This offseason has certainly been an interesting one for NFL quarterbacks. First we had Joe Flacco say that he is the best quarterback in the game and recently people have been debating about whether or not Tony Romo is in the top five.
KC Joyner of ESPN recently made his case as to why Romo is a top five quarterback. His claims have sparked a debate that I hope to finish. This article will show you why the Dallas Cowboys signal-caller is not top five at his position.
The first reason Tony Romo is not a top five quarterback is because of the veteran competition around him. Tom Brady and Peyton Manning are two legendary quarterbacks that will be put ahead of him until they retire.
On top of those two, you have Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees who are also statistically better than Romo in just about every category. That right there puts four people ahead of Romo without even considering some of the other great quarterbacks in the league.
Secondly we will look at Romo’s efficiency (or lack thereof) in the post-season. Romo has made it to the playoffs three times in his career, appearing in four games with a record of 1-3. In 2009 he had a quarterback rating of 85.5; in 2007 it was 64.7 and who could forget the botched hold against the Seattle Seahawks in 2006.
The Cowboys had a 19-yard field goal attempt with just over a minute left in the game and Romo, the holder, fumbled the ball. He tried to pick it up and run, but was tackled on the one-yard line. They would lose the game by one point. It is hard to see Tony Romo as a top five quarterback when he has one career playoff win. Ben Roethlisberger has played in three Super Bowls and Eli Manning has been an MVP for two of them.
Lastly, let’s take a look at the regular season. Romo has a record of 47-30 in his career which translates into a .610 win percentage. Aside from the quarterbacks that have been mentioned, Phillip Rivers, Joe Flacco, Matt Ryan and even guys like Donovan McNabb and Vince Young all have higher win percentages.
Basically what is being said here is that no matter what is being looked at–statistics, accolades or regular season performance–there are several quarterbacks in each department ahead of Tony Romo. If you want to make an argument for him, then one can also be made for guys like Flacco and Ryan.
I realize that it is the offseason and some writers may be running out of topics to cover now that free agency and the draft are over, but this is an argument that does not need to be started. Tony Romo is not a top five quarterback and still has a lot to prove if he wants to be considered one.