Posted November 27, 2013

Cowboys’ Tony Romo appears on Dec. 2 cover of Sports Illustrated

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Tony Romo appears on the Dec. 2 cover of Sports Illustrated.

Tony Romo appears on the Dec. 2 cover of Sports Illustrated. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Why does America hate Tony Romo? That’s the question posed by the cover story of this week’s issue of Sports Illustrated.

The Cowboys’ quarterback is rarely included in the discussion of elite QBs. He probably wouldn’t even make the top five. But S.L. Price details why Romo “deserves your unconditional love.”

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“On paper, Romo ranks among the finest,” Price writes. “A supposed choker, he has the best fourth-quarter passer rating in the regular season (102.5) of any QB, ever, and his 11 game-winning drives since 2011 — the latest a 14-play march on the road, with Romo connecting on six of nine attempts for 67 yards, in the final 4:45 to set up the winning field goal against the Giants on Sunday — lead the league. This season, the 6-foot-2, 236-pound Romo has thrown just seven interceptions while being lodged, as usual, among the NFL leaders in completion percentage (64.2, eighth), TDs (23, fourth) and passer rating (97.2, seventh).”

With Romo at the helm, the Cowboys sit 6-5, first in the NFC East. They’ll look to extend that lead when they host the Oakland Raiders on Thanksgiving (4:30 p.m. ET).

50 comments
MikePoovey
MikePoovey

as i sit here drinking my coffee and reading this article and looking  the comments look all of ya ive been a fan since 77 seen the highs and ive seen the lows with being a loyal fan but im so disappointed with the loosing i could cry, makes me sick we keep hearing year in and year out bout what this team can and cant do,,,,a Romo fan i was,,you can go and set all the records you want to regular season but what matters in the end?  the trophy thats right, this team can not and will not win a SB with tony , im sorry. to many  mis functions in the end oh not to mention as much as i hate to say it i agree with TO i think WE as cowboy fans have seen the last of the dare devil ,yes its unfortunate JJ gave him all that mad $$$$$$$ before the season i said when i heard about it ,,,i would have made him play for it ,,(108) ,55 milly come on man,, you got to be kidding,,for 1 playoff win wow is what i said,,make all the arguments you want im to a point where i want to see the team we had in the 90's but we wont ,,salary caps,,,,30 million over it,,, players want to leave, defense ,,,need i say more?  o line? THE GENERAL MGR? THE OWNER? THE SIDESHOW?  ive been to see jerrys world its a wonderful place.  but build all you want as big as you want its not going to change not winning. period.  i see fans cry out to JJ me being 1 of them , please retire ,,,go fishing,,, go do something beside not managing YOUR team jerry ...you cant draft like jimmy, you over spend, you have the mind of a 40 yr old man ,,,come on man...this is some of your best work,,,really jerry?  you need to take a long deep look in t he mirror and ask yourself are you really happy with loosing?  i dont think so, o just have to throw in and your in favor of expanding to 14 teams in the post season,,,,,im sure..hell you cant even win the division just like the last 4 years...all i can say is thanks for the memories jerry...

TeddyGoldstein
TeddyGoldstein

Where was this fluff piece for McNabb? I do not recall anyone coming to Donovan's defense like this and McNabb has won way more playoff games than Tony Romo. 


kjfoto
kjfoto

Romo just shot all kinds of holes in this argument.

TedKellison
TedKellison

I've been spending way too much time over the years using these same stats to explain to people like my Dad, or anyone bagging on him that Romo is Greatness! It's almost exhausting with the amount of Romo haters out there.

