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News: Graziano: Tony Romo: The old man and the NFC

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  1. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Do it for the Vine! Staff Member

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    By Dan Graziano | ESPN.com

    Jean-Jacques Taylor has run the numbers and figured out that the Dallas Cowboys' Tony Romo will be the second-oldest starting quarterback in the NFC next season, behind only Drew Brees. Yipes.

    Now, as we have discussed here many times, 33 is not end-of-the-line old for quarterbacks in the NFL in the year 2013. But it's closer to the end than it is to the beginning, and Jacques' point here is that the infusion of talented and successful young quarterbacks in the NFC is making Romo's path to the Super Bowl even more difficult than it already was. His other point is that Romo needs help:

    For Romo to lead the Cowboys to the Super Bowl, Jerry must build a team around Romo the way the Denver Broncos built around John Elway.


    When the Broncos won consecutive Super Bowls in 1997 and 1998, they were built around running back Terrell Davis, tight end Shannon Sharpe and receiver Rod Smith. Those guys did the heavy lifting.


    A few times each game, the Broncos asked Elway to deliver one of his magical plays -- and he did. Early in his career, the Broncos asked Elway to do all of the heavy lifting and he was still dynamic enough to get Denver to three Super Bowls, which is why he's in the Hall of Fame.
    No one is comparing Romo to Elway in terms of talent -- only in terms of what their teams ask each player to do.
    Read the rest: http://espn.go.com/blog/nfceast/post/_/id/48740/tony-romo-the-old-man-and-the-nfc
  2. MichaelWinicki

    MichaelWinicki "You want some?" Staff Member

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    He mentions Romo in comparison to John Elway.

    My opinion is that Romo is better than what Elway ever was.

    I admit I'm not an Elway fan.
  3. DFWJC

    DFWJC Well-Known Member Zone Supporter

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    See MW, it comments like this that put the rest of us guys that back Tony in a bad light.

    Kind the same on the opposite end of those who say "Tony sux" and "always chokes". Equally wrong.

    You statement is way out of line.
  4. Chocolate Lab

    Chocolate Lab Run-loving Dino

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    Joking, right?
  5. burmafrd

    burmafrd Well-Known Member

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    Elway LATER in his career was better than Romo. But in his first 5 years or so he was not.
  6. DFWJC

    DFWJC Well-Known Member Zone Supporter

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    Anyway, I know the point was not that Romo is "old" as much as it was that the NFC has had a lot of young starting QBs come in over the past few seasons.

    As for age, Eli is only months younger than Romo, Brady is 3 years older, Peyton is more than that.
    Romo is more fit now than he was two years ago. Still, you have to think all that beating he has taken has taken some toll on him.

    I will say this; I think there are more good (did not say great) QBs in the NFL now than at any time in the past.
  7. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Do it for the Vine! Staff Member

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    Actually the point of the blog and JJT's article, that's in the link is that Elway was asked to do too much and couldn't win until he had some pieces around him.

    From the article's perspective, that's where the comparison of Romo vs Elway ends.
  8. DFWJC

    DFWJC Well-Known Member Zone Supporter

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    Makes sense. I'd much prefer Tony not throw it 40-50 times.
  9. jobberone

    jobberone Genetically engineered moderating Orangutan Staff Member

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    There are a couple of things about Tony that are pretty unique. Tony doesn't have Elway's arm but then few have. Only one QB comes to mind that does the Houdini like Tony does and he didn't have as much ability to make things happen. There are likely others that just don't come to mind but the point remains.

    Tony needs a better team THEN he needs to take them home. If he does that then maybe he can join the club.
  10. lurkercowboy

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    Yeah and Elway was very good in those 80s super bowl seasons. The Broncos ran into some really hot teams from the NFC who played lights-out in those games. Heck, Simms was 22 of 25 passing.
  11. MichaelWinicki

    MichaelWinicki "You want some?" Staff Member

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    I don't think so.

    Elway is way over-rated.
  12. MichaelWinicki

    MichaelWinicki "You want some?" Staff Member

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    I'm not laughing. :)
  13. Rack Bauer

    Rack Bauer Federal Agent

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    Wow.

    Just... wow.


    I love Romo but give me a freaking break.


    Wow.
  14. mldardy

    mldardy Well-Known Member

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    This.

    I was going to say this but you said it better.
  15. MichaelWinicki

    MichaelWinicki "You want some?" Staff Member

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    Nope...

    No break for you.
  16. Coy

    Coy Well-Known Member

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    This. Everyone is entitled to their opinion but to say that Romo is better than Elway ever was is just plain ridiculous. I think he´s forgetting Elway´s 3 SB appearances + an NFL MVP with no pro bowl WR, TE or RB (that I can recall anyway) before he went on to win two of them.
    By the way, I love Romo but he is nowhere near Elway´s league.
  17. MichaelWinicki

    MichaelWinicki "You want some?" Staff Member

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    Oh I think Elway was a very good QB.
  18. Coy

    Coy Well-Known Member

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    But not quite as good as Romo I imagine??? Hey man I respect everybody’s opinion but you have to admit you are way off on this one, I think your hate towards Elway got the best of you :D

    I could hate Kobe Bryant but I would never say Tony Parker is better than Kobe ever was haha
  19. MichaelWinicki

    MichaelWinicki "You want some?" Staff Member

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    I don't go by SB wins. To me that's a factor but necessarily the ultimate factor of who's best at any one position.
  20. DFWJC

    DFWJC Well-Known Member Zone Supporter

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    Elway flat out carried some teams deep into the playoffs way before he was on a SB winning team.

    Those were very good Denver teams but some of his playoff performances are still legendary. Ask any Browns fan. He had several Montana-like game winning drives.

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