether Romo belongs higher lower on this list is a separate issue that I’ll address below. What was especially disturbing was the way his ranking was explained. In the few years I’ve been covering the Cowboys, nothing about Tony Romo speaks undisciplined to me. And that term would certainly not describe head coach Jason Garrett. In fact, the term “inexperienced” is probably more fitting to describe Garrett’s reign in Dallas. When I think undisciplined, I think about draft busts like quarterbacks JaMarcus Russell or Ryan Leaf. But not Romo.

Romo is a natural athlete, whose football I.Q. is at an all-time high right now. And he has certainly grown into being another coach on the field and a locker room leader.  He’s already statically the greatest quarterback in Cowboys history. But it’s Romo’s own ghosts of mistakes past that will continue to haunt him until he wins the big one. And it’s those incidents that fuel the criticism from the national media, friends and foes alike.

Now it’s hard to disagree with the poorly constructed roster portion of this quote. Especially with a general manager like Jerry Jones at the helm. As was evidenced by the parade of defensive lineman last yearn, the Cowboys roster has lacked quality depth. But this offseason, this squad feels more like Garrett’s team than ever before. And it’s now a roster chalk full of untapped potential and young talent like never before.

But of course, these Insiders had to get one last jab in before finishing their explanation of Romo’s ranking on this list.

“Romo is 34 years old and coming off back surgery, but he still could be in line for a “monster” season, one evaluator said. “But I absolutely believe they will not win big with him. As soon as he decides it’s a clutch moment, his brain goes elsewhere. He loses focus and tries to create something.”

As a fan who actually watches the Cowboys games, I agree that Romo seems to pick the most critical moments to make mistakes. But it’s his stellar play and Houdiniesque escapes out of a collapsing pocket are the main reasons this team is in contention in the first place. Without Romo, this Cowboys squad would be far worse off. Instead, we’ve been one win away from making the playoffs for three straight seasons. (This is certainly a glass half full mentality here)

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  • truthbetold

    Hahahaha do people still really believe Romo is going to win a ring? I’m sorry, but that is laughable lol. The entire Tony Romo era has been an epic failure. he has 1 playoff victories in almost a decade of starting. Do people honestly expect him to all of a sudden turn over a new leaf at age 34 coming off back surgery? Lol it is very simply not going to happen. 20 years from now, Romo will be that guy who was pretty good but who accomplished nothing at all.

    • John

      They said the same garbage about John Elway for years, then he got himself a 2,000 yard back and all of a sudden he was “a winner.” They spewed the same tired crap about Manning until he won in 2006 with a defense that held opponents to just 16 ppg in the playoffs. Football teams win football games.

      • truthbetold

        :) whatever you need to tell yourself. compare him to manning, compare him to an alien from mars for all I care lol. The difference is that manning was constantly leading his team to elite status, was always in the playoffs, and then broke through and took that final step to superbowl victory. Romo, now 34 and recovering from major surgery, doesn’t even win in the regular season anymore lol. But he’s going to snap his finger now and all of a sudden win huh? Yeah, maybe in your dreams. Whatever you need to tell yourself to make it more bearable though man.

        • David

          So then I guess Wilson since he just won a SB is a great QB right??

          • truthbetold

            Not yet, since he’s so new. But he’s brand new, and he’s already accomplished more than Romo ever will, so I will say he’s well on his way hahaha.

          • David

            Keep posting, I enjoy reading morons comments on here. I guess Marino was not a very good Qb..I mean he choked in the SB so he must not be very good..

          • truthbetold

            This would typically be the part where I say “I’m not a moron”, but I’m not. I don’t have the right. Because as a Romo fan, you would certainly be the authority on stupidity and hopelessness lmao.

          • David

            Ok so under your logic Marino is not that good and Aikman and Bradshaw are in the top 5 all time QB’s..Got it..

          • truthbetold

            Feel free to assume whatever you want about what I think :). Marino is great statistically, but not a winner. Romo is good statistically, but not a winner. Bradshaw is a winner but not the most talented, flacco is in the same type of boat. Brady and Manning are 2 examples of guys who combined extreme talent with winning. two of the best to ever play this game. Romo will fall in line in a similar boat to Marino, but he won’t be considered as good down the line. Him and rivers will be the guys who were pretty good but couldn’t win a damn thing to save thier lives. feel free to throw in as many names as you want to cover the fact that Romo is a failure, but I’m not fooled :). I’m only amused lol.

