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Houston Texans Fans Don’t Deserve Tony Romo As Their QB

Brian Martin

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Houston Texans Fans Don't Deserve Tony Romo

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.

  • Young Texans fan trolls QB Tony RomoPasser 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

QB Tony Romo eludes DE J.J. WattThe 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.

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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?

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6 Comments
  • Clint Beggs

    Sad thing is I’ve known more cowboys fans that hated him than liked him, I always said give him to houston, we’d love him

    • Brian Martin

      Clint, what you say is true. A lot of Cowboys fans never appreciated what he’s done for the organization either. He has been one of the better QBs in the NFL for over a decade, but he hasn’t been recognized as one.

  • Phil Leal

    Romo sucks. After citing all his statistics maybe your right. It’s the cowboys who suck and they have wasted this poor soul for all these years. Nothing would make me happier than to bring Romo here and win the Superbowl. We don’t deserve Romo… He deserves us.

    • Brian Martin

      Phil, Romo has carried the Cowboys on his back for over a decade and turned bad teams into middle-of-the-road teams. He has been the fall guy when things go bad, but hasn’t received the credit he deserves for what he’s accomplished in his career. I would actually love to see him in Houston. I don’t know what Texans fans would agree.

  • John Williams

    Cowboys Fans don’t deserve him either.

    They easily forget the mire of disgustingly awful quarterback play we suffered through between Troy Aikman (retired in 2000) and Tony Romo (came onto the scene in 2006).

    Many fans don’t deserve the greatness that was 9. They will never appreciate what this team would have been without him at the helm. 4-12.

    • Brian Martin

      John, I completely agree with everything you said

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Are the Dallas Cowboys Building a Championship Defense?

Sean Martin

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Three of the four teams remaining in the NFL playoffs — a win away from the Super Bowl — ranked within the top four defensively in yards per game allowed this season. The other is the defending-champion New England Patriots, who of course were expected to reach yet another AFC Championship game, thanks to Tom Brady and Bill Belichick.

Somewhere between this field, losing their 2017 hopes at a deep playoff run to injuries, suspensions, and just poor execution at times, are the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys ranked eighth in yards allowed per game at 318.1 this season.

On the surface, all this provides hope that typically springs eternal around the league through the offseason.

It has been far too long since the Cowboys defense matched the skill level of the team’s offense, but Rod Marinelli’s unit (not exactly by design) outplayed that of Scott Linehan’s at times through this 9-7 campaign.

This defensive rebuild in Dallas began with the admission that this group had reached their ceiling in the offseason, as the Cowboys let long-time starters like CB Morris Claiborne, CB Brandon Carr, S Barry Church (now with the Jaguars), and S J.J. Wilcox go in free agency.

Are Dallas Cowboys Building A Championship Defense?

Dallas Cowboys CB Jourdan Lewis, CB Chidobe Awuzie, S Xavier Woods (AP Photo / Ron Jenkins)

For a team with Super Bowl aspirations, looking to turn over an entire secondary in a division featuring Carson Wentz, Eli Manning, and Kirk Cousins as quickly as the Cowboys did was a risky move. Their confidence in hitting on draft picks paid off though.

The Cowboys’ bright future is predicated on the likes of CB Chidobe Awuzie, CB Jourdan Lewis, and S Xavier Woods.

With two young starters at cornerback, the sky truly is the limit the this Cowboys defense. And they’ll play in support of an offense with more than enough talent to return to form in 2018.

As it stands now under Rod Marinelli, the Cowboys defense is built to keep everything in front of them, and get bodies to the football. This coverage-friendly approach could be taken to new heights with Lewis and Awuzie on the outside, along with Anthony Brown finding a home in the slot. All three cornerbacks have excelled at using their speed, length, and technique to get their hands on passes.

Are Dallas Cowboys Building A Championship Defense? 1

Dallas Cowboys DE DeMarcus Lawrence

Of course, games are won in the trenches, where the idea of the Cowboys defensive line ever rising to the level of their offensive line was laughable until recently. Whether it’s with the franchise tag or a long-term extension, sack-artist DeMarcus Lawrence looks to be an all-important member of this entire team moving forward.

