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Romo didn't know it was fourth down?

Maybe Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo’s inability to bust through the glass ceiling against which his career is repeatedly bumping comes not from a lack of desire or work ethic.

Maybe he’s just not smart enough to be a high-level NFL quarterback.

The first piece of evidence that’s causing us to explore this theory comes from Sunday’s loss to the Broncos.  Per Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Romo possibly didn’t realize that it was fourth down when it was, you know, fourth down in the closing seconds of the seven-point loss to the Broncos.

Hill points to video from KDFW, which shows Romo telling his linemen to get up and then flashing three fingers to an official.  Romo then “screams and walks off the field” after hearing the response.

Romo’s error is being identified as a possible explanation for his otherwise inexplicable decision to throw the ball twice to receiver Sam Hurd while he was being covered by Denver cornerback Champ Bailey.

So what happened?  Possibly, the spike that Romo used to kill the clock on second down didn’t register for him.

Regardless, of all the people in the stadium in position to know the down and distance information, the one person who must know it is the quarterback of the team in possession of the ball.

Even if it was a temporary release of brain gas, the fact remains that franchise quarterbacks don’t make that mistake.  Ever.

And so, until he proves otherwise, Romo won’t be regarded as a franchise quarterback by us.

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111 Responses to “Romo didn't know it was fourth down?”
  1. SmackMyVickUp says: Oct 5, 2009 7:33 PM

    Romo probably doesn’t know what day of the week it is most days. Like the saying goes, even a broken clock is right twice a day.

  2. Twiz says: Oct 5, 2009 7:34 PM

    Romo is not regarded as a francise QB by anyone except Cowboy fans! Why should PFT be any different?

  3. slipkid says: Oct 5, 2009 7:34 PM

    well he was getting touched frequently by broncos rushers…
    this event is a far cry from marino’s fake spike turned td against the jets wbw…

  4. Derrick says: Oct 5, 2009 7:38 PM

    Cowboys aren’t winning anything with Romo as their quarterback. The guy is a spare backup at best and is the most overrated quarterback in the league…

  5. Rex Grossman says: Oct 5, 2009 7:39 PM

    LOL.
    ‘Nuff said.

  6. ProfessorEmmitt says: Oct 5, 2009 7:39 PM

    “The way you perform make them feel about you different.”

  7. CanadianVikingFan says: Oct 5, 2009 7:40 PM

    Sounds like something Donovan McNabb would say. McNabb must just be stupid, all the rankings start 0 – 0 -0, so unless hes completely oblivious to everything hes just a liar. As for Romo, hes just as bad.

  8. Kevin from Philly says: Oct 5, 2009 7:40 PM

    And here I thought it was just the Cowboy fans who were dopes.

  9. Zachary Pennington says: Oct 5, 2009 7:41 PM

    If you read the rest of the link, coach Wade pretty much throws Romo under the bus for this. Way to back your boy up, WP.

  10. Brewster says: Oct 5, 2009 7:43 PM

    It didn’t matter. He couldn’t hit an open receiver yesterday if he had 6 downs to do it.

  11. tv says: Oct 5, 2009 7:44 PM

    Just par for the course.
    Maybe Jerry Jones has been tutoring him on being a bully and getting his way.
    You know, Jerry would have gotten that 5th down!

  12. kravon says: Oct 5, 2009 7:45 PM

    No real surpise.

  13. NoFootballtalk says: Oct 5, 2009 7:45 PM

    Wow. Just wow. The Cowboys should trade him for whatever they can get. I’m sure they could get a similar package as the Jay Cutler deal. And then they could get a real QB. I hate the Cowboys anyway, but theres no hope for Romo anymore. At first I thought he was good enough to get it done, but he’s just an incompetent moron, there’s no way around it

  14. BradyGazelle says: Oct 5, 2009 7:46 PM

    I’m just so glad that genius Jerry already invested $25 million in Romo. Like Twiz said – nobody outside of Dallas thinks Romo is a franchise QB. I’m not sure he should even be a starter anymore. He almost got a couple of his WRs killed yesterday. He makes two game-killing plays for every play he keeps alive.
    The Cowboys are toast. They are lucky they still have the Chiefs and Raiders so they might have a chance to squeak out an 8-8 record.

  15. DCSNIPA202 says: Oct 5, 2009 7:46 PM

    Why the hell did he throw at Champ Bailey 16 times, he got to the 4th quarter and went full TARD!!!!!!!!

  16. FireJerryJones says: Oct 5, 2009 7:46 PM

    He’s quite a golfer…. what no mulligan?

  17. VoxUcker says: Oct 5, 2009 7:47 PM

    “Maybe he’s just not smart enough to be a high-level NFL quarterback.”
    too easy…

  18. ninjaneer says: Oct 5, 2009 7:49 PM

    he, like anyone else that actually watched that last play, saw champ baily with both arms completely around hurd as the ball was sailing through the air. he thought it was a penalty, so he kept his offense on the field. haters. screw you.

