1. Former Cowboys star cornerback/return man Deion Sanders:
On Tony Romo’s performance this season:
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. 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.
On Romo standing with the fans:
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.
Thoughts: Neon Deion, Prime Time, whatever you want to call him can say whatever he wants because he’s a Hall of Famer, correct?
2. How about Redskins tight end Chris Cooley on Romo’s recent struggles:
“It’s amazing, amazing to watch him choke like that,” Redskins tight end Chris Cooley said on 106.7 The Fan in Washington. “I’m just saying, (if) I’m up 24 points in the third quarter, if I’m the head coach, I feel like I could probably just take a knee for the rest of the game, punt it away and there’s no way that Detroit’s gonna drive on you that many times. The only way you’re gonna give up that many points is turnovers, right? It’s hilarious to watch him throw pick sixes, too, back to back. I loved it.”
It got even crazier and more bizarre:
“For me to beat Tony? I’m gonna be honest, I don’t know what kind of cage fighting skills he has,” Cooley told the radio station. “I would probably try to incorporate my wrestling ability, like when I was in high school. Obviously it’s been awhile, but I didn’t like to beat people fast. I like to embarrass ‘em a little bit. Like, take a 24-point lead, and then just play with it a little bit.”
Thoughts: Absurd, coming from a guy who only has seven catches for 66 yards this season.
3. Lastly, our favorite, former Cowboys wide receiver Drew Pearson:
On whether he’s in or out on Tony Romo as the Cowboys’ quarterback:
You really have no choice. Where do you go if you’re not in? If you’re out, then who steps in to replace Tony? We’ve got to live and die with Tony. Jerry has said it. You listen to his teammates in the locker room and their comments after the game about the faith in Tony, we’ve got to support him, and he’s our quarterback. So you’ve got to support him.
The problem with Tony is what Jimmy Johnson said in some of his comments. It’s about situational football. He’s got to understand the situations that he’s in. And in football, and especially in the NFL, sometimes your philosophy has to be “Live to play another day.” You throw the ball away, you take a sack, you do whatever, but you don’t put your team in jeopardy by trying to force things and make things happen, especially when you have a lead in the game. You have to be smarter than that.
I think we’ve got to continue to ride Tony, but for Terry Bradshaw and some other people to start lumping him into the class of Danny White, lighten up man. He is no Danny White. If he was Danny White, the Cowboys would’ve won some more playoff games by now in Tony’s tenure. He would’ve led us to some NFC Championship games. He would not make the same kind of mistakes, he would understand situational football, he wouldn’t throw the football in situations where it didn’t look like he had a chance, and those situations end up affecting the football team. So that’s where I see Tony Romo right now. But here’s the problem: We have no other choice. We’ve got to live and die by him, and that’s why you hear the players still trying to pump up his confidence.
Thoughts: The loudmouth even went on to bash Dirk’s backing of Romo! This has got to end – it’s getting out of hand.
So the question is: when will Romo’s critics lessen their staunch stance on the inconsistent quarterback? Probably, never.