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Inside The Numbers: Just How Good Is Tony Romo?

tony-romo-tThe Dallas Cowboys have insured their security at the quarterback position for the foreseeable future by giving Tony Romo a 6-year $108M deal.

Romo’s recent extension will all but guarantee that Romo will retire a Cowboy after a long, productive career wearing the star.

The recent news made me wonder though, how does Romo stack up against the other two franchise quarterbacks this team has had?

There are tons of arguments out there about Tony Romo.  Can he win the big one? Did he deserve this kind of money? Do the Cowboys actually believe Romo can get another playoff win?

The debate has torn Cowboys Nation apart.

Now, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to fix this argument (that I try to remain neutral on) but I do believe that statistically speaking Romo is a solid quarterback in the NFL.

It seems that so many are stuck in the nostalgic memories of Troy Aikman and Roger Staubach who quarterbacked a total of five Super Bowl victories and eight overall appearances.

While it’s hard not to remember the glory days, we must also recognize that they are in the past.  But if you just cant help yourself, I have something for you:

The below table shows a career comparison of the three franchise quarterbacks.

Player Romo Staubach Aikman
Seasons 7 11 12
Passer Rating 95.6 83.4 81.6
Yards 25,737 22700 32942
Completion % 64.7 57 61.5
TD 177 153 165
INT 91 109 141
Wins 55 85 94
Losses 38 29 71
Playoff Wins 1 11 11
4th Qrt Comebacks 18 15 16
Game Winning Drives 19 23 21

Romo has thrown more touchdowns and has a better touchdown-to-interception ratio than both of the Hall-Of-Fame quarterbacks he’s compared too.  He is also currently rated higher than both and is completing passes as a better rate.For a second place your Super Bowl arguments to the side.  Place down any ill-regarded feelings of resentment for stupid turnovers that Romo has committed in big situations.  Look at this strictly from a numbers perspective.

Romo (59%) currently ranks second in win percentage behind Staubach (74%) and ahead of Aikman (57%).

Tony-RomoIn clutch situations Romo already has the most 4th quarter comebacks and is only four game-winning drives behind Staubach (23) for the lead in that category despite playing four less seasons.

I understand where the issues lie however; I see the drastic difference in playoff wins.  That, currently, is the issue we all have with Romo as the franchise’s leader.

I’m not here to convince anyone otherwise.

I know that Romo has to prove that this contract was worthwhile.  My only purpose here is to help expose the arguments that paint Tony Romo is an incompetent quarterback who is unable to lead his team to victory.

Statistically speaking Romo is exactly where he needs to be.  His history suggests that he can continue to produce at a high level and keep this teams competitive window from closing.

Realistically speaking, Romo has a lot of work to do.  He needs to prove to all of Cowboys Nation that he can win in big-time games against big-time opponents on the leagues most big-time stages.

Then and only then will he truly be considered among the ranks of legendary franchise quarterbacks.

What do you think?

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Written by Bo Martin

Former Sports Writer. Veteran. Serving veterans is my passion. Johns Hopkins Student. Enjoy Discussing Politics and sports!

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