It's a tough question to hear as a Cowboys fan. And yet we're faced with it, in one form or another, so often. Is Tony Romo an elite quarterback? Can he ever be anything without a Super Bowl ring on his finger?
If you're anything like me, then the haters drive you crazy, too.
So I'm browsing sports online today and came across an article on Dallas Morning News' Sports Day blog about a poll of Texans. They asked questions about a lot of things, but what interested me were the Cowboys questions. Here are the results, as summarized by PPP:
Cowboys fans outnumbers Texans fans in the state 46/33. Tony Romo has a 39/24 favorability rating in the state but voters aren't too impressed with his football skills. Only 30% think he is a elite Quarterback to 35% who say he is not elite and 35% who are not sure. We also asked who people think would do the best job at QB for the Cowboys in the year 2016 and only 28% picked Romo to 27% who picked Troy Aikman (who's 49 years old) and 19% who picked Roger Staubach (who's 74 years old).
What does this guy have to do to catch a break? Win a Super Bowl?
Who ever said a quarterback is only as good as the number of rings on his fingers? Nobody says Dez Bryant isn't an elite wide receiver, but he has the same number of rings as Romo.
Time and time again, I'm confronted by people arguing that team wins make Troy Aikman a better quarterback than Tony Romo. But give Romo a Super Bowl ring and what changes? Some still argue more rings equal a better quarterback, but some turn a complete 180 and say Romo would be elite if he had a ring. Just one.
On @CowboysNation, Content Manager Mike H. has said it for more than two years now -- team accomplishments cannot be used to measure individual worth.
Tony Romo, any quarterback, is not a whole team. He doesn't play offense, defense, or special teams. He plays quarterback. His impact is equal to less than a 10th of the offense at any given time.
So how can we say he is any less of a player based on his team does?
Did the NFL turn into soccer while I slept?
He's not out there missing penalty kicks to end a game, he's snapping, throwing, and handing off the ball to his teammates. When opponents score against the Cowboys, does anyone blame Tony Romo for not covering the receiver better? Of course not.
That'd be ridiculous. The whole thing is really quite ridiculous.
And as far as this poll goes, I'm going out on a limb here and saying nearly half of those polled aren't even football fans. 46-percent of respondents said either Troy Aikman or Roger Staubach could take the field in 3 weeks -- in 2016 -- and outplay Tony Romo.
Though I wouldn't put it past Brett Favre to try playing the game into his 50s, I can't say he'd be any good at 45 years old, let alone 49 (Aikman) or 74 (Staubach).
On a more serious note.
I wanted to know how Tony Romo ranked, flat-out, in the NFL's default "Passing Leaders" stats, against other quarterbacks by year. So above is eight of the last nine years (skipping 2015 because he only played a few games), from 2014 back to 2007, listing the top five quarterbacks each year, and Tony Romo.
If Tony Romo was in the top five one year, then that year shows the top six ranked quarterbacks. Written beneath each year are the number of games Tony Romo played in that year, regardless of starts or injuries.
Drew Brees is the only quarterback in the NFL who appeared in the top six each year. It's fair to say that if you're looking for the most elite quarterback since 2007, Drew Brees is the guy.
Of the 17 quarterbacks who made an appearance, Peyton Manning has the second most appearances -- behind Brees -- with five, followed by Tom Brady with four, and a tie between Matt Ryan, Philip Rivers, and Aaron Rodgers with three each. Oh, and Tony Romo also made three appearances.
Elite quarterbacks are not the quarterbacks with the most rings. They are the quarterbacks who consistently lead the league at their position.
Looking at the numbers, based purely on yards produced, we know who the elite quarterbacks are. Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Matt Ryan, Philip Rivers, Aaron Rodgers, and Tony Romo. Yes, and Tony freaking Romo.
I'm as pissed as you Romo doesn't have any rings.
He's played some great football over the years but rarely had a defense able to keep the score down. How many times have we seen 80 and 90-point shoot-outs?
Is Tony Romo the most elite quarterback out there today? No. I was never saying he was either.
I don't know anyone saying he's the best in the game, but I know lots of folks defending themselves from the most asinine perspectives ever dreamed up, just because he wears a star on his helmet.
That's what we're talking about here. The star on the side of that man's helmet each week is a target, and snipers come out of the wood-works whenever he's around.
They're throwing half-truths and team statistics like win-loss records for bullets, but they're always there. And we have to hear their spit all damned day.
What a poll like this shows is Cowboys fans need to make up their minds. Either root for the team, be a fan, or go join the Broncos on Twitter, because we're seeing now just how delusional and self-serving their arguments can be. And over the smallest slight, too.
Anyway, we don't want fans who can't separate a winning (or losing) team from the individuals who make up that team. One is not the other.
Simply put, ladies and gentlemen, teams win Super Bowls, not quarterbacks. Tony Romo is not the exception.
Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for 2018
Continuity is the key to good special teams play in the NFL. Already losing long-time Special Teams Coordinator Rich Bisaccia to the Raiders - who promptly snatched ST aces Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber in free agency - the Dallas Cowboys have announced their intentions to re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for the 2018 season.
Returning on a one-year deal, the fan favorite Ladouceur will be back to do what he does best in cleanly executing almost every special teams snap for Chris Jones or Dan Bailey to handle.
Long snapper L.P. Ladouceur will re-sign with the Cowboys on Monday, according to sources, on a one-year deal. He will be in his 14th season with the franchise. Only Jason Witten, Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Bill Bates and Mark Tuinei will have more years of... https://t.co/yTQbMYyrIv
While Jones has improved as the Cowboys' punter with each passing season, Kicker Dan Bailey actually enters 2018 as another question mark on this unit. With the general belief around the team being that Bailey will be just fine moving forward, the Cowboys will no longer have to worry about who handles long snaps next year either.
L.P. Ladouceur is back in the silver and blue, and in this moment, everything can be alright with the world.
Report: Raiders Sign Former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber
A Free Agency period filled with departures continued for the Dallas Cowboys today, as the Oakland Raiders have reportedly signed the now-former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber.
The Raiders have signed LB Kyle Wilber: https://t.co/TaC6cqjval
Wilber has been with the Cowboys since 2012, and has played in all 16 games four of the past five seasons. Most of his time has come on special teams, but he did provide solid linebacker depth for the Cowboys since joining the team.
Dallas has now lost both Wilber and Anthony Hitchens, depleting their linebacker depth even further over the last couple weeks.
The Raiders have now signed two key special teams contributors for the Cowboys in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber this offseason. Hopefully Dallas can replace these types of "replacement level" players throughout the rest of the offseason, especially during the NFL Draft.
Report: Cowboys Officially Release CB Orlando Scandrick
After requesting his release from the team just a few days ago, Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick has gotten his wish. According to ESPN's Josina Anderson, Scandrick has officially been cut by the Dallas Cowboys.
I'm told the #Cowboys have informed CB Orlando Scandrick he will be released, per source.
This move will reportedly save the Cowboys roughly $1.4M against the salary cap, as we hope they finally look to make some moves during the Free Agency period.
Scandrick's release comes after an offseason in which the Cowboys totally overhauled the back end of their defense, specifically their cornerbacks. With the emergence of young, promising players such as Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis, and the health issues of the aging Scandrick, the move makes a lot of sense.
In fact, after the Cowboys drafted Awuzie in the second round of last year's draft it was rumored the Cowboys were looking to move Scandrick for extra draft picks. Instead, one year later, they have cut him to save some cap room.
Orlando Scandrick should have a market to find a new team elsewhere, but his time in Dallas has now come to a close.
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