Joe Theismann finally said what so many football fans have been thinking after the Bears crush the Cowboys on Monday Night Football game earlier this week.
“Tony (Romo)’s not a very good quarterback.”
These are the words we were waiting for an NFL analyst to finally speak, because they are true.
On Tuesday morning, Theismann joined the Brady and Lang in the Morning show on SportsNet 590 The Fan, to discuss his thoughts on a couple different NFL topics, but Romo and the Cowboys received the spotlight.
For the past few seasons, Romo has been regarded as one of the top quarterbacks in the league, never being compared to guys like Peyton Manning or Tom Brady, but to quarterbacks like Joe Flacco and Matt Schaub.
After Monday night’s performance, I’m not sure Romo deserves to be in the same conversation as Alex Smith at this point.
It’s not just the fact that Romo threw five interceptions against the Chicago Bears. There are several reasons why Romo shouldn’t be regarded as one of the league’s top dogs.
Maybe it’s because Romo’s touchdown to interception ratio is 1.925/1. Or perhaps because the Cowboys have only won the NFC East Division twice since 2005.
Maybe it’s because, under Romo, the Cowboys have only won one playoff game. Or, better yet, because they’ve only played in four total postseason games since 2006.
Whatever you find to be the most interesting reason is fine, but the numbers don’t lie. Let’s face it, Romo is a guy who tries to do way too much and fails way to often.
Go ahead, throw the other numbers at me. The statistics that show he has passed for over 21,000 yards and 154 touchdowns. Or perhaps that his career passer rating, at a 96.9, is one of the highest of all-time.
Those are pretty much irrelevant, especially in a “what have you done for me lately,” league.
The one stat that I will give you: 50-35, which is Romo’s career record as a starter for the Cowboys.
But even that number seems a bit misleading.
In the end, Theismann’s statements about Romo were warranted. It has seemed that for so many years, fans of the NFL and the Cowboys have been waiting for him to break out of his shell and lead Dallas back to a Super Bowl.
While that hasn’t happened, Romo always appeared to receive a “pass” from football fans and analysts, continuing to be considered one of the NFL’s best quarterbacks without truly proving himself.
Now that Romo is starting to severely struggle and fans are beginning to take notice, it will be interesting to see if Jerry Jones keeps the three-time Pro Bowler as his lead play-caller if this season doesn’t turn around.