In a new segment called “A Season In Review”, I will take a look at every starter’s year in review. In this first installment, I will start with the most important player to the Dallas Cowboys in Tony Romo. The Eastern Illinois product brought this injury-riddled team to an 8-7 record before losing to the Philadelphia Eagles in the final week of the season for the third consecutive year. But, Romo was not able to play that win-or-go-home game because of an ailing back injury.
Romo had to put up with one of the worst defenses in NFL history, but he still managed to keep this team afloat. Many will ridicule Tony Romo because of the massive contract extension he signed at the end of the 2013 season. But, Romo’s year in 2013 silenced many of his critics. Let’s take a look at Romo’s numbers in 2013.
In 15 games (all stats courtesy of NFL.com:
- Completions/attempts: 342/535
- Completion percentage: 63.9%
- 3,828 passing yards
- 31 touchdowns to 10 interceptions
- Quarterback rating: 96.7%
With better protection up front, Romo had an excellent year in terms of efficiency and production. While he didn’t throw for as many yards, he definitely would have cracked 4,000 if he played against the Eagles. A reason for his effectiveness could be because of DeMarco Murray‘s career year.
It is also important to note that Romo suffered from a back problem that he had surgery on over the summer. Romo is a true warrior as he has played through multiple fractured ribs and even a punctured lung. In fact, Romo is recovering right now from a surgery he had for a herniated disc.
In my opinion, getting a quarterback in May’s draft should be on the Cowboys’ wish list. That way, a guy can sit behind Romo and develop until Romo hangs up his cleats. I fully expect Romo to be ready for week one of the 2014 NFL season. Many Cowboy fans still loathe Romo, but he is the reason why they are always in ballgames. It isn’t Romo’s fault that the defense allowed 51 points to the Denver Broncos, and it isn’t his fault that the defense allowed Matthew Stafford to make a last-minute game-winning drive. The defense needs to be addressed, not Tony Romo.
While there are many needs for this football team, drafting a quarterback would be crucial for the future. Tony Romo is 32 years old, and there is no certainty that he will be able to play out his contract with all of his back problems. Regardless, Tony Romo had one of the best years of his career in 2013.
Final Grade: B+
No. 9 had a great statistical year in 2013, but he didn’t throw enough opportunities for jump balls. Having a physical receiver on the outside like Dez Bryant is basically a quarterback’s best friend. I fully expect Romo to throw to Dez next year early and even more often.