  19. jan van flac says: Oct 5, 2009 7:49 PM

    I think Romo sux but isn’t the playcalling partly the coach’s fault?

  20. Quagmire says: Oct 5, 2009 7:52 PM

    So he not only looks like Gomer, he is Gomer.
    Are you sure it’s 4th down, Shazam…Sgt. Carter is going to really be mad.

  21. ATLien says: Oct 5, 2009 7:52 PM

    So maybe you’ll start referring to him as Running back like you used to do with Vick back in the day?

  22. pubicreign says: Oct 5, 2009 7:53 PM

    Only plus to that game was “Free Reign” getting a plug during the commentating. ……….gay

  23. Romo With Game on Line says: Oct 5, 2009 7:55 PM

    I’m a Cowboys fan and I think this might be the straw that broke the camel’s back…I keep defending this guy but he keeps making us Cowboys fans look foolish. My question though is this — why wasn’t Witten on the field those last few plays?

  24. MLA handbook says: Oct 5, 2009 7:58 PM

    Mike, I have noticed recently that you use “us” and “we” a lot when providing an opinion. Do you really run this past the PFT staff? NBC? They’re all on board and agree that Romo is not franchise material? Did Gregg and Tom sign a waiver to their opinions? Why the need to use a collective voice?
    None of these questions are rhetorical. I demand answers.

  25. TFBuckFutter says: Oct 5, 2009 8:01 PM

    I remember watching Drew Bledsoe throw the ball away on 4th down to end a game once for New England.
    Until this season, Tony Romo has been a better QB than Drew Bledsoe.
    This season, he looks a lot like him.

  26. VoxUcker says: Oct 5, 2009 8:02 PM

    He’s not a complete idiot — some parts are missing.

  27. HarrisonHits says: Oct 5, 2009 8:03 PM

    Quagmire you’re killin’ me, great Gomer Pyle reference.

  28. thebootguy says: Oct 5, 2009 8:03 PM

    If brains were dynamite, Tony Romo couldn’t blow his nose! The same goes for anybody who still thinks this loser will ever be even an adequate NFL QB!!! $ 67 mil contract, Jerry? LMFAO!!!!!!

  29. Ocelot138 says: Oct 5, 2009 8:08 PM

    Ahahaha… hahahahaha… hahahahaha!

  30. LiveNBreatheFootball says: Oct 5, 2009 8:08 PM

    I give up. I like the franchise, but several personnel (and the owner) need to be replaced.

  31. BirdFlu says: Oct 5, 2009 8:09 PM

    Cowboy fans make themselves look foolish. The team just puts the icing on the cake.

  32. Ocelot138 says: Oct 5, 2009 8:09 PM

    Where’s Vox?
    Hiding under his mom’s bed, no doubt. Hahaha!

  33. Bigbluefan says: Oct 5, 2009 8:10 PM

    Has he ever seen those guys on the sidelines with the poles with the big numbers on them?
    What an ahole

  34. VoxVeritas says: Oct 5, 2009 8:12 PM

    “Even if it was a temporary release of brain gas, the fact remains that franchise quarterbacks don’t make that mistake. Ever.”
    Ugh. Florio you always talk about people in absolutes but you do it all the time, just like this.
    Not only that but you give an opinion then play it up as fact and try to draw a conclusion like this. But I’ll play. Just remember that football experts never say that Terry Bradshaw’s dead unless he really is dead.
    Franchise QBs don’t ever forget the down? Drew Bledsoe wasn’t a franchise QB? Troy Aikman wasn’t a franchise QB? What’s your opinion of QBs that think that games can’t end in ties? What about coaches that forget what down it is in the Super Bowl and give the order to let the other team’s RB score?

  35. VoxVeritas says: Oct 5, 2009 8:13 PM

    “My question though is this — why wasn’t Witten on the field those last few plays?”
    He was. He was blocking.

  36. HughJorgan says: Oct 5, 2009 8:16 PM

    I like last year when on a fourth down play, after a timeout, Romo hit his receiver right between the shoulder blades. Hilarious.

  37. Smush Rodrigez says: Oct 5, 2009 8:17 PM

    This is way worse than McNabb’s overtime debacle. Way, way worse. This guy just acts as if he does not care. If he was in a more passionite city like Philadelphia or New York – he would eaten alive for saying that it was only a game and only a loss – no big deal.

  38. giantphan says: Oct 5, 2009 8:18 PM

    so like is it chicken or tuna???? i mean it like totally says tuna but its called chicken of the sea ….. maybe like duh ….. romo was like the smartest guy in the whole wide world till he went to the beach with lil jessie and mommy and daddy ….. so lemme get this straight ….. it goes ….. 1st down ….. 2nd down …… 3rd down ….. then its 4th?????but at the end does throwing the ball at the ground count???? isn’t that like free or something???? i am like so incredibly befuddled ….. i wish you all would like stop pickin on tony ….. he throwed it over by that champ guy like a million times and he only caught it like one time

  39. Otis Taylor 89 says: Oct 5, 2009 8:19 PM

    Bring back Yoko Romo!

