How Good is Tony Romo at Predicting Plays Before They Happen Really?
The Wall Street Journal watched nearly 50 hours of game tape to calculate Romo’s hit rate.
Since stepping off the gridiron and into the CBS broadcast booth last season, ex-quarterback Tony Romo has shown a particular knack for predicting what will happen on the football field.
Able to read defenses just as well from his seat as from inside the pocket, Romo routinely anticipates plays seconds before the snap, most recently during the AFC Championship game between the Chiefs and Patriots.
As a result, many viewers think is a football soothsayer, to The Wall Street Journal set out to see if that’s actually the case.
To make it happen, the WSJ examined all 2,599 plays from every game the ex-Cowboys QB called this season and counted the number of times he made a specific prediction, as opposed to a general observation.
Per the analysis, Romo has made 72 play predictions this season and was correct 68 percent of the time.
“I think what happens is I don’t think anymore,” he told the WSJ. “I’ve never studied it, obviously, but when the game gets close and it’s important, I want you to feel like you have a little piece of what’s going on. I just think it’s more fun, more enjoyable to have a little more information when you’re watching something.”
Interestingly enough, Romo is more accurate as a broadcaster than he was as a quarterback as his 68 percent prediction percentage is better than his 65.3 career completion percentage.
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