          • David

            Bwahahahahaha Marino is not a winner…So I guess Trent Dilfer, Brad Johnson, Jeff Hostettler, Mark Rypien etc…are all great QB’s and winners…You get dumber with each post. The fact you said Marino who is regarded a top all time QB is not a winner shows your ignorance..Comedy..

          • truthbetold

            Lol even as i typed my response on how I view quarterbacks, i knew you would trip over it and try to lump everything into one group. Marino is a great statistical quarterback. But very simply, winners win. Winning means to win. You cannot be a winner if you don’t win lol. The entire objective of the game is the superbowl. Lol somehow I know you will manage to trip over even this. Romo fans lol.

          • David

            That is pure comedy..Thanks for the laughs tonight..

          • truthbetold

            Think of it as me preparing you for the laughable season your quarterback is in for lmao. Have fun with him leading the charge on the way to 6 wins :).

          • David

            Ouch is that suppose to hurt. Im sure your favorite teams QB is a lot better right..

          • truthbetold

            Drew brees is the quarterback of my hometown team :). No further explanation needed lol.

          • David

            No unlike you ill give credit where its due. He is a top QB and would be if he hadnt won a SB. Im not an ignorant tool like you..

          • truthbetold

            Dude, before you start hurling personal insults in a pathetic and funny attempt at hurting my feelings, you really should proofread before you send. Check the spelling and punctuation. Just some friendly advice lol. And yes I agree, Brees is great.

          • David

            You know its really funny when lonely tools like yourself go into other teams blogs to flap their gums. It would be nice however if you were not so fn football ignorant…

          • truthbetold

            Hey, whatever you need to tell yourself :). Just remember what I said about the English language. Grab a dictionary. You’ll have plenty of time to read after the cowboys are eliminated from playoff contention lol.

          • FoghornsFree

            David. You really shouldn’t waste your time with this Imbecile. He’s too stupid to understand common logic. Just like Marino, Brees is a statistical QB in his ignorant logic.

          • Harold

            %÷×£ yeah big ben is alot better then Remo. Inside and outside the pocket.

          • David

            Really?? What has Ben done without a top defense and strong run game..Ill tell you, NOTHING..

          • aerdna smailliw

            Along with Trent Dilfer. That ideology is busted.

          • FoghornsFree

            Geez you’re really REALLY stupid aren’t you?

          • truthbetold

            Hmm. I just logged in here and noticed you told the other guy not to waste time on an “imbecile” like me…then you turn right around to try to engage me. So what does that make you? Exactly :). By “imbecile”, you mean “telling you the truth that you don’t want to hear”. Go ahead with your delusional “Romo is elite even though he’s a loser” argument. It makes me laugh lol, and it’s exactly why you and your team are what you are. The cowboys are the joke of the NFL, and fans like you are the punchline. It’s comical hahahahaha.

        • sly

          So are.you saying manning led.their torrid defensive run in the playoffs when romo ever gets a good defense look out it takes a team not to mention manning line protected him way more than romo had

          • truthbetold

            The giants won the superbowl because Eli and the team got hot and stormed through the postseason. The defense tightened up, and Eli was pure money in the clutch. Let me repeat. “In the playoffs, Eli was pure money in the clutch”. That is something that your quarterback knows absolutely ZERO about, and we both know that dude.

    • Juanito Juanito

      the bad thing for you is that romo will be here for 3 more seasons, and if cowboys will win depends on have a top 10 defense not in romo, like seattle and san fco. and giants, look rodgers and tom brady without defense, they cant, you learn some of football today, because look like you doesnt have clue

      • truthbetold

        Hmm, so the defense playing elite is the only way for Romo to lead them to victory? That’s the only way huh? Well then why did Peyton manning win a superbowl with only the 21st ranked overall defense? Why did Tom Brady carry a garbage defense all the way to the superbowl? And forget about those elite quarterbacks. Why did NICK FOLES come in, first full season as starter, and lead the eagles to 10 wins and a division title, when they only had the 29th ranked defense? Again, 29th lol. Some quarterbacks are able to do more with less, and some are like Romo, who can’t accomplish anything. Shows how much you know lol.

