Ah, let the criticism continue. Sports Illustrated recently conducted a poll of 180 real, live NFL players and asked the oft-wondered question of who is the most overrated player in the NFL. #1 was no surprise. Garnering a whopping 34% of the vote was the illustrious Tim Tebow. Our only question is how can a player that gets no respect as it is be overrated? Do people truly believe he will succeed in this league as a starting QB? They must, or else he wouldn't be rated high enough to be considered overrated.
Tied for 2nd with 8% of the vote (with none other than Tebow's buddy Mark Sanchez) is Tony Romo. Excuse my french, NFL players, but that's a load of ****. Overrated? Get out of here. Tony Romo is the sole reason the Dallas Cowboys have been on the verge of relevant since he took over. Has he gotten them to a Super Bowl? No. Does he have the talent to? Yes.
Of course, the results of the poll aren't necessarily surprising. There are a whole myriad of folks who have made careers out of tearing up Romo. What is surprising though is that the poll is of NFL players themselves. I bet nobody on the 49ers thought Romo was overrated when he came back and beat them last year in overtime with a punctured lung. I wonder if anyone the Philadelphia Eagles thinks he's overrated, or maybe they failed to remember when he beat them 3 times in one season, including the playoffs? What about members of the Giants? Sure, he's had his fair share of failures, but in a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately league he is currently 1-0 against them this year. In a career 83 starts, Romo is 50-33. That's good for a 66% winning percentage. Aaron Rodgers' winning percentage? 66.1%. Steve Young's? 65.7%. Even Mr. Joe Theismann, who we know isn't much a fan of Romo, is at 62.1%.
Of course, I already know your rebuttal. "Yea, but those guys all have rings". They sure do. Can't argue that. But Romo is not by a long shot done winning games in the NFL, and therefore still has the opportunity to slip the diamond-studded ring on his finger.
What I would really like to see is who the players think is the most underrated player in the league. My guess? Romo is near the top of that list too. That's just the player he is. He gets way too much credit when they win, and way too much blame when they lose.
Last season, Tony Romo was the only reason the Dallas Cowboys had a chance at the playoffs. He earned a top-5 ranking in nearly all of the major metrics used to evaluate QBs. This year, he's had his struggles along with the entire team. Would this team be 3-3 with Kyle Orton leading the charge? I think not.
Truth be told, the poll doesn't matter one bit. But it does give us here at DC101 a chance to stand up and say we support Romo. And that's something we will continue to say until the day he is no longer the Dallas Cowboys quarterback.
For more, and less subjective, info, check out the ESPN article here
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