Troy Aikman Mistakenly Says Tony Romo is the Better Dallas Cowboys QB
Dallas Cowboys Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman suffered more than his share of concussions during the twilight of his career. Apparently, those blows to the head are starting to take a toll on the best passer in Cowboys history. On Tuesday, Aikman made a crazy statement regarding current Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.
“I think Tony already is a better quarterback than I was,” Aikman said. “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.”
Romo may have the best stats of any Dallas quarterback, but that certainly doesn’t mean he is the best quarterback in Cowboys history. Romo may have 149 touchdowns in just 77 starts compared to Aikman’s 165 scores in 165 starts, but the two are nowhere near comparable.
In his 77 starts, Romo has thrown 2,592 passes to Aikman’s 4,715 in 165 starts. Aikman averaged only 28.5 passes per start while Romo has thrown 33.6 passes per start. The difference in numbers Romo throws 17% more passes every game than Aikman did in his Hall of Fame career. The only difference that matters is the Cowboys won those games with Aikman at the helm.
Sure, Romo has more 300-yard passing games and 4,000-yard passing seasons than Aikman and fellow Cowboys Hall of Fame quarterback Roger Staubach, but Romo isn’t the player that either of those guys were. The Cowboys won because of Staubach; the guy’s nickname was “Captain Comeback” for Tom Landry’s sake. Aikman also proved his greatness by rescuing the Cowboys and coming through when his team needed him.
The main thing about Staubach and Aikman that separates them from Romo is the Cowboys never lost because of them. The Cowboys have lost on several occasions because of Romo and that’s why he’s not better than Aikman, regardless of what the modest legend says.
However, Aikman’s final comments provide an interesting segue to the next chapter in Romo’s career.
“He has a good team around him,” Aikman said. “Hopefully — and I believe this will happen — I believe that he will win a Super Bowl before he is done playing.”
Aikman had a tremendous team around him; the 1992 Cowboys are arguably the greatest team of all time. Aikman had a Hall of Fame running back in Emmitt Smith and a Hall of Fame receiver in Michael Irvin to make plays on offense and a stifling defense that ranked first in the NFL.
To this point in his career, Romo hasn’t had a running back like that and his receivers are just now hitting their stride as well. In 2012, Romo and the Cowboys have no such excuse. Romo has a workhorse running back in DeMarco Murray and a great third-down back in Felix Jones. Miles Austin and Dez Bryant are one of the top receiver tandems in the league and Jason Witten is arguably the best tight end in the game.
So what Aikman said has some truth to it. Romo is capable of being a better quarterback than Aikman, but first he’s got to fix his mistakes that cost the Cowboys valuable wins. As mentioned, Aikman never caused the Cowboys to lose in the prime of his career.
Ultimately, Romo is going to have to win some Super Bowls to be compared to Staubach and Aikman. The two of them are responsible for all five Lombardi Trophies in Dallas and that’s the way quarterbacks are measured, regardless of fairness.
Aikman’s comments may have been kind and Romo has received similar remarks from Staubach, but it’s not the truth. Romo is not a better quarterback than Aikman or Staubach and won’t be until he makes winning a habit in Dallas again.
Steve Smith Sr.’s ranking going into his 14th season
Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. has appeared in many headlines this past year. Whether it was about his impressive play on the field, his leadership off the field, his trash talk or his daddy duties at home, Smith always seems to draw attention. It could simply be due to how entertaining he is both on and off the field. Read More
The brief moment Pittsburgh Steelers fans preferred Duce Staley over “The Bus”
There's no question the relationship between Steelers fans and Jerome Bettis, the legendary running back who will be inducted into Pro Football's Hall of Fame next month, was one that was made in Heaven. But, for a brief moment in 2004, after signing former Eagle Duce Staley was the focal point. Long story short, Bettis would bully his way into the end zone after Staley would carry them down the field. Hard to imagine, but Bettis at one point was receiving boos in Pittsburgh. Read More
The five most impactful rookies this season for the New England Patriots
Five players entering their first NFL season to watch out for in Foxboro. Read More
Bryant's 'Money Problems' Could Ruin Cowboys' Year
The Dallas Cowboys are reportedly willing to call Dez Bryant's bluff on missing regular season games. Find out why this situation could get out of control quickly. Read More