What Should Dallas Cowboys Do with Tony Romo After 2012 Season?

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What Should Dallas Cowboys Do with Tony Romo After 2012 Season?
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Tony Romo, the new Cowboys' all-time leader in touchdown passes, currently quarterbacks a 6-6 version of America's team that is fighting for its playoff life.

What's new, you ask?

Answer: this time, number nine has contract talks hinging on his play down the stretch.

The 2013 NFL season is the last for which the Cowboys' gunslinger is under contract with the team, and Romo and the 'Boys are looking to have a new extension finalized this offseason.

The Cowboys sit at a slightly precarious position in regards to the cap, thanks to the $5 million penalty they incurred during the uncapped 2010 season.

However, according to Clarence Hill of the Star Telegram, the Cowboys believe they have enough flexibility to get Romo's extension finalized whenever it would be necessary.

Predictably, the question that follows is this: Is it really necessary for the Cowboys to sign Tony Romo to an extension?

In short, yes.

There isn't even a doubt.

While his critics abound, the bottom line is that Tony Romo is a darn good quarterback.  The Cowboys would be foolish to let him go.

Let's examine why.

Some critics argue that Romo just doesn't win enough games. 

Consider for a moment that Romo has been passing behind one of the worst offensive lines in the league over the past few seasons and that nearly every season has brought him a generally patchy and unreliable defense.

All of a sudden, it seems more logical to conclude that Tony Romo has actually over-achieved, if anything.

That's right.  Since 2006, Tony Romo has consistently won the Cowboys more games than they deserved to win. 

And who could argue with that?

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Tony Romo rescued the Cowboys franchise from the horror show that began with Quincy Carter

Just look at the quarterbacks who came before him.  Chad Hutchinson, Quincy Carter, Drew Henson, Vinny Testaverde and Drew Bledsoe couldn't even sniff the success that Romo has had with no better talent surrounding him.

Imagine what Romo could do if he had an offensive line that could block like the Packers or the Patriots.

Other even less informed critics gather their information on Tony Romo from watching ESPN highlights. 

Of course, the worldwide leader loves to dramatize Romo's seemingly endless shortcomings, while tending to gloss over most of his nearly flawless performances.

According to ESPN, if the Cowboys lose, it's generally Tony's fault.  But if they manage to win, the highlight prefers to show more screenshots of Rob Ryan pacing the sideline than Romo scrambling for his life and launching a 45-yard miracle-of-a-touchdown.

These said critics generally watch ESPN for a couple of weeks and are then found in football conversations across the globe contributing something like: "Oh Tony Romo? Yeah, he sucks.  I watched him on ESPN the other day."

But, I digress.

There's one word to describe these kinds of statements.  Bollocks.  Pure bollocks.

The easiest way to refute such critics is bring up the statistic of career NFL Passer Rating.  Love it or hate it, it's at least some form of an objective way to compare an insanely subjective position.

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Tony Romo ranks fourth all-time in career Passer Rating

Can anyone tell me where Tony Romo ranks on said passer rating list?

Fourth place.  In NFL History.  Seriously.

Who does Romo have beat?  Peyton Manning?  Check.  Ben Roethlisberger, Drew Brees and Dan Marino?   You bet.  And, don't forget about Joe Montana.

That's not bad.  Not bad at all.

Does it mean that Tony Romo is better than all of those quarterbacks? Certainly not, but it at least puts him in the discussion.

And that's a discussion that is better than most Romo-haters ever give Tony credit for.

But alas, those Romo-haters.  Like bed-head in the morning, they're nearly impossible to get rid of.

Watch him play.  Sit down and watch.  A full game, not just highlights.

And in case you haven't noticed, the kid's been on fire lately.  For those keeping score at home, that's 1587 yards with 10 touchdowns and two picks over his last five.

Those are extension-worthy numbers, my friends.

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