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Friday, December 30, 2011
Jerry: No QB I'd rather have in clutch than Tony Romo

By Tim MacMahon



IRVING, Texas – Tony Romo’s clutch failures have been well chronicled, but his boss would be completely comfortable seeing the ball in No. 9’s hands with the season on the line.

“As far as having somebody with it all on the line, as far as somebody that can keep a play alive for a game-winning type situation, there’s no one that I’d rather have than Romo,” Jones said Friday on KRLD-FM.

That might sound crazy if you get caught up in the hype about Romo’s highly publicized late-game gaffes, such as the two turnovers he had in the fourth quarter while the Cowboys blew a 14-point lead in their last trip to the Meadowlands, a season-opening loss to the New York Jets.

But Jones’ confidence is based on demonstrated skill, to borrow a phrase from Bill Parcells.

Statistically, there is not a better fourth-quarter quarterback in the NFL right now than Romo, who has engineered four game-winning drives this season and 15 in his career. Romo’s career fourth-quarter passer rating is 101.8, having completed 63.1 percent of his passes for 5,759 yards and 43 touchdowns with 18 interceptions in the final frames of games.

Next on the list: Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers at 96.9, San Diego’s Philip Rivers at 92.4, New England’s Tom Brady at 91.1 and Indianapolis’ Peyton Manning at 89.6.