- Tim MacMahon, ESPN Staff Writer
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Jason Garrett accurately called this arguably the best season of Tony Romo’s career. That doesn’t mean Romo should be considered a Pro Bowl snub.
Just because Romo played as well or better than he did in his three previous Pro Bowl campaigns doesn’t mean he earned another trip to Hawaii. Romo won’t go, even with Eli Manning busy with the Super Bowl.
Nobody can question Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers and New Orleans’ Drew Brees as the NFC’s top two quarterbacks. One set the NFL record for passer rating while leading his team to a 15-1 record. The other broke the league record for passing yards while playing for a 13-3 team.
Carolina’s Cam Newton will be Manning’s replacement. It’s hard to have a problem with that, considering that Newton set a rookie record with 4,051 passing yards and a record for all NFL quarterbacks by rushing for 14 touchdowns.
The NFC quarterback with the biggest beef isn’t Romo, the league’s fourth-highest rated passer (102.5) after throwing for 4,184 yards with 31 touchdowns and only 10 interceptions. It would be Detroit’s Matthew Stafford.
Stafford, the former Highland Park High star, became the fourth quarterback in NFL history with a 5,000-yard season. He became the seventh quarterback in NFL history to throw for more than 40 touchdowns in a season. He led the Lions, a longtime NFL laughingstock, to the playoffs.
Romo had a great year despite Dallas’ late-season fade. It just wasn’t good enough to get to the Pro Bowl given the NFC’s ridiculous riches at the quarterback position.