Tony Romo: Ranking His 5 Full Dallas Cowboys Seasons
Romo seems to be rising up the ranks a bit among quarterbacks. Seeing him bounce back this well from his injury-shortened season was promising. He didn't join the elite ranks of Drew Brees, Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers, but Romo put the Cowboys in the best position to win that he could in most games.
Was 2011 Romo's best full season as a starter for the Cowboys?
Read along to find out how last season ranks among Romo's five full seasons as a starter.
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13 games, 61.3% completion rate, 3,448 yards passing, 26 TD, 14 INT, 91.4 QB rating
2008 was supposed to be a big year for the Cowboys. However, with injuries to key players like safety Roy Williams and Mat McBriar, the Cowboys fell apart. Romo missed three games due to a broken pinky finger. The Cowboys went 1-3 in December. Romo completed only 56 percent of passes in December, and he had five touchdown passes and six interceptions that month.
Then came the 44-6 meltdown in the finale against the Philadelphia Eagles when the Cowboys just needed a win to make the playoffs. Romo was 21-of-39 for only 183 yards, throwing no touchdown passes and an interception as the Cowboys spun out.
Romo had better moments in 2008. He threw for 341 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions against the San Francisco 49ers on November 23. His Thanksgiving Day game was superb, as he burned the Seattle Seahawks for 331 yards and three touchdowns on 22-of-34 passing.
Romo ranked well in a few statistical categories. He was seventh in yards per pass attempt (7.7), fifth in passing yards per game (265.2), eighth in passer rating and second in touchdown percentage (5.8 percent of pass dropbacks).
On the other hand, Romo was second in fumbles (13) and sixth in interceptions.
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16 games, 10 starts, 2,903 yards passing, 65.3% completion rate 19 TD, 13 INT, 95.1 QB rating
Romo started his career off on the right foot in 2006, going 6-4 and earning a Pro Bowl nomination after taking over for Drew Bledsoe. Romo took the Cowboys to the playoffs despite the Cowboys losing three of the last four games. Romo's first playoff games was fairly decent (17-of-29, 189 yards passing, 1 TD, 0 INT) before he botched the hold on what would have been a game-winning field goal.
Romo had some fantastic games in his first full season as a starter. In his first Thanksgiving Day game, Romo was amazing, going 22-of-29 passing for 306 yards and five touchdowns, which is still a career high. On November 12, 2006, Romo went 20-of-29 for 306 yards and two touchdowns against the Arizona Cardinals.
He had three game-winning drives.
On the other hand, he had a fair share of miscues. Romo completed less than half of his passes and threw two interceptions in a 42-17 loss to the New Orleans Saints. He completed less than half his passes, threw two interceptions and totaled only 142 yards passing in a 21-7 loss to the New York Giants.
Romo managed to show up in the leaderboard in a few statistical categories in his first full season. He was second in completion percentage, first in yards per pass attempt (8.6), second in touchdown rate (5.6 percent of pass dropbacks) and fifth in passer rating.
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16 games, 4,211 yards passing, 64.4 completion rate, 36 TD, 19 INT, 97.4 QB rating
Romo took a decent second step in 2007, leading the Cowboys to a No. 1 seed in the NFC and earning a Pro Bowl appearance. Romo put together some good games, including four in which he threw for four touchdowns and five in which he threw for 300 yards or more.
However, Romo spun out in December and in the playoffs. Romo went 13-of-36 and threw three interceptions in a loss to the Eagles. In the regular season finale, Romo completed only seven of 16 passes for 86 yards and added an interception in a loss to the Washington Redskins.
In a Divisional Round loss to the Giants, Romo completed half of 36 passes and threw a touchdown pass and an interception.
Romo placed well in several passing categories. He was second in passing yards per attempt (8.1), third in passing yards, fifth in passer rating, second in passing touchdowns and third in passing touchdown percentage (6.9 percent of pass dropbacks).
Meanwhile, he was fourth in interceptions.
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16 games, 4,483 yards passing, 63.1% percent completion rate, 26 TD, 9 INT, 97.6 QB rating
Romo had a solid year in 2009, leading the Cowboys to a division title and earning a Pro Bowl nomination. Also, Romo earned his first playoff victory that season. Romo had his highest total for passing yards and lowest number of interceptions in a full season.
Romo had his share of solid games. Starting the year off with a bang, he threw for 353 yards and three touchdowns against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In a 37-21 win against the Atlanta Falcons, Romo threw for 311 yards and three touchdowns on 21-for-29 passing.
Romo had a career-best 3-2 record that December.
In the playoffs, Romo delivered only to fall off the mark. He pushed the Cowboys past the Eagles in the Wild Card Round with 244 passing yards and two touchdowns. Then, he threw for 198 yards, an interception and no touchdowns in a 34-3 loss to the Minnesota Vikings in the Division Round.
Romo did pretty well in a few statistical rankings. He was fourth in passing yards per attempt (8.2), eighth in passer rating, third in passing yards and fifth in passing yards per game (280.2).
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16 games, 4,184 yards passing, 66.3 completion rate, 31 TD, 10 INT, 102.5 QB rating
One can safely say that 2011 was Romo's best season yet. Despite the Cowboys missing the playoffs, Romo did what he could to put them in position to win the NFC East Division.
While he did blow games against the New York Jets and Detroit Lions, Romo led four comeback victories for the Cowboys. Romo came back after suffering a broken rib and punctured lung against the 49ers to rally the Cowboys from a 14-point deficit to an overtime win. The next week, he led a comeback win against the Redskins with his rib still in intense pain.
Also, Romo went 23-for-26 against the Buffalo Bills with three touchdown passes and 270 yards. He was 23-for-30 for 249 yards, three passing touchdowns and a rushing touchdown in a win against the Bucs.
The Cowboys lost four of their last five games, but that was due more to defensive struggles than Romo's performance. The Cowboys gave up 26.8 points per game in those losses. Romo had passer ratings of 95 or more in three of those losses and suffered a hand bruise in the other loss.
Romo had a good showing in statistical categories. He ranked fourth in passer rating, fifth in passing touchdowns, seventh in passing yards, seventh in yards per pass attempt (8.0), sixth in interception percentage (1.9 percent of pass dropbacks) and third in completion percentage.