Timekilling NFL Lockout Discussion: Is Dallas Cowboys' Tony Romo an Elite QB?

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Timekilling NFL Lockout Discussion: Is Dallas Cowboys' Tony Romo an Elite QB?
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Tony Romo: an "elite" quarterback?

There is no question that Tony Romo has been the best Dallas quarterback since Troy Aikman called it a career.  Despite the Cowboys' best efforts to become a ground-and-pound, run-heavy scheme, the past few seasons has seen its offense lean hard on Romo's throwing arm while trying to appease Jerry's high profile wide receivers.  For leading such a pass-happy offense, Tony Romo deserves a great deal of credit.

 

Likely the most debated topic of the Dallas Cowboys franchise in the past five years has been whether or not Tony Romo is the quarterback that can/will lead them back to Super Bowl Champion status.  In other words, is Romo an elite player at his position?  Super Bowls can be won on the backs of stellar defensive units, but more often than not, it is the elite quarterback that needs to shine in the most critical of situations in order for a team to win a championship.

 

Thus, we place Tony Romo under the microscope.  Since entering the NFL, the undrafted Romo has to have surpassed his own wildest expectations with the career he's had to date.  However, the question remains: does he belong among the league's elite? 

 

Perennially among the league's passing leaders, Romo's statistics can be stacked against those of sure-fire elite quarterbacks (Manning, Brees, et al) with almost surprising comparability.  Yet, fierce skepticism remains regarding Romo's belonging.  

 

Tony Romo has the stats of an elite quarterback, but there is a difference between Pro Bowlers and champions.  No one can doubt that putting up great numbers AND winning "big" games qualifies a quarterback as elite.  For further examination, the following is a breakdown of how Romo has fared in the Cowboys' biggest games of his era.

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