  40. VoxVeritas says: Oct 5, 2009 8:20 PM

    Not sure what difference it makes, you run the plays that are called no matter what down it is. It’s not like he threw the ball away to keep from getting sacked or to stop the clock.

  41. Romo With Game on Line says: Oct 5, 2009 8:21 PM

    You guys laugh at Romo making his millions….why doesn’t anyone laugh at Stafford or Matt Ryan…those guys have done just as much as Romo. Whenever Romo does good you all say it’s the o-line or the receivers…and whenever he blows a game in the 4th you put it soley on his shoulders….the only thing he was responsible for was the bobbled snap.

  42. pubicreign says: Oct 5, 2009 8:22 PM

    “My question though is this — why wasn’t Witten on the field those last few plays?”
    Due to the fact of your terrible coaching staff….JJ shorted the funds on that department. I’m assuming at some point over the prior years budget meetings oversized TV’s and uncomfortably large standing room only sections outweighed the allocated funds.

  43. VoxUcker says: Oct 5, 2009 8:23 PM

    “VoxVeritas says:
    October 5, 2009 8:12 PM ”
    Nice try…
    (not really)
    Romo’s a dumbass.
    Kill yourself.
    Please.

  44. HughJorgan says: Oct 5, 2009 8:24 PM

    Romo’s made some impressive scores in his career, Carrie Underwood, Jessica Simpson…not bad for a guy who has yet to win a playoff game.

  45. Joe in Toronto, Canada says: Oct 5, 2009 8:25 PM

    Well this proves that Romo is almost as dumb as Vox.
    Almost.

  46. dizzle says: Oct 5, 2009 8:27 PM

    Anyone notice in the Ravens v Patriots game on 4th and 1 from the 3, some Pat back picked up the first down, but not the TD, to make it first and goal. Ray Lewis made the stop, ran off the field in celebration thinking he stopped them on 4th and goal, when it was 4th and 1 from the 3. Anyways, is he not a franchise player because he forgot what was going on?

  47. rjgreen3 says: Oct 5, 2009 8:27 PM

    Even Cowboy fans realize that Romo is not an elite QB! Now is the time for Jerry Jones to admit he screwed up by giving a decent backup QB too much money! It’s time to draft a QB! He still hasn’t admitted that he is overpaying Jason(I should have taken the Ravens job!) Garrett! The Cowboy offensive gameplan looks like it was run in highschool!

  48. Smush Rodrigez says: Oct 5, 2009 8:28 PM

    CanadianVikingFan says:
    Sounds like something Donovan McNabb would say. McNabb must just be stupid, all the rankings start 0 – 0 -0, so unless hes completely oblivious to everything hes just a liar. As for Romo, hes just as bad.
    ***
    This is totally different… In the heat of battle forgetting the overtime rule is not even nearly as bad as not nowing down and distance. Romo comes across as apethetic. McNabb came across as being worn down after a bad game and going through personal issues with his wifes delivery.
    Romo cannot sniff McNabb’s jock as far as being a QB. You can throw out stupid meaningless stats all you want. McNabb is a winner who puts it all out and Romo is a loser who doesn’t seem to care (and if he does – he just stinks). Also, Vox, it does not matter where they were drafted (or not drafted).
    And, Cowboy fans, maybe you should stop getting mad at Romo. He is who he is. maybe you should be mad at the guy who gave him all of the money and is running your franchise into the ground and making YOU the laughing stock of the NFL. Yes, YOU. The other teas like Cleveland do not think they are good.

  49. SkinsFanInNebraska says: Oct 5, 2009 8:28 PM

    I’d say something really rude about Tony Romo right now — but my favorite team has Jason Campbell. :-(

  50. goJags says: Oct 5, 2009 8:37 PM

    Is this a challengable/reviewable play?

  51. giantphan says: Oct 5, 2009 8:42 PM

    Romo With Game on Line says:
    October 5, 2009 8:21 PM
    You guys laugh at Romo making his millions….why doesn’t anyone laugh at Stafford or Matt Ryan…those guys have done just as much as Romo. Whenever Romo does good you all say it’s the o-line or the receivers…and whenever he blows a game in the 4th you put it soley on his shoulders….the only thing he was responsible for was the bobbled snap
    _________________________________
    the bobbled snap ……
    the following year in the playoffs at the end of the giant game …… the int he threw to lose the game wasn’t his fault …. so its only the bobbled snap
    ryan is second year
    stafford played 4 games
    how long do we consider romo a newbie???? eight, ten years ??

  52. hammster_receptical says: Oct 5, 2009 8:47 PM

    Man, I watched that whole game wondering how the Donkies would get gifted their 4th game in a row…and there it was…ROMO!
    Romo, The Gift Giver.
    Too bad T.O. wasn’t there to drive the bus over him after the game.

