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Friday, October 27, 2006

Do We or Don't We Want Tony Romo?

You know the problem with 24 hour sports coverage. It gives everyone ample time to prove each other's arguments irrelevant. Take the case of Tony Romo.

Kevin Sherrington of the Dallas Morning News has basically panned the move by the Cowboys to Romo as QB. As fodder, he tosses out the fact he's already on pace for 33 interceptions. What an insult! Aaron Brooks hasn't even thrown 30 interceptions in a season, although Peyton Manning once made a run at it.

WFAA's Dale Hansen reminds people of the fans' excitement when the Cowboys finally made the switch from 3-time NFC Championship Game QB Danny White to Gary Hogeboom. Hogeboom threw for three interceptions in his first start. After that, his biggest accomplishment was making the cut to compete on Survivor. I don't know about you, but I'd never confuse Drew Bledsoe with a 3-time Conference Championship game QB.

Then there's Mike Ditka reminding us how irrelevant the speculation is by reminenscing about how Roger Staubach threw for 2 touchdowns and 8 interceptions in his first stint as a starter. Ditka also set the record straight on the pocket passer v. mobile QB debate. He noted how, in today's game, the most successful quarterbacks haven't been the "pure" pocket passers with cannon arms like Drew Bledsoe or the really mobile QB's, ala Michael vick. It's been guys who can move in the pocket like Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger. Compelling. That seems to describe Romo.

But we will not know until Romo gets some games under his belt. And now is his opportunity. The one thing we know? He's not a QB in his mid-thirties with no upside on a middle of the road team. So, I say bring him on.


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