Michael Irvin: Tony Romo is ‘best quarterback in the NFC, period’
Tony Romo is off to a hot start to the 2013 season, despite the Dallas Cowboys’ 2-2 record. He was sharp in a loss to the San Diego Chargers on Sunday and has a quarterback rating of 105.0 through four games this year. That’s almost a full ten points above his career QB rating.
However, Romo has become known as a player who makes crucial mistakes in clutch moments and has not been able to win the big game. Unlike Super Bowl MVPs Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees, Romo turtles when his team needs him most. Despite that, Michael Irvin feels he is the best quarterback in the NFC.
According to the Dallas Morning News, the NFL Network’s pregame show panel agreed on Sunday that Romo is “the most dependable quarterback in the NFC.” Irvin went as far as to declare Romo “the best quarterback in the NFC. Period.”
They were joking, right? Rodgers and Brees are probably two of the three best quarterbacks in the entire NFL. Romo puts up stats, but he’s not a proven winner. The aforementioned two have already won a Super Bowl and could easily win another. Romo could very well go his entire career without winning a championship. You call that “dependable?”
In reality, Romo falls somewhere between Irvin’s insane declaration and this former NFL defensive lineman’s exaggerated bashing of the 33-year-old. He’s certainly above average, but his play down the stretch leaves a lot to be desired on an annual basis. Irvin has acknowledged that in the past, but apparently he has changed his mind.