  53. Romo With Game on Line says: Oct 5, 2009 8:47 PM

    How long is Romo signed for anyway

  54. giantphan says: Oct 5, 2009 8:52 PM

    it’s not just romo, the coaching staff sux too
    near the end of the giant game the giants started the winning drive with something like 3:30 left in the game …. as the giants moved the ball the dullass cowboy coaching staff didn’t call any time outs to save time for their offense in case the giants scored
    was it just me who thought they blew it????
    i’m glad they didn’t ….. as a giant phan lol

  55. Romo With Game on Line says: Oct 5, 2009 8:52 PM

    giantphan that playoff game was a different story TO did nothing and our offensive line was eaten up against the pass rush like it’s been this year. you can’t blame romo, these guys got abused by elvis and company….it happened to be an int but like a hail mary at the end of a game, it’s either going to get batted down or intercepted….as for the eagles game…44-6 but if you remember romo was playing hurt…unlike mcnabb romo plays hurt. mcnabb has always had the luxury of playing with a good ground game and a good o-line…romo hasn’t had a great cast of weapons besides t.o….marion barber didn’t even get 1000 yards last year and felix jones gets hurt every game…not too dependable of a running game. don’t blame romo for jerry giving up all that crap for roy williams…shoulda kept t.o.

  56. bills9951 says: Oct 5, 2009 8:53 PM

    florio, child please, you have it all wrong, this is totally TO’s fault….not Tony Romo, cmoooooooooooooooooooooon mannnnnnn!

  57. giantphan says: Oct 5, 2009 8:56 PM

    hammster,
    have faith …. t.o can still throw him under the bus lol

  58. Rebecca says: Oct 5, 2009 9:03 PM

    I’m a Cowboys fan but very disappointed again this year that Jerry Jones continues to make bad personnel and coaching decisions. There are reasons Tony Romo wasn’t drafted and he is showing those everytime he steps on the field. Believe me when I say, there’s no one in Dallas who thinks Romo is a franchise QB but like other franchises across the country, the fans are victims of poor owner management. It will another long, painful season for Cowboy fans.

  59. giantphan says: Oct 5, 2009 9:04 PM

    romo on the line,
    my hats off to you ….. i stand corrected ….
    but a dubya is a dubya lol
    mcnabb and san diego’s tomlinson …. he took himself out of the game a few weeks back and the coaches were pissed cause the doc cleared him to go back….
    which is ok i guess but he sits there like a whipped dog and doesn’t cheer for his team thats what pisses off his team mates
    good luck this season

  60. Smush Rodrigez says: Oct 5, 2009 9:09 PM

    is Romo signed for anyway
    giantphan says:
    October 5, 2009 8:52 PM
    it’s not just romo, the coaching staff sux too
    ***
    Don’t forget that their d-backs are afraid to tackle.

  61. singletaryfan49 says: Oct 5, 2009 9:15 PM

    I love Tony romo ! As long as he is in Dallas no other team has to worry ! It is like a built in safety device ( for losing) . Lol

  62. cowboytruth says: Oct 5, 2009 9:16 PM

    Truth says…this story could be the most ridiculous thing ever written — Romo was looking flashing 3 fingers for “3 seconds” on the clock because he correctly should have got a flag for pass interference, as Chump’s right arm was wrapped around Hurd before the ball got there….no Zebra had the stones to throw the flag….ninjaneer, you see it as the Truth shows…… and Florio, don’t help the Dallas press look stupid, they do fine all by themselves. As far as throwing on Chump, well where was he on the 4th and 3 catch/run?

  63. TFBuckFutter says: Oct 5, 2009 9:21 PM

    “giantphan says:
    October 5, 2009 8:42 PM
    how long do we consider romo a newbie???? eight, ten years ??”
    Someone in another thread labelled Romo “Still very young.”

  64. VoxUcker says: Oct 5, 2009 9:25 PM

    “cowboytruth says:
    October 5, 2009 9:16 PM
    Truth says…this story could be the most ridiculous thing ever written — ”
    Geezus, what a rant. That’s at least three diaper changes right there.

  65. Resolution says: Oct 5, 2009 9:28 PM

    As a Giants fan, I hope they keep Romo for many years. Why? Because is is flat out average, nothing more nothing less. And being average means you’ll never go all the way and you’ll only be good enough to give your fans hope, but nothing more. Clearly, Romo isn’t *awful*, but he will never be a game decider… Average. Thats all.
    Vox would agree I think, take a look at his stats for the past few years. Not awful, not great. Average. Cowboy fans hate him because the mistakes he makes happen to be game deciders.
    Florio is wrong, no man is a machine. ALL QB’s make some mistakes at times, some make much more than others. Its how few mistakes you make that define you.

