Fine, You Wanna "Trade Tony Romo"! Um, For Whom, Exactly?

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In the wake of his infuriating, game-losing Texas two-stub Sunday night in New York, Cowboys' quarterback Tony Romo is in the middle of a familiar tug-o'-war.

In this corner: Supporters who claim he's an elite player who simply, spectacularly goofed up trying to aggressively make plays to seal the upset win for his team. And over here: Trade the effin' bum!

Owner Jerry Jones weighed in this morning on his weekly radio show on 105.3 The Fan with a ringing endorsement:

"I thought Tony played one of his best games ever Sunday night. ... He's a winner. We're gonna rise and fall with Tony Romo over the next couple of years. ... Don't drop Romo. He's our ticket."

I read some comments on this blog and took lotsa calls on the radio Monday concerning Romo after his crucial fumble/interception gaffe in the 27-24 loss to the Jets for which he has taken full responsibility. After watching the Patriots throw for half-a-thousand last night we're reminded that Romo is no Tom Brady. He also, however, is no Tarvaris Jackson.

While I'm not promising Romo will ever mature into even Danny White, I'm also suggesting those who scream "the Cowboys will never win a Super Bowl with him at quarterback" remember a time when they yelled something similar about a team called the Mavericks and a player named Dirk Nowitzki.

Since Troy Aikman's retirement in 2000 most of us Cowboys fans have endured the likes of Randall Cunningham, Quincy Carter, Anthony Wright, Ryan Leaf, Clint Stoerner, Chad Hutchinson, Vinny Testaverde, Drew Henson, Drew Bledsoe, Brad Johnson, Brooks Bollinger, Jon Kitna and Stephen McGee. See, Romo ain't that bad.

He also, of couse, ain't this good:

"I'll take that guy over anybody in the league," linebacker Keith Brooking lied Monday at Valley Ranch. "Y'all might think I'm crazy, but he's going to have an all-time year. He's going to shatter every record."

At 31 and with five years starting, 4,000-yard seasons, a playoff win and multiple Pro Bowls on his résumé, Romo should be at the peak of his career.

Truth: Romo's somewhere in between the polar opposites of stud and shit. But where exactly?

You're the Cowboys' GM. Each of the other 31 teams call today wanting to trade -- straight up -- their quarterback for yours. Let's get it to it. How many starting quarterbacks in Week 1 are you trading Romo for?

Jets (Mark Sanchez) -- No.

Patriots (Tom Brady) -- Yes.

Dolphins -- (Chad Henne) -- No.

Bills (Ryan Fitzpatrick) -- No.

Bengals (Andy Dalton) -- No.

Ravens (Joe Flacco) -- No.

Steelers (Ben Roethlisberger) -- Yes.

Browns (Colt McCoy) -- No.

Jaguars (Luke McCown) -- No.

Texans (Matt Schaub) -- Yes.

Titans (Matt Hasselbeck) -- No.

Colts (Kerry Collins) -- No. 

Raiders (Jason Campbell) -- No.

Chargers (Philip Rivers) -- Yes.

Chiefs (Matt Cassel) -- No.

Broncos (Kyle Orton) -- No.

Seahawks (Tarvaris Jackson) -- No.

Rams (Sam Bradford) -- Yes.

Cardinals (Kevin Kolb) -- No.

49ers (Alex Smith) -- No.

Panthers (Cam Newton) -- No.

Buccaneers (Josh Freeman) -- No.

Saints (Drew Brees) -- Yes.

Falcons (Matt Ryan) -- Yes.

Vikings (Donovan McNabb) -- No.

Packers (Aaron Rodgers) -- Yes.

Bears (Jay Cutler) -- No.

Lions (Matt Stafford) -- Yes.

Redskins (Rex Grossman) -- No.

Giants (Eli Manning) -- No.

Eagles (Michael Vick) -- Yes.

Give or take, behind my GM desk it's clear Romo -- warts and all -- remains a Top 10 NFL quarterback. You?

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Badboynicholas
Badboynicholas

Um, how bout Peyton Manning? :)  Nuff Said. Thought you had a good blog, until time caught up with ya.  Oh and by the way, it DOESN'T make one bit of sense for the cowboys to NOT be looking for another QB anyway, now that it's litterally going to be Tony's 10th year in the NFL. I mean, geez, the reason the Cowboys don't have a manning, brady or even.. *gulp* Rothlessburger, is because Jerry Jones for what ever reason decides to NOT look at QB's as his main focus.. he had a chance at anyone of those guys when Aikmen retired.. yet, he wants to get Carter, and retiring guys for the QB spot???  now that they have romo who is a decent QB, they have yet again stopped to look around for someone who may fit in BETTER with the system.  8 years, only personal success and no team success.. that goes for almost every player on the cowboys.. the team has to change!  and it starts from the top!  JERRY!

