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Inside The Numbers: Just How Good Is Tony Romo?

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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.



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  1. J Gar

    April 1, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    Everything you mentioned is correct. Most Cowboys fans would agree. The prob is he cannot and will not win the big games. Not to mention he ALWAYS makes the worst possible mistakes at the worst possible times. That will define his legacy and be the biggest difference between him and the greats. You also have to understand that he is playing in a pass happy league so the numbers are inflated. Aikman and Staubach both had hall of fame running back so they didn’t have to throw as much.

    • Bo Martin

      April 1, 2013 at 8:36 pm

      Absolutely right. My argument here was simply to debunk the popular idea that Romo just isn’t talented enough to win. That isn’t the case, the issue here is getting it done in big games.

  2. Bryson Treece

    April 2, 2013 at 7:30 am

    My thought is a great quarterback will manufacture the wins but ultimately just another player on the team. Romo has proven that he is talented and that’s enough to warrant the contract extension.

    But this team has issues to be addressed. In a pass happy league you also have pass protection happy offensive lines, which we lack in a real way and have for some years now. I still say I won’t put it all on Romo while he has players like Doug Free sending defensive rushers after him…

    Just my 2 cents

    • Bo Martin

      April 2, 2013 at 8:44 am

      What’s frustrating in this specific situation is that fans don’t understand just how desolate our offensive line is. We’re quick to blame Romo for losses and credit others for wins.

      Now I get that people are growing tired of missing the playoffs or losing in the wildcard round but you have to believe that last year was encouraging considering the injuries.

      Get that OL solidified and there could be something to this team.

      • Bryson Treece

        April 2, 2013 at 11:33 pm

        What’s more for these fans to understand is how the offensive line affects Murray as well when they don’t play well.

        Romo makes his share of mistakes, same as any other QB – the difference is he carries his mistakes alone while the Tom Brady’s of the world get cover fire from their teammates.

    • Dionne Brunson

      April 9, 2013 at 3:55 pm

      And even though the fans don’t want to hear it the truth is OL woes affect play calling. Of course, Garrett shares the blame but with an OL that is broken his choices are extremely limited.

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Cowboys Offseason: Landon Collins Cleaned Out Locker, Set to be FA

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It's no secret that the Dallas Cowboys are heading into the 2019 offseason looking to upgrade at the safety position on a defense that finished inside the top 10 in 2018. With much of the focus on Earl Thomas, New York Giants Safety Landon Collins has become the center of attention in the last couple of days.

Per a report by Josina Anderson, Collins cleaned out his locker on Wednesday as he gets ready to go into free agency for the first time.

ig: josinaanderson on Twitter

I'm told that Giants S Landon Collins cleaned out his locker today at the team facility and said his goodbyes to teammates, coaches and trainers. It doesn't seem like Collins expects to be a Giant for much longer, per sources.

After Paul Schwartz attempted to assert that there was no claim to the report...

Paul Schwartz on Twitter

Attention those who care about the New York Giants: Landon Collins HAS NOT cleaned out his locker at the team facility. Repeat: Landon Collins HAS NOT cleaned out his locker at the team facility. Go about your business and have a nice day.

And Landon Collins had this to say...

https://twitter.com/TheHumble_21/status/1098315997839265792

If cleaning out a locker is any kind of evidence, then Collins is prepared to hit the market when free agency opens on March 13th. He joins a loaded safety group that includes Thomas, Houston Texans Safety Tyrann Mathieu, Los Angeles Rams Safety LaMarcus Joyner, Glover Quin of the Detroit Lions, Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix formerly of the Green Bay Packers, but most recently of the Washington Redskins, and several others who could find new homes this offseason.

The Cowboys are very familiar with Landon Collins, as they've seen him nearly twice a year over the last four years. The three time Pro Bowler was one of the best players on the Giants defense. They would line him up in the box and at time use him to cover Cole Beasley.

Collins ranked first in the NFL according to Pro Football Focus in run stop percentage at 7.2%. Meaning on running snaps, he made a tackle that rendered the running play ineffective 7.2% of the time.For further reference, Jeff Heath made a run stop on 4.2% of his run plays, which was 15th in the NFL among safeties.

