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Tony Romo: The Game Manager

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Quarterback Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys throws the ball in the second quarter against the New York Giants on September 8, 2013 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Quarterback Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys throws the ball in the second quarter against the New York Giants on September 8, 2013 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

DALLAS (105.3 THE FAN) – Tony Romo is a game manager.  Or, at least, that is what he should be.

When people refer to a quarterback as a ‘game manager’ in the NFL, they immediately draw comparisons to guys like Trent Dilfer and Alex Smith…Two particular players who, in large part, were incapable of winning a game on their own, but if given the proper defensive support, are more than capable of leading your team to a victory.

But perhaps ‘game manager’ should be defined in a different light…as a player whose skill set is best utilized through efficient, mid-range passing, combined with a limited number of mistakes.  And not one who, albeit talented, is constantly over-exposed to the pressures of having to produce a victory with spectacularly aggressive, and ultimately risky, plays.

If you need some evidence to show just how dangerous Tony can be when precision and efficiency are the underlying emphasis of a game plan, consider these numbers in games that Romo has played from start to finish…

  • When Romo passes at a clip of 70% of higher, the Cowboys are 24-8 (75% WP)
  • When Romo failed to throw an INT, the Cowboys are 27-10 (72.9% WP)
  • In 57 wins, Romo averaged 31 pass attempts per game.
  • In 35 losses, Romo averaged 40 pass attempts per game.
  • In games that Romo attempted 30 or fewer passes, the Cowboys are 27-5.  Including 21-2 since November of 2007.  And 8-0 since 2010.

Some people believe that Tony Romo is at his best when he has the freedom to improvise.  While he does possess probably the quickest no-look spin move in all of professional football, the numbers suggest that Tony Romo is at his best when he mitigates his own risk.  If the Cowboys can provide even a little bit of consistency in the running game, then Tony won’t need to be a gun-slinger

And guess what?  All he needs to be is a game manager.

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