I can’t wait until my mom gets some dial-up Internet so I can share her this link.
Get real. This is news?
ESPN, in their annual NFL Player Rankings (Offense), ranked Tony Romo at number 61 — one spot above Eli Manning. The headline?
“Two QBS In Flux.”
The undrafted quarterback out of Eastern Illinois tops Eli Manning — a former 1st overall pick — any season. So, ah, what flux we talking about here? Tell us something we don’t know.
• Tony Romo has never finished a season with a quarterback rating less than 90.5. Eli Manning has crossed the 90.0 mark only twice in his 10 seasons. In five of those 10 seasons, Eli has failed to reach the 80.0 mark.
• Compare their career rating, touchdown and interception standings:
Romo: 95.8 rating | 208 TD | 101 Int
Manning: 81.2 rating | 229 TD | 171 Int
• Romo has only two seasons where he threw 15+ interceptions. Manning? Seven seasons with 15+ interceptions. Seven! Manning has thrown 20 or more interceptions in three different seasons. Romo has never reached 20+ interceptions in any of his eight seasons as a starter.
Of course, the number that folds into the mix is two. That’s how many more rings Manning has over Romo.
But here’s the thing: Tony Romo hasn’t retired. With a strong offensive line, multiple weapons to spread the ball, and an offensive coordinator out to attack, Romo’s stock is well above and over Manning’s at the end of the day.
ESPN has correctly dropped Manning from number 17 (last year’s rank) to 62. They got that part right.
When things turned out of favor for the New York Giants last year, the team looked at the superstar to compensate for their blemishes. Manning finished the 2013 season with a 69.4 rating, 18 touchdowns and 27 interceptions.
On the bright side, Manning scored more interceptions than the entire Cowboys’ defense.
If you had to invest in only one of the two quarterbacks now, the answer should be obvious.
Tony Romo, unlike Eli Manning, has shown a propensity to compensate for dead zone areas his team creates. Life isn’t easy for Tony Romo on the football field; it never was.
But with a prolific offensive line, in which Romo will see three first-round lineman in front of him, all rounding out at the young age of 23, Romo’s final years might be his best years.
Eli Manning cannot say the same. Try to change that state of flux.