The Dallas Cowboys have one of the biggest fan bases of any sports organization in the entire world. Unfortunately, that means some of us fans are actually living in enemy territory. This is true for me because I live in the Houston Texans market and have heard for over a decade how much they dislike Tony Romo. That is why I don't believe Texans fans deserve to have Romo as their starting quarterback.
Living in the great state of Texas you are either a fan of the Houston Texans or Dallas Cowboys. I happen to be a fan of America's Team, but have plenty of friends and family who root for the Texans. Actually, I'm a bit of a rarity and root for both teams, but my loyalty will always lie with my boys in blue.
Putting down Tony Romo is one of the favorite things that Texans fans like to do. Unfortunately, the majority of these people truly don't understand how good of a QB he is or the things he has accomplished during his tenure in the NFL. They are simply misinformed or uneducated. It's understandable, but it's time to set the facts straight.
Tony Romo: The Proof is in the Pudding
The phrase "the proof is in the pudding" couldn't be more fitting for how a lot of people, especially Houston Texans fans, perceive Tony Romo as a quarterback in the NFL. "The proof is in the pudding" basically means that you have to experience something for yourself before casting judgment on whether it is good or not. Fitting right?
I've heard from Texans fans for over a decade now that Tony Romo isn't a good quarterback and that he chokes when the game is on the line. Things couldn't be further from the truth. Romo is not only one of the better quarterbacks in the NFL right now, but one of the best to ever play the game, and I can prove it.
- Passer Rating: (97.1) Romo is ranked 4th among active QBs and 4th all-time
- Completion Percentage: (65.3%) ranked 3rd among active QBs and 5th all-time
- Fourth-Quarter Comebacks: (25) tied 5th with Matthew Stafford and Matt Ryan
- Passing Yards Per Attempt: (7.9) tied 3rd with Ben Roethlisberger and Aaron Rodgers
- Game-Winning Drives: (30) ranked 7th among active QBs
* All statistics provided by Pro-Football-Reference.com
As you can see, Tony Romo has one of the best passer ratings in the entire history of the NFL for a QB. He also has one of the better completion percentages in the history of the league. It really isn't all that surprising if you've ever watched him play the game.
But, this is where I like to prove Texans fans wrong. The preconceived notion that he can't win when the game is on the line is absolute nonsense, evidenced by his fourth-quarter comebacks. This number would even be higher if not for his recent injury problems. The same can be said about his game-winning drives.
Of course, this won't convince a lot of Houston Texans fans, because they already have their minds made up about who Tony Romo is as a player. That's okay, some people just don't like to admit when they're wrong. But, that's why I don't believe the Texans fans deserve Romo as their quarterback.
Injury History: Tony Romo vs. J.J. Watt
The other top argument that Houston Texans fans like to use against Tony Romo is that he is injury prone. This unfortunately is a valid argument, but when I bring up the topic of J.J. Watt having a similar injury history, if not worse, they simply don't agree.
You see, it's all about perception and to Texans fans, Watt is a football "God". As such, he simply cannot be compared to Tony Romo, but they would be wrong once again.
There is no denying Tony Romo has a long list of injuries over his 10+ seasons in the NFL as the Dallas Cowboys starting quarterback. But, none of those are on the serious side of the spectrum, except for maybe his back injuries.
Romo's first back injury was in 2013. A herniated disc ended his season and would eventually require surgery. In 2014, he fractured the transverse process in his back in two places, but returned to the starting lineup two weeks later. His latest back injury was in the third preseason game of 2016 against the Seattle Seahawks where he fractured a vertebrae.
Out of all of Romo's injuries, he has only had to have surgery once in his career, the same can't be said for J.J. Watt.
Like Romo, J.J. Watt also suffered a herniated disc that would ultimately require surgery in 2015. Watt went through the entire rehab process heading into the 2016, but unfortunately once again reinjured his back, requiring surgery for second time. If you're counting, that's two back surgeries in consecutive seasons.
You can see for yourself that Houston Texans fans don't really have much room to talk in regards to Tony Romo's injury history. This is especially true if they can't admit to themselves that J.J. Watt's injuries were worse and required surgery.
After listening to Houston Texans fans continuously bash Tony Romo over the years, I don''t think they are deserving of his services. I do however think it is a really good fit for Romo to continue his playing career, especially since he would be joining my second favorite team in the NFL.
Maybe, just maybe, Romo can come to Houston and prove to all of his doubters just how good of a QB he actually is. I would personally like to see all of these Houston fans eat crow when a 36-year-old QB comes in and instantly becomes the best quarterback to play for the organization.
Unfortunately, we're going to have to wait and see where he ultimately ends up once the Dallas Cowboys finally decide what to do with him.
Do you think Houston Texas fans deserve Tony Romo as their QB?
