Originally Posted by ROUSH8692
But the NFL Hall of Famer gave Cowboy fans something else to chew on after he sat down for a brief Q&A with a local newspaper. When asked to compare himself to Tony Romo, Aikman was extremely complimentary of the Cowboys' current QB.
"I think Tony already is a better quarterback than I was," Aikman told the Brownsville Herald. "I know how quarterbacks are judged but as far as his play-making ability and the things that he is capable of doing, he is a far more athletic quarterback, capable of making more plays than I ever was able to
I absolutely agree with this statement made by Aikman. QBs are judged, unfairly, by how many SBs their TEAMS won, but Romo is as good a QB as any in the league, that includes both Mannings, Brady, & Brees.
The biggest difference is the supporting cast, particularly the O-Line and the defense. Our defense has sucked for so long it's pathetic. The inability to stop teams down the stretch, to protect a lead, is appalling! And it has gone on for over a decade now.
Romo has put up huge numbers compared with any other Cowboys QB but he shouldn't have had to. Like Aikman, he should have been able to hand off with the confidence that the RB would have holes to run through to get 1st downs and break a few for TDs once in a while. He also should have been able to trust that his O-Line would give him at least a few seconds to find a receiver and get rid of the ball instead of running for his life as soon as he gets the snap (or chases it down when it goes over his head).
Romo has thrown twice as many TDs as INTs in his career (149-72) and this past season the ratio was 3:1 (31-10)! No one else has come close to 2:1 for the Cowboys. He has the highest completion percentage in Cowboys history for a starting QB by 3 full percentage points over Aikman, who is second.
Romo is a great QB regardless of the lack of SBs or playoff success, which are TEAM results. He has been asked to do a heck of a lot more with a heck of a lot less than any of our other primary QBs since Meredith (and Don had some great teams in his last few seasons).
Staubach needed the defense to hold onto leads late in games or to get the ball back for him. Aikman had a great O-Line and Emmitt Smith to close out games. Both guys had very solid defenses that didn't fold down the stretch over and over again.
Romo has been the hero late in games plenty of times, has set us up for a win countless times only to see the defense piss it away in the 4th quarter. The lack of playoff success is NOT on Tony Romo folks, despite what the mediots would have you believe.
IMO, Tony Romo is every bit as good or better than Staubach or Aikman but lacks the supporting cast and you could also say he lacks the coaches that our two HoF QBs enjoyed. We tend to only remember the good things that Roger & Troy did and forget all the bad passes & poor decisions they made in games, including big games. Conversely, people seem to only remember Romo's mistakes and brush off any good plays he makes.
Staubach was the best leader at QB I've ever seen. His team had absolute confidence in him regardless of what mistakes he might have made in the game. 3 INTs and a fumble? No problem, get him the ball back in the 4th and we'll win! His was a rare ability to inspire his teammates no matter what. He was not the best passer, didn't always make good decisions, and blew a number of games with lousy performances but his teammates never wavered in their support or confidence in him.
Aikman was the most accurate passer I've ever seen. His ability to put the ball right when the receiver could catch it easiest was amazing! He didn't usually do more than was needed of him even though he was capable of it. He stuck to the game plan and stayed within the system. One his biggest assets was his humility in allowing others to get the glory. It was Emmitt who scored the TDs. It was Irvin who was the "Playmaker". But it was Aikman who controlled it all and made it happen.
Romo has an uncanny ability to avoid the rush and make plays on the move. Something Aikman could only dream about. His competitive nature and athleticism have helped him complete passes when no one else could have. The number of times he has shagged a bad snap and made something positive out of it is incredible! He is asked to do more than any previous Cowboys QB and he has done it.
IMO we are blessed to have such a great quarterback legacy with some of the best to ever play the position wearing a Cowboys uniform. I believe that Romo will end up as our greatest QB even if we never win a SB with him at the helm. But that's just my opinion of course.
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"Jerry Jones is a billionaire fan who bought his own team for the express purpose of buying his way into the game. He wants to hang out with the players, stand in front of the cameras, be the face of the team (yech), make personnel moves as if this were a video game, and more than anything else, be seen as the guy who made it all happen."