The man is a Jedi Knight! The way he gets out of trouble when the always suspect offensive line, or running back misses their blocks, and he is able to get positive yards by flipping it out, or hitting the one receiver paying attention to him then running for pay dirt. He makes S*** happen! and puts you on the edge of your seat while doing it. Football is a team sport which means he can't block for himself, he can't catch the ball, he can't stop the defense from giving up 20+ points in the fourth quarter. He has team mates that are supposed to do that, which almost consistently put him in the position of having to win the game single handedly when it shouldn't come down to that. Last time I checked, football isn't Golf, and it takes a TEAM to win , not just one man. He just so happens to have the most important position in all of sports. The QB of The Dallas Cowboys. Like it, or not, it is the most high pressure spot to be in so it makes it easy for everyone to dog pile him for the one mistake he might make in a game when it shouldn't even had come down to it if his team played on the same level he plays, and holds himself to. I might be drinking Cowboys kool-aid, but like I said before. Romo is a Jedi Knight, and deserve all of our respect, and maybe, just maybe a Super Bowl ring to go along with it.

Long live Romo, and Go Cowboys!

Fred24
Fred24

SI - touche!  Takes more guts to combat sheer stupidity and ignorance than go along with it. This guy is really something else, considering his very humble beginnings (undrafted). If there is one QB today that deserves a SB ring is Romo, because he has had to carry the team over and over with limited support. He has NEVER, ever complained, never blames anyone and never makes excuses. Easy to ~respect~.

oldirishman@msn.com
oldirishman@msn.com

To this "Old Irishman" who's family is mostly anti Romo, anti Jones and to a great extent has been anti Cowboy since Jerry fired Landry, I like the Cowboys and consider Romo alone with Akiman, the two best Cowboy QBs in the teams history. Yes, I know Roger has his place, but, like Akiman, had the equally  talented and healthily troops at his side. Iook forward to Romo setting more and more records and maybe, just maybe with healthy teammates, getting the ring they work for,

CherylDarby
CherylDarby

If you want to prause Romo, fine. Why is it necessary to bash Peyton Manning in the process?

RamblinRoyce
RamblinRoyce

His stats are great, he performs well, and he's a good quarterback.  Nay, a great quarterback.  He's better than 90% of all quarterbacks in the NFL, which has the best football players in the world (though America is mainly the only country that plays American Football).  Thus, he is one of the best quarterbacks and one of the best football players in the world.  His main faults are his demeanor, and his uncanny ability to choke and/or have bad luck at key moments in key games.

Also, it's just fun to pick on somebody and ridicule them, even though he's stronger, more athletic, more famous, and better looking than you.  It's fun to see someone like that fail.  Andit makes for great drama, cuz ya never know what's going to happen.  In fact, watching Peyton and Brady is fun because it's impressive to watch their ability to manage and control an offense and march the ball down the field.  But it's more fun watching Romo because he's capable of performing similarly, with the added twist of not knowing if some drastic, disastrous event may unfold before your eyes.  It's like watching a train wreck.  And though he's really not that bad, and his stats are good, watching him play is compelling because ya never know...

It's Awesome!  IMO, best quarterback ever!!! ... to watch when ya wanna see fans go from cheering at the top of their lungs, and then a millisecond later, to wanting to tear their eyes and hair out...HAHAHAHA!

LONG LIVE ROMO!

TeeCee
TeeCee

It's a joke why other QBs are not subjected to the same scrutiny. Let's compare the supposedly best QB of ALL TIMES, Peyton. His atrocious playoff record since he won his one and only Super Bowl is 2 and 7 - exactly one more win than Romo in the same time span. In those 7 games, there are FOUR one and outs (Career total is 8, ouch)! For a QB who is arguably the best ever, that is beyond unacceptable. With so much expectation and so much hype, I would be livid if I was a fan of Peyton. But no one ever complains about Peyton, he is the best, period. Really? If he is the best, then I would argue that he should win every year, just about. But then you Peyton lovers would say it's a team sport and he doesn't play defense (esp. Cornerback) while you somehow believe that apparently Romo does...

JohnMatuszak
JohnMatuszak

McGloin is going to show this clown what a real QB looks like..Raiders 38, Cows 13

UnishowponyWherebeef
UnishowponyWherebeef

How surrealistic!

sportsillustrated.com has an article about Tony Romo being on the cover of the Sports Illustrated magazine.

