Tony Romo: Does Dallas Cowboys QB Deserve the Pressure Put on Him?

Tony SantorsaSenior Writer IIJune 26, 2012

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 11:  Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys celebrates after the Cowboys scored against the New York Giants in the fourth quarter at Cowboys Stadium on December 11, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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Ever since taking over for Drew Bledsoe as the Dallas Cowboys' starting quarterback, Tony Romo has played in a total of four playoff games and has won just one of those four.

In those four games, Romo has recorded an 80.8 quarterback rating while completing 59.3 percent of his passes for just four touchdowns compared to two interceptions. 

To be considered an elite quarterback, those stats are simply not going to cut it.

Romo most definitely deserves not only the pressure but the negativity that has been revolving around him for quite some time. 

It is fair to call Romo a choke artist? Let's look a the numbers. He has a career 96.9 quarterback rating and a 64.5 completion percentage with an average of 1.9 touchdowns thrown per game started during the regular season, yet those numbers drop dramatically in the postseason. 

Romo's quarterback rating drops 16.1 points when it's the playoffs. His completion percentage drops 5.2 percentage points when it's the playoffs. His touchdowns thrown per game started drops from nearly two per game to just one per game. 

There's no debate that Romo's production changes in a negative way when it's the playoffs. 

During his six seasons as Dallas' starting quarterback, Romo has gone 47-30 and has been to the Pro Bowl twice, but he simply is not the same quarterback in the postseason.

A rather interesting comparison was made by former Cowboys wide receiver Michael Irvin, as he referred to Romo as the LeBron James of the NFL, per Jon Machota of Dallas News:

“Now LeBron’s got the title, who do we turn the thing to and say, ‘When are you going to get one? That noose has been put around [Tony Romo's] neck. It better be soon. Jerry Jones has already said that. That’s where it’s going from here. It’s going back to Tony Romo now." 

Irvin is correct on one thing: It had better be soon. Dallas needs to win soon or Romo's run as quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys will come to an end. 

It's definitely fair to criticize Romo for his inability to perform in the postseason, as he has been such a dominant force in the regular season. There has to be some reason why his play drops off so dramatically. One can only assume that it's his mental makeup.

Romo is not built to succeed in the playoffs. He is just a regular season quarterback. 

With my opinion on Romo already having been set in stone, as I believe he's nothing more than a mediocre quarterback who cannot succeed in the postseason, he's going to make a lot of people's opinions clear this season. 

It's time to win or go home for Tony Romo. 


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