Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is not in the top ten of active players in the position in the NFL, according to ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski.
The former Philadelphia Eagles QB has taken particular exception to the 33-year-old’s failure to deliver on the final drive of the must-win game against the Redskins in Washington.
Down by three in the closing stages of the fourth quarter, Romo tossed up an interception to DeMarco Murray, and the rest, as they say is history.
Washington went on to win 28-18, claimed the NFC East title and a place in the play-offs. Dallas went home.
“I have always liked Romo, but his play in the final regular season game of the 2012 season with the NFC East title on the line still bothers me. You just can’t make mistakes, regardless of whose fault it is,” said Jaworski, according to Dallas News.
“It was the fourth quarter interception with three-and-one-half minutes remaining and the Cowboys trailing by three. That I just can’t forget. You can’t make a throw with no definition in that particular situation, regardless of the pressure.”
Consistency is regarded as the difference between good and great players in the NFL, and Jaworski points to Romo’s performance the week before as an indicator that he could be one of the very best.
“Then I look at Romo one week earlier. Two big-time drives in the final five minutes against the Saints, tying the game with 21 seconds remaining,” he added.
“Back-to-back weeks, two different Romos. Those kinds of peaks and valleys is why Romo is No. 15 on my board. I love his talent, and there’s no doubt perception has overtaken reality in the negative world view of Romo, but I would like to see more overall consistency in his play. He’s capable of it.”
Romo will again look to prove the critics wrong this season in Texas, starting with a divisional clash against the Giants before a trip to Kansas City in the opening weeks of the season.