Dallas Cowboys “All or Nothing” Series to Shed New Light on HC Jason Garrett
You likely already know by now that the 2017 Dallas Cowboys season -- by all accounts, a forgettable one for fans, coaches, and big-name players -- will be documented forever thanks to NFL Films' latest All or Nothing series.
Effectively, All or Nothing is a new spin on the popular Hard Knocks series with one major difference. This Amazon Prime exclusive doesn't just follow a team through training camp, as NFL Films gets inside team meetings and games throughout the entire season.
The 2017 Cowboys yielded just nine wins, creating more than enough drama for television along the way. This was yet another season where Head Coach Jason Garrett's job was put on the line, although early reviews of All or Nothing (available to the public April 27th) paint Garrett as the lead antagonist.
Jason Garrett drops at least 10 f-bombs in the first show. Before the Broncos game in Week 2: "You want to quiet the game down? Hand the f---in' ball to 21 and knock their ass off the ball.
Watching the Titanic and expecting a different outcome is a surefire way to set yourself up for disappointment, as will be reliving a frustrating season in Dallas. By the end though, Cowboys fans will have a much better understanding of where the 2018 team stands - particularly in the eyes of a Head Coach they looked to fire once again this offseason.
Jason Garrett has long been described as a "players coach", one that his Cowboys teams want to fight for. Whether or not the Cowboys have gone too far in constantly churning their roster in Garrett's image for little end result will likely be determined this season.
This is a Head Coach that has been in place for the departure of DeMarcus Ware, Tony Romo (serving as a pivotal decision maker for the Cowboys choosing Dak Prescott as their full-time starter in 2016), and most recently Dez Bryant.
An added bonus to All or Nothing will likely be that it captures Dez Bryant's final moments with the Cowboys.
Garrett to Zeke at practice after Broncos loss: "I want that f---in guy at Ohio St. who was running down on that kickoff. Remember after you played your 2nd play in the NFL against the Seahawks, you came over to me and you said, 'Give me the f---in ball!'
The Cowboys did not just lose Ezekiel Elliott in 2017 (serving his six game suspension), and All or Nothing will remind every one of just how much talent came off the field for Garrett's team last season. Coming out at the same time as the Dallas hosted 2018 Draft, Cowboys fans can build their excitement for a 2018 triumph back to the playoffs.
Anything short of this likely costs Jason Garrett his job, although everything he means to the Dallas Cowboys will be put in better-than-ever perspective by All or Nothing.
I don't wanna spoil the "All or Nothing" TV show more than what you've already seen or heard. But if you watch it, you're going to get a great look at: 1. Jason Garrett's actual persona 2. The dynamics of Dez's relationship within the team 3.
Cowboys en Español: Definiendo la Urgencia por un WR este NFL Draft
El líder en recepciones de anotación en la historia de la franquicia más emblemática en la historia de los Dallas Cowboys, Dez Bryant, ha visto su tiempo portando la estrella solitaria llegar a su fin. Un fin, por cierto, que dejó a algunos cuantos aficionados, administrativos y jugadores en un estado de descontento.
Por más que me gustaría entrar a detalle de si el veterano receptor merecía ser recortado o no, si el equipo tomó la decisión correcta o no, el NFL Draft está a menos de una semana de distancia. Así que, en vez de hablar de lo que pudo haber sido, hablemos de lo que puede ser.
Los Cowboys, a pesar de ser conocidos como una potencia ofensiva en las últimas temporadas, necesitan a un wide receiver. Sí, Dallas consiguió al agente libre de Jacksonville Allen Hurns, pero siendo honestos, no parece ser suficiente talento para un equipo que quiere construirle una ofensiva amigable a su quarterback, Dak Prescott.
Si el roster sólo tiene a Allen Hurns, Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley, Ryan Switzer, Noah Brown y Deonte Thompson; se necesita un WR. Incluso con Bryant en el equipo, se necesitaba un receptor. Lo cual lleva a la gran pregunta: ¿el despido de Dez significa que a los Cowboys les urge aún más un receptor? ¿Significa que definitivamente buscarán mejorar la posición con su selección de primera ronda?
Algo queda claro, la administración sabía lo que sucedería. Dez Bryant no estaba en los planes para el 2018 y claramente sus planes para abordar el NFL Draft no se verán cambiados por la partida del apasionado #88.
Estas estrategias se plantean por meses y más meses. Los Cowboys se han fijado mucho en la posición de receptor, desde que fue el NFL Combine hasta las visitas privadas que toman lugar a lo largo de Abril.
Es un hecho que tienen en la mira a los receptores. Claramente, quieren añadir más talento a la ofensiva para Dak Prescott.
