The Cowboys have been tentative in their play calling in regards to allowing Romo to take the reins of the offense because for some odd reason, they have not allowed their franchise quarterback to have complete power of how he wants his offense to be aligned. Many will argue Romo is putting up fantastic numbers for the season while compiling 1,017 passing yards with eight touchdowns, one interception and completion percentage of 72.
While those numbers do display elite-like numbers, when you dig deeper, it tells a different story. Romo has yet to post a game where he has thrown for over 300 yards and he has only thrown the ball over 250 yards twice. He’s attempted only nine passes of 20 or more yards all season. Of those attempts, six of them were between 20 to 30 yards while only one of his passes successfully exceeded 35 yards. There are currently only five quarterbacks who have a passer rating over 100 and Romo is one of those players. Of those five quarterbacks, Romo is the only one who is not averaging over eight yards per pass attempt and who is not averaging over 300 pass yards per game.
Are the Cowboys playing it too conservative with their star quarterback? Romo’s measly 254 passing yards per game is a clear indication they are. To put it all in perspective, Romo ranks 16th in the league with passing yards per game with “perennial” quarterbacks Geno Smith, Sam Bradford and Ryan Tannehill averaging more yards than him. Let that sink in for a little bit.
If the Cowboys want to put a blemish on the Denver Broncos record, they will have to remove the restraints from Romo on offense and to allow him flourish on his own.
Ryan Neiman writes for Rant Sports covering Dallas Cowboys Football. You can follow him on Twitter @FantasyUSports or @RyanNAnthony