A healthy Lawrence was a nightmare for opposing right tackles in 2017. He earned a national spotlight each week on his way to the quarterback 14-and-a-half times. Making it look easy at times, Lawrence is a refined rusher with the speed and power to win inside and out.

The RDE position remains a sore spot in need of talent as this Cowboys defense looks to take the next step, but there’s hope for the likes of Randy Gregory, Charles Tapper, and Taco Charlton to get the job done, along with veteran starter Tyrone Crawford.

With Crawford at RDE for much of 2017, running the ball against the Cowboys front was a tall order. His ability to capture the corner against left tackles came as a pleasant surprise to many, and once in position, the defensive captain chased down plenty of plays.

Tyrone Crawford wasn’t the only pleasant surprise on the Dallas Cowboys defensive line this season.

Rookie Taco Charlton looked like an entirely different player to close a first year in Dallas that began with completely uninspiring results. Charlton — having the physical traits to play at the next level — was never a question out of Michigan.

He may never be a player to take over games for a defense, which the Cowboys couldn’t have expected to find at DE selecting 28th overall, but an improved player at DE and DT could be an incredibly valuable asset for the Cowboys in 2018 and beyond.

This leaves the Cowboys linebacker corps, where we find the best example of young potential on the entire defense. Amazingly playing in all 16 games, LB Jaylon Smith is in line to take a massive step forward in year two.

Smith closed his season looking enticingly close to the player he was at Notre Dame, an encouraging sign as the Cowboys look to become less dependent on Sean Lee on this side of the ball.

Lee and Smith paired together would give the Cowboys a middle-of-the-field presence to rival the best in the league. Both players have exceptional range and awareness to run down plays from sideline to sideline.

Anthony Hitchens, an impending free agent, is another valuable piece at LB with his ready ability to play all three positions at a relatively high level.

Are Dallas Cowboys Building A Championship Defense? 2

Dallas Cowboys LB Sean Lee

Stefon Diggs racing to the end zone with no time left to send the Vikings to the NFC Championship game will be the lasting image of this past Divisional Round weekend, an offensive play that will live on forever.

A closer look at these games and the teams that survived them reveals a collective trust in defenses, a trust the Cowboys could be blissfully close to with their own young defense.

The Cowboys are likely losing one of the smarter minds behind their defense in recent years, with Matt Eberflus ticketed for Josh McDaniel’s staff, and are still in need of a secondary coach after not retaining Joe Baker. In a league where better talent typically prevails though, the possibility of the Cowboys building a championship defense for next season and beyond may not be far off.

With defenses in Jacksonville and Philadelphia providing the hope that both teams can pull off the impossible and reach the Super Bowl on Sunday, will defensive potential be enough for Dallas to get through this long offseason and start the even longer path back to their first NFC Championship game in 21 seasons?

Tell us what you think about “Are the Dallas Cowboys Building a Championship Defense?” in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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Can Rico Gathers Make Cowboys Offense More “Dak-Friendly”?

Brian Martin

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Rico Gathers, Rams

The Dallas Cowboys unfortunately face all kinds of questions heading into the 2018 offseason. Right now, there are no answers to those questions, which means we’ll just have to sit back and take a wait-and-see approach. But, one question that absolutely has to be answered is how to make the Cowboys offense more Dak Prescott friendly.

Offensively, the Dallas Cowboys had an extremely disappointing year in 2017. Suspensions and injuries are the main culprits for the disappointment, but the Dallas Cowboys haven’t really changed things much in the scheme or personnel to help Dak Prescott succeed.

The sad truth is, the Dallas Cowboys are still operating as if Tony Romo is the starting quarterback. It’s pretty much the same personnel and scheme, but it really doesn’t suit Prescott.

It’s time for that to change. Unfortunately, this isn’t something that will happen overnight.