  66. giantphan says: Oct 5, 2009 9:35 PM

    ok so let me get this right
    a still very young qb that can’t count
    db’s that are afraid to tackle
    a coaching staff that can’t or won’t call time outs
    and every year four or five analysts say dullass is the team from the nfc thats going to the superbowl
    HOW BOUT THEM COWBOYS cheerleaders

  67. giantphan says: Oct 5, 2009 9:37 PM

    reso,
    the great ones learn from their mistakes
    not romo

  68. giantphan says: Oct 5, 2009 9:40 PM

    g’nite friends
    time to watch da game

  69. m2002m says: Oct 5, 2009 9:51 PM

    “Romo probably doesn’t know what day of the week it is most days. Like the saying goes, even a broken clock is right twice a day.”
    Agreed, but doesn’t saying a clock is broken imply that at some time it was working sucessfully?

  70. thebootguy says: Oct 5, 2009 9:52 PM

    cowboytruth – they didn’t call it because there was no penalty. You lost, Romo is stupid, it’s going to be a VERY long year for you ‘Boys fans, QUIT WHINING AND DEAL WITH IT!!! Your team is a bunch of pretenders again! ROTFLMFAO

  71. Joe C says: Oct 5, 2009 10:05 PM

    I’ve said this pretty much since Romo became the starter…name me ONE big game that Romo has won. One. He went 0-3 against the Giants last year. He’s 0-1 this season already. He didn’t know what down it was?
    Now sure, the Cowboys get KC, who they better demolish. But I think Romo’s play is an extension of his head coach, Wade Phillips, who I have NO idea how Jerry Jones retained. The guy is a relic from the 80′s or something. The Cowboys need a take-charge coach. Remember Jimmy Johnson? He didn’t put up with ****, and it only got the Cowboys 3 SB rings in the 90′s. That must seem like 40 years ago.

  72. PFTiswhatitis says: Oct 5, 2009 10:06 PM

    Wow!

  73. shawnc16 says: Oct 5, 2009 10:08 PM

    ninjaneer says:
    October 5, 2009 7:49 PM
    he, like anyone else that actually watched that last play, saw champ baily with both arms completely around hurd as the ball was sailing through the air. he thought it was a penalty, so he kept his offense on the field. haters. screw you
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Sorry but if Champ had both arms wrapped around Hurd he culdn’thave knocked the ball down. Like anyone else that actually watched the last play and knows anything about football, it is legal for the Corner to put his arm on the WR as long as he doesn’t redirect him on impede his progress. Champs play was legal. If Romo was thinking the same as you expain the 3 fingers.

  74. shawnc16 says: Oct 5, 2009 10:13 PM

    cowboytruth says:
    October 5, 2009 9:16 PM
    Truth says…this story could be the most ridiculous thing ever written — Romo was looking flashing 3 fingers for “3 seconds” on the clock because he correctly should have got a flag for pass interference, as Chump’s right arm was wrapped around Hurd before the ball got there….no Zebra had the stones to throw the flag….ninjaneer, you see it as the Truth shows……
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    The rule allows for Champ to put his arm on Hurd before the ball gets there cowboytruth, that’s not pass interference until he redirects or impedes the WR which he never done. The time on the clock won’t have ben an issue at all since the game can’t end on a defensive penalty (cause the if so the boys would have got time to run that last play regardless of how much time was on the clock) so sorry that couldn’t have been it either.

  75. ninjaneer says: Oct 5, 2009 10:25 PM

    shawnc16 ,
    his left arm being wrapped around hurd’s torso so he can’t raise his own left arm to catch the ball and swatting it with his right hand isnt impeding the wr huh?
    impede=to interfere with or slow the progress of: to hinder

  76. JerryinSeattle says: Oct 5, 2009 10:26 PM

    Florio,
    This post is just another example of your anti-Cowboy bias and your penchant for lobbing personal attacks in the direction of Tony Romo. First of all, you couch the post as a statement in fact as opposed to speculation (as reported by the Star Telegram).
    Second, Witten was on the field, but was being used as a blocker (you can question the wisom of that decision by Jason Garrett, but that’s not on Tony Romo). Third, if Romo lost track of what down it was, why would he hold up 3 fingers? Did he think that the fourth down play was actually second down? C’mon, Florio.
    Finally – and most importantly – even in the event that Romo (or any other QB for that matter) forgot the down in that situation, would it really matter? The only play at that point in the game is a throw to the endzone – it doesn’t matter if it’s first, second, third of fourth down. With 4 seconds on the clock and down by the 7, the only play for the trailing team is to throw to the endzone. He didn’t throw it to Hurd because he thought it was third down, he threw it to Hurd because Garrett called a max protect scheme with only two wideouts in the pattern and Hurd was the first read and crossed Bailey’s face on both patterns. They obviously didn’t connect, but that’s the result of poor execution, not due to losing track of what down it was.
    Perhaps rather than Romo not being smart enough to be a franchise QB, you aren’t smart enough to run a real site. Real sites report on facts, not speculation (the instances of incorrect “reporting” on your site are too numerous to list here) and real reporters don’t allow their personal agendas to interfere with their reporting.
    Perhaps you should read more Peter King (rather than unsuccessfully debating him at halftime of college football games) or Mike Lombardi on the National Football Post – you might learn a thing or two about objective, responsible and insightful reporting.