Stemcell
Stemcell

Ryan Fitzpatrick is better than Romo.  That is who I would take.

Tad Banyon
Tad Banyon

Jerry is a far bigger threat to the Cowboys ever winning another Super Bowl than Romo. If all these people would get as fired up about Jerry as GM as they do about Romo as QB, and vote with their feet, maybe this team would stand a chance again in our lifetimes. I know that its easier to replace Romo than to convince Jerry to hire a real GM, or so conventional wisdom goes, but I guarantee if attendance was down, he'd make the change. As long as people are buying up those overpriced tickets and eating those overpriced snacks and bitching about Romo, the Cowboys are gonna suck.

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I think you missed a few. sanchez is a definate so are freeman and manning (who has a ring beating tom terrific and the undifeated playbook stealers) cam is a no brainer. Cassel, flacco and kolb you could flip a coin but you would save money and go younger and if they bust you haven't done worse than romo not including young that has a very winning record and mcnabb may be older but has accomplished a heck of a lot more. Plus gerraud, mallet, and gabbert, & pryor are either worth a try or have won a playoff game (gerraud) isn't that what we are really talking about? Someone that can win in december and january? Anyone with more than one playoff win is automatically better because romo has had the team and the chance to do so. i mean where's chad pennington we can glue his arm back Top 10? yea in canada and you chop the league in half. He can be the greatest back-up ever if ther weren't hostetler, young, reich, even vince evans, steve beuerlein, jason garret go ahead. really, he misses that too. 4 coaches that their jobas were on the line almost 100 years of NFL experience did not trust him to protect their jobs and so far they haven't been wrong.

John
John

Top 10? No. Maybe top 20. Trade for Brady, Vick, Roethlisberger? Yes and maybe Stafford. I  would even look at Fitzgerald in Buffalo. He did not do too bad last year and is off to a good start this year (4 TD passes). Although Cowboy fans like to tell themselves Romo is a better QB than Eli Manning, they are only dreaming. At least Manning has a playoff record to speak of. Manning took a wildcard team through the playoffs and had a great game against Green Bay and then led the Giants to a Super Bowl win against a Patriots team led by Tom Brady  and Bill Belichick. Romo's claim to fame in the playoffs? Fumbling the snap on a field goal attempt that cost the Cowboys the game.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

I've had time (beera) to reconsider, this isn't a bad turn on one of the most hated articles up in heara. Way to reverse the whip RW. Top QB's lists suck, but bravo for polishing the Turd.

Steve-O
Steve-O

What has Matt Schaub ever won?

Shempphoward
Shempphoward

If you can't see that Jay Cutler is a better qb than Romo you don't know Jack about the position.

DuckDuckGoose
DuckDuckGoose

I would make these three trades in a heartbeat. Check their ages, RW.

Jets (Mark Sanchez) -- 26 of 44, 335 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT  age 24Bengals (Andy Dalton) -- 10 of 15, 81 yards, 1 TD  (left with an injury)  age 23Panthers (Cam Newton) --  24 of 37, 422 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT  age 22

Cowboys (Tony Romo) -  23 of 36, 342 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT age 31

DuckDuckGoose
DuckDuckGoose

" most of us Cowboys fans " RW are you a journalist or a fan ?

Also, please see if you can correct the lazy writing style that includes " Um... "

Thank you      love      Any Journalism 101 instructor in the universe

Tex192
Tex192

I'd agree with you on all but Schaub and Vick...Bradford and Stafford aren't as good yet, but will far exceed Romo by the end of their career. 

Rt76209
Rt76209

If our number hurt number 2,  4, 5 and.....is there a number 6, corners and our safetys (do we really have a number 1 or 2 safety) were able to keep the Jets top receivers from catching the ball there wouldn't be a conversation about an interception.  If there isn't ablocked punt same thing.  Not excusing the bad throw, but lets put this one where it belongs-the organization, i.e. the ones with the last name "Jones".  No depth because nobody named "jones" knows how to evaluate talent in the draft or in free agency.  All the talk of accountability is fine, but it stops well short of where it is most needed-at the top.   