The Cowboys spent years putting together the personnel to help Romo. Just when they thought they had the missing piece — by drafting Ezekiel Elliott, Romo sustained a back injury, pretty much ending his career.

Anyway you look at it, the offensive personnel needs to improve in order to make this team more “Dak-friendly”.

Enter Tight End Rico Gathers.

Rico Gathers

Dallas Cowboys TE Rico Gathers

The Dallas Cowboys have invested two years in Rico Gathers’ development, but with the exception of a few flashes in preseason, they haven’t benefited from the fruits of their labor. The 2018 season should be Gathers’ coming-out party.

We all witnessed what the Cowboys offense looks like when they are forced to rely on the passing game. Dak Prescott struggled to find any kind of consistency throwing the ball — with the options he had at his disposal in 2017 — while Ezekiel Elliott served a six-game suspension.

Defenses decided to take Prescott’s favorite target out of the equation by bracketing Cole Beasley in coverage. Then, they also devoted extra attention Dez Bryant‘s way, making it difficult to get him the ball.

The only other option left really was Jason Witten on simple check downs.

And that is what the future Hall of Famer has been reduced to.

Jason Witten is no longer the threat he once was. Yes, he is still a reliable target, but his age is starting to catch up to him, which has unfortunately robbed him of some of his athleticism. We will no longer see Witten stretch the field down the seam, or run many routes further than 10 yards.

That’s why I think Rico Gathers could be a difference maker in 2018, especially for Dak Prescott.

Prescott needs more than an outlet receiver at the TE position. No offense to Jason Witten, but that’s pretty much what he has become at this point in his career.

Rico Gathers on the other hand is not only different from Witten, but also provides a different skill set than any other TE on the Cowboys roster. He’s a big target with athleticism, who cannot only move the chains, but stretch the field and break tackles in the open field.

Gathers’ sheer size alone creates mismatch problems against smaller defensive backs and linebackers, but his athleticism should allow him to create separation, something which fits into what Prescott needs from his receivers.

There is no reason why the Dallas Cowboys coaching staff can’t find a way to incorporate Rico Gathers’ unique skill set into the offense. They may not truly trust him to be an every down player, but that’s not happening anyway, not with Jason Witten on the roster.

If it was me, I would have a few packages in the playbook specifically designed for Gathers. I not only think this will help him grow as a player, but help the Cowboys offense become more “Dak-friendly”.

Can Rico Gathers make the Cowboys offense more “Dak-friendly”?

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Months Later, it Seems Jaguars S Barry Church was Right

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Months Later, Jaguars Safety Barry Church Wa E

About five months ago, before the 2017 NFL season had even begun, former Cowboys safety Barry Church made comments which made Cowboys Nation scratch their heads. Now a Jacksonville Jaguar, Church said his current team was more talented than his former, the Dallas Cowboys.

At the time, many fans and writers alike laughed off his comments and chalked it up to typical preseason hype. Most people thought Church was crazy for suggesting a 13-3 team had less talent than the Jacksonville Jaguars, a team led by Blake Bortles.

Well, five months later, it’s become clear Barry Church was right.

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Jaguars safety Barry Church says he feels this Jags team has more talent than his #Cowboys squad last season. Dallas went 13-3. https://t.co/EcbxfUGsvy

This weekend the Jaguars went on the road to Pittsburgh, and came away with a wire-to-wire victory in January. The Jaguars were the more physical team from start to finish, and dominated from the opening kick off.

On the road.

Against the vaunted Pittsburgh Steelers.

Now the Jaguars are preparing to do something the Cowboys haven’t done in two decades: play in a conference championship game.

The Jaguars and Cowboys will be linked for the next decade or so due to decisions each made during the 2016 NFL Draft. And while it appeared the Cowboys pushed all the right buttons in 2016, it now looks as if the Jaguars are preparing to compete for AFC supremacy for years to come.

With their talented secondary, dominant defense, and physical rushing attack, the Jaguars have built their team in the mold of past champions.

The Cowboys have attempted to do some of the same, but it certainly looks as if Barry Church was correct in his preseason assessment of the two rosters.

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