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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: Aug 29, 2007
Posted on: November 12, 2011 2:31 am

Tony Romo seems to understand his critics

God help you nflfan if you think Eli's pass to David Tyree was Manning being clutch.  It was the flukiest play in Super Bowl history and without it the Giants would not have won that game and Eli would be receiving just as much heat as Romo has been.  He is not better than Tony Romo.  You have got to be kidding me.  All he does is throw balls up for grabs.  You hear commentators mentioning it all the time.  Look at some of these deep TD passes to Victor Cruz this year.  Half of them are total flukes and anybody with a brain realizes it.  I thought Worthlessberger was lucky but Eli redefines lucky. 

Since: Nov 12, 2011
Posted on: November 12, 2011 2:19 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.

Eli is a clutch quarterback, whereas the same cannot be said about Romo.

Even if you set aside Eli's superbowl win, these quarterbacks are markedly different.     Eli rallies his teammates and makes them a better, more complete team.  Romo does not have this leadership quality.  In fact, Witten is the leader in the lockerroom.

These quarterbacks are diametrically different.  Romo's weakness is Eli's strength.

Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: November 12, 2011 12:28 am

Tony Romo seems to understand his critics

Obviously you do not live in NY or pay attention to any media, NY or national.  Eli Manning gets absolutely killed routinely.  Even now, people are just barely beginning to warm up to the guy and admit he is a good QB.

But it is pertinent for guys like Brees and Peyton Manning, who needed an SB win badly.  Aaron Rodgers had a few years to get his but it's even better for him that he got it early.

Sanchez mostly wins playoff games but everyone (rightfully) thinks he is awful and won't credit him for winning.

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