Tony Romo: Dallas Cowboys QB Is Real Deal, Some People Just Can't Accept It

Patrick SchusterContributor IIIAugust 16, 2012

Nov 24, 2011; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) throws in the pocket against the Miami Dolphins on Thanksgiving day at Cowboys Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE
Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

The way the national media picks and chooses who to ”pull for” and “pull against” sometimes amazes me because rarely is it based on logic, fact or reason.

Any time I hear the less-informed knock Tony Romo, I think of the saying, “If you repeat a lie enough. it becomes the truth.”

There are a few different categories in football when it comes to quarterbacks. The first level is composed of the guys with rings: Tom Brady, Eli and Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees and Ben Roethlisberger.   

After that group, there is a group led by Tony Romo and Phillip Rivers who have had long enough careers that show they are franchise quarterbacks, but for whatever reason have not had playoff success.

The debate should be about who is the best QB not to have won a Super Bowl, Romo or Rivers—nota claim that “the reason the Cowboys lose is always because of Romo.”   

Compare Romo’s career numbers to any of the rest of the guys who don’t have rings, and he stands tall against them all.

The national media loves to say Michael Vick is clearly better than Romo. 


Look at their numbers including games missed due to injury. If Romo is a bust because of his playoff record is 1-3, then why does Vick get a pass for being 2-3? If playoff records really matter, then why hasn’t someone signed Donovan McNabb, as he sports a 9-7 record? (I’m not here to knock Mike Vick because I feel he’s a dynamic QB in his own right.)

The other thing that always comes up with Romo is his playoff failures.

Yeah, that’s a great one. I love, again, how facts and memories are different with their games.   

His first playoff “failure” was in Seattle in 2007 when he botched the ball for the field goal.

If you listen to the anti-Romo parts of the media, you would think it was with three seconds left to win the game. Instead there was 1:19 left on the clock, so Seattle would have gotten the ball back if the kick was good. Seattle was the same team that had scored on its previous possession with ease.  Seattle would have only needed a FG to win and had more than a minute to move the ball.

Let’s also remember the NFL changed the rule for a current game ball to be used for field goals and PATs after seeing Romo’s issues. So a rule was changed because of Romo’s “failure.”

The other game people blame on Romo is the loss to the eventual Super Bowl Champion New York Giants in 2007. The way you hear about the game, the Cowboys must have lost by 40 points. 

That game ended with Romo trying to complete a pass into the end zone, to win the game, to a well-past-his-prime Terry Glenn.

The only thing you hear is that Romo choked, not that Crayton and Fasano dropped passes all over the field and not that the Cowboys committed 11 penalties for 84 yards and many were driver killers. You don't hear about how the defense got shredded at the end of the first half for a score.

No, the only thing you hear is, "Romo choked." 

My favorite came yesterday when I heard a national radio host saying he would rather have 15 other quarterbacks over Romo for the 2012 season.


Hey, I’ll be the first to admit I’d love guys like Andrew Luck, Cam Newton, Matthew Stafford and a few of the other younger guys long term, as football is a young man’s game, but for 2012 there are not many QBs I’d want under center instead of Romo.

All you have to do is look at Indianapolis who chose Andrew Luck instead of Peyton Manning, but if you want to win, you can’t do much better than No. 9.