I was watching one of my favorite shows yesterday, on ESPN Sportscenter. Ron Jaworski was putting his ranking on Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo. Out of 32 quarterbacks in the National Football League (NFL), Ron JaworskiÃ‚Â placed Tony Romo at the number 15 spot. I had to hit the record button so I could replay the segment back a few times to make sure I understood his reasoning.
The main thing Ron pointed out was the Washington Redskins game: Tony RomoÃ‚Â was interceptedÃ‚Â with just over three minutes left in the game. In addition to the two interceptions that he threw during the early part of the game. I took that comment with a grain of salt. I had to agree that last interception hit like a ton of bricks. However, it was not as if Tony Romo threw the pass directly into the numbers of Rob Jackson. No one mentions the crappy Ã¢â‚¬Å“roughing the passerÃ¢â‚¬Â call inside the 5 yard-line when the Dallas Cowboys defense kept the Redskins out of the end zone. Thus giving them three more downs inside the five with a little over a minute left in the game. Ron JaworskiÃ‚Â did praise Tony Romo for his near flawless play against the New Orleans Saints. Ron said he loves the talent Tony Romo has, but his inconsistent play makes him only the 15th ranked quarterback in the NFL. This statement stuck with me the rest of the night:
Tony Romo is ranked number 15 out of 32 quarterbacks in the NFL according to Ron Jaworski.
Who in the world is THIS guy ranking quarterbacks? So off I went to do my research on Mr. Ronald Vincent Ã¢â‚¬Å“JawsÃ¢â‚¬Â Jaworski.
Drafted in the second round (Pick 37) of the 1973 NFL draft, Ron JaworskiÃ‚Â played for four teams in his NFL career: the Los Angeles Rams, Philadelphia Eagles, Miami Dolphins, and Kansas City Chiefs. While with the Rams, Ron JaworskiÃ‚Â was the third string quarterback; he only started three games. Traded to the Eagles in 1977, Ron became their immediate starter. When you look at Ron JaworskiÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s stats while he was a part of the Philadelphia Eagles, you have to shake your head. For the 10 years he was in Philadelphia, the Eagles only amassed 4 winning seasons, all in a row (1978-81). Ron did manage to get the Eagles to the Superbowl (SB XV) against the Oakland Raiders. The Eagles lost 27-10. Ron Jaworskis’ playoff record with the Eagles stands at 4-4. As a starter with the Eagles, Ron finished with a record of 69-67-1.
After Philadelphia, Jaworski signed with the Miami Dolphins as a back-up to their franchise quarterback Dan Marino. Ron saw absolutely no action during the 1987 season and very limited action in 1988. He moved on to the Kansas City Chiefs in 1989. Placed into a three quarterback-mixing carousel with Steve DeBergÃ‚Â and Steve Pelluer, Ron Jaworski retired after the 1989 season. When asked to return to the Philadelphia Eagles in 1991 due to the loss of Randall Cunningham, Ron turned them down.
During Ron JaworskiÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 17 year NFL career, his stats are middle of the pack. Since he spent the most time with the Philadelphia Eagles, I will just use the stats from those 10 years: 4 seasons with over 3,000 yards passing (1980-81, 1983, 1985); one NFC East Title (1980); one NFC Conference Championship (1980); one Superbowl appearance (1980); four trips to the playoffs (1978-81); a 3-4 playoff record; a 69-67-1 record as a starter; and a quarterback rating of 74.0 (72.8 over his career). So I wonder, how is he an authority on quarterbacks in the NFL today? I understand Ron is the resident quarterback at ESPN (like they will ask Trent Dilfer, HA). I will say I cannot knock Jaws because he does his homework. It is not always correct but he does his homework. I just think Tony Romo is getting a very bum deal on his ratings chart.
Dallas Cowboys fans know Tony Romo would put on a show if he had the proper time to throw the ball down field. Behind this very questionable offensive line, letÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s look at a few of his stats:Ã‚Â 2nd in pass completions (425);Ã‚Â 3rd in passing attempts (648); 3rd in yards (4,903);Ã‚Â 3rd in yards per game (306.4);Ã‚Â 6th in touchdowns (28); andÃ‚Â tied for 1stÃ‚Â in interceptions (19) with Drew Brees.
With these stats, Ron JaworskiÃ‚Â and other analysts refuse to say Tony Romo is an elite quarterback. The stats show Tony is in the top 10 in all the major quarterback categories for 2012; remember that 2012 was one of his worst seasons of late. As far as career goes:Romo is 5th all time in career passer rating at 95.6. (Jaworski comes in at 116th (72.8) and hasÃ‚Â a post season PR of 63.4!) Tony Romo is up there with Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, Eli Manning, Ben Roethlisberger, and a few others who have won a super bowl.
Oh I forgot. His playoff record is not so hot. Has anyone checked out Peyton ManningÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s playoff record? Peyton is 9-11 overall in the playoffs (3-6 before the Superbowl year/2-5 after). The interesting part is: he has zero wins in 8 of his appearances. (Romo only has 3 appearances and has a win). How about Drew BreesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ playoff record? Drew is 5-3 overall (1-2 Before the Superbowl year/ 1-2 after)? Matt Ryan just received his first playoff victory this past season. His playoff record is now 1-4 but people place him ahead of Tony Romo. I just do not understand. Maybe I am missing something. LetÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s seeÃ¢â‚¬Â¦. Do they take the offensive lines and running game into consideration before rating the quarterback? I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t think so. Do they take into consideration the strength of the teamÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s defense to hold off the opposing offense? I do not think so.
Being taught football is a team sport as a young child, it amazes me how people judge the success or lack thereof of an entire team just on the quarterback. Well, I learn something new every day. I guess the saying is true, when a team wins, the quarterback receives too much of the credit, but if they lose they take all the blame.
So I will say, in the world according to Ron Jaworski, it is Tony RomoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s fault the Dallas Cowboys rank 31st in the NFL in total rushing. The Cowboys scored only 8 rushing touchdowns in 2012 because of Tony Romo. Last but not least, Tony Romo needs to learn to stay in the pocket more because 36 sacks in a season is unacceptable! Take those sacks like a man and stand your ground. All of that running around avoiding those 300 plus pound defensive linemen every game is unnecessary. Lets not forget the 72 knockdowns. Tony Romo also needs to stop running his routes wrong and committing false starts on 3rd and short. Most importantly: Tony Romo needs to stop giving up so many big plays on defense. I mean hey, if he didn’t allow 25 points a game, the Cowboys just might make the playoffs. After all, the rookie Russel Wilson only allowed 15.3 points per game.
One of these days, people will stop judging Tony Romo by the Star he wears on his helmet. They will take a look at theÃ‚Â entire picture that is the Dallas Cowboys. They will see the type of offensive line Tony depends on to protect him. The way he has to scramble to stay on his feet while looking down field for the open man. The fact the running game in Dallas in very inconsistent does not help Tony Romo in any way. I would like Ron Jaworski or any other analyst to imagine Tom Brady in this Dallas Cowboys offense. How well do you think Tom would do? I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t think any one of them would answer that question honestly.
What do you guys think? Where does Tony Romo rate against other NFL QB’s?