  77. thebootguy says: Oct 5, 2009 10:27 PM

    cowboytruth says:
    October 5, 2009 9:16 PM
    Truth says…this story could be the most ridiculous thing ever written — Romo was looking flashing 3 fingers for “3 seconds” on the clock because he correctly should have got a flag for pass interference, as Chump’s right arm was wrapped around Hurd before the ball got there….no Zebra had the stones to throw the flag….ninjaneer, you see it as the Truth shows……
    ====================
    CHILD PLEASE!!!!! Even a ‘Boys fan knows that argument won’t hold up! At least I hope they’re not all as stupid as Jessica’s ex!!!!! LMFAO!!!!!

  78. Hugh says: Oct 5, 2009 10:47 PM

    MLA handbook says:
    October 5, 2009 7:58 PM
    Mike, I have noticed recently that you use “us” and “we” a lot when providing an opinion. Do you really run this past the PFT staff? NBC? They’re all on board and agree that Romo is not franchise material? Did Gregg and Tom sign a waiver to their opinions? Why the need to use a collective voice?
    ———————————————————————
    Maybe he is refering to the sensible half of the Dallas fans who realize Romo sucks and the rest of the NFL fans in the country that realize Romo sucks.
    Just saying.

  79. giantphan says: Oct 5, 2009 10:50 PM

    i agree with whats his name ….. and totally agree with his comments …… so that should put an end to it ….. thanks for playing ….. please pick up a copy of our home game …… g’nite …… fade to black

  80. BelovedBears says: Oct 5, 2009 10:57 PM

    I think the Cowboys mascot should replace Romo next week. Or maybe a cereal mascot should be the starter. Funny look at NFL mascots at:
    http://sites.google.com/site/cerealfun/home/nfl

  81. giantphan says: Oct 5, 2009 11:01 PM

    ok we all know that romo isn’t the sharpest knife in the draw ….. when he held up three fingers it was because he thought hurd caught the ball giving them six points and he wanted to go for the three point after touchdown play ….. so quit saying he doesn’t know whats going on or that he isn’t aware of whats actually happening in real time …… he did send a text to terrell owens to say he was sorry for not throwing it to him on 4th down ….. he is a highly medicated no sorry dedicated team mate.
    (doing my best t.o. impression)
    NOW QUIT PICKING ON ROMO ….. thats t.o’s quarterback … sniffle, sniff sniffle ….. your not being fair ….. sniff sniffle ….. he takes that personal man ….. sob, sniffle, sniff, sniff ….. dats my quarterback …… sniffffffff, (booger wipe) sniff sniff …… ROFLMAO

  82. giantphan says: Oct 5, 2009 11:04 PM

    now lets all hold up two fingers for romo
    playoff bound???

  83. FelixTheCat28 says: Oct 5, 2009 11:27 PM

    What he said: Thank you jerry in seattle for having a clue. Did Jimmy Johnson reject you for a job at some point? Why do you hate the Cowboys so much?
    Florio,
    This post is just another example of your anti-Cowboy bias and your penchant for lobbing personal attacks in the direction of Tony Romo. First of all, you couch the post as a statement in fact as opposed to speculation (as reported by the Star Telegram).
    Second, Witten was on the field, but was being used as a blocker (you can question the wisom of that decision by Jason Garrett, but that’s not on Tony Romo). Third, if Romo lost track of what down it was, why would he hold up 3 fingers? Did he think that the fourth down play was actually second down? C’mon, Florio.
    Finally – and most importantly – even in the event that Romo (or any other QB for that matter) forgot the down in that situation, would it really matter? The only play at that point in the game is a throw to the endzone – it doesn’t matter if it’s first, second, third of fourth down. With 4 seconds on the clock and down by the 7, the only play for the trailing team is to throw to the endzone. He didn’t throw it to Hurd because he thought it was third down, he threw it to Hurd because Garrett called a max protect scheme with only two wideouts in the pattern and Hurd was the first read and crossed Bailey’s face on both patterns. They obviously didn’t connect, but that’s the result of poor execution, not due to losing track of what down it was.
    Perhaps rather than Romo not being smart enough to be a franchise QB, you aren’t smart enough to run a real site. Real sites report on facts, not speculation (the instances of incorrect “reporting” on your site are too numerous to list here) and real reporters don’t allow their personal agendas to interfere with their reporting.
    Perhaps you should read more Peter King (rather than unsuccessfully debating him at halftime of college football games) or Mike Lombardi on the National Football Post – you might learn a thing or two about objective, responsible and insightful reporting

  84. FelixTheCat28 says: Oct 5, 2009 11:30 PM

    Hey Joe C…
    As far as big games Romo has one, how bout’ the win against the favorite at the time Brett Favre Packers in 07′ when they came to Dallas and they were both undefeated? You know the year they went 13-3 ??
    What about the win against the Giants at NEW york that same year. I guess you must have forgot the scrambling play where he hit witten for 40 yards to set up the Martin G. game winning FG?? Don’t remember that one I guess??
    I guess his overall record as a starter at 29-15 just doesnt register with people. Tony Romo is one hell of a QB..theres obviously bigger thing at work here.

