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Jerry Jones: Tony Romo ‘the best in the business in the fourth quarter’

Oct 19, 2013, 1:20 PM EDT

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There’s been some discussion in Philadelphia this week about Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo not getting enough credit for being one of the premier passers in the NFL. And actually, I agree with that premise. Romo has been putting up some gaudy numbers the last bunch of seasons.

The reason he tends to go overlooked though is his propensity for choke jobs late in games, especially when the Dallas’ season is on the line. Fair or not, quarterbacks are measured in part by winning, and Romo’s one career playoff win sort of says it all.

All of which is why it sounds so odd to people when Cowboys owner Jerry Jones would praises Romo’s work in the fourth quarter. For as long as the guy has been in the league, that botched hold in Seattle has been following Romo around and growing in legend with every meltdown fumble and interception to cost his team the game.

That’s not what Jones remembers though. Here are his thoughts on the job Romo has done in the clutch, via the Dallas Morning News:

“I’m expecting to win it,” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan [KRLD-FM]. “I hadn’t booked it, but we had ‘em against Denver. And we’ve got a quarterback that’s the best in the business in the fourth quarter. He’s the best. He can make it happen when it’s not there. Other than being ahead with the ball, there’s no one I’d rather have at this time than to have Romo trying to get us down the field in a short period of time.”

As Deadspin’s Barry Petchesky points out, Jones is surprisingly backed up by statistics on this. Remarkably, no QB in NFL history has a better passer rating, while Romo is sixth among active quarterbacks in fourth-quarter comebacks, ninth in game-winning drives.

Heck, Romo authored nine game-winning drives over the previous two seasons combined. That’s all well and good, but also means nothing when the Cowboys are sitting at home watching the postseason every year.

Anecdotally, what always sticks out about Romo are the horrible mistakes in big games. He can throw for 500 yards with five touchdown passes as he did against Denver in Week 5, but all a lot of people are going to remember is the INT he tossed in the end to secure a Broncos victory.

But hey, keep on believing that jazz, Jerry Jones. Who knows, maybe this is Romo’s and the Cowboys’ year. If it is, they’ll have to go through Philadelphia on Sunday first.

>> Jerry Jones says Romo ‘best in the business’ in fourth [Deadspin]

  1. 2sentz - Oct 19, 2013 at 1:36 PM


  2. Todd - Oct 19, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    Game winning drives = I was ineffective for the first 3.5 quarters, but will be first to be given the credit when we get a last minute drive after the opposing defense is likely pooped and somehow we’re still in the game.

  3. Scott B - Oct 19, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    I’d take Tony Romo over Michael hit his ceiling years ago Vick. Just sayin’.

  4. Ron - Oct 20, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    Where are all the articles with Andrew kulp stroking nick foles off?!? Our horrendous D has held the cowboys to no points and Andrew kulps boy can’t throw a pass more than 5 yards

    • Andrew Kulp - Oct 20, 2013 at 2:48 PM

      Four quarters…

      Doesn’t matter if Foles bombs, he should play. Covered that many times.

      • James - Oct 20, 2013 at 4:04 PM

        Can’t even make it through the game. This is the guy who said Juan Castillo was a good d coordinator.

  5. lahoe819 - Oct 20, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    Kulp, Foles has looked awful today. Missed a wide open avant for a TD. Sacked on a third and goal. He’s had as many above average games as below average in his career and this is a big game he needed to show up for. Wins over the winless giants and bucs are nice. But there’s no reason with this defense holding the cowboys to 10 thru 3 quarters that we should not be winning. Very disappointing. Bring in Barkley!

    • Andrew Kulp - Oct 20, 2013 at 4:06 PM

      Ha, I didn’t say he played well today. I don’t think it matters, either. Young quarterbacks have bad games from time to time. If Vick was the answer, it would be another story, but he isn’t. That’s my stance, I stand by it.

  6. wenttotexas - Dec 15, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    Jones is smart guy except for hiring and overpaying Romo.
    I am astonished. Would not be suprised if heard Jones in rehab for smoking crack.

  7. Tyler Tx - Feb 27, 2014 at 2:12 AM

    Tony Romo is a damn joke. If Jerry Jones wants to ever win than he will need to WAKE UP!!! Pull your h read out your A## and see what truly matters. This I s not about friendship or sparing Romo’s feelings this is about winning. ROMO PLAYS AS IF HE IS GETTING PAID BY THE OPPOSITE TEAM. Which makes a hell of a check. PAID by both TEAM…lol. Well then make that free money. Free!! Lol!!! Seriously it should be about business not friendship. I’m not into the cowboys much anymore. Fans gets tired of the disappointment. We want to go to work bragging about the team we support but instead it’s a JOKE.


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