Which one of these two NFL quarterbacks is the best?
What about every year before 2011 when Rivers had the better team around him, and it wasn’t even close? They put up nearly identical numbers.
Then there’s 2011, which is probably Romo’s career year. He accomplished his best work with a worse O-line than Rivers has ever had. Romo still had Jason Witten and Dez Bryant who had not emerged as a top 10 guy yet. Miles Austin began to decline and has been on the way down since. Sportsbook TopBet.eu puts NFL Future Odds of the Cowboy’s vertical attack to be among the best if everyone stays healthy
In 2012, the only clear advantage Romo has over Rivers is Dez and even Witten to a lesser extent. The rest of that receiving corps is not much better than the Chargers. Running backs Murray and Mathews are a wash; neither can stay on the field anyway. From the offensive line, Romo didn’t just have Doug Free; he also had 3 different starting centers, none of which could be counted on to snap the ball directly to Romo on a regular basis. The only positive on the line was Tyron Smith and his transition to left tackle is a slow process apparently. He wasn’t bad but not great either. Then there’s the defenses supporting them, the Cowboys’ 24th ranked in points allowed as opposed the Chargers’ 16th.
As I already pointed out, before 2011 I would have said Rivers was the better player but not by much. 2011 made me give the edge to Romo, but I expected (and still do) Rivers to bounce back. This past season has firmly put Romo ahead though in my eyes.
I like Rivers, I really do. And I give him a lot more credit than most I’ve seen after the last two seasons. But when looking at him against a QB that was a very close comparison three years ago I have to give the nod to the one that has improved in the last two years over the one that has slumped.
It really is uncanny how similar the two QBs are in almost every way. Both statistically and in the situation they are in.