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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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6 Comments
  • J Gar

    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.

    • http://bleacherreport.com/users/785399-bo-martin Bo Martin

      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.

  • https://insidethestar.com/ Bryson Treece

    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

    • http://bleacherreport.com/users/785399-bo-martin Bo Martin

      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.

      • https://insidethestar.com/ Bryson Treece

        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

      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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Orlando Scandrick Talks Cowboys’ Disappointing Season on FOX Sports

Mauricio Rodriguez

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For better or worse, the Cowboys don’t even need to play football to be all over national TV. I guess it’s just part of being the one and only America’s Team. For the second consecutive week, Fox Sports had a Dallas Cowboys’ player on set for Fox’s “Undisputed.”

Just a week ago, Brice Butler made waves with some controversial comments that failed to make him look like a “great teammate.”

This time, Fox’s guest was Cowboys’ Cornerback Orlando Scandrick. Unlike Butler, I really think we should give Scandrick credit for being a very good teammate, and acting like one on his TV appearance.

Throughout the segment, it feels as if Orlando is being tricked into saying something against his teammates. Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe start bashing on Dez Bryant‘s performance and the fact that he should be replaced.

Of course, this is the kind of stuff fans in Cowboys Nation are thinking about. Heck, I really wouldn’t even mind if Dez isn’t wearing a star next season. However, I really disliked Butler’s comments when asked if he would’ve done a better job if given the same opportunities as Dez.

Scandrick’s responses were awesome though. When asked if he would defend Dez, he didn’t even hesitate.

“I don’t think he’s lost any confidence. He’s one of the most confident players I’ve ever been around. I think it can all be fixed. I think he just needs to get back to work and get back to the basics.” – Orlando Scandrick on Dez Bryant.

Scandrick also answered questions about what went wrong with the Cowboys this season by pointing out the fact they lost one of their best players because of a suspension, and some injuries. But he also said what’s been in our minds for a long time. When asked what was the biggest reason they struggled, he said some painful, yet truthful words: “We played some bad football against some very good teams.”

Later, he was asked about how Sean Lee’s absence affected the defense, he insisted they didn’t step up. At the end of the day, the NFL is a league in which you can’t be that dependent on a single player.

Sean Lee is an awesome player, but I think we’d all like to see this defense be a little less dependent on him.

Scandrick even had to defend Dak Prescott.

Dak was highly criticized after a sophomore season in which he struggled, alongside the entire team. But in the words of Orlando, we should “give him time.” Dak had a lot on his plate, but he made a lot of progress for the Cowboys.

You can listen to the entire interview here.

Orlando Scandrick’s time in Dallas may be coming to an end, especially with young guys like Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis taking over. He’s signed through 2019, so who knows; maybe we see him wearing the star for a bit longer.

“It’s always a possibility.” – Orlando Scandrick on potentially not returning to Dallas next season.

Even still, it’s nice to see him support his football team and his friends on a show which featured a non-starting Cowboys’ wide receiver taking shots against his team. Orlando Scandrick deserves an applause.

Tell me what you think about “Orlando Scandrick Talks Cowboys’ Disappointing Season on FOX Sports” in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!

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WR Brice Butler Makes Waves With Controversial Comments

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Heading into this 2018 offseason, the Dallas Cowboys have to answer some critical questions about their wide receiver corps.

  • Is Dez Bryant still worthy of being labeled/targeted as a number one receiver?
  • Is Ryan Switzer ready to dethrone Cole Beasley as the team’s starting slot receiver?
  • What in the world do you do with Terrance Williams?
  • And, lastly, do you bring back last year’s WR4 Brice Butler?

Well, it appears that final question answered itself earlier this week.

Free agent wide out Brice Butler took to Fox Sports to voice his opinions on his future with the Cowboys, stating that if he isn’t going to be a starter, he isn’t going to come back at all.

