Dallas Cowboys: Is It Time to Give Up on Tony Romo?

Chris CortesCorrespondent ISeptember 12, 2011

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - SEPTEMBER 01:  Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys warms up during a Pre-Season NFL game against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on September 1, 2011 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Is it Time to Give Up on Tony Romo?

                Like most of you, I just got done watching the Cowboys practically give away a game to the New York Jets.   In this game, the Cowboys seem to be in command, and in defense of Romo, he was having a great game.  The NBC graphic showed that he was 21 for 31 and had over 300 yards before he threw an interception to Darelle Revis which would lead to the Jets kicking the go ahead field goal.

                However, Romo, while attempting to take the Cowboys down the field in a tie game, threw a ball right at Darrelle Revis (Dez Bryant was in the area, but had no shot at catching it).  To most Cowboy fans, it seemed like a sense of déjà vu.

                Many people would argue that Romo has let the Cowboys down too many times and deserves to be cut.  Others would argue that he is an All-Pro quarterback and could be the face of the franchise.  Here are the facts:


-He has appeared in three pro bowls (2006, 2007, 2009).

-In every season he has started, the Dallas Cowboys have had a winning record.

-He has had a completed over 60% of his passes every year he has played, and is No. 8 all time.  Keep in mind he is front of Tom Brady and Philip Rivers who are Nos 9 and 10.  (Source:  http://www.pro-football-reference.com/leaders/pass_cmp_perc_career.htm).

-He currently holds the fourth all-time passer rating of any quarterback, to give you some perspective, Tom Brady is No. 5.  (Source:  http://www.pro-football-reference.com/leaders/pass_rating_career.htm).

-Peyton Manning was once seen as a quarterback who dominated the regular season, but couldn't win the big game.  He is now considered to be one of the greatest quarterbacks of all-time and led the Colts to a Super Bowl victory in the 2006 season. 

From these stats alone, you could argue that Tony Romo is an extremely efficient quarterback and is one of the best the NFL has to offer.  Do these stats tell the whole story?


-In Divisional playoff games (second round), Romo’s completion percentage drops by almost 10 percentage points and his passer rating drops to an abysmal 65.  (Source:  http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/R/RomoTo00/splits/).

-Romo has never been seen as a “big game” quarterback, here are some examples:  In the 2007 divisional round of the playoffs, Romo threw an interception against the Giants during a drive where he was attempting to lead the Cowboys to a come from behind win.  In 2008 season, the Cowboys played the Eagles for the final spot in the NFC playoffs, Romo turned the ball over three times leading to the Eagles blowing out the Cowboys (Source:  http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2008122810/2008/REG17/cowboys@eagles/analyze/box-score#tab=analyze).  In 2009, The Cowboys played the Vikings in a divisional round matchup.  Romo would go on to throw an interception, lose two fumbles, and be sacked six times leading to a Cowboys loss.  (Source:  http://espn.go.com/nfl/boxscore?gameId=300117016)

-And in a memory Cowboy fans are dying to forget, Romo fumbled the snap on a go-ahead field goal in late in the fourth quarter, leading to the Cowboys losing to the Seahawks in the 2006 playoffs, by one point.  (Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yh1DyvTuDA&feature=related ).

                Those are the facts about Tony Romo.  What is your opinion?  Is the stress of being Big D’s quarterback too much for Tony?  If he played for a different team in a smaller market, would this conversation be happening?  And finally, should the Cowboys get rid of him and start over or will he eventually come through and win the big game?  Let your voice be heard, comment below!