Newsworthy stuff, this is...

H958886
H958886

I can think of about 20 players, coaches, and front office staff I have more issue with than Tony Romo. He's been one of these few bright spots in this dysfunctional franchise and sadly unappreciated. And they're leaning on him more than ever now, because they can't run the ball or pass protect for him, or avoid penalties. 

Maybe after he's beaten into retirement they'll find someone better, but odds are that they won't for a very long time. Decades maybe. After all he was the best QB to come out in the '03 draft class (and was better than anyone in the '02 class as well). 

fmfrijoles
fmfrijoles

Because come WEEK 17....the Cowboys will be playing the Eagles for the NFC EAST Title (and the only NFC EAST team playoff appearance of 2013)....


And it will be the EAGLES going....because of something horrid that ROMO does at a key moment in the game. Mark my word.

RickDunlap2
RickDunlap2

Romo, undrafted and all has been a big reason why the Boys arent worse than .500 over the last few years...

No running game, terrible defense, absolutely horrible coaching and play calling....terrible meddling by the owner and all his ilk...and he still never lets the cat out of the bag, works hard, never shirks his responsibilities for good or bad plays...never acts like a celebrity punk...

Great guy in my book.  Easy to blame him, but its misguided.

By the way, the year he had those top defenses, 13-3...he did great for the comments above..11 men on offense, 11 on D, 11 on special teams...one guy doesnt totally control the good or bad...


paulssanto
paulssanto

It drives me insane when i hear people get on Tony Romo's case. The team is responsible for putting him in many positions with a minute left on the clock. And he pulls it off a lot of the time. There are a lot of factors such as questionable play calling to his offensive line. Remember Troy had forever to sit in the pocket. That team that won 3 Super Bowls was full of weapons. Give Tony that kind of team...

rbeane1956
rbeane1956

Great the cover of SI! He most likely will get injured tomorrow! The Curse lives!

bartleby'sdog
bartleby'sdog

Romo is a top QB in the NFL. Winning takes a team. It's amazing what he's done with what Jerry Jones has given him.

MarcMatheny
MarcMatheny

I hope Tony Romo plays for the Cowboys for the next 25 years.  Then I'd be assured that the Cowboys would continue to stink.

SteveMehlman
SteveMehlman

"Hating" Tony Romo really isn't about Tony himself.  It's a symptom of the hate many NFL fans have toward the Cowboys franchise--the results of the constant hype about a team that has not been a real Super Bowl contender for more than a decade. 

I will always remember the response of long-time Raiders linebacker Phil Villapiano when he first heard the Cowboys referred to as "America's Team."  He said: "Where the hell are we from, Guatemala?"

Yes, the Cowboys have a storied past, just like the 49ers, Redskins, Packers and Steelers. But they aren't deserving of the recent hype--and that's what fans resent. 



bilbowd9
bilbowd9

He reminds me of Archie Manning-A great QB with a horrible offensive line and defense

John64
John64

Yes, we're all well aware that QBs don't win or lose games all by themselves, but for all his gaudy career passing stats (64,7 comp%, 95.8 rating), he has never led the NFL in a single passing category (except INTs in 2012).  And big passing stats do not necessarily equal greatness.

Fair or not, it's the postseason where elite QBs are separated from the also-rans.  Romo is just 1-3 in the four most important games of his life.  

The first one, vs SEA, he botched a FG snap and literally lost the game all by himself.  The second one, vs NYG, he completed a woeful 50% and posted a 64.7 passer rating. Horrible.

The third one, vs PHIL, he played great (65.7%, 244 yds, 2 TDs, 0 INTs, 104.9 rating) and won his first playoff game.

The very next week, vs MIN,  he fumbled three times and threw an INT in a 34-3 embarrassment.

And that's not even mentioning all the classic bonehead moments he's had at the ends of countless regular season losses.  

No, Tony Romo does NOT deserve my unconditional love.  He deserves my vitriol.   


