Is Tony Romo a successful NFL quarterback?
From a pure numbers standpoint, the answer is yes. The soon-to-be ex-Cowboy will leave the franchise as its leader in passing yards and passing touchdowns (finishing on top of some pretty decent names). But Romo is such a polarizing NFL figure because he'll also exit Dallas without many postseason triumphs — he's been a part of the team since 2003 and has only appeared in six playoff contests, losing four.
On paper (and without all the injury issues, which are a major problem as well) Romo is firmly in that second tier of QBs, the ones who can secure nine, 10 and 11-win seasons but will also usually get edged out by the most elite options in January and February.
Therefore, when Charley Casserly says he thinks Kirk Cousins resembles Romo, it may worry those who support re-signing Cousins and provide more ammo for those who oppose it.
"I think there's a lot of similarities between these two when you look at their careers," Casserly told CSN's JP Finlay on Finlay's #RedskinsTalk podcast, "as far as the ability to make clutch plays under pressure."
"Romo had a number of plays that were bonehead plays," Casserly said of the 36-year-old with a couple of playoff wins and more than a couple of head-scratching late-game decisions. "And until he got a running game and an offensive line, that's when he really showed how good he could be. He always showed the flashes, they were always there, but he would break down at critical times under pressure. And that was his history."
"What the Redskins might have," he concluded, "they might have Tony Romo here in Kirk Cousins."
Of course, before Cousins, Washington hasn't had someone under center at his or Romo's level in years, and when you look at the situation that way, they shouldn't hesitate to retain him for many seasons to come. And Casserly himself said Cousins "has the potential" to go deep in the playoffs.
But because of gaffes like his 2016 season-crushing interception against the Giants or an iffy performance against the Packers after the Redskins won the 2015 division title, there will be doubts about whether No. 8 really deserves that type of commitment, the same kind of doubts that have followed No. 9 around for a decade. After all, as good as Romo was for the Cowboys, the organization still hasn't seen an NFC Championship game in 20 years.
For all of Finlay's discussion with Casserly, click the link below to listen to the full podcast.
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