Originally Posted by DFWJC
Here are some QBs this year with better than 8-8 teams.
None of those guys stand to me as clearly better than Romo.
One other point that should be noted with those QB's they all had 1000 yard rushers in their backfield. If Peterson doesn't have the incredible season he had Minn doesn't make the playoffs with the unproductive season Ponder had. Peterson carried the Vikings offense and Ponder didn't start playing well until the final few weeks of the season. The Cowboys wouldn't have won 5 games with Ponder stuck with our 31st ranked rushing attack.
All those QB's except Dalton and Flacco played on teams that ranked in the top 10 in rushing. The Ravens ranked 11th and Cinn ranked 18th. Romo has had to carry the Cowboys he's their offense. The team was behind in every game this past season and it was all on Romo to have to play virtually flawless for the Cowboys to have a chance. The only elimination game Romo has won was when Felix rushed for 148 yards vs Philly in 09. Replace Romo with any of those QB's you listed and the Cowboys probably don't win 8 games this past season.
None of them other than Kaepernick would be able to escape the rush get outside the pocket and make some plays but he's not experienced enough to have to carry a team that has no running game or a solid defense. He has the team around him that's helped him succeed. Not only do those QB's have a running game to fall back on but they all have defenses that ranked ahead of the Cowboys and were more opportunistic. With all the criticism I and others have had for Romo if you give him a running game and a defense that could force turnovers we might not see some of the choke jobs we see with him in big games. He needs help!
I've never been one to apologize for Romo but when you start looking at the other QB's who are in the playoffs they all have much more support from their defense and running game than Romo has. RG3 didn't play very well vs the Cowboys in the season finale but he was bailed out by a 200 yard rusher. Nothing would be uglier than having to endure a season watching an immobile, unproductive QB like Kyle Orton try and lead this team.