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Tony Romo seems to understand his critics

Posted on: November 11, 2011 11:00 pm
 
Posted by Will Brinson

This Sunday, CBS Sports analyst and NFL Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe will sit down with Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo in advance of Dallas home game against Buffalo.

Because it's Tony Romo, Sharpe asks why the quarterback receives so much criticism and if it bothers him. And Romo, as you'll see in the preview below, has a pretty smart answer about it.

"It's just an easy thing to say until you win the Super Bowl," Romo said. "Until then any time you lose a game it's a big game. But if you win, then it really wasn't that big of a game. That just goes with the territory."

This is a great point, actually. If you win a Super Bowl, there is really only so much "choker!" screaming that can go on whenever you lose a close game. If you need further proof, just look at Eli Manning. As we've detailed previously, Romo and Eli have nearly identical stats. One big difference is that Manning's won a Super Bowl.

Which is precisely why he, unlike Romo, can get away with an the occasional rough ending to a game. And if you don't believe me, just ask people what they think of Philip Rivers, who's basically Romo's NFC criticism doppelganger.



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Since: Mar 29, 2007
Posted on: November 14, 2011 11:54 am
 

Tony Romo seems to understand his critics

Actually, I think Manning gets more crap than he deserves as well. IMO, one big starting difference is that Manning was a number 1 draft pick. Romo was an UNDRAFTED free agent. If he DIDN'T have some issues, then something would be wrong. Frankly, I think he's done more with less than virtually any QB in the NFL. Also, having been a Cowboy fan for about 40 years plus, Romo could not be more different than Danny White. He's actually very similar to Don Meredith. White inherited a team full of talent and stars and a perennial playoff team, and could never quite get over the hump. Romo only got a start because the team sucked so bad, what the hell. Until he wins a superbowl, all the haters will still hate. Who cares. Hopefully, he doesn't. Even a lot of Cowboy fans are dicks when it comes to Romo. I never thought he was that great in the first place, so I'm very happy with what he has done. Just like Austin. If only some of the guys we've drafted could do as well.



Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: November 14, 2011 10:12 am
 

Tony Romo seems to understand his critics

Comparing the stats of both these quarterbacks does not show the complete picture.  While Tony Romo has "happy feet" and chokes when the pressure is on, Eli on the other hand, is steadfast in the pocket, and plays at a much higher level when the pressure is on.
What a load of bat guano. Aside from the stats both Eli and Tony are prone to making mistakes at crucial moments. The reason for this is also the reason they both are as good as they are, they fight hard to make plays and sometimes try too hard. They both have a little bit of Favre in them to tell the truth. The way they are perceived ultimately boils down to how those gutsy plays turn out, i.e. those incredible SB catches that NY fans seem to incorrectly recall as great passes by Eli. If those catches are dropped then Eli goes down as a choker. Is it fair? Of course not but that's the way the ball drops in the NFL. I can't stand Eli personally but I don't let me bias get in the way of admitting he's a decent QB. 



Since: Nov 12, 2011
Posted on: November 12, 2011 7:33 pm
 

Tony Romo seems to understand his critics

      
; mnix47mn  Maybe you should try watching this play again. No one ever had a good hold on Eli, and the fact that he got free and was able to throw that pass tells me unquestionably that the refs were correct in not making a call.

       But, for argument sake, let's say that it was a questionable call or lack of (which it wasn't). Questionable calls happen every Sunday from week 1 to the SB. It's part of football. It's why coaches have red flags, yet you, with the hundreds of questionable calls through the season, feel that this particular one has to be a conspiracy. WOW!!!!

      What happened in this game is that the Giants beat the Pats in a close game and won the Superbowl. NO GIFT!!! Your paranoia, conspiracy theories and unreasonable thinking on this play and game are mind numbing.
 
      
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Since: Nov 12, 2011
Posted on: November 12, 2011 2:35 pm
 

Tony Romo seems to understand his critics

@RomoToOwens81 --

I did not mention a particular play when I said clutch.  Also, those passes that you refer to as flukes are winning games.  What has Romo been doing for you lately?  Manning IS a better QB than Romo and I would take him over Romo for another reason, Romo is never going to win a superbowl.  Don't be bitter, he's bound to be replaced eventually.



Since: Jul 2, 2008
Posted on: November 12, 2011 11:45 am
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Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: November 12, 2011 11:24 am
 

Tony Romo seems to understand his critics

Sorry my iPad auto corrected cherished to fetishes. I suppose all fans have a fetish to see their team win a ring :)



Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: November 12, 2011 11:22 am
 

Tony Romo seems to understand his critics

Firedog, you are wrong. As a lifelong Cowboys fan Romo is reminiscent of another Cowboys "great" that led them to division titles, produced stats, and even produced a few big wins in his carrier. If you are a true Cowboys fan pre-90s....Danny White. I lost tons of respect and BELIEF in Romo the same year dumb AR$e Coach Phillips encouraged the boys to get away from football before the playoffs during a bye week. They were dominating the league at the time and were clearly Super Bowl favorites. The great ones would have stayed home and studied film to get that fetishes Super Bowl Ring! As a man I don't fault him for locking himself in a room for one week in Mexico with Jessica Simpson. However, as a professional NFL athlete in the tick of the playoffs....REALLY? Until Romo wins a Conference Championship, let alone a Super Bowl, we have Danny White reincarnated.


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Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: November 12, 2011 10:15 am
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Since: Feb 21, 2007
Posted on: November 12, 2011 6:53 am
 

Tony Romo seems to understand his critics

No, Tony had it exactly right. Every game he loses is a "big" game; the ones he loses aren't. Just so you know some facts: Romo has a plus record in 4th quarter comebacks, and has the highest 4th quarter QB rating among veteran QBs, and that includes the Mannings and Brady.

That doesn't excuse his moments when he is brain dead; but ALL QBs have those moments. Have you watched Brady or Rivers lately?
And yes, b/c he hasn't won the SB and plays for Dallas, he gets the criticism. I remember all the comments about Peyton being a choker just a few years ago. It was wrong about him then, and it's wrong about Romo now.


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