GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 03: Quarterback Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons reacts on the sidelines during the NFC Wild Card Game against the Arizona Cardinals on January 3, 2009 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Falcons 30-24. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Matt Ryan
One (Ryan) is completing 64 percent of his passes with nine touchdowns and four interceptions; the other (Romo) 58 percent with a ratio of 6-to-4. One has a rating of 95; the other 86.
Well, that makes things easy. Gimme the kid from Atlanta with the better stats, who doesn’t fumble every fourth snap. Indeed, I think many Cowboys fans would happily trade away Romo for Matt Ryan in a heartbeat. Ryan is more consistent, less prone to distraction, and at this point has a bigger upside than his Dallas counterpart.
Ah, but don’t count your boy Romo out so quickly. Stats aside, there’s a far better way to compare these two men. To accurately gauge which one is truly the superior field general. That’s right. It’s time to break out the Pro and Con lists and ask: Quien Es Mas Macho: Romo O Ryan?
-15-6 overall record
-Maintains air of professionalism and dedication that portends a very bright future
-Best rookie season for a QB since Big Ben, possibly Marino
-Nickname of Matty Ice far superior to little known nickname Romo Ultra
-Won over people of Atlanta who loved and adored Michael Vick, even though Michael Vick makes Donovan McNabb look more accurate than a Predator drone.
-Turned Roddy White into a world beater
-WATCH HIM SHAVE! THAT’S GOOD FUNDAMENTAL SHAVING RIGHT HERE!
-From Philly. BOOOOOOOO
-Vince Young ALSO won Rookie of the Year award as a QB, you know
-Has Carson Palmer’s same smile, the one where it looks like he’s voiding his bowels
-Inferior theatrical skills.
-I don’t exactly remember HIM wowing us in the playoffs either
-Having him on the Cowboys still means Wade and Garrett are coaching him
-Clawed his way up to starting job after starting out undrafted
-Muy, muy macho
-Most accurate QB, statistically, in Cowboys history
-Most 300 yard games in Cowboys history
-Cowboys have the #2 rated offense in football under his leadership
-According to Peter King, leads the league in smiles
-Quietly, has decided to boycott Burger King
-Handy with a six-iron
-Remember the days BEFORE he showed up?
-Knows the perfect little vacation spot to hit just before the Divisional round
-GAHHHHH WHY CAN’T HE JUST BE MORE CONSISTENT?!!
A tougher matchup than you think. For now, Ryan is the better quarterback. But who’s to say Romo can’t pull it together and become everything that Dallas fans would like himn to be? It could never happen. Then again, this is Romo. It could happen thisweek, and that’s both the fun, and the agony, of watching him play.