Dallas Cowboys: Ron Jaworski

Before Brady-Manning, Cowboys QBs had rivals

January, 13, 2014
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IRVING, Texas -- Tom Brady and Peyton Manning will meet for the 15th time in their careers on Sunday when the New England Patriots play the Denver Broncos in the AFC Championship Game.

It will be their fourth playoff, which are the most postseason matchups between quarterbacks since 1950, according to Elias.

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Maybe there will be some Brady-Manning (or Manning-Brady) fatigue this week, but the matchup got me thinking about the Dallas Cowboys.

Roger Staubach had Terry Bradshaw. Troy Aikman had Steve Young and Brett Favre.

In the early 1970s, the Cowboys knocked out John Brodie’s San Francisco 49ers three straight years, but Staubach (1971) started just one game and Craig Morton started two (1970, ’72). Staubach eliminated the Los Angeles Rams in 1973, ’75 and 76 but he faced three different quarterbacks in John Hadl, Ron Jaworski and Pat Haden.

That’s why Bradshaw is the pick.

Was there a better rivalry in the NFL than the Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers? They were the magical teams of the 1970s and the Steelers can lay claim to the team of the decade because of their wins in Super Bowl X and Super Bowl XIII. That last loss still stings members of the 1978 Cowboys.

Staubach and Bradshaw met only twice in the regular season with the Steelers winning those matchups, too.

Aikman had a 4-3 record against Young in the 1990s. The Cowboys went through the Niners in back to back NFC Championship Games in 1992 and ’93 on their way to Super Bowl wins against the Buffalo Bills.

Young broke through in 1994 by beating the Cowboys in the NFC title game to win his only Super Bowl as a starter.

They played in four regular-season games against each other with the quarterbacks splitting the meetings.

In order to get to the 1993 and ’94 NFC Championship Games, the Cowboys had to go through the Green Bay Packers, beating Favre twice in the divisional round. Aikman beat Favre in the NFC title game in 1995.

Aikman had a 6-1 record against Favre in head-to-head meetings. The only loss in the series came in the only meeting at Lambeau Field on Nov. 23, 1997, a 45-17 decision.

Tony Romo 15th in Jaws' QB countdown

July, 9, 2013
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Ron Jaworski's daily countdown of the top quarterbacks in the NFL rolls on, and he's got the Dallas Cowboys' Tony Romo ranked No. 15 this year:
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"I have always liked Romo, but his play in the final regular season game of the 2012 season with the NFC East title on the line still bothers me. You just can’t make mistakes, regardless of whose fault it is. It was the fourth quarter interception with three-and-one-half minutes remaining and the Cowboys trailing by three. That I just can’t forget. You can’t make a throw with no definition in that particular situation, regardless of the pressure.

“Then I look at Romo one week earlier. Two big-time drives in the final five minutes against the Saints, tying the game with 21 seconds remaining. Back-to-back weeks, two different Romos. Those kinds of peaks and valleys is why Romo is No. 15 on my board. I love his talent, and there’s no doubt perception has overtaken reality in the negative world view of Romo, but I would like to see more overall consistency in his play. He’s capable of it.”

Now, you can argue that Jaws has Romo too low on his list. I personally feel he does. But what you can't argue is that Romo has himself to blame for the fact that this can still be the reason for downgrading him on a list like this. All of the things people say in support of Romo are true. He succeeds in spite of a rotten offensive line, makes plays other quarterbacks can't make when the play breaks down. The one-playoff-win thing can't be laid entirely at his feet. He led the Cowboys back from behind over and over again last year in real games that counted in the standings in order just to get them into that division title game in Washington. All of that is true.

But it's also true that he threw the three interceptions in that game, after a half-season in which his interception problem had lay dormant. And it's true that this is the one consistent thing that keeps Romo from the top level of rankings like this -- his maddening tendency to make mistakes in these big moments and big games. It is the one thing about his game that he needs to correct if he's to be ranked among the great quarterbacks in the game today, and even if such rankings don't matter to him, it's fair to say that correcting this issue would help him and the Cowboys attain the heights for which they strive.

