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Romo Ranked 15th by Jaworski

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Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo was ranked 15th in ESPN’s NFL analyst Ron Jaworski’s annual quarterback countdown list. This ranking has brought back talk about Romo’s play and his status among his peers.

Frankly, these “power ranking” type countdowns for teams or players have no real use other than to spark debates and in this case, Jaworski has succeeded. However, despite the irrelevance of these rankings, I must make an argument, as to why Romo should be ranked higher.

Jaworski said of Romo, “I have always liked Romo, but his play in the final regular season game of the 2012 season with the NFC East title on the line still bothers me. You just can’t make mistakes, regardless of whose fault it is.”

Mistakes are very costly in an NFL game to be sure but the fact of the matter is that all players make mistakes. Even the greatest players make mistakes when the game is on the line.

For years critics said that Peyton Manning, couldn’t win the big games. He ended up winning a Super Bowl, and I would guess that Manning lands somewhere in Jaworski’s top five QB’s as the countdown continues.

Jaworski sees Romo through the same lens with which many view the Cowboys’ QB. This lens focuses on the final outcome of a game and a singular part of that game, essentially missing the big picture.

Only Drew Brees and Matt Stafford threw more passes than Tony Romo last season. Romo and Brees each threw 19 interceptions and Stafford threw 17 interceptions. The point is that these guys are asked to do much more than quarterbacks like Collin Kaepernick or Robert Griffin.

Jaworski ranked Griffin 13th and Kaepernick is probably soon to follow. These two players’ only standout statistic last season was having a good touchdown to interception ratio. However, their teams were successful so I wonder, is Jaworski’s ranking based on team success or just the individual quarterback’s contribution to their team?

Romo was ranked 15th by Jaworski and Stafford ranked 16th. Expect Brees lands somewhere around 5th or 6th, yet his statistics are very similar to Romo and Stafford’s. What’s the difference between these players?

Brees has won a Super Bowl, but that didn’t make him become a better player, because he was already that good. Romo, like Brees, has the talent and skill to win that elusive championship. He plays a high risk, high reward game and apparently that isn’t a very popular style.

Now, Romo isn’t Manning or Tom Brady by any means, but he isn’t middle of the road either. He threw for almost 5,000 yards and was the only truly consistent player for his team during an injury riddled season.

QB’s like Collin Kaepernick and Robert Griffin III are not asked to contribute as much to a game as Romo is. They are asked to not lose a game, while he is asked to win the game.

The 49ers were a playoff team before Kaepernick became a starter and the Redskins squeezed into the playoffs with tough defense and a good rushing game.

Without Romo, Dallas probably would have be fighting with the Eagles to stay out of last place in the NFC East. He’s a top 10 quarterback in the NFL.

In conclusion, Jaworski’s countdown basically seems to be a popularity contest. The good news is Romo doesn’t care about rankings; he’s just ready to win a championship.



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  1. Cowboys fan

    August 14, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    I would rank Tony Romo a lot higher than that. He is better than lots of QBs in the league. He actually belongs in the top 10 quarterbacks in my opinion. People forget about all the games he has won.

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

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Cowboys Headlines - #DALvsNYG: Dealing With Giants Safety Landon Collins

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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Report: Free Agent DL David Irving Not in Dallas Cowboys’ 2019 Plans

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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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Takeaway Tuesday: What We Learned From Cowboys Loss To Packers
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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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