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By Jonathan Bales

Running the Numbers: Is Tony Romo Clutch?

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This is an article I’ve wanted to do for a long time. There are a lot of ways to define “clutch” as it relates to NFL quarterbacks, and about the only one in which Tony Romo doesn’t thrive is playoff victories. That’s obviously a big category, but one that is really overrated in judging quarterbacks.

In my article “Is Tony Romo Clutch?” at DallasCowboys.com, I break down Romo’s fourth quarter and late-season numbers to see how he plays in pressure situations. The answer is pretty damn well.

Ultimately, however, the public perception of Romo won’t change until he wins multiple playoff games. So, in early 2013.

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9 Responses to Running the Numbers: Is Tony Romo Clutch?

  1. Brett says:

    My favorite comment, verbatim:


    IS TONY ROMO CLUTCH?

    IS A APPLE ORANGE?

    THERE YOU HAVE IT

    Checkmate, Jonathan.

  2. Where are the numbers I know he more clutch than people think our defense is the one not clutch

  3. Brett–hahahahaha yes, checkmate indeed.

    Ronnie–Click the link. Full of numbers for you.

  4. bW says:

    great stuff as usual JB.

    unfortunately you are right….the perception wins out to most people. they don’t stop to think and look at the facts.

  5. Thanks for reading bW.

  6. john coleman says:

    Good article JB. I have personally argued with many a Cowboys fan over this very thing. The key element in this whole thing is the word TEAM. Romo has never had a complete team around him. In fact the Seattle choke was probably the best team he played on. If we had won that game we may have been in the Superbowl that season.

    We are on the rise again, and if Murray and the WR’s stay healthy we could be in business. I think Romo realized last year that he needs not try and do TOO much. In fact, after the Detroit game he was a different player. The Boys late season demise was because of no running game and the D.

  7. Steve G says:

    The media has long been terrible about creating a “talking point” and running with it until it’s accepted (Among themselves) as a “fact” when it’s not even a viable opinion.

    They started this Romo/chokes nonsense a few years ago and for many of them no amount of facts and stats to show otherwise will change their minds. I have to give Skip Bayless some solid props for looking past the media’s anti-Romo bias and seeing for himself that Tony’s a top QB who just needs a better defense and a consistent O-line to get those key wins.

    I have long said if you took Troy from the `92 -`95 Cowboys and swapped him with Romo, Dallas would probably still have 3 SB wins and I seriously doubt Aikman would have won as much as Romo with our recent teams because he wasn’t nearly as mobile and wouldn’t have Emmit.

  8. Rob says:

    How do I get that article? It looks like that link no longer leads to that article.

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