Tony Romo’s Year in Numbers

[tags]Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys, Quarterback, Passer Rating[/tags]

Tony RomoSlightly lost in the feel-good year of Tony Romo in 2006 was how his performance ranks with the all-time greats in the history of the Dallas Cowboys. In terms of passer rating, only Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman had better individual seasons, and each of them only had one season better than Romo’s 2006 campaign. His completion percentage of 65.3% was also the third best in team history. In fact, Aikman occupied the top six spots in this category until last year.

All-Time Best Passer Rating, Season (Top 25)

Year Name Att. Comp. Yds. TD Int. Rating
1971 Staubach, Roger 211 126 1882 15 4 104.8
1993 Aikman, Troy 392 271 3100 15 6 99.0
2006 Romo, Tony 337 220 2903 19 13 95.1
1973 Staubach, Roger 286 179 2428 23 15 94.6
1995 Aikman, Troy 432 280 3304 16 7 93.6
1979 Staubach, Roger 461 267 3586 27 11 92.3
1982 White, Danny 247 156 2079 16 12 91.1
1970 Morton, Craig 207 102 1819 15 7 89.8
1992 Aikman, Troy 473 302 3445 23 14 89.5
1998 Aikman, Troy 315 187 2330 12 5 88.5
1968 Meredith, Don 309 171 2500 21 12 88.4
1966 Meredith, Don 344 177 2805 24 12 87.7
1981 White, Danny 391 223 3098 22 13 87.5
1977 Staubach, Roger 361 210 2620 18 9 87.0
1991 Aikman, Troy 363 237 2754 11 10 86.7
1983 White, Danny 533 334 3980 29 23 85.6
1969 Morton, Craig 302 162 2619 21 15 85.4
1994 Aikman, Troy 361 233 2676 13 12 84.9
1978 Staubach, Roger 413 231 3190 25 16 84.9
1962 Meredith, Don 212 105 1679 15 8 84.2
2005 Bledsoe, Drew 499 300 3639 23 17 83.7
1999 Aikman, Troy 442 263 2964 17 12 81.1
1980 White, Danny 436 260 3287 28 25 80.7
1985 White, Danny 450 267 3157 21 17 80.6
1996 Aikman, Troy 465 296 3126 12 13 80.1

The Dodger and Other Running Quarterbacks

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Roger StaubachMost Cowboys fans can remember Roger Staubach’s scrambling ability as one of his great attributes. Not surprisingly, among quarterbacks in team history, he has the top three positions in terms of rushing yards by a quarterback in a single season.

Steve Pelleur was another scrambler who had the fourth highest total (314) in 1988. One year later, rookie Troy Aikman passed the 300-yard mark with 302 yards. Neither Aikman nor any other Cowboy quarterback has rushed for more than 300 yards in a season since 1989.

As you can see below, Tony Romo’s 102 yards last season ranks pretty low on the list of quarterbacks who have rushed for at least 100 yards in a season. With a full season, I would expect him to get more.


Year Name Att. Yards Ave. TD
1971 Staubach, Roger 41 343 8.4 2
1974 Staubach, Roger 47 320 6.8 3
1975 Staubach, Roger 55 316 5.7 4
1988 Pelleur, Steve 51 314 6.2 2
1989 Aikman, Troy 38 302 7.9 0
2003 Carter, Quincy 68 257 3.8 2
1986 Pelleur, Steve 41 255 6.2 1
1973 Staubach, Roger 46 250 5.4 3
1965 Meredith, Don 35 247 7.1 1
1966 Meredith, Don 38 242 6.4 5
1970 Staubach, Roger 27 221 8.2 0
1963 Meredith, Don 41 185 4.5 3
1976 Staubach, Roger 43 184 4.3 3
1978 Staubach, Roger 42 182 4.3 1
1961 Meredith, Don 22 176 8.0 1
1990 Aikman, Troy 40 172 4.3 1
1979 Staubach, Roger 37 172 4.6 0
1977 Staubach, Roger 51 171 3.4 3
2001 Carter, Quincy 45 150 3.3 1
1987 Pelleur, Steve 25 142 5.7 1
1993 Aikman, Troy 32 125 3.9 0
1968 Meredith, Don 22 123 5.6 1
1980 White, Danny 27 114 4.2 1
1992 Aikman, Troy 37 105 2.8 1
1981 White, Danny 38 104 2.7 0
2006 Romo, Tony 34 102 3.0 0

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