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Sonny, as a writer you simply have to do your homework. You cannot cherry pick cliched, tired and simply wrong conclusions about Tony Romo because you lose credibility and professionally it doesn't separate you from other writers.
Let me help you.
Tony Romo IS NOT INCONSISTENT! Please...let me explain.
The rap on Tony Romo, as we all know, is that he is unreliable. Half the time he's brilliant, half the time he's a bonehead. It's the "Romocoaster".
Well, is that true? Let's see.
Through 9 games, Romo has completed 200 of 309 pass attempts for 2,508 yards, 16 touchdowns and 7 interceptions.
Those are actually very good numbers -- currently, he's the fourth-highest rated passer in the league -- yet we are constantly reminded that Romo is inconsistent.
The only real "boneheaded" game that Romo has played this year was the Lions game. You know, the 3-interception disaster that snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.
It was bad and inexcusable for someone with his ability and experience. But take a closer look.
At halftime, Romo had completed 19 of 26 passes for 195 yards, 2 TDs and 0 INTs. At the start of the third quarter, he was 4-for-4 for 39 yards another TD. He was on fire, and the score -- 27-3, Dallas -- reflected it.
Then the wheels came off. From that point, he was 15-for-21 for 136 yards, 0 TDs and 3 INTs.
Horrible. Deserving of derision.
But, wait. Look at those season stats again. Take away this one miserable half of play and Romo is 185-of-288 (64%) for 2,372 yards, 15 TDs and just 4 INTs.
If Romo has been maddeningly inconsistent throughout this season... just when has that been, exactly? Is it even possible for a quarterback to be "inconsistent" while completing nearly two-thirds of his passes and throwing almost 4 TIMES as many touchdowns as interceptions?
But, hey, I must be cherry picking here. Lots of flawed quarterbacks have hot streaks; it's the bad times that make us see their true colors... right?
Again, let's look at the numbers.
The Detroit game was not just the only time this season that Romo has thrown more than a single interception in a half -- it was also the only time this season that he has thrown more than a single interception in an entire game. In 4 out of 9 games so far, he didn't throw a single interception at all.
Think that's insignificant? Consider this:
Tom Brady has thrown 10 INTs so far this season -- 4 of them in a single game -- with 3 multi-INT games.
Drew Brees has thrown 11 INTs so far -- 3 of them in a single game -- with 4 multi-INT games.
Eli Manning has thrown 8 INTs so far -- 3 of them in a single game -- with 2 mutli-INT games.
Ben Roethlisberger has thrown 9 INTs so far, including 3 in his lone multi-INT game.
Matt "Matty Ice" Ryan has thrown 10 INTs so far, with 3 multi-INT games.
Phillip Rivers has thrown 15 INTs so far -- 3 of them in a single game -- with a whopping 6 multi-INT games.
Michael Vick has thrown 11 INTs so far -- 4 in a single game -- with 2 multi-INT games.
Josh Freeman has thrown 13 INTs this year -- 4 in a single game -- with 4 multi-INT games.
According to the analysts, all these quarterbacks are supposedly better than Tony Romo. None of them has been slapped with the "inconsistent" label. None of them has been criticized as heavily or as frequently in the national media as Romo has. Yet ALL OF THEM have thrown more interceptions, with as many as or more multi-interception games, than Romo has.
Let's look at the Jets game:
Romo was 23-of-36 for 342 yards and 2 TDs before that late INT. He was good for a 101.9 rating.
Meanwhile, our running game managed a paltry 64 yards on 26 carries. We gave up 4 sacks.
Romo was the reason the Cowboys were winning that game.
Was he also the reason they ultimately lost it? Was his interception with time winding down, the game-changing play? Or the fumble? Partly.
That and the blocked punt returned for a touchdown.
Without Romo, the Cowboys lose that game to the Jets -- in New York, on the 10th anniversary of 9/11, by the way -- by a wide margin.
What does it mean? That the "Romocoaster" is a sham. It's bunk. Hello Sonny? See where I'm going here?
No, the Cowboys do not have a perfect quarterback. (No one does.) But they do have a great one. And, aside from one truly terrible half of play, he has been brilliant this season.
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