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With Tony Romo Back the Cowboys Should Have More Success in the Air

It happens all too often in the NFL, that QBs tend to get much more credit than they deserve for the team’s success.  They are, of course, the captains of the offense and good QBs are often given the title Field Generals because of this, but there is an entire team around this one player that assist them to their success and their failures. That being said, there are also occasions where the QB isn’t given enough credit for a team’s success, and Tony Romo might be that guy this season.

Before Romo suffered a broken pinkie in week 6 against the Arizona Cardinals, it was highly publicized and pointed out weekly that he was averaging one interception a game.  What is missed is that Romo has completed 60% of his passes, 128 of 200, and was averaging 2.3 TDs thrown and 281 yards a game.

How well does that compare to Brad Johnson’s numbers in his three starts in Romo’s absense?  Brad Johnson in his three starts threw for 427 yards which averages out to 142.3 yards a game, and threw 1.6 interceptions a game.  While Romo’s QB rating is sitting at 103, Brad Johnson’s is sitting at a mere 50.

The real proof sits in the fact that before Romo went down after losing to the Cardinals, the Cowboys sat at 4 and 2 and was averaging 29 points a game, and had not failed to score more than 20 points in any of the games while he was under center.  In the three games Johnson started the Cowboys went 1 and 2, and averaged a mere 13.5 points a game.

The fact is, it’s great to have receiving weapons like Terrell Owens, Roy Williams, and Jason Witten but you have to have someone who can get the ball to them.  The offensive line probably could have played better for Brad Johnson, but I think the biggest part of it was that Romo hid a lot of the flaws of the offensive line with his ability to improvise and his quick release.  With Romo back on the field the Cowboys should have a lot more success in the air, which in turn could cause a lot more success on the ground.

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One Response to “With Tony Romo Back the Cowboys Should Have More Success in the Air”

  1. What does it say about the Redskins that even the Washington Post says Dallas will beat them?

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