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August 18, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) and San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) after the preseason game at Qualcomm Stadium. The Chargers won 28-20. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Analyst: Rivers Is More Capable Of Leading Team To Super Bowl Than Romo

Tony Romo has long been the scapegoat of the Dallas Cowboys and their lack of success. While on his ESPN tour yesterday running back DeMarco Murray defended his quarterback saying that “it’s not all up to Romo.”

So that led Bucky Brooks of NFL.com to debate who you’d rather have in the clutch or in the playoffs, Tony Romo for Philip Rivers. Romo’s playoff record is 1-3, and Rivers is a more successful 3-4.

From the Dallas Morning News:

Bucky Brooks of NFL.com broke it down into five categories before making his final decision:

Athleticism (Advantage: Romo)

“Romo is a sneaky athlete with better-than-advertised speed, quickness and elusiveness,” Brooks wrote. “He routinely eludes rushers in the pocket with nifty sidesteps while keeping his eyes downfield, scanning for open receivers.”

Arm Talent (Advantage: Romo)

“Romo’s capable of making every throw in the book with velocity and touch,” Brooks wrote. “Moreover, he has the ability to squeeze throws into tight windows with excellent ball placement.”

Leadership (Advantage: Rivers)

“Rivers is also a proven winner with a distinguished track record, capturing four division titles during his tenure as San Diego’s starter,” Brooks wrote. “That’s an impressive haul for any quarterback, particularly one who has dealt with great turnover in the offensive lineup.”

Game Management (Advantage: Push)

“Romo has been one of the best game managers in pro football since becoming the Cowboys’ starting quarterback,” Brooks wrote. “Rivers had been one of the best caretakers in football prior to the last two seasons, when he struggled with turnovers and negative plays.”

Clutch Factor (Advantage: Rivers)

“Rivers has been a standout performer in the clutch throughout his career,” Brooks wrote. “He has led the Chargers to a 44-14 (.758) regular-season record in the months of November, December and January, including a 29-5 mark in December and January.”

Conclusion:

Brooks concludes by naming the winner of this matchup based on ‘his outstanding performance in the clutch throughout his career.’

Tags: Dallas Cowboys Philip Rivers San Diego Chargers Tony Romo

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