Max from the Sandspit
Max from the Sandspit

Hate to point this out, Dez is starting to look a bit like T O. Granted it was a bad pass but the kid could have broken it up, he lacks the Irving gene. One of the reasons Irving is in the HOF is that he protected his quarterback with the attitude that "IF I can't get it, nobody else is gonna". He dogged the rout but when the pick happened he exploded to make the tackle.   Smiley Jones needs to find a way to get Mike more involved with this kid cuz he reminds me of T O and that ain't good.

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Did ya'll see Tom Terrific's performance last night?  5th most passing yards in NFL history!  Who needs Randy Moss?  Da Cowboys do.  Go Pats.  I think Wes has channeled Jerry Rice.  

Kergie out.

BTW.........15th biotches!

ps-Let's go hiking; engage the outside-come on boys!  I see tree's right over yonder.  And after that; toilet tossin' down an embankment-yeeee haw.  Shiner?  Brats. 

Sturms_Bloody_Rectum
Sturms_Bloody_Rectum

It's the owner playing GM, "we have a great qb, we just need it to be a more Romo freindly team." Deciphered means, I payed a good QB top dollar that has the drive, passion, and leadership as a lump of coal.

I hate the Cowboys and think Romo played a good game. He's still the Favre wana-be starter kit from the moment he arrived. It's got to be a bitch playing, coaching, or working for this club when you have a hands on owner, who wants credit for everything good, but deflects his questionable decissions.

Jerrah should just grab players off of the discard pile of the top "TEAMS", ones with structure and leadership, then Jerrah could get credit for building a team.

Another spare article of qb rankings with a twist, only using week one results....P.Manning.How could you not trade for Newton after his first week in the NFL. I would swap for Cassel, higher IQ than Romo.

Reader
Reader

Damn. Why did have to fuck up, Romo? That game was so close. It would've been glorious. Tony reminds me of Richie. Always fucking up and ruining everyone's day. Tragedy. 

Storm_71
Storm_71

I would just like to take a minute to remind my fellow SFFL buddies that Tom Brady was passed over six times in the league draft.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

Here is where Romo sits with me and who Id give him up for.  We know Romo is good on the verge of great, but why wont people call him great...  Because he hasnt won a Super Bowl.  sO why would you trade him for any QB that hasnt won a super bowl? Any thing less and you are just getting another Romo, someone with a ton of talent who hasnt won the big game....Yet!  Being a Chief fan here, Id gladly take the Romo years, he at least gives you the chance to be in the playoffs every year, over any QB between Aikmans retirement and Romo's starting

Mishon
Mishon

Romo would probably just sneak in the top 10 QBs list, but only b/c there are so many bad QBs in the league. He would rank right at the top for dorkiest QBs though.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Top 10? Maybe he rolls in at 10. I would trade him for a few more guys on that list considering you'd end up alot younger. The guy is 31. That's not young. It's also not old, but what it does mean is he very likely is what he is and won't gain more ability. And since he doesn't seem to be gaining intelligence or maturity, the Cowboys need a long-term exit strategy.

Will they win a Super Bowl this year? Only a homer thinks they have a chance. Will they next year when he's 32? 33? 34? Is this team constructed to be able to do that in the next couple years? Because a guy like him will likely drop off huge--think running back drop off.

Bottom line is Romo isn't very bright and athleticism can only take him so far. He hasn't proven he's got the noggin to ever be elite. Of course you don't have a better solution right now and can't get one, but they need to be thinking about getting their next starting QB on the roster in the next season or two in the draft and let him sit, learn, and finally pressure for the job in a couple years. Maybe the mouthbreathing GED radio-caller set suggested you trade or cut him, but I don't recall any of us on the blog saying that.

Don't you dare compare Romo to Dirk. Dirk is a hall-of-famer with or without the ring. Comparing Romo to Dirk is an insult to Dirk.

MBM
MBM

Agree with all except Stafford, Vick, Bradford and Shaub, those could go either way.  Rational Cowboy fans will not be screaming for Romo's head.  1st game back after a long layoff, opening weekend in NY on 9/11, and no one gave us a chance in that game to begin with.  That being said it still would've been huge if we came out with a W.

There's nothing to be done anyway, he ain't going anywhere and there are no better options immediately available.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

I agree. As pissed as I was about Romo, I'm past it now and it's time to get ready for the 49ers. The gunslinging that he gets criticized for is also what makes him who he is.

Regarding your list, I'm right there with you, with maybe considering Kolb over Romo? He's a few years younger. Sanchez will end up better than Romo methinks, he just has better pedigree. But then again, most every quarterback in the league has pedigree better than Romo. We all want Romo to learn from this, but hell, I'll take 3 quarters of what Romo was putting out there and for the 4th quarter run the wildcat if that's what it takes to win.

