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Jacobs: Eli is '100% better' QB than Tony Romo

Posted on: October 13, 2011 6:54 pm
 
Romo or Eli: Who ya got? (US PRESSWIRE)

Posted by Will Brinson

Much has been made this year about what kind of quarterback Eli Manning is, with respect to his peers. (Although I suppose it's not that different from any other year, then.) The first instance happened when Eli compared himself to Tom Brady in terms of where they rank in the NFL.

And now Brandon Jacobs, Giants running back, is generating a new comparison, one that's sure to fire up Cowboys fans.

"He's definitely a 100% better quarterback than Tony Romo. No question," Jacobs told Mike McCarthy of USA Today recently.

Hmmm. This is actually pretty interesting comparison -- I don't think that there's a consensus, if you took a quick straw poll, about who's better between Eli and Romo.

Eli's got a Super Bowl and, um, more than zero playoff wins, so that's probably a trump card for people who like to believe that quarterback wins have a direct correlation with quarterback talent. In equally worthless counting stats, Romo has three Pro Bowls, while Eli has just one.

Manning was drafted in 2004, just like Romo, but he got starts sooner -- Romo first started in 2006, while Eli got under center for the Giants in 2005. Eli has 24,132 passing yards in career, good for 219.4 a game, he averages 6.9 yards per attempt for his career, and has a career 167:118 TD:INT ratio.

Romo on the other hand, has 17,923 yards for his career, good for 192.7 a game, averages 8.1 yards per attempt and has a career 125:67 TD:INT ratio.

Manning sports, via Pro-Football-Reference, a 108 TD%+ (100 is average, higher or lower is better or worse than average) and a 95 INT%+. Romo sports a 118 TD%+ and a 99 INT%+, so they're basically even there. Romo's passer rating index is 116, per PFR, while Eli's is 98. (Again, 100 is average.)

Both are equal in terms of how people perceive them in the media, at least in the sense that people love to argue about whether or not they're "clutch."

I'd never expect Jacobs to say anything other than positive things for Eli, and if I were starting a team, I'd probably -- and I find this surprising -- go with Manning, since he's got the pedigree, the Super Bowl and he's younger.

But I wouldn't fault you if you said you wanted Romo either.

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Comments

Since: Sep 7, 2011
Posted on: October 14, 2011 9:41 pm
 

Jacobs: Eli is '100% better' QB than Tony Romo

Eli is better than Romo. No question , but right now I would rather have Andy Dalton than either of them. !!!!!!



Since: Jul 5, 2010
Posted on: October 14, 2011 2:20 pm
 

Jacobs: Eli is '100% better' QB than Tony Romo

If you still think that Romo's career average is 192 ypg after editing your first draft, u dont know NFL and shouldnt be writing about it.

Like the previous poster said his career average is 275 ypg.

   


  



Since: Jul 27, 2010
Posted on: October 14, 2011 11:31 am
 

Jacobs: Eli is '100% better' QB than Tony Romo

This is a close one. I would take Romo. I know he doesn't have the SB win and PO wins and has a history of choking, but Eli simply throws a INTs lately as much as TDs. I think Romo has a better "presence" whatever that counts for. I think calling Romo overrated is overrated...seems to me everyone thinks he's horrible which i just don't think is the case. He's not great, but he has shown times where he is very good and that he can stand in there and bring a team back. Eli has had the benefit of some really good defenses while Romo's haven't been nearly as good. I guess it comes down to this. I don't trust either of them with two minutes left, down by six, but I'd take the more charismatic and energetic person, which to me has always seemed to be Romo.



Since: Aug 18, 2009
Posted on: October 14, 2011 10:06 am
 

Jacobs: Eli is '100% better' QB than Tony Romo

Nice blatant miscalculation, he also seems to be saying that Romo has zero playoff wins, which is also false.  He is 1-3 in postseason.

His mother must be very proud.



Since: Aug 18, 2009
Posted on: October 14, 2011 10:03 am
 

Jacobs: Eli is '100% better' QB than Tony Romo

This is absolutely correct.  Romo sucks.  Eli sucks 100% more.



Since: Dec 10, 2010
Posted on: October 14, 2011 12:11 am
 

Jacobs: Eli is '100% better' QB than Tony Romo

Definitely Eli. C'mon on, please.



Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: October 13, 2011 9:42 pm
 

Jacobs: Eli is '100% better' QB than Tony Romo

Jacobs simply speaks the truth.  Romo is one of the most overrated players in history.  You'd think the guy had the rings of Tom Brady and the stats of Dan Marino.  He's a slightly above average QB who has always had great talent around him yet he's done nothing with any of it.  Oh but as people remind me he's got one of the highest 4th quarter QB ratings of all-time.  Sure, when your team is trailing and the other team is in prevent defense and content to surrender boatloads of yardage and a TD as long as the clock is getting chewed up you can build up nice 4th quarter stats.  Wins (especially Playoff wins) are something Romo will never build up.



Since: Sep 2, 2009
Posted on: October 13, 2011 8:11 pm
 

Jacobs: Eli is '100% better' QB than Tony Romo

Nice blatant miscalculation, he also seems to be saying that Romo has zero playoff wins, which is also false.  He is 1-3 in postseason.



Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: October 13, 2011 7:15 pm
 

Jacobs: Eli is '100% better' QB than Tony Romo

I can't believe that Romo has only thrown for 192.7 yards per game.  That either has to be a typo or a miscalculation...

Sure enough, it was calculated incorrectly.  While the yards are correct, the games played to come to 192.7 are incorrect.  28 games are included for seasons in which he wasn't even starting yet.

His real average per game is 275.7 yards per game.  Just a slight difference...




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