En una clase de prospectos que cuenta con bastantes receptores, otra pregunta naturalmente, es ¿lo harán en primera ronda o más tarde? Me sorprendería demasiado si el equipo espera hasta la tercera ronda. Sin duda, es algo que tienen que atender con una de sus dos primeros picks.
En el primero, la selección #19 global, podrían encontrar a uno de los tres mejores receptores del año. Calvin Ridley, de Alabama; Courtland Sutton, de SMU; DJ Moore, de Maryland. Si buscarán el "remplazo" de Dez Bryant en uno de estos tres jugadores, definitivamente será uno de estos tres prospectos.
Todos tienen lo suyo. Sutton es un receptor estilo "X" (como Dez Bryant) mientras Ridley, por ejemplo, es claramente un receptor "Z" (como Terrance Williams). DJ Moore brinda un poco de versatilidad entre ambos roles, y podría ser un jugador de impacto en cualquiera que se le juegue, aunque probablemente brillaría más si se le permitiera jugar como un "Z."
Afortunadamente para Dallas, el recién firmado Allen Hurns también es capaz de tomar cualquiera de los dos roles. Esto le da flexibilidad a los Cowboys de tomar al que más les guste, o en su defecto, a quien esté disponible.
En mi segundo Mock Draft del año, simulé a Courtland Sutton, producto de SMU a los Cowboys con el pick #19. Los coaches de la Estrella Solitaria han mostrado bastante interés por el producto local y no me sorprendería nada verlos aterrizar un receptor como él la próxima semana.
Ahora bien, si Dallas decide esperar hasta la segunda ronda para conseguir a un par de manos confiables, encontrarán talento. Definitivamente. James Washington, DJ Chark, Michael Gallup, Anthony Miller, entre otros podrían estar ahí en la selección #50 (segunda ronda).
Si el equipo quiere tomar talento para otra posición en la primera, lo podrán hacer sabiendo que encontrarán un WR talentoso al día siguiente.
Afortunadamente, esta ofensiva se basa en Ezekiel Elliott y el juego terrestre detrás de la línea ofensiva. Los receptores son importantes, por supuesto, pero no es necesario tener algo tan dominante como lo fue Dez Bryant en el 2013 y el 2014, por ejemplo.
Por ahora, sólo falta esperar como abordan los Cowboys esta necesidad la próxima semana cuando el NFL Draft del 2018 tome lugar en el mismo lugar en el que este equipo juega sus partidos e intenta pelear, el AT&T Stadium.
Con un poco de suerte, estrenaran el campo este 2018 obteniendo su primer victoria del año la próxima semana.
Kris Richard Taking Over For Rod Marinelli Earlier Than Expected?
Believe it or not, a lot of Cowboys Nation has grown tired of Rod Marinelli's simplistic and predictable 4-3 defensive scheme. Dallas Cowboys fans are ready for a change and quite a few of them believe that Kris Richard is the answer.
The Dallas Cowboys hired Kris Richard earlier this offseason to become the new defensive backs coach and passing game coordinator. Almost immediately, rumors and speculation began to circulate that he would be the next defensive coordinator, taking over for Rod Marinelli once he retires.
It's really not that big of a reach to see such a promotion happen, especially since Richard has found previous success as a defensive coordinator with the Seattle Seahawks. But, as things stand right now, Rod Marinelli still has the title of DC in Dallas, but for how long?
We have already seen a few changes being made to the Cowboys defense that seem to have Kris Richard's fingerprints on them. Moving Byron Jones from safety to cornerback for instance is a perfect example.
Of course, we could see even more of Richard's imprint on the Cowboys defense next week when the 2018 NFL Draft gets underway. I think he will have a big say in the types of players they select if he is indeed expected to become the next defensive coordinator.
Further evidence Kris Richard will have quite a bit of input on the Cowboys defense this season is the fact that a lot of players have been watching game film of the Seahawks' defense.
Sean Lee said the Cowboys have been watching film of the Seahawks' defense. Said it's been fun being around new DB coach/passing game coordinator Kris Richard
I don't know about you, but for me this is pretty solid evidence the Dallas Cowboys are going to make some changes on the defensive side of the ball and that Kris Richard will have a lot of say in those changes.
I may be reading too much into all this or I may be hitting the nail right on the head. But, there's no denying there seems to be a renewed energy from the Cowboys defensive players. Maybe it's the hiring of Kris Richard or something else, but I personally find it intriguing.
I'm really looking forward to finding out how all of these pieces end up falling into place. I really don't care who holds the title of defensive coordinator in 2018 as long as we see improvement from the Cowboys defense.
For the Cowboys defense to improve from last season it's going to take a collaborative effort from the entire coaching staff, not just Rod Marinelli and Kris Richard. That's just the way things work in the NFL, but it's never going to stop us from speculating when some new blood is brought in.
Do you think Kris Richard is taking over for Rod Marinelli earlier than expected?
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