  85. East Bay Ray says: Oct 5, 2009 11:36 PM

    @JerryinSeattle:
    Great post. I wasn’t sure that logic and reason were allowed here in the comment section. I see it so rarely.
    Florio’s not a reporter. He is what a friend of mine calls a “sh-t stick”, stirring up sh-t just for kicks (or, in this case, for site traffic). He knows that piling on Romo and calling him stupid will attract all the pathetic readers here who hate the Cowboys more than they like their own teams.

  86. Smush Rodrigez says: Oct 5, 2009 11:54 PM

    Romo With Game on Line says:
    ….as for the eagles game…44-6 but if you remember romo was playing hurt…unlike mcnabb romo plays hurt. mcnabb has always had the luxury of playing with a good ground game and a good o-line…romo hasn’t had a great cast of weapons besides t.o….marion barber didn’t even get 1000 yards last year and felix jones gets hurt every game…not too dependable of a running game. don’t blame romo for jerry giving up all that crap for roy williams…shoulda kept t.o
    ***
    Are you living in a dream world? Or should I say; Are…you….living….in….a….dream….world….
    Have you ever pasi attention to the Eagles? McNabb doesn;t play hurt? Except 4 tds on a broken leg and a whole season with a sports hernia.
    The Eagles have barely ran the ball in McNabb’s time on the Eagles. And, I thought that the Cowboys had the best…running…attack….ever….
    Romo has had fine weapons. Witten’s pretty good right? Julius Jones, Barber, Felix Jones, and TO were all good, right?
    “Felix is always hurt”. Yeah, and everyone knew that when he came out of college. That is why the Eagles and other teams passed on him. Bad pick, Jerry.
    I think you can blame Romo for getting rid of T.O. Fact is, your team is a mess right now.

  87. ItalianArmyGuy says: Oct 5, 2009 11:59 PM

    A total of thirty-five CowGirls whiffed on tackle attempts on Marshall while he waltzed into the end zone with the winning score from a 100 billion yards away – and all you dorks can talk about is if Jessica Romo knows what down it is? She has more important things on her mind – like shoe shopping. Don’t bother Jessica Romo with little things like down and distance! Please. Isn’t that what coaches are for?

  88. RevSkip says: Oct 6, 2009 12:25 AM

    Is anyone but Vox surprised by this? He muffs FG attempts in big games, throws multiple picks in big games and generally screws his team’s chances to win. I am not at all surprised by his stupidity or his laissez faire attitude following the game.

  89. Obeah says: Oct 6, 2009 12:42 AM

    Tony Romo misses Jessica, and T.O. so much that he doesn’t know what day it is.

  90. FumbleNuts says: Oct 6, 2009 12:59 AM

    If men could reproduce, Romo would be a cross between Gomer Pyle and Forrest Gump.
    Remember Romo, life is like a box of chocolates.

  91. tmj says: Oct 6, 2009 1:04 AM

    Lost in all this finger pointing is one aspect that has been completely overlooked – the new stadium in Dallas.
    Aside from the video board and its ability to field punts, there is another problem. That’s the location of the play clocks. It’s fairly standard in other stadiums, but not in Jerry’s palace.
    Eventually it will become a home-field advantage for the Cowboys. Maybe Romo was so distracted looking for a play clock he forgot what down it was.

  92. nato2424 says: Oct 6, 2009 1:05 AM

    look at all these crying cowboy fans. booo hooo. How does that orange crush taste. His name is not chump, its CHAMP for a reason. You dont throw at him or near or him. The cowboys are a mess are and there fans are just lookin for somethin to blame it on. Your team just isnt that good.

  93. SoCal#1CowboysFan says: Oct 6, 2009 1:18 AM

    As the (Self Proclaimed) #1 Cowboys in So Cal I must say I have been a Romo supporter since he’s been with Da Boys but I have never said he was their franchise QB. He definately won’t make any Cowboys fan forget Roger Staubach or Troy Aikman! Now those are two franchise QB’s! Tony is just not consistant enough. I will say the offensive line didn’t exactly throw a sheild around him against Denver on Sunday! He missed quite a few open receivers as did Denvers QB and you can’t forget what down it is especially at the end of a game! Some mentioned Jason Whitten and I was saying that throughout the game? Where’s Whitten? He made a few catches but it seemed he was not used like he usually is. Either he was covered or they forgot about him or he had an injury we didn’t know about. I think they should have gotten him involved alot more. Having said all this I must admit I’m not so sure Tony is the guy to lead us to the Super Bowl and win it. They are still my BOYS however and as a true fan, I will stand behind them. I will also be critical when need be!
    Go Cowboys!

