Cowboy Fans Should Be Grateful For Tony Romo

Matt DickersonContributor IOctober 27, 2009

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 28:  Quarterback Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on September 28, 2009 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

The quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys has always had it glamour and its pressures.  Roger Staubach, Troy Aikman, Danny White, Drew Bledsoe, and others have come and gone through the years...some better than others.  In 2005, Bledsoe failed to reach the playoffs, but led them to a 9-7 record.  This was a vast improvement over the 6-10 mark that Vinny Testaverde had finished with in 2004. However, in 2006, Bledsoe looked and played horrible, so much so that six games into the year he was replaced by one Tony Romo.

Why the walk down memory lane?  Dallas Cowboy fans need to remember how our quarterback play was before Romo was inserted as the starter.  We got so used to winning with "Dead Eye Dick" Troy Aikman that we got spoiled.  Once Aikman retired, it was awful to watch the Cowboys play.  However, when Romo stepped in and showed flashes of true talent we got excited.  We screamed that he did not lead us to a Super Bowl that year or the next.  This on a guy that was on the bench for four years and out of a no where college.

Now I am not saying that we should not hold Romo accountable for bad throws and dumb reads.  However, Cowboy fans we must step back and be honest.  Would you rather be in Detroit's or the Jets shoes with a rookie at the helm?  Or how about the Redskins with Jason Campbell?  Truth be told, Tony Romo is a good quarterback.  Maybe not great, but definitely better than 2/3rd of the quarterbacks in the NFL right now.

Look at Tony Romo's stats over the last few years, folks.  They are good.   Really good.  I know that his INTs were very untimely, but if he threw as many INTs as some in the normal games, it never would have mattered in clutch time.  We must improve the WRs he throws to and get more young on the OL.

Tony is a top 12 QB in the NFL.  For that, we should be grateful.  The receivers are just now starting to come around some and we have great talent at RB.  We must be patient and stop acting like bandwagon fans.  In fact, if you are a bandwagon guy that jumped on in the 1990's, please do us a favor and get off!!  You make my head hurt.  True fans will stick it out.  Just look at these stats...

NFL All-Time Records

  • Third Highest Career Passer Rating (94.7) (Steve Young#1, Peyton Manning #2
  • Fourth Highest Yards Per Attempt (8.14)

Dallas Cowboys team records

  • Games with 300+ yards passing: 19 (previously held by Troy Aikman with 13)
  • Games with 300+ yards passing: 7 (2007)
  • Passing TDs: 36 (2007); previously held by Danny White with 29
  • Passing yards: 4211 (2007); first Cowboys quarterback to throw for more than 4,000 yards in a season
  • Completions: 335 (2007); previously held by White with 334

It is like the great Coach Frank Broyles used to say, "True fans may disagree with you and let you know about it.  But they will always support you.  They love you and will be there with you."

Tony, keep improving your reads and learning opposing defensive schemes, the true Dallas Cowboy fans are here to support you.