Originally Posted by KJJ
Romo isn't "excellent" within the pocket he's excellent outside the pocket and the number of TD's he's thrown outside the pocket support it. There may not be a QB in the league better outside the pocket than Romo. He has a tendency to bail early and improvise that's when he's at his best. The best plays of his career have come outside the pocket. His ability to make plays outside the pocket is what has so many Cowboy FANS enamored with him. Naturally some of the reason he bails is due to the lack of protection he gets at times but even when he has a clean pocket he'll still likes moving outside and improvising. Romo isn't a runner he darts around slipping defenders looking to throw but eventually age does rob a QB of their quickness and ability to avoid defenders.
[View Full Quote]You mentioned Peyton Manning but he's a pocket passer who could play until he's 40 if he stays healthy. He stands tall in the pocket his best plays come from within the pocket. Romo could play until he's 35 and beyond depending on his health and his ability to continue improvising as effectively as he does. Romo has been taking a lot of hits the past 2 seasons so his longevity and effectiveness will depend on how his body holds up.
According to ESPN there were only 2 TD passes thrown outside the pocket in week one and both came from Romo to Kevin Ogletree. There may not be a QB in the league that throws more TD's outside the pocket than Romo. He would certainly be one of the leaders in that category.
Danny White went into some of this in detail yesterday in Dallas.
He mentioned (as you did) how, due to the lack of protection early on, Romo (for excusable reasons) was sometimes bailing out of the pocket more quickly than he needed too.
Not that he prefers
to be out the pocket but that he knows he can succeed outside the pocket vs potentially missing some time (with, say, a broken collar bone or a punctured lung...lol) if he stays in there too long.
White then went on to say one of the big differences recently is that Romo appears to have just enough confidence in the line that he is staying in the pocket and setting his feet more often.
White says ( i think he differs from you here) that Romo is beyond deadly if he has any kind of time at all to set his feet and survey the field. So although he can excell outside the pocket, he is outstanding in the pocket.
Comparing him to Peyton in the pocket is a bit much though. Brady and Peyton are just flat out sick pocket passers. Romo is very good but not at that level.