  • billy

    i agree with the group. i dont think tony will ever win a ring but i dont think it will be his fault. we dont know what may happen from here on but up to now tony has played on one team good enough to win a championship, maybe. what i remember about that playoff game is miles austin dropping one in his hands that stopped a drive and crayton giving up on a route that should have been a touchdown. both times tony had the ball where it should have been. im not sure but losing the last game of the season to stay out of the playoffs the last three years may have been a blessing. they might have just saved themselves an embarrassing loss as they werent close to being good enough to be a playoff team. the loss to the seahawks where he dropped the snap for the winning field goal ill give to romo . the rest of the years hes been one of the best players on the team. if the rest of the bunch had been as good as tony they would have won several superbowls. people lay dallas’ failures at the wrong feet when they blame tony. lay it to jerry every time and you will have ferreted out the person responsible.

    • Earl Robertson

      Thinking the same thing in 07 that Crayton stop was a killer.

    • Howard C

      The ball was slick on that FG. They showed a ball form an earlier FG and
      then the ball from the botched snap and it looked like it just came out
      of the box. That botched snap would not have happened if the Ref had
      not overturned the 1st down that Witten gained in which there clearly
      was not enough visual evidence to do so.

  • Earl Robertson

    Romo is good enough to win a SB it is just the team never was but one year that was in 07. Now the team looks like it is building up to something so if Romo still can play when he is 36 to 38 then they can. It is true he seems to do something bad at the worse time but that is because he is always having to do it on his own. The only time I say he really screw up was against Denver last year. He threw it in the worse spot ever especially when Murrary was wide open. And maybe the game against redskins that one year

  • Jim

    Romo won’t get one ring….he will get two.

    • truthbetold

      ….And then he will turn off the Madden video game, and have himself a good cry.

      • Howard C

        Why do you come here instead to troll instead of going on a Saints blog?? Are The Cowboys a rival of the Saints?

        • truthbetold

          Even Romo fans have to admit that one was funny though hahahahahaha.

  • Juanito Juanito

    and for sure this season romo will not have that ring becouse of the new and rebuild defense but after the 2015 draft and free agency who will be for the defensive side, beware the cowboys, and all becouse jerry jones not in charge anymore, garret, stephen jones and will mcllay drive the bus

  • blade78

    This year is Romo’s last best chance to take this team to the big dance. I’m a Cowboy’s fan, but I think this year will be like the last couple of years. A losing one.

  • Howard C

    All of the QBs named at the end of the article had top ranked defenses for them to lean on.

    • truthbetold

      Romo had that in 2009, and he still failed to get a ring. What’s your excuse for that one?

      • Howard C

        The Cowboys had the 9th ranked defense in 09. They ran into the 6th ranked defense in the Vikings who were able to get to Romo 6 times if my memory serves me. Dallas’ defense was picked apart and embarrassed by Brett Farve and Co. Not an excuse just facts.

        • truthbetold

          Another fact is that it wasn’t just the defense that got picked apart. That offense, led by a so called “elite” quarterback mustered what again? 3 points? Romo is a regular season quarterback who can’t get it done in the postseason. And that’s fact.

          • Howard C

            Like I said in the previous post they got to him 6 times. He has to have a team around him just like every other QB. I’m not a blind homer, but at the same time I don’t like it when people try to place 100% of the blame on Romo. He has been let down many times by his supporting cast. I understand that you do not like the cowboys and that is fine, but if you want people to respect your opinion and not just think that you are being a troll d***h*** then use facts. Not just blind bias. I have watched every game Romo has played in Dallas and he won way more games for Dallas than He has lost. Yes he has made mistakes but he is the only reason why the Cowboys are playing for the NFC East in week 17 every year.

          • truthbetold

            Mmmhm, and what about the times he’s let down his supporting cast and not the other way around? Are you really about to sit there and say he hasn’t? Lol there is always an excuse for you Romo apologists, but the fact is that he has not gotten it done and it’s not all on everyone else like you would say.

          • Howard C

            Did you read my entire post before you responded? I admitted that he makes mistakes. Guys like you want to place the failures of an entire team on 1 man.

          • truthbetold

            No it isn’t all on one guy. It’s just that some leaders are better than others. You’re screwed in every sense of the word being stuck with Romo, even if you can’t grasp that.