“I think in this league, when you think about the business aspect, you’ve got to follow the money trail… Both of our starters made money. Terrance [Williams] just got paid last year. So there were times where I was like, ‘I’m making plays, aren’t we trying to win games? Why am I not on the field?’ But that’s the only thing that I can really think of.” -Brice Butler

Butler also made waves with a comment on Fox’s Undisputed, claiming that if given the same chances as Dez Bryant, he would have been more productive than Bryant was this season.

I am totally for a player getting the money he feels he deserves, and I wasn’t really “for” the Cowboys bringing back Butler anyway, but he probably sealed his fate In Dallas with his comments. This is the same team that cut Lucky Whitehead last offseason to send a message, and has tried to “clean up” their locker room with the “right kind of guys” lately, so it’d be hard to imagine them re-signing Butler now.

Even though I don’t think it’s that outlandish of a comment for him to make. I mean, why shouldn’t he want an opportunity to start somewhere? Unfortunately for Butler, I doubt that opportunity is in Dallas.

Plus, we all thought Butler should’ve gotten more chances during his time here, dating back to the disastrous season in 2015. And when he did get chances, Butler showed flashes of how valuable he can be.

Still, I think the Cowboys should draft a wide out to be their much-needed Z receiver, and signing Butler would just add to the log jam of pretty mediocre players at the position already.

Could Brice Butler have been more productive than Bryant? I guess we’ll never know. But it’s astounding how this rather average football team cannot help but make the news each and every day.

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Straight Outta Dallas: Cole Beasley Releases His First Rap Single

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Straight Outta Dallas: Cole Beasley Releases His First Rap Single
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During an offseason filled with concerns for Cowboys Nation, Cole Beasley sure helped fans take their minds off coaching changes, free agency and draft prospects for a moment. Bease took Twitter by storm when he tweeted a link to his first single as a rapper… yes, you read that right.

Cole Beasley: an NFL Wide Receiver by Day, Rapper by Night

Cole Beasley on Twitter

80 Stings – Single by Cole Beasley on Apple Music

Listen to songs from the album 80 Stings – Single, including “80 Stings”. Buy the album for $0.99. Songs start at $0.99. Free with Apple Music subscription.

“ColdNation Records” is the name of the company Beasley created alongside music producer Victor Clark, to release his first single. You can listen to “80 Stings” on iTunes, Spotify and just about every digital store, as the tweet above mentions.

I’ll be honest with you, I didn’t know what to expect. But when I turned the volume up and played the song for the first time, I was surprised. It’s awesome.

When Beasley caught that football behind his helmet versus the Giants back in week 1, I thought “man, that’s it. Beasley can’t surprise me anymore.” Well, he proved me wrong.

“80 Stings” isn’t only performed by him, but also written by him.

It turns out Cole Beasley has been writing since he was in college. And if you already listened to the single, you know he’s awesome at composing, and his flow is actually very quick.

The whole song is pretty entertaining, but it does have some verses that stick out more than others. We all know Beasley has been an underdog his entire football career, so it comes as no surprise that he introduces himself as “Mr. Slept On”, for instance.

Throughout the song, the 28-year-old receiver shouts out his wife and his children (and the fact he’s saving money for when they go to college, something we had already seen him proudly mentioning on Twitter.)

Jerry Jones and Dak Prescott both got their own name-drops on Beasley’s “80 Stings”, too.

“But Sunday, Jerry’s boss now,

I’m a dog when Dak get the ball out,

Pull the sauce out…”

– Cole Beasley on his first single, “80 Stings”

The rest of the album, according to “Killa Beasley”, will be released this Spring.

Cole Beasley insisted this is just a passion and that in no way will it affect his football career. So, really… don’t worry about it. Just enjoy this awesome thing he decided to share with his fans.

This time of the season can be sort of stressing for Cowboys Nation. A lot of changes in the coaching staff that may not be the desired ones, a lot of players Dallas needs to bring back, and just the aftermath of a disappointing 9-7 season.

It’s nice to have something like this to talk about, for a few days at least.

From all of Cowboys Nation, congratulations on this achievement, Mr. Slept On!

Tell me what you think about “Straight Outta Dallas: Cole Beasley Releases His First Rap Single” in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!

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