TedKellison
TedKellison

Oh yeah, small update. My Dad is actually starting to show him support. He did the same thing when Aikman came into the league, and was injured quite often at the beginning. I told him how great he'd be, and now he loves Troy as much as he does Roger. It's good to see him coming around for Tony as well.

Fred24
Fred24

@RamblinRoyce We;; said - he is just fun to watch play. I mean - excitement. The way he escapes and then pulls another miracle off - I mean fun. Plus he is a VERY good person to boot. 

grkorbel
grkorbel

@fmfrijoles Why should anyone take your prediction to the bank? Are you going to tell us you saw the financial sink hole of 2007 coming? Prediction is easy, isn't it, before something happens and easier after it happens. If the Eagles lose you'll be harder to find than Jimmy hoffa.

Ringsthething1
Ringsthething1

@RickDunlap2 Yes, he is just good enough to keep amateur GM Jerry building mediocre teams instead of losing badly enough to get some top picks which is how most Super Bowl teams get an edge in the salary cap era. That is what Romo does, plays well enough to keep us mediocre while never being able to lift the team in the playoffs like truly elite qbs. 

Reminds me of the old saying "with friends like that, who needs enemies." 

Ringsthething1
Ringsthething1

@paulssanto You are right about one thing, supporting Romo for the first ever 8th team around him after being only able to win one playoff game in 7 years as a starter is insane. 


No gm in NFL history but, the silly Jerry Jones, has tried that.

grkorbel
grkorbel

@MarcMatheny


It might be a good time to start getting use to disappointment but then again I have this hunch that this post is the result of your almost tragic familiarity with being disppointed in love and in your career.

charlie.w.ingram
charlie.w.ingram

@SteveMehlman Sort of like the Yankees, no? Like it or not they are what the fans say they are. As long as the fans make them the #1 memorabilia selling machine they are, they will be America's Team. The thing that makes Tony so maddening is he is so good, and yet the team doesn't always win and, sometimes, in an effort to make some super-human come-back, he throws a pick. Like it or not he is the #1 statistical QB in Dallas history, but if he throws one pick he's a bum. Amazing! Didn't Peyton throw a pick to end the Bronco's playoff run last year? I saw Aikman throw 3 interceptions in three plays in a loss at Cowboy Stadium, but he is a God because he won 3 SuperBowls with 3 amazing teams. Not to put too fine a point on it, Romo's got butkus. All those come-backs were because his defense gave away the win at the end leaving him to mount a come-back with just minutes to go. I think he is a great QB on an average to below average team. Give him credit where credit is due. I think this article did just that.

greezythumb
greezythumb

Dude you have no idea what you're talking about. That's playoff versus the giants was lost by Patrick Crayton, a dropped pass for a first down on a crucial forth were play. then Tony threw him a perfect strike for a TD, but Patrick stopped running while the ball was in mid air. The Vikings game was lost by the offensive line. They have up 6 sacks and 10 hurries. That's the game that caused Jerry to rebuild the offensive line. you don't like Tony, that's cool but get your facts right.

RickKusturin
RickKusturin

@John64  And yet you don't see the same type of vitriol heaped upon Philip Rivers who hasn't done well in playoffs either. As a Cowboy Fan, I can say the Boys drive me crazy with their inconsistency, but I've come to the conclusion that it's the team that is at fault and not Romo. The team's inability to finish games, to play well consistently, put Romo in the position of having to save the day.

ericb309
ericb309

@John64 , hate his field goal holding skills all you want, as a qb, he does deserve more respect then he is shown.

grkorbel
grkorbel

@Ringsthething1 @paulssanto


Insanity is a legal term not a medical one. Now, dementia may be the one you're looking for and given the hate you have for Jones, the chances are half your brain has been eaten away by the neurotoxins unrestrained contempt produces.

TeeCee
TeeCee

@paulssanto How many wins do you think Peyton has in 7 years? 2! That's one more than Romo. For someone who supposed to win every game, what would you call that? Insanest?

