You know who’s having a horrible fall? Presbyterian Hospital. Clayton Kershaw. Oh yeah, and Tony Romo haters.
Hear that? The golden silence? They’re all muted in the corner, impatiently waiting for December. Because, for now, there’s no way around it: The Cowboys are 6-1 because their quarterback is playing at an elite level.
Since his season-opening, three-interception performance against the 49ers that had his critics repeating “same ‘ol choker,” Romo has almost been perfect. During Dallas’ six-game winning streak he’s thrown 13 touchdowns and only three interceptions for a quarterback rating of 115.2.
Add to that his spin-to-win escapes against the Texans and Seahawks and Romo is playing better quarterback than anyone this side of Peyton Manning. Not bad for a guy who takes Wednesdays off to continue strengthening his surgically repaired back and who had to take a pain-killing shot for sore ribs just to play against the Giants.
Sure Romo’s being helped by DeMarco Murray’s assault on the NFL rushing record. The run sets up the pass, I get it. It certainly helps Romo be confident that he doesn’t have to produce a miracle on every play. Still, he’s far from a conservative bus driver.
Despite the Cowboys’ commitment to the run, Romo’s Top 10 in every passing category. He’s 1st in completion percentage, 4th in rating, 5th in touchdowns and 10th in yards. Last time the Cowboys had a quarterback with a rating this high after seven games, the year was 1976 and the player was Roger Staubach.
Romo isn’t merely not losing games, he’s helping the Cowboys win games.
A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.