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.
Report: Cowboys’ Travis Frederick Ready for Start of Training Camp
With the Dallas Cowboys opening training camp with their first practice on Saturday, July 27th in Oxnard, California, a lot of information is coming out regarding who will be available when they report.
It was already reported that Defensive End DeMarcus Lawrence and Cornerback Byron Jones will be placed on the physically unable to practice (P.U.P.) list to start training camp. Now, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network is reporting that Travis Frederick will avoid the Non-Football Injury list (NFI) and be ready to report for the starting of training camp.
Very good news for the #Cowboys: All-Pro C Travis Frederick, who dealt with Guillain-Barré syndrome last year, is expected to be active for the start of training camp. He avoids NFI and is ready to go.
Frederick has been out of action for a year after being diagnosed with Guillen-Barre Syndrome during last year's training camp. Guillen-Barre is a disorder that can affect the peripheral neurological system. Basically, the neurological system that doesn't consist of the brain and the spinal cord, which is the central nervous system.
There was talk that Frederick might have been ready to go for the playoffs at the end of last season, but the team continued to hold him out in order to get him back 100% for 2019. It looks like the time has come for Frederick to regain his spot as the leader and lynch-pin of the offensive line.
While Joe Looney was effective in 2018, there's no doubt the team suffered a drop off from All-Pro Travis Frederick to career backup Looney. Getting Frederick back in the middle of the offensive line is the most significant upgrade the Dallas Cowboys could have made this offseason on either side of the football.
Frederick is one of the smartest players on the team and does a lot for Dak Prescott and the offensive line in terms of setting protections. For Dak Prescott, he'll be able to have a little more faith that the front of his pocket will hold up if he needs to step up to make a throw. Frederick will also help Connor Williams as the two work combo blocks against opposing interior defenders. Frederick will immediately improve the Dallas Cowboys red zone offense as they'll be able to get more of a push on the interior.
It was almost expected that this would be the case, but hearing it for certain should give the Dallas Cowboys and their fans a lot of optimism for what's to come in 2019. Travis Frederick returning to the starting lineup is a huge addition for a Dallas Cowboys offense that looks ready to roll in 2019.
Cowboys DE DeMarcus Lawrence and CB Byron Jones to Start 2019 Camp on PUP
The Dallas Cowboys will be missing two of their defensive leaders when they open 2019 training camp this Saturday. Defensive End DeMarcus Lawrence and Cornerback Byron Jones will both start camp on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) List as they recover from offseason surgeries.
Lawrence, who got a new five-year contract in April, immediately underwent shoulder surgery once his deal was finalized. DeMarcus reportedly was waiting for contract negotiations to be completed before he had the procedure.
Jones had hip surgery in late May. He is playing 2019 on the fifth-year option from his original contract, and is no doubt hoping for his own long-term extension sometime in the near future.
Sources: DeMarcus Lawrence and Byron Jones will open Cowboys camp on PUP and won't practice in California https://t.co/jzWV5FjBO6 via @sportsdaydfw
Neither Lawrence or Jones, who are both coming of Pro Bowl seasons in 2018, are expected to be absent once the regular season starts in September. But either participating in this year's training camp is doubtful, and even preseason appearances are in question right now.
With DeMarcus out at DE, newcomers like Robert Quinn and Kerry Hyder will get plenty of chances to show their stuff. It's also a nice opportunity for Taco Charlton, assuming he's recovered from his own offseason surgery, to get some work against the first-team offensive line.
No Byron at CB will give Jourdan Lewis a nice opportunity to work with the starters as well. He was likely stuck at the 4th spot behind Jones, Chidobe Awuzie, and Anthony Brown but should now get more time on the field and against the best competition.
Breaking News: Allen Hurns Released
The Dallas Cowboys are releasing Wide Receiver Allen Hurns after just one season with the team according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Cowboys releasing WR Allen Hurns, per source.
Hurns was brought in as a possible replacement for Dez Bryant considering they had a similar skill set, but that never quite worked out. He only managed 20 receptions for 295 yards and 2 touchdowns in 7 starts. He's coming off a horrific leg injury suffered in the Cowboys playoff win against the Seahawks last season.
This saves the Cowboys 5 million in cap space putting them around 24 million overall heading into the 2019 season currently. This now opens up snaps for some of the younger receivers on the Cowboys roster.
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