Here is why I have a hard time taking sports journalists (I use that term very loosely) seriously. John P. Lopez of Inside the NFL, writes in his blog that the three most disappointing quarterbacks in the NFL are Tony Romo, Jamarcus Russell, and Brady Quinn, "Disappointing QBs contribute to woes in Dallas, Cleveland, and Oakland."
For the ten of you that read my blogs, you know I try to put my bias aside and give fair and sometimes funny reads to quench your sports jonz. But this is where it gets difficult.
I can't speak for either 1st round QB in the 2007 draft. I never believed in Russell for several reasons.
1) Russell left after his junior season. Historically that doesn't go well for QBs. Now there are some exceptions, Drew Bledsoe and more recently, Benjamin Wardell Roethlisberger. But for every Big Ben, there's a ton of Ryan Leafs, Todd Marinovichs, or Rick Mirers.
2) Russell is a product of the Southeastern Conference. And yes, I went to an SEC school so I feel I have a right to say that. Aside from the Manning family, SEC quarterbacks are severely over-hyped. This doesn't bode well at all for Matthew Stafford's career.
3) Russell is an Oakland Raider. Should I have to spell that out? Oakland is where careers go to die. And his died before it could even get started, holding out through training camp in his rookie season, changing coaches, and playing in an archaic "throw-the-ball-ninety-yards-down-the-field" system.
Quinn is the Tony Mandarich of quarterbacks. He's got the body, the looks, the mullet that is long but not too long. And for that, everyone wants him to succeed. But I believe he's been on the bench for a reason and Cleveland fans finally saw why.
Now Romo, I'm going to have to defend. Is he over-hyped? Most definitely. Is he suffering without T.O.? That's safe to say. But I figured him out in his first game against the Giants back in 2006.
Antonio is a young, talented QB that's going to make some spectacular plays and then turn around and make some bone-head plays. Cowboy fans and those closet Cowboy fans, like Lopez, who wait for something to look less than perfect in Cowboys camp so they can pounce on it, can agree that Romo is the barometer of the team and we will only go as far as he can take us.
But I look at the five starting quarterbacks before Romo (Quincy Carter, Drew Henson, Chad Hutchinson, Vinny Testaverde, and Drew Bledsoe) and Brad Johnson's stint during Romo's injury, and I ask: Who would you rather have?!
Romo is by far the best QB we've had in Big D since Aikman. And Romo is still young. He's in his third year as a full-time starter and hasn't had a rating less than 91. Currently his rating is 79.4, but that's no reason for him to hang at the gallows.
People will argue his playoff record. But first, no Dallas qb has won a playoff game since Aikman. And secondly, remember Peyton's first few cracks at the playoffs? No. That's because they're quite forgettable.
While Lopez was attempting to hide his Cowboy fanhood, he failed horribly in recognizing a few other QBs who are faring far worse than Romo and his 2-2 record.
Jake Delhomme, a former Super Bowl quarterback, who led the Panthers to a 12-4 record last year and a first week bye. Currently the Panthers are 0-3, one of those losses at the hands of the Cowboys. Jakey's numbers so far this season? 2 TDs, 7 INTs, and a 54.3 passer rating.
Kerry Collins, another Super Bowl QB, led the Titans to a 13-3 record, best in the AFC. Like the Panthers, the Titans are winless and Collins has thrown for 5 TD's, 6 picks, and a 68.9 rating. In the game against the Jets, Collins threw 13 straight incomplete passes to end the game.
Before he got hurt, Chad Pennington looked terrible. Expectations were high for Trent Edwards who has T.O. now. And although Romo's record is worse than Carson Palmer's, his rating is actually higher. That shows that it takes more than quarterback play to win or lose a game.
Granted, the two losses can be greatly contributed to Romo's play, especially against the Giants where we clearly dominated the "NFC's best team." But to call him the most disappointing QB in the league? That's bogus.
This is another example of closet fanhood, as Lopez takes the easy route and nit picks the Cowboys faults, instead of looking objectively at the rest of the league and how pitiful other teams are playing. Lopez, why don't you and the rest of the Cowboy Haters Club, come on out of your closet or boudoirs, and admit that you actually love the Blue and Silver. Come on and join me. It's liberating!