The only positions to have more of an impact on the running game were linebackers and the defensive line. Even if you include linebackers, his run stop percentage was 31st in the NFL. Leighton Vander Esch led the Dallas Cowboys with a run stop percentage of 11.3%, which was third among linebackers. Collins number nearly matched the run stop percentage of Jaylon Smith at 7.6%.

Add Collins to a defense that stops the run as well as the Dallas Cowboys did last season and you take your team to another level against the run.

Landon Collins will probably get the most money this offseason. He's only 25 and has had success in the NFL. Many teams will be reaching out to Collins when free agency opens and the Dallas Cowboys should certainly be one of those teams. Collins would be an excellent addition to the Dallas Cowboys defense and would allow Xavier Woods to stay in his role as the free safety.

We're just under three weeks away from the start of NFL free agency and the drama will only get bigger as the Cowboys look to add to their team.



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The Dallas Cowboys and troubled Defensive Lineman David Irving appear to be at an impasse. According to a report from David Moore of the Dallas Morning News, the team has "no intention" of trying to re-sign Irving and will allow him to become an unrestricted free agent.

Irving started the 2018 season with a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. He only appeared in two games after that, registering one sack and four tackles.

David Moore on Twitter

Source: Cowboys have no intention of keeping DT David Irving at this time https://t.co/vqMNZty6Aq via @sportsdaydfw

Despite reports of David's ongoing issues with an ankle injury, Dallas never placed him on injured reserve. Then came the reports that Irving was missing practices and team meetings while dealing with personal issues related to the custody of his daughter.

The team stayed pretty mum on the subject of Irving's status throughout the year, falling back on the ankle injury when pushed. But after months, it became clear that either David, the team, or both parties were disinterested in his return to football.

The Cowboys had high hopes after 2017, when Irving posted seven sacks in just eight games. They placed a second-round tender on him last offseason as a restricted free agent and were surely ready to give him a long-term deal if he'd built on that success.

But David's issues, physical or otherwise, have clearly done the opposite.

Dallas is known for working with troubled players, as we've recently seen with Randy Gregory. That they're closing the book on Irving suggests there's an issue with his desire towards football.

It's a sad loss for both. David's potential is enormous, as evidenced by his productivity when he actually does play. But he appears more likely to hit the Commissioner's exempt list in 2019 than the football field, given the reports of multiple failed drug tests over the last year.

Hopefully David Irving can turn things around one day and capitalize on his talent. But if it ever happens, it appears that it won't be with the Dallas Cowboys.



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BREAKING: WR Terrance Williams Gets Dropped by Dallas Cowboys

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The Dallas Cowboys have ended their six-year relationship with Wide Receiver Terrance Williams. According to multiple sources, they have declined a team option on Williams' contract and he will now be an unrestricted free agent in 2019.

The move will reportedly save the Cowboys $2.25 million in salary space this year.

Williams was the team's third-round pick in 2013 and started 68 of the 83 games he played in. He developed into a solid number-two receiver by the end of his rookie deal in 2016 and was given a new four-year contract that offseason.

David Moore on Twitter

Terrance Williams career w/ the Cowboys is done. Sources say the club has declined the WR's option for 2019, making him a free agent. The move is no surprise. He caught just 2 passes for 18 yards last season. His departure frees up $2.25 million on the cap.

After another decent year in 2017, things took a bad turn for Terrance last season. It started with an offseason arrest for public intoxication that eventually led to a three-game suspension, although Williams served that while on injured reserve.

The Cowboys already appeared to be giving Williams' spot away when they made several offseason acquisitions at WR; Allen Hurns, Michael Gallup, and Tavon Austin all were brought in even before Terrance's arrest.

While Williams did start in two of Dallas' first three games in 2018, he only had three passes his thrown his way. The team finally put him on IR due to ongoing complications with a surgically-repaired foot.

While it didn't end well, Terrance Williams' time in Dallas was ultimately a solid return for a third-round pick. He made a few big plays and was a proficient run-blocker, good enough to start in almost 75% of the team's games since he was drafted.

The Cowboys now hope that another third-round pick, Michael Gallup in 2018, will do bigger and better things.



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