No number of lectures and stats pulled will convince critics that the enigma called “Tony Romo” is actually pretty darn good at his position.
Unfortunately for Tony Romo, his ability to carry the team’s dead weight is out shadowed by his lack of playoff appearances, wins, and success.
You’d think that people would connect his 95.8 quarterback rating, which is currently 5th best all-time, and tops Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger, Drew Brees, and Kurt Warner, as a testament to how well he has played the quarterback position and how poorly the team has been over the years.
Teams enter December, January (and sometimes February). NFL teams enter playoffs.
Quarterbacks do not enter December, January (and sometimes February) alone. Quarterbacks do not enter playoffs alone.
When a Super Bowl is won, after a hard-fought season, the fingerprints embedded on the Lombardi Trophy belong not just to the quarterback, but to several men including players, coaches, managers, and maybe even sons and daughters of participating players.
The NFL has created a central value around one position; the keys to the kingdom belong to the quarterbacks giving audiences mass yards and astronomical points.
Tony Romo has done that.
What Tony Romo hasn’t been able to do is guide the defense better than defensive coordinators Rob Ryan or Monte Kiffin. It is not his job to look after the defense’s lack of depth, or the myriad of problems the Cowboys have with injuries year after year, after year.
He does not balance the accounts spreadsheet; nor can he infuse a healthy lifeline into the organization’s salary cap mess. Tony Romo owns no ability to prevent Jerry Jones from farting out poor decisions that potentially and arguably handicap the organization into decades of mold.
No matter what level of success Tony Romo has in 2014, or what responsibilities are included under his job description, the reality is that he is the central figure of Dallas and fair or not, he will get the blame no matter what happens.
But Tony Romo is much, much better than you think. Continue reading to get my full list of quarterbacks Tony Romo is better than…