Tony Dorsett Calls Out Tony Romo

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After Tony Romo‘s debacle against the Giants last Sunday night, Cowboys legend Tony Dorsett has called out Romo stating on Fox Radio “Well, for one thing, I don’t know why on God’s earth Tony Romo has been anointed a superstar in the National Football League.  Tony is very young in his career.  Not to say you can’t be young in your career and be a superstar because you’ve got one up there in Minnesota in Adrian Peterson. But the thing is this: you have a guy who hasn’t done much and quarterbacks in the National Football League, most of them go through this growing curve.  He hasn’t gone through that growing curve, but he was anointed this great player all of a sudden.  Now he’s having to live up to that. And obviously Tony has some deficiencies.”

Comment: He’s absolutely correct, except for the part about Romo being young, he’s 29, which isn’t exactly young in the NFL. But to be fair, this is only his fourth season as a starter so maybe that’s what Dorsett means? In any case, today’s sports media is by and large big on hype, short on substance. Tony Romo is a product of this kind of sports journalism, being praised and hyped countless times by the media but has little in the way of actual accomplishments to show for it apart from a great 2007 season and stats that fantasy football nerds everywhere probably love (although definitely not from the Giants game!).

To be considered a superstar QB, or even a great NFL QB you need to show up big in the big games, which Romo has consistently NOT done as a QB. Let’s take a look at some of his biggest games that he failed to deliver in.

In the 2006 Wildcard round of the playoffs, the Cowboys trail the Seattle Seahawks, 21-20 with 1:19 left in the game. The Cowboys have a chance to potentially win the game on a chip shot FG from the 1 yard line but Romo bobbles the hold and the FG is never attempted. After the game Romo commented, “I take responsibility for messing up at the end there. That’s my fault. I cost the Dallas Cowboys a playoff win, and it’s going to sit with me a long time. I don’t know if I have ever felt this low.” Little did Cowboys fans know that this would only be the beginning in a long line of Romo choke jobs in big games.

In the 2007 season the Cowboys rip through the regular season and secure the #1 seed in the NFC playoffs…Only to lose to the New York Giants in Dallas and become the first #1 NFC seed to lose in the dvisional round of the NFL playoffs since 1990, when the NFL expanded to 12 playoff teams. How did it happen? Well you can’t blame the Cowboys running game, which totaled over 150 yards of rushing, Marion Barber had 129 yards and almost a 5 yard average. Romo, on the other hand, completed just 50% of his passes and ended the game with a 64 QB rating. Trailing 21-17 and needing a TD in the fourth quarter, the Cowboys get the ball in great field position at the Giants 48 yard line after a punt with 1:50 left in the game. The Cowboys can then only drive 30 yards before Romo throws a game-ending INT. The loss cannot be totally blamed on Romo, obviously, but when the game was on the line Romo couldn’t deliver the goods.

In the 2008 season the Cowboys enter Pittsburgh with an 8-4 record and look poised to make a strong push late in the season and into the playoffs. The Steelers are feeling the same way about their team entering the game, it’s a BIG game. Late in the 4th quarter the Steelers tie up the game 13-13. The Cowboys get the ball back with 2 minutes left and a chance to drive down the field and kick a potential game-winning FG. What happens? Tony Romo, big game, big situation in the game, Uh Oh. On 2nd and 8, Romo attempts a pass to Jason Whitten that is intercepted by CB Deshea Townsend and returned for a TD. Final score 20-13 Steelers. You could definitely argue that this was a huge turning point in the Cowboys season as they went on to lose 2 of their last 3 before missing the playoffs this year. Romo’s number from this game – 19/36 210 yards, 1 TD 3 Int  44.9 QB rating. In the last two games the Cowboys lost – against the Ravens in Dallas – 24/45 252 yards, 2 TD/2 Int 66 QB rating. Against the Eagles – 21/39 183 yards 1 TD 3 Int 55.8 QB rating.

And here we are in the 2009 season and in a fairly important early divisional matchup against the Giants in Week 2, Tony Romo almost single-handedly loses a game in which the Cowboys had no business losing. Since the 2007 regular season ended, it’s almost like Tony Romo has progressively become a worse NFL QB.

My biggest criticism of Tony Romo is he doesn’t seem to have the heart or dogged determination that you need out of your QB if you’re going to win the big games. He hasn’t proven to be clutch in the big ones, quite the opposite actually, which is something you either have or don’t. It’s not something that can be taught, which might be the biggest concern for Cowboys fans. It’s not like he doesn’t have talent, but that’s only part of the equation.

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2 Responses to “Tony Dorsett Calls Out Tony Romo”

  1. unapologeticallyalpha Says:

    Same points I have been trying to make…although MUCH better written here.

  2. bobbymyers Says:

    Thanks for the comment!

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