|Deion Sanders likes Tony Romo but says 'you can't trust him.' (Getty Images)|
Posted by Ryan Wilson
Deion Sanders is an analyst for the NFL Network, and he's a former Cowboy, too, so it stands to reason that he'd have some thoughts on his former team. He's previously weighed in on wide receiver Dez Bryant, his one-time mentee, and after what transpired at the Jerry Dome Sunday against the Lions, Sanders spoke frankly about everybody's favorite punching bag, quarterback Tony Romo.
"I don’t understand this guy. Just when you want to believe in him, heroic effort, came back against San Francisco, they said punctured lung and everything," Sanders said during the NFL Network's Sunday night wrap-up show. "And we praised him, we said, 'Yeah, he’s that leader, he’s their guy.' And then you come and do this. What are you thinking? Sooner or later we’ve just got to quit guessing and assuming that this guy’s is the guy to get you over the hump, and say, 'You know what? This guy is always going to be great statistically, but he’s not that guy that can take you to where you want to go.' And that’s the Super Bowl."
Sounds familiar because it's what we hear every season with Romo, a top-10 NFL quarterback who goes through stretches (usually at the worst possible moments) where he looks like he's never thrown a football.
Still, despite his wildly inconsistent play from one week to the next, we didn't single him out in the latest edition of Coach Killers for one reason: defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, who can't blame sore ribs or a punctured lung for his decision to not double-cover Calvin Johnson on the game's most important play.
And if Romo apologists are looking to dispel the notion that the Cowboys' quarterback is solely responsible for Sunday's loss, Grantland's Bill Barnwell offers a helping hand.
"Go watch those [Romo interceptions] again. It's one thing when a quarterback makes a terrible throw to the sideline and it gets jumped by an eager defender. That's a throw that invites a pick-six. The two interceptions that were returned for scores were both disappointing throws, but neither of them were totally on Romo. And if you watch the returns, you'll note that Bobby Carpenter and Chris Houston run through virtually the entire Cowboys offense en route to the score. …There's nothing about those interceptions that forced the Cowboys to avoid making tackles, and assigning Romo all of the blame for those plays because the Cowboys didn't tackle is beyond unfair."
Okay, so it wasn't all Romo's fault, but none of his 10 teammates made him throw the ball in those situations.
Perhaps it's time for the Cowboys offense to devote some practice time to tackling would-be interceptors. It's unconventional, yes, but Romo's going to throw picks so it only makes since to be prepared. Either way, to hear Sanders tell it, the torch-and-pitchfork crowd is mobilizing.
"Dallas Cowboys fans are sick of it. We had [Romo] on our shoulders last week. 'Oh Tony, he’s our king!' But now we want to stone him. I’m serious, that’s the way [fans] feel about him because you can’t trust him. I like him. Statistically, he’s great, but you can’t trust him."
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