Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has become known for being a choke artist, but there is more to him than just throwing untimely interceptions.
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has not taken his team to the playoffs since the 2009 season, where he won the first playoff game of his career.
Romo has made some mistakes at the end of games. This has prompted the media and NFL fans to question his status as the Cowboys’ starting quarterback, and some have even said that he should be replaced.
Romo is one of the better quarterbacks in the league though, and saying he’s top 10 would not be far-fetched. While his late-game blunders should not be ignored, they are still overblown.
Here are five reasons why the criticism of Romo is unfair.
Romo had Bill Parcells as his head coach in 2006, his first year as the Cowboys’ starting quarterback. After that, Wade Phillips was hired. Phillips was dreadful, and he had never won a playoff game in his career until 2009 with Romo. His 2010 performance was notably horrible, and he was fired midseason for failing to lead a supposed Super Bowl contender to the playoffs. After his firing, Jason Garrett took over. Garrett hasn’t been any better, finishing 8-8 in three consecutive seasons and costing the Cowboys various games with his questionable play calling.
4. Elevates teammates
Romo has had some great receivers in his time with the Cowboys like Terrell Owens and Dez Bryant. However, he has had mostly mediocre receivers to throw to such as Patrick Crayton and Sam Hurd. Crayton looked like a decent receiver in Dallas, catching seven touchdown passes with 697 yards in 2007. His numbers dropped off in San Diego though. Kevin Ogletree also received significant playing time with Romo as his quarterback, but he is struggling to make the Lions’ roster right now.