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A Season In Review: Tony Romo


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.

Romo still has many years left to do great things with Dez Bryant, Jason Witten, and Terrance Williams. But, that doesn’t mean the Cowboys shouldn’t look for his successor.

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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.

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  • Chesney Blair

    Yeah he leads his team to 8-7 record and gets a B+ precisely one of the reasons why we are such a mediocre team in the first place. What about his ypa average of 7.2 that is not statically one of his better years? Cowboys did well against the team they should but soon as those opponents were any good we folded. Again and again. You are judged by how many games you win, and Romo hasn’t won any significant games as a qb, do you think he will now as a 34 year old? He gets a C.

    • Ryan Ratty

      First, thanks for the comment. A lot of his low YPA had to do with how he wanted to throw less turnovers. How can you grade Romo if he has never had a good running game or an even decent defense?

      • Chesney Blair

        No problem. Thanks for writing. I see his ypa dip as Romo knew he couldn’t hit it deep. He missed deep throws as well and never really touched it afterwards. Are you saying he didn’t have a good running game? Romo is not that good of a quarterback in my opinion. I want you to tell me two things. A game where he won over an above five hundred team and a play he passed over 40 yards.

        • Chesney Blair

          And a B+ quarterback is 11-5 FFS.

          • Ryan Ratty

            I agree on the fact that didn’t complete a lot of long throws. But I think a lot of that has to do with his back problems. Romo is either a top 10 quarterback or one of the worst quarterbacks in the league, it’s just who you talk to. In my opinion, you have every right to knock on Romo. But, I simply believe that he is the most valuable player on this roster.

          • Chesney Blair

            He is a top ten quarterback statistically but doesn’t win enough games. If someone saying he is one of the quarterbacks they simply don’t know football. Again his play was up and down last year. I didn’t see him do anything spectacular hence the C grade. Drew Brees was a B+ QB last year. Romo is not Brees.

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