In life there are only a few things that truly get me angry, having to watch a Cowboys game three days after it aired because I am in Korea and the Armed Forces Network can only show so many games in a day being one.
The second is having to watch the best Quarterback the Cowboys have had since Troy Aikman take hits from the media and from the fans week in and week out, even in the offseason. The first problem will be rectified in September when I return to the states, the second problem may not have an end in the near future that I can foresee.
If it isn’t bashing him for not winning a playoff game in his first three years as a starter, it’s about how he is distracted from Football because of Jessica Simpson or golfing, it appears everyone thinks he should be on the practice field 24/7 and might ought to even consider pitching a tent there. When he breaks up with Jessica Simpson, well it proves he can’t handle the pressure because she wanted to get married. It seems to me, it doesn’t matter what this guy does, he is going to be bashed for it.
Think about this for a second, Tony Romo’s 10,562 yards passing in his first three seasons as a starter is more than what Troy Aikman and Roger Staubach threw combined. In just three years of playing Romo is already half way to matching Roger Staubach’s career passing yards.
Romo’s completion percentage in his first three years is also higher than both Aikman’s and Staubach’s (though this time not combined). Tony Romo’s 81 TD passes is nearly half way to Aikman’s career TD numbers, and is only 75 away from Staubach’s career. Romo also averages 1.7 touchdowns, to every interception, While Aikman averaged 1.1 and Staubach averaged 1.4. Oh and Tony Romo’s 15 300+ yard games is the most for any Cowboys quarterback career, Aikman had 12 his entire career and Staubach had 5.
What do all those numbers mean though? To the Romo naysayers, absolutely nothing. Bledsoe’s frozen feet, Quincy Carter’s inconsistency along with the entire quarterbacking carousel the Cowboys had since Aikman’s retirement has long been forgotten, and now their is only one person anyone wants to place the blame on for the Cowboys recent woes, Tony Romo.
The defense that has been inconsistent over the last three years, and didn’t really start coming alive until the Tampa Bay game this past season, has been let off the hook. The reality is with great risk comes great reward. The more you throw the ball up in the air the more chance the opposing defenses have at taking the ball away, however it also gives you the greatest chance at scoring a touchdown or picking up a lot of yardage in a short amount of time.
The harshest reality is that reality doesn’t matter to a lot of people. They want the QB and their team to be in the Super Bowl every year, and to them it might as well be Romo’s fault that the Cowboys haven’t won a playoff game since the end of the 90s. Maybe Romo should start taking his offensive line with him everywhere he goes so that they can provide the same protection against ludicrous reporting and narrow minded fans that they do against opposing defenses.