Ringsthething1
Ringsthething1

@greezythumb Romo is also 1 of 6 in win or go home games.

He has "led" his team to missing the playoffs 4 of the last 5 years. He has a worse won/loss record his last 2 years as Dallas' starting qb than Quincy Carter did his last 2 years as the Dallas Starter. 


He is the ONLY qb to start for a team for 7 years and win only one playoff game and get built around by the team for an 8th year. Of course, he has Jerry the amateur GM making that call or he would probably have not survived the three int game v Washington last year to lose the playoffs for them yet again.

greezythumb
greezythumb

Sorry for typos. Trying to do multiple things at the same time.

Ringsthething1
Ringsthething1

@RickKusturin @John64 Romo has had all pro Offensive lineman, top rushing offenses, a top 3 defense one year, and he always finds a way to make more bad plays than the competiton's qb and lose the game. 


He is the Greg Norman of the NFL. In pressure moments, give him a 30 foot putt and he'll get within a foot. Give him a six foot putt and he'll get you to two inches. Give him a six inch putt, and he'll lip it out. 


Some guys have the intangibles it takes to raise their game under pressure,and some guys crater. 


In games where he is tied or within 7 points on last game drives, his qb rating is 75. He doesn't RISE to challenges and pressures, he gets smaller. The opposite of what champions are made of.

Ringsthething1
Ringsthething1

@RickDunlap2 @Ringsthething1 @greezythumb 

Last year when Garrett tried to run the ball enough to establish the run, Romo told the press about the "war over over offensive philosophy." Romo won that war over the offseason contract negotiations with Jerry. This year there is one team in the league running fewer run plays than Romo's offense. 

Ringsthething1
Ringsthething1

@H958886 @Ringsthething1 @RickKusturin @John64  

 The year Eli took the Giants to a Super Bowl, Romo had a better rated defense and a running game that averaged more yards per rush. But, Eli got hot in December, beat Romo twice and took his team to a Super Bow because Romo will find a way to miss a big pressure putt however close the rest of his team gets him to the hole. 

H958886
H958886

@Ringsthething1 @RickKusturin @John64 Perfect example, the old ESPN "Tony Romo in December" bit. They're 15 and 17, right. Not the Cowboys, but Tony Romo personally. 

Well since 2009, his personal December stats are 27 TDs and 4 INT with some ridiculous efficiency rating. How do you reconcile that with their W/L over the same period? Because that's extremely efficient football, and in an objective sense (not the armchair "eye test" sense). 

Most media abandoned the whole December-Romo thing after the trend changed, but I guess it still sticks. You're talking about the first three years as a starter though. 


H958886
H958886

@Ringsthething1 @RickKusturin @John64 Cowboys haven't had an All-Pro lineman in years. And when they did, they were guys like Leonard Davis and Flozell Adams at the tail of their careers. Flozell was an overrated penalty machine that stopped at least one drive a game. Davis was chased off the team. And don't forget Gurode who couldn't snap. They were a horribly overrated bunch you were probably laughing at when it was convenient for a different argument. 

But that was years ago. The Romo-era Cowboys has only ever produced one 1,000-yard rusher and all of those lineman have long since went on to be backups then out of the league. Fair to point out that they went 4 seasons winning 9 to 13 games though. 

These days you've got busted draft after busted draft, high picks wasted on players like Felix Jones, Mike Jenkins, Martellus Bennett, Bobby Carpenter, Marcus Spears, and now Morris Claiborne and apparently the new TE they insist on drafting in the 2nd. Failed free agent after failed free agent. Atrocious coaching and play-calling. No cap room. Guys like Sean Lee and DeMarco Murray and Miles Austin who are supposed to be stars but can't stay healthy, same with Ratliff and both guards they signed. Nose tackles who kill teammates. Let's not forget the Roy Williams trade either. Now a defensive scheme change which is supposed to solve everything. 

But blame Romo. Who arguably has performed better, as the team has degraded and aged around him.