In his ESPN.com article The two faces of Tony Romo, Jeremy Mills writes about the good and the bad that comes with Tony Romo quarterbacking in Dallas. He calls out some great accomplishments and stats from this weekend’s Denver Broncos game and he lists some things under what he calls the Romo-coaster. It’s the up and down, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde personas that Cowboy fans have been subjected to for years now. There was one stat that jumped out to me from that article that I wanted to share and talk about…
If this isn’t a telling, trending tidbit I really don’t know what is. Try this on for size:
Romo’s lone interception Sunday was the 23rd fourth-quarter interception of his career. The Cowboys have lost the last eight games in which Romo has thrown a fourth-quarter interception, with six of those losses coming by seven points or fewer.
Yes sports fan, specifically us Dallas fans. Romo has thrown the ball away 23 times in the fourth-quarter over the course of his career. Eight of those cost us the game. I know Tony isn’t responsible for all 23 interceptions, to be fair, because receivers do run the wrong routes sometimes, or give up on a play, and with timing routes where the ball is thrown before the receiver gets to his spot that can spell disaster.
When something happens once, you deal with it. When it happens again you can even say it’s a coincidence. When something happens three and four times you might have a pattern or a trend right? Let’s say that we give Romo a pass, for one reason or another, on half the 23 interceptions. That’s 11 or 12 fourth-quarter giveaways when it hurts most and the majority of those (8 to be exact) have directly resulted in the loss. How many more chances does Tony Romo have? How many more mistakes and miscues does he get before we can say with certainty what many are already saying. Tony Romo isn’t the guy.
If you want to read the whole article by Jeremy Mills click here.