Sports Cactus
Sports Cactus

Put another way, there are at least 20 NFL franchises out there that would love to have Tony Romo.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

As long as the majority of Dallas media keeps massaging his prostate because they need access to the team for ratings, you'll never see or hear Jerruh the GM get crucified like he should be, and therefore the image of the team to the overweight, goateed Mesquite season ticket set will never be tarnished and they'll keep showing up. Because they won 3 Super Bowls in the 90s! Yeah!

So the question can be asked--is a market like Jacksonville really a bad market, or are they genius? Aren't we the dumb market for always selling the Death Star out for a mediocre product?

Henono13
Henono13

You are an I'd io T 90 percent of the guys you mentioned I would take a chance on a rookie before I took them. Romo is far better than most of your picks besides boys are in it to win it now not later

PlanoDave
PlanoDave

Add Colt to the list.

What do those guys have that Tony doesn't?  They played for big time college programs and were winners at the highest level.

figure it out
figure it out

it's irvin. irvin. and YOU are NOT jackie sherrod...

YOU Bald Bitch
YOU Bald Bitch

Tragedy? You sound manic depressive. Go pop some Xanax....your negative waves are affecting Richie's hair plugs.  POW! 

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

In my defense I forgot about the draft and was autopicked for, and I'm not unpleased with Brees. Brady's led me to a FF title before though.

Azcueja
Azcueja

He is not called great because of his playoff record. Mark Sanchez has a better record in the post season.

Henono13
Henono13

No that would be Eli he has that ret arded look when something doesn't go right.

gofuhcureself
gofuhcureself

+1 re: comparing Romo to Dirk. Not a valid comparison.

+1 re: all your other points as well. Couldn't have stated it better myself.

Rt76209
Rt76209

Tim Thebow has a better pedigree than Tony Romo.  I'm pretty sure the Broncos would be happy to send him our way.  College pedigree is meaningless.

Sports Cactus
Sports Cactus

He got the yips late in the game and forgot the costly, difficult lessons of the past few years. It was his first game in nearly a year. He'll straighten it out. Garrett will see to it, if it comes to that.

Cowboys11
Cowboys11

 put it this way, Tim Tebow with Less starts, less playing time, and less practice, has as much playoff wins as Romo does in 8 years.  Since the change of Tebow, the team also went from 1-4 to 8-8.  Same defense as the 1-4 team, same coach as the 1-4 team, yet different QB, different Result.  QB's can sometimes have that effect on a team, even when they can't throw all that well.  Yet, the only fire you will ever see from Romo, is when he's eventually fired. Sometimes Personality matters, simple as that.  Romo is a great QB, just maybe not a starter.  When it's in his hands, when the game counts, you can yet say you aren't nervous, and you can sadly yet say, you weren't disappointed. So, put it that way. :)

Cowboys
Cowboys

 yet, nobody wants him.  They always say ''the cowboys are good with him'' haha.. sounds like mafia love to me.  "you guys keep him, he fits great there!'' haha

Sporty Sport
Sporty Sport

Put another way, there are 16 quarterbacks that didn't fumble/throw their team to defeat last weekend.

BTW, Andy Dalton is a leader of men. 

mynameisURL
mynameisURL

They also all have eyes that are more than 1 inch apart.

Dude just looks...  not quite right.

Storm_71
Storm_71

It was a shocking defeat for the Shockers. Romo scrored 21 fantasy points.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

purty good, amazed that you scored 80, but you wont win a game this year, I pronounce failed bit

Sports Cactus
Sports Cactus

Dalton is great, and he may actually be a good fit for the Bungles, but does he have the arm/athleticism to be a premier NFL quarterback? 

The Shockers
The Shockers

If you are going to give away someone's team...give away taint's! I am beating him, so I must not have drafted that bad of a team.

PlanoDave
PlanoDave

About as much as I want a team full of Okies and Aggies.

Pass.

Thanks, though.

The Shockers
The Shockers

I'd have to be a bit to he a failed bit Holmes. I just love den Boys. A failed bit is White Truck Wednesday, The 1% Club, and Sybil's Stuff.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

NO! Good luck w that though.

Sorry PD, don't think as highly of Daulton as you do. (I'm not from out there.)

Plano Dave
Plano Dave

Yes.  I've been watching Andy since he lead Katy to a championship.

Here's what he (and Colt) have that Romo doesn't - The burning desire to win.

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