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Deb
05-28-2007, 09:50 AM
Building the Romobot
By Rafael Vela
LINK (http://www.theboysblog.com)

My claim that Jason Garrett will try to make Tony Romo more Troy Aikman-like drew some strong responses. Some readers opined that Romo lacked Aikman’s arm strength. Others claimed Garrett might be trying to make Romo something that he’s not because Aikman was a master of accuracy and Romo could not measure up.

Bunk. I was watching tape of Romo riddling the Colts defense in his 19 for 23 day (football withdrawl strikes hard) and felt strong deja vu. I saw the ball coming out quickly on timing patters. I saw Romo fire darts inside tiny coverage boxes to Jason Witten. I saw Romo deliver three perfect slants to Terry Glenn, which set up a pump and go on Dallas’ winning TD drive.

I saw a guy who looked every bit as accurate at old number eight. Then I decided to see if this was a one-game fluke.

Let’s look at the greater numbers. Here’s Tony’s ‘06 line:
Year Att. Comp. Comp. % YPA TDs Ints. Rating
2006 337 220 65.3 8.61 19 13 95.1

Only once in his legendary career did Aikman top the 65.3 completion percentage Romo posted last year. And he never approached Romo’s 8.61 yard per attempt. In fact, Aikman never topped 8.0 YPA in any season.

Let’s look more closely at Romo’s season and see how his performances broke down. 2006 can be split into halves.
Opponent Att. Comp. Yards Rush Yds. TDs INTs Result Score
Panthers 24 36 270 141 1 1 Win 35-14
Redskins 24 36 284 118 2 0 Loss 19-22
Cardinals 20 29 308 119 2 0 Win 27-10
Colts 19 23 226 114 0 1 Win 21-14
Bucs 22 29 306 141 5 0 Win 38-10

That’s an otherworldly five games. Romo stayed within the program, built on his training camp habits of reading and releasing the ball quickly and kept his head. Amazing plays seemed to come in course, but they all appeared natural. He would have been and should have been 5-0 had the Cowboys not committed a dozen penalties and botched a field goal block in Washington.

Then, Romo seemed to buy into his own hype. After his five TD coming out party on Thanksgiving Day, the Romo cool began eroding:
Opponent Att. Comp. Yards Rush Yds. TDs INTs Result Score
Giants 20 34 257 100 0 2 Win 23-20
Saints 16 33 249 (39) 1 2 Loss 17-42
Falcons 22 29 278 95 2 1 Win 38-28
Eagles 14 29 142 41 1 2 Loss 7-23
Lions 23 32 321 42 2 1 Loss 31-39

Romo’s dazzling bomb to Witten in the Meadowlands obscured a poor performance. For the first time, blitzes got into his head. He missed open receivers. He tried forcing passes into covered ones and his fundamentals became inconsistent. Bill Parcells told the press post game that QB coach Chris Palmer warned him in the first quarter that Romo was “off the reservation” that day.

Teams began defensing him differently from that point, keeping their ends wide to prevent Romo from rolling out and devastating them with deep balls.

He was also done in by lack of support. Note the rush totals for the three December losses. (I put the Saints total in parenthesis because this is what the Cowboys produced after Julius Jones’ 77 yard rush on the first play from scrimmage.) In every instance the Cowboys could not muster 50 yards against three defenses (the Saints, Eagles and Lions) who struggled stopping the run.

Romo showed his mortality. I doubt many QBs could compensate for such anemic rushing attacks, much less his team’s suddenly porous secondary. Nevertheless, Romo deserves some blame. He undermined a sterling 111 QB rating against Detroit by fumbling three times, twice inside his own 20.

That said, the new system offers the possibilty of reclaiming the early Romo. It will emphasize speed, timing and quick releases. And Romo has demonstated without question that he has the accuracy and arm strength to make it work.

What nobody knows, not even Romo himself, is whether he can match Aikman’s maturity and consistency; Troy put six consecutive seasons together at Romo’s ‘06 level, never mind his Pantheon-quality postseason play.

If you doubt Romo, raise emotional and cognitive questions. He’s got the physical skills to make Troy’s old playbook work.

BlitzburghNation
05-28-2007, 02:10 PM
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tonyromo9
05-28-2007, 02:16 PM
hah lol oh a steeler boeard romo news im confused yet excited lol

TEEMONT
05-28-2007, 03:30 PM
whats a homobot?

tonyromo9
05-28-2007, 03:36 PM
lol harsh

Black@Gold Forever32
05-28-2007, 03:38 PM
whats a homobot?

It could be this.......:lol:


http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p80/CP88photos/QuinnCrotch.jpg

TEEMONT
05-28-2007, 03:54 PM
It could be this.......:lol:


http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p80/CP88photos/QuinnCrotch.jpg

lol...I thought that was a Gaydy Quinn?

I heard a homobot was something that pretended to date country superstars....then got pounded in the rear by his best WR, and couldn't catch Field Goal snaps b/c there was a permanent layer of KY on his fingers.......

Black@Gold Forever32
05-28-2007, 03:57 PM
lol...I thought that was a Gaydy Quinn?

I heard a homobot was something that pretended to date country superstars....then got pounded in the rear by his best WR, and couldn't catch Field Goal snaps b/c there was a permanent layer of KY on his fingers.......

:lol::lol::lol::lol:Very true I must be getting the gay QBs confused.lol

TEEMONT
05-28-2007, 04:00 PM
:lol::lol::lol::lol:Very true I must be getting the gay QBs confused.lol

It's ok.....very understandable....lol

At least I can say, as much as I can't stand him, Ben def is not gay...lol

SteelerSteve
06-01-2007, 03:29 AM
Just for anyone curious here is a list of the leagues gay qbs:Alex Smith,Eli Manning(the whole engagement is just a cover up),Carson Palmer, Tony Homo,:lol: If I missed anyone please let me know

tonyromo9
06-01-2007, 06:57 AM
i didn't know Carson was gay lol or is that the steeler talking i really have to know r u seruios

TEEMONT
06-01-2007, 10:50 AM
Dude....Carson sucks **** for nickels.