Romo: Bus Driver or Playmaker?

Last month we posted two blogs a blog post entitled 9 Is Between 8 and 12  and 9 Is Between 8, (11), and 12 (part. 2). It was a metaphoric blog detailing and analyzing why Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo should not be considered in the comparisons of other great former Dallas Cowboys quarterbacks such as Troy Aikman and Roger Staubach; even Danny White.

I have said it before and I will say it again, Romo is a slightly above average quarterback…period! (or exclamation point in this case) I don’t say this because I am “hating” on Romo for his poor performance this past Sunday night, but purely based on his ability as a player. I have scouted many quarterbacks in my time from a professional level, and he does not have the “it” factor you look for and see in the great quarterbacks and players.

Hall of Fame running back and former Dallas Cowboys superstar Tony Dorsett wonders why people have anointed Romo as a great player. You can read his comment here, from an interview he conducted with Chris Myers and Steve Hartman of FOX Sports Radio  posted at

While I agree with Dorsett’s comments about Romo being anointed as a great player, I disagree with Dorsett’s assessment that Romo is a young player. This is Romo’s seventh year in the NFL and essentially his fourth year as a starter.  Romo has exactly zero playoff wins during his NFL tenure, and it is unconscionable to say that Romo is “very young in his career.” How long do we give him before he is considered a veteran?  Most NFL careers never last that long in today’s game.  When do we start making Romo accountable for his actions and recognizing him for what he is…an above average player who is not great, and probably never will be?

Let me be clear, I think there are plenty other starting quarterbacks in the NFL who do not posses the physical talents and abilities of Romo, such as San Francisco 49ers QB Shaun Hill, Miami Dolphins QB Chad Pennington, Kansas City Chiefs QB Matt Cassel, or Washington Redskins QB Jason Campbell. Physical talent alone does not make a quarterback great. What each of the aforementioned players has that is better than Romo is a sense of cerebral consciousness, understanding, and respect for the position that allows each of them to elevate their play above their physical limitations and abilities.

Sometimes the best quarterbacks are “bus drivers” not “playmakers”. So long as the quarterback can do what is asked of him by the coaching staff and not lose the game, the other players can pick up his lack of abilities in other areas to help the team win the game.

Too many times Romo has tried to play above his ability which causes him to make mistakes, when he should just play within his ability and manage the game which will result in more team success giving him more individual success.


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