DISCLAIMER: I am and forever shall be the biggest Dallas Cowboys fan you’ll ever meet, but I am absolutely NOT a Sooners fan. GO POKES!
No two sports figures are more under-appreciated by their fanbase than Bob Stoops and Tony Romo. Every season that Dallas misses the playoffs, or OU loses another bowl game, all I see on my Facebook and Twitter feed, and all I hear about at the office is how one or the other should be fired, that Dallas and OU will never win another championship as long as they are there.
For the record, I am one of the few Romo backers left, despite the atrocious ending to the Cowboys season. His last game against the Redskins did nothing to change that. And for some reason I get very passionate in my reaction when people say Romo sucks and that he should be gone.
Believe me, I am fully aware that he’s not the greatest, nor do I believe he could ever be called that, no matter what happens in the future. So, instead of voicing my opinion, I wanted to just put his stats out there:
- He’s completed 2,097 passes out of 3,240 attempts for a completion percentage of 64.7%,
- He’s thrown 177 touchdowns to only 91 interceptions, with an average of 25 TD’s to 13 INT’s,
- He’s thrown for 25,737 total yards, with an average per season of 3,677, and is 6th all time in Yards Per Attempt at 7.9,
- He’s 5th all time in QB Rating with a 95.6,
- He’s a 3-time Pro Bowler and holds 12 different Cowboys passing records.
I know that everyone will bring up how he folds under pressure, that he can’t win the big game. Sure, I’d agree, if there weren’t 52 other guys on that team losing just as often as he does, or a coach who hasn’t updated his playbook since 2007.
So how is this similar to Bob Stoops? Let’s see. He obviously can’t win the big game either, since he’s 1-7 in his last 8 January bowl games, and his last National Championship was 12 years ago. He’s obviously not the guy for this program. Or is he?
- His overall head coaching record is 149-36, so he wins 81% of his games,
- He’s won 1 National Championship and 8 Big12 Championships,
- He’s won 6 Coach of the Year awards,
- In 14 years at OU, he’s never NOT taken OU to a bowl game.
Now, I’m not saying either one of these men deserve Hall of Fame status (well, maybe Stoops), but I am saying that people need to open their eyes to all the accomplishments these men have achieved for their respective teams.
Romo isn’t the problem. Stoops isn’t the problem. The problem they share is the unrealistic expectations of their respective fanbase.