“He’s the best quarterback in the league,” Dallas Cowboys Defensive Lineman Jason Hatcher said of Tony Romo 14 days ago.
So there’s at least one person alive who believes Tony Romo is the best QB on the planet.
Scientologists believe Xenu, the dictator of the “Galactic Confederacy,” 75 million years ago brought billions of his people to Earth (then known as “Teegeeack”) in a DC-8-like spacecraft, stacked them around volcanoes and killed them using hydrogen bombs.
Between the two beliefs, I think the Scientologists are realistic and plausible than Hatcher. However, Tony Romo isn’t as bad as I thought. He had to do pretty much everything for Dallas on Sunday, and he almost pulled it out.
Yes, Tony Romo threw the ball into the opponents’ hands at the very end in crunch time.
This time was different though. Romo set career highs for passing yards and TD passes and engineered an offense that scored 48 points. He did everything he had to do and more to come very close to knocking off the best team in the NFL. Tony Romo doesn’t play defense for a unit that gave up 51 points.
CBS NFL Today Analyst Steve Beuerlein:
“I respect Tony Romo for everything that he does. He moves around great. He makes plays that very few quarterbacks in the league can make. But at the same time… (First, you’re thinking) ‘Tony Romo is winning me over. He’s going to win big in a big game.’ (Then) ‘Oh my goodness! What happened? He did it again?’ He has thrown more interceptions to end big ballgames than any quarterback that I’ve ever seen.”
So Beuerlein pretty much agrees with me: Tony Romo still isn’t there. But he we need to cut him a little slack. He’s no All-Star; but he doesn’t deserve the critiques he receives.
Paul M. Banks is the owner of The Sports Bank.net, an affiliate of Fox Sports. An analyst for 95.7 The Fan and 1620 The Zone, he also writes for Chicago Now. Follow him on Twitter (@paulmbanks), Facebook, and RSSPowered by Sidelines Follow paulmbanks