When Considering Franchise’s Past, Tony Romo’s Career Should Only Be Measured In Super Bowls
While certainly igniting an international debate over the merits of a completed catch, last season’s playoff loss to Green Bay also provided Tony Romo’s harshest critics an opportunity to come out of the closet once again.
By losing his third road postseason game in as many attempts, it was suggested that Romo remains a quarterbacking failure when compared to the long list of past Cowboy greats. To be great, winning big games on the road is essential.
Such a statement is both suggestive and misleading.
What is lost among the glitter of five Super Bowl trophies and the brilliance of field generals such as Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman is the fact that America’s Team, over all of sixty-five seasons, has posted just a 9-15 record in road postseason games.
While Staubach was certainly brilliant away from home, posting a 4-1 mark while leading Dallas into four world championship games during the 1970’s, all other Cowboy quarterbacks have been far less fortunate.
Don Meredith was winless in two tries, and Craig Morton, though owning a 2-0 record, was the beneficiary of some brilliant support from teammates. His 7-of-22 performance in the 1970 NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park stood up only because of a dominating defensive effort that caused two John Brodie turnovers amongst twenty-one incompletions. And in the 1972 Divisional against San Francisco, Morton’s victory was made possible only by the heroic fourth-quarter efforts of Staubach, who came on in relief after head coach Tom Landry decided he had seen enough of his starter.
Danny White won his very first road playoff start in comeback fashion over Atlanta in 1980, but then defined his career with four consecutive defeats.
Even the unflinching Troy Aikman owned a losing record away from Texas Stadium in January. His performance in Dallas’ 1992 NFC Title upset of San Francisco is the stuff that legends are made of. Few remember that it was the only road playoff victory of his twelve-year career.
Romo’s ultimate place among the quarterbacking legends of Dallas won’t be based upon his record in postseason games outside of Texas, but on how many Super Bowls he can lead the Cowboys to with the remaining years of his career.