We haven’t talked football in awhile.
Let’s remedy that, shall we?
For those of you who don’t know, a neat feature of WordPress is that The Commish and I can see search engine terms that people used to find our blog. Around the Super Bowl, we published a series of posts that attempted to explain the basics of American football for those who have not yet been initiated.
On January 31, 2011, I mentioned Tony Romo in a quick blip about overhyping okay players and NFL Network’s “SoundFX” as a way to fill the hole in your life where football used to be. On February 5, 2011, some search engine strung those terms together and guided some poor individual here, who was in pursuit of “Tony Romo soundbites”.
Well let’s get one thing out there right now, whoever you are: this blog is no friend of Tony Romo.
I don’t care if Tony Romo boasts the fourth-highest all-time passer rating — because the Dallas Cowboys went 14 years without winning a playoff game – 3 of those seasons under Romo’s “leadership”. Romo has been (or had been, if Kitna stays on) helming America’s Team since 2006, and in his 4th season, they finally won a playoff game. And yes, Dallas made the playoffs in 2006 and 2007.
Is Romo good? I can think of worst. But I can think of so much better. Brett Favre, before he so masterfully tarnished his reputation (don’t worry, Brett – I love dinosaurs – I still love you, and you can text me dick pictures any time you want), was – IS – widely considered one of the all-time greats. We’ve been witness to one of the greatest quarterback rivalries in the course of the past decade (Manning > Brady, and no, you will not convince me otherwise). We’ve got Brees, Rivers (the Decatur Dreamboat is so underrated), Roethlisberger. Rodgers is official now. Matt Ryan is leading the next class of elite QBs which has to include Sam Bradford, Joe Flacco, and Matt Schaub. And that’s to say nothing of the quarterbacks who’ve come before.
The league has long been marching towards its complete evolution into a passing league, and we’ve got a slew of legitimately talented quarterbacks ready to put on a show. And yet the league and its analysts continue to meet up behind the middle school gym, stand in a circle, and collectively jerk it to guys like Romo, Sanchez, and the inexplicable Tebow. The NFL once ran an online feature about the elite quarterbacks of the game today, and it featured Favre, Brady, Manning — and Romo. Huh? I just don’t get it.
Just for fun, let’s look at the career ratings for each of the heartthrobs listed above:
- Aaron Rodgers (6 seasons, with 3 100+ rating seasons, and a 39.8 and 48.2 rating), 98.4
- Philip Rivers (7 seasons, with 4 100+ rating seasons), 97.2
- Tony Romo (8 seasons, only 5 seasons playing), 95.5
- Tom Brady (11 seasons), 95.2
- Peyton Manning (13 seasons), 94.9
- Ben Roethlisberger (7 seasons), 92.5
- Drew Brees (10 seasons), 91.7
- Matt Schaub (7 seasons, including a 41.5 rating in 2004), 91.5
- *Joe Flacco (3 seasons), 87.9
- *Matt Ryan (3 seasons), 86.9
- Brett Favre (3 seasons too many), 86.0
- *Tim Tebow (1 season), 82.1
- *Sam Bradford (1 season), 76.5
- *Mark Sanchez (2 seasons), 70.2
But one thing’s for sure: this is the only “Tony Romo soundbite” that you’re going to see here: