Tony Romo and What His 2011 Season Really Says About Him Being Overrated

Brad Washington@@theGURO15Correspondent IIJuly 10, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JANUARY 01:  Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys drops back to pass against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on January 1, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Dallas Cowboys Quarterback Tony Romo has been getting the brunt of “overrated” labels for the past few years.

Some say it’s his inability to close games or win them when it matters (Skip Bayless is probably alone on this one to disagree).

Others say he’s overhyped because of the coverage of the Dallas Cowboys as America’s team.

Also, because Dallas is usually loaded on both sides of the ball, he just hasn’t yet taken them over the hump.

I agree with the latter, but I say he’s overrated mostly because he has yet to reach the roof of his true potential.

His performance in the 2011 NFL season can prove that.

Not too long ago, former New York Giants player and Eli Manning teammate Amani Toomer went against the status quo and stated that he has Tony Romo over Eli Manning simply because of his genuinely good production in terms of quarterback play.

Now we know that Eli Manning throws countless interceptions.

We also know Eli Manning has two Super Bowl rings. Sounds similarly to Kobe Bryant, right? But anyways, Amani holds a lot of truth to his analysis.

Last season, Tony Romo threw for 4,184 yards (seventh in the league) 31 touchdowns (fifth in the league) and for the top 50 quarterbacks in the league, he is seventh in the league in fewest interceptions with only 10.

Not to mention—his passer rating of 102.2 was also ranked fourth in the league, and he completed 66.2 percent of his passes. The thing that makes that stat phenomenal is it stands behind only Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees in that order.

 So what does this mean for his case of being overrated?

It means that whatever Romo isn’t doing to get to their status as the elite is preventing him from getting over the hump.

Tony Romo threw 20 more passes than Aaron Rodgers and completed three more, and Aaron Rodgers still outplayed him in terms of completion percentage (68.3) passing yards (4,643) and touchdowns (46).

That's not good for Tony Romo, but the bright side is that his past season proved he hasn't reached his ceiling.

Maybe Tony Romo should turn 66 percent to 70 percent, 31 touchdowns to 37 or more, and 4,184 yards to 4,500-plus.

With those numbers, the overrated tag should slip off and he can put his team in position to get multiple playoff wins. But we should always emphasize "if".

There is no way a quarterback that good should have teams sitting at 8-8. No excuse.

To go from overrated to elite where he belongs is up to Tony Romo to decide. Until then, Eli Manning remains two up.