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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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Dallas Cowboys Optimistic that Amari Cooper Returns Sunday

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Report: Amari Cooper has MRI on Right Ankle

It doesn't take a deep look at the Dallas Cowboys offense over the last year and not see the significant impact that Amari Cooper has had. He's been one of the best wide receivers in the NFL over the last calendar year and has opened up so much for the Cowboys offense both with his impact as a pass catcher and for the attention he draws from opposing defenses. In Cooper's last 15 regular-season games with the Dallas Cowboys, he's caught 86 passes on 121 targets for 1,240, and 11 touchdowns. He's been everything the Cowboys front office could have hoped for when they made the trade with the Oakland Raiders after week seven of the 2018 season.

Amari Cooper has been dealing with foot issues since training camp and then went out on the first offensive series against the New York Jets with a thigh contusion. His absence was definitely felt as the offense struggled to find any rhythm in the first half of their week six loss.

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Though he hasn't practiced this week there is some optimism that Cooper could potentially practice on Friday and play in this pivotal week seven matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles. A contusion is basically a bone bruise, which is painful and can inhibit movement and flexibility. The most important thing to judge when determining if Cooper will be able to play or not is the level of inflammation that still persists in this leg. If the inflammation is better and he has better movement and flexibility in the leg, then he should be able to go.


Amari Cooper had a field day against the Philadelphia Eagles in week 14 of the 2018 season when he caught 10 passes for 217 yards and three touchdowns. Even in the week 10 contest, Cooper caught six passes for 75 yards. He's had a ton of success against the Eagles and with them still having injury issues in the secondary, there's a possibility for him to have another big game this week if he's able to play.

It's an encouraging sign that he's going to try practice today given the concern during the game in the days just after the week six contest. We'll have to keep an eye on how Friday goes and the pregame reports, but if all goes well, the Cowboys offense will be in much better shape with Cooper back on the field.


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Dallas Cowboys Sign DT Justin Hamilton to 53-Man Roster

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After placing Tyrone Crawford on injured reserve Tuesday, the Dallas Cowboys signed Defensive Tackle Justin Hamilton yesterday to fill the roster spot. Hamilton was most recently with the Kansas City Chiefs during the offseason but did not make it past final cuts.

List at 6'2" and 315 lbs., Hamilton brings a big body to the defensive line. The Cowboys have had issues with their run defense lately, particularly two weeks ago against Aaron Jones and the Green Bay Packers, so this signing indicates a desire for more size in the trenches.

Some fans are disappointed that Dallas didn't call up preseason darling Daniel Wise from the practice squad, but Wise is another smallish defensive linemen in the same mold as Crawford and others already on the roster.

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Jason Garrett said the Cowboys worked out DT Justin Hamilton a couple weeks ago, felt like he was the best fit to take Tyrone Crawford's spot on the 53. Crawford moving to IR.

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Justin Hamilton has been signed to the Cowboys active roster. Jason Garrett said the team likes his size.

The Cowboys ran into issues recently when starting DT Antwaun Woods was missing time with injury. Neither Maliek Collins or Chris Covington was able to adequately replace his role as the anchor up front, taking up space and denying run lanes.


Justin Hamilton hasn't had a ton of NFL playing experience for has been around since 2015, when he went undrafted and was signed by the Buffalo Bills. Since then he's bounced between rosters and practice squad with five different teams, appearing in just eight games only one of those as a starter.

The Cowboys must have felt the need for more beef at defensive tackle. Hopefully, they also see some potential in Hamilton that other teams haven't yet unlocked.

Antwaun Woods is the latest example of Dallas being able to find diamonds in the rough. Woods also went undrafted a few years back and spent a couple of years in Tennessee before the Cowboys finally got ah old of him. Now Antwaun is arguably their best defensive tackle.

Will Justin Hamilton find similar success with his new team?  We certainly hope so!


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REPORT: Tyrone Crawford Having Season-Ending Surgery, Headed to IR

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And the hits keep coming. Defensive Tackle/Defensive End Tyrone Crawford will have season-ending hip surgery and is expected to be placed on the Injured Reserve.

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Source: Cowboys defensive lineman Tyrone Crawford is being placed on injured reserve. He has been dealing with a hip injury since last season. He was held out of training camp because of it and has struggled to play through it this season

Tyrone Crawford is yet another player on a long list for the Dallas Cowboys who have recently succumbed to the injury bug. With the bye week still a week away and the Philadelphia Eagles up next on the schedule, all of these injuries are happening at the most inopportune time.

All of these injuries put the Dallas Cowboys in a tough position this week against the Eagles.  The NFC East division hangs in the balance and you can bet the absence of Tyrone Crawford will have an impact on the game one way or another. That's the short term though. How Crawford's injury impacts the Cowboys long-term has yet to be determined.


Replacing someone with the versatility to play either DT or DE won't be easy for Rod Marinelli and the Cowboys defense. His versatility has been invaluable over the years, which makes it all that much harder to find a replacement.

Luckily, the Cowboys had the foresight to try to address the DL this offseason. They added DT Christian Covington through free agency, drafted DT Trysten Hill, and even brought in a few undrafted free agents who showed promise in preseason. Someone out of this group will have to step up, but who?


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