So you can disagree with Jaws here, as I do. But as we have discussed here at length, one of Romo's biggest problems is that he continues to give his critics ammunition. If the whole world is sitting there waiting for you to throw three interceptions in the biggest game of the year so it can say, "See! I told you that guy was no good!", and you do it, then there's really not a lot you can say when they continue to underestimate you. Great as Romo has shown he can be, there's still too great a chance of his making a mistake at the worst possible time. Even his staunchest defenders can't deny this, especially not after that Washington game last year. The truly great quarterbacks are the ones we expect to succeed in the biggest spots. Romo's still a guy you fear will fail. And until he changes that, the people who want to rank him outside the top 10 for that reason are justified.

Jaws ranks Tony Romo as No. 15 QB

July, 8, 2013
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Tony Romo insists that he isn’t an 8-8 quarterback. But one prominent quarterback expert considers Romo to be just an average starter at this point of his career.

Romo came in at No. 15 in ESPN analyst Ron Jaworksi’s quarterback rankings, falling five spots since last summer. A handful of quarterbacks with only one season of starting experience – Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick – are among those whose names have yet to be called as Jaws works his way from No. 32 to No. 1.

Why does Jaworski sees Romo as a middle-of-the-pack starter?

“I have always liked Romo, but his play in the final regular season game of the 2012 season with the NFC East title on the line still bothers me,” Jaworski said. “You just can’t make mistakes, regardless of whose fault it is.

“It was the fourth-quarter interception with three-and-one-half minutes remaining and the Cowboys trailing by three. That I just can’t forget. You can’t make a throw with no definition in that particular situation, regardless of the pressure.

“Then I look at Romo one week earlier. Two big-time drives in the final five minutes against the Saints, tying the game with 21 seconds remaining.

“Back-to-back weeks, two different Romos. Those kinds of peaks and valleys is why Romo is No. 15 on my board. I love his talent, and there’s no doubt perception has overtaken reality in the negative world view of Romo, but I would like to see more overall consistency in his play. He’s capable of it.”

Ron Jaworski: Tony Romo is Top-10 QB

July, 1, 2012
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ESPN's Ron Jaworski is ranking the NFL quarterbacks and he's got the Cowboys' Tony Romo at 10th out of 30.

Many of you have questioned Romo's abilities and whether the Cowboys should invest more money in him down the line. Romo has two seasons remaining on his contract and the franchise seems intent on giving him an extension.

Here is some of what Jaworski said about Romo, via NFC East blogger Dan Graziano.
"There's an instinctive awareness to Romo's play that I've always liked," Jaworski said. "He's always been able to move within the pocket, and he's also very good at extending plays outside the pocket, especially moving to his left. That's not easy for a right-handed quarterback to do."

Romo has completed 66.5 percent of his career passes and thrown 149 touchdowns and 72 interceptions. But his inability to take his team deep into the playoffs has raised questions about his long-term future and whether he's an elite quarterback.

Since 2006, the first year Romo became the starting quarterback when he took over for Drew Bledsoe, he's thrown for 20,834 yards, seventh most in the league. Drew Brees has thrown for 28,394 since that time to lead the NFL. Romo's 149 touchdown passes are sixth most since 2006. Brees has 201 touchdown passes to top the list.

Romo is with some elite company numbers-wise -- Tom Brady, Philip Rivers, Eli Manning and Peyton Manning -- but as we've talked about in the past, he needs to push his team to a deep playoff run.

ESPN picks Fort Worth as Super Bowl base

July, 21, 2010
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ESPN has chosen Sundance Square in downtown Fort Worth as its production headquarters for Super Bowl XLV, it was announced Wednesday.

In all, more than 80 hours of ESPN television coverage, as well as ESPN Radio shows, and other related content across ESPN’s multimedia platforms will be based out of Sundance Square. All on-site telecasts will be open for free public viewing.

“I can not think of a better partner for Fort Worth than ESPN,” Fort Worth Mayor Mike Moncrief said. “Super Bowl week is going to be very special for our citizens and ESPN will add to the excitement. We welcome the ESPN team into our family.”

