Why Tony Romo is a Great Quarterback

Dear Jerry,

Tony Romo… arguably the most hated on and judged quarterback in the NFL. All the time I hear people say, “Tony Romo is horrible,” or, “He’s such a choker,” or, “The only thing he can do is throw interceptions.”My blog this week is about Tony Romo, and why he is a great quarterback, in hope of making people think before they blame everything on him.

Tony Romo is the quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys. He has been their starting QB since 2006. For the nine years he has been starting, it seems that far too many people have had something bad to say about him. And who gets blamed every time the Cowboys lose… you guessed it, Romo does. But what people never look at is the stats. Since starting, Romo has the seventh highest Quarterback rating (a system developed to measure the degree to which the quarterback contributed to scoring points for the team). Also, over the past three seasons, Romo leads the NFL with 13 game winning drives with an NFL high of 8 being done with trailing in the last five minutes. And for all the people who call him a choker, since 2006, only Payton manning has lead more fourth quarter comebacks with 21, Romo with 20. He also has the most yards of any QB in his first 100 starts of any QB in the Super Bowl era. Then why have they missed the playoffs for four years in a row? Well, that’s easy, our defense and offensive line. Last year the Cowboy’s defense allowed the 3rd most yards in NFL history. An average defense would have gotten Romo back to the playoffs for the past three years. And our offensive line for the past three years has allowed 35 plus sacks. But things are looking great this year. The Cowboys defense has totally been transformed, from being clearly the worst defense in the NFL last year to being ranked 11th in total defensive stats. And for our O-line, they are currently ranked 2nd in the NFL. Plus, the Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray, has run over 100 yards in every game this season and leads the NFL in rushing. With all this, I believe the Cowboys are a force to be reckoned with. They showed that last Sunday when they beat the defending Super Bowl champions, the Seattle Seahawks, 30-23. The Cowboys are currently 5-1, tied with the Philadelphia Eagles at the top of the NFC.

With all this being said, I know people will still say Tony Romo stinks. So, if you still think Tony Romo is awful, I guess we must agree to disagree. But if you do agree than good for you, I’m glad we agree. All I hope is that this helped some people think before they say something as incorrect as that. So, for all you folks who still disagree, you did learn one thing… don’t say Tony Romo stinks to me or you’ll get a nice earful of facts and stats.

-Stephen

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