Some of ESPN’s most popular programs will originate from Sundance Square throughout the week, including daily editions of "Mike & Mike in the Morning", "SportsCenter", "NFL Live", a special three-hour edition of "Sunday NFL Countdown" on Super Bowl Sunday, and more. Chris Berman, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson, Ron Jaworski, Keyshawn Johnson, Suzy Kolber, Stuart Scott, Hannah Storm, Trey Wingo and Steve Young are among the many on-air commentators expected to be featured throughout Super Bowl week, along with top guests from the world of sports and entertainment. All shows will be open for public viewing.

“This is one of the biggest broadcasting opportunities we have ever hosted,” Sundance Square developer Ed Bass said. “As the cultural heart of the city, Sundance Square offers the perfect location, availability of space, and built-in audience where ESPN can interact with our visitors. ESPN will benefit from this dynamic urban environment and Fort Worth will be showcased as a vibrant, authentic, and diverse city to millions of people across the country.”

ESPN the Magazine has also chosen Fort Worth as the site for its annual NEXT event, one of Super Bowl week’s top parties. ESPN the Magazine will announce the event venue later this year.

In addition, ESPN 103.3 FM will broadcast from Sundance Square during the week.

“The city and business leaders from Fort Worth and Sundance Square have welcomed ESPN with open arms, and we are thrilled that our production headquarters, ESPN The Magazine’s NEXT party and other related events will originate from this world-class destination throughout the week of Super Bowl XLV,” ESPN Executive Vice President John Skipper said.

Super Bowl XLV will be held at Cowboys Stadium on Feb. 6, 2011.

50 years of bad blood for Cowboys, Eagles

January, 8, 2010
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The 1,400 miles between their stadiums are the least of what separates the Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys.

If Philadelphia has grit, Dallas has glitz. The Cowboys have won five Super Bowls, the Eagles none. No one is spared the wrath of Eagles fans -- not even Santa Claus.

Cowboys fans tend to be more genteel. If Tom Landry's suit and fedora epitomized the Cowboys' corporate culture, the Eagles' aggressive stance was embodied by that old school brawler Buddy Ryan.

In the fifty seasons they've been playing against each other, the Cowboys have won 56 times, the Eagles 44. But the bad blood those games generated can hardly be measured, nor the real blood spilt.

Some of the participants in the rivalry's recent years recalled some of the more memorable moments:

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BUDDY RYAN (Eagles head coach, 1986-90): What made me mad was in the strike year [1987] he [Tom Landry] played his front four, which were his starters and the running back and the quarterback. And we had people off the street, you know, you weren't supposed to be playing them. I told him after the game 'When you come back to Philly we're gonna whip your butt.' And of course we did for the next five years.

DARREN WOODSON (Cowboys safety, 1992-2003): I remember the play when Michael Irvin went down. To have a guy laying on the field with a neck injury, and then the fans ... it was classless. But this is what you expect from an organization, well, not an organiztion, but a fan base that booed Santa Claus.

RON JAWORSKI (Eagles QB, 1977-86): I really think when Steve Sabol and NFL Films coined the term America's Team, I think it just ticked everybody off. Why are they America's Team? Why wasn't Philadelphia America's Team? Yeah, obviously, the Cowboys were winning and everything else, but the people in Philadelphia were very provential saying, 'Hey we don't like that term. Why are they America's Team?' So they became the team that the people in Philadelphia hated ...

ED 'TOO TALL' JONES (Cowboys DE, 1974-78, 1980-89): I think those rivalries for years took football to another level. I think that whether you're a Cowboys fan or an Eagles fan, I think the public appreciates good hard-nosed football from very talented ball clubs and coaching staffs. And again I think that it's made a difference in why we love the game of football. Those rivalries of the Cowboys and Eagles.

DREW PEARSON (Cowboys WR, 1973-83): We didn't expect what we got [in losing to Philadelphia in the 1980 NFC Championship]. We were too concerned maybe about their fans. We were too concerned maybe about the weather, what to wear, what not to wear. Maybe too concerned about the field, what cleats worked, what didn't work on that sorry field at the Vet.

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