  94. Tony Montana says: Oct 6, 2009 3:33 AM

    Romo is a TOOL!!! His I’m “just happy to ere” attitude blows!! I’m a fan, but I’m realistic! He’s not only problem, but he’s the main problem. Believe ther’s alot of Cowboys fans that are ready to choke the hell out of him! Jerry can market a team like no other. We need a coach that is going to snap these a**holes back in line!! Romo made a couple of plays these past seasons and everyone (here) swelled his head up! He’s over rated, over paid and makes way to many mistakes, bench his ASS!!

  95. troll_aikman8 says: Oct 6, 2009 3:44 AM

    What every Cowboys fan has to ask himself is “What would Jimmy Johnson do?”
    Johnson would have Kitna taking first team snaps this week and would bring in another veteran to push or destroy Romo. The team has to move on. The major issue with the situation is that Romo is a $60M man.
    Which bring the bigger issue that Dallas has almost zero hungry players. Everyone is well-paid and fat, with the exception of the 3 or 4 players that are programmed to play at a high level regardless of contract situation.
    Jerry/Stephen Jones messed up royally. It took Parcells 3 years to get the team to a respectful level, and it took Jones 2 seasons to urinate all over it.

  96. Bwa Ha Ha says: Oct 6, 2009 6:30 AM

    Romo is just good enough. He’s just good enough to keep the ‘girls from trying to get better. He’s fragile enough between the ears to keep Jerry from having competition from someone else. I love it, as long as Romo is “good enough” the rest of the league gets to continue to laugh at the once mighty cowboys. He will win a few surprise games, just enough to give you hope, but don’t expect a delivery of the promise.

  97. StillMadAtSlobber says: Oct 6, 2009 6:38 AM

    # nato2424 says: October 6, 2009 1:05 AM
    look at all these crying cowboy fans. booo hooo. How does that orange crush taste. His name is not chump, its CHAMP for a reason. You dont throw at him or near or him.
    _________________________________
    Exactly, Champ took over the AFCCG in 2005 and led Denver to the SB. I forget exactly how many rings Champ has.

  98. kravon says: Oct 6, 2009 6:58 AM

    Tony needs to lead the Cowboys to a playoff win before you can seriously speculate about his ability to lead to a SB.

  99. Outfoxed says: Oct 6, 2009 7:10 AM

    Infrastructure guys!!!! It’s all about infrastructure and the ability to rotate people thru the system and maintain a high level of on field talent. Wanny couldn’t do it with the Dolphins, Jerry and Phillips can’t do it with the Boys. Jerry thinks he is a football guy but has proven otherwise when left on his own accord.
    Instead of sticking to his brain trusts that develop a strong infrastructure ala Jimmy Johnson (then Switzer, Chan, etc) and Tuna (then Phillips), Jerry cuts them off right after their work is done. Then he, thinking he has the ability, takes over to maintain the system. Progressive erosion has occurred in both instances. You are seeing it again now and the Boys are showing tremendous decline.
    Good job Jerry!!! Time to hire a GM who knows what he is doing and leave him alone.

  100. Patsfan1776 says: Oct 6, 2009 8:43 AM

    Spiking the ball is the most over used tactic in pro football. If you are inside the red zone, just throw a quick out and take a shot. The defense is scrambling to the line so spiking the ball enables the d to set up.

  101. giantphan says: Oct 6, 2009 9:08 AM

    as you can see i am a die hard ny giant phan ….. yes it does my heart good seeing a story like this but enough is enough ….. tony has won more games than any other qb since troy, romo has been here how many years???? the last time the boys won a playoff game????? so its not all romo’s fault ….. but i would still like to see this current trend continue …..lol
    good luck cowboy fans …..
    i enjoy close games with everyone healthy, without cursing the fans and calling them rude names
    go blue!!!!!

  102. Bill Cowher's Chin says: Oct 6, 2009 9:26 AM

    # giantphan says: October 5, 2009 9:35 PM
    ok so let me get this right
    a still very young qb that can’t count
    db’s that are afraid to tackle
    a coaching staff that can’t or won’t call time outs
    and every year four or five analysts say dullass is the team from the nfc thats going to the superbowl
    HOW BOUT THEM COWBOYS cheerleaders
    ________________________________
    Lets not forget that the biggest pussy of all, Patrick Crayton, ran out of bounds twice on kick retuns versus Carolina, in order to avoid the punter. Seriously, I will say that again, Crayton ran out of bounds to avoid the kicker!!!!!!

  103. shawnc16 says: Oct 6, 2009 9:26 AM

    ninjaneer says:
    October 5, 2009 10:25 PM
    shawnc16 ,
    his left arm being wrapped around hurd’s torso so he can’t raise his own left arm to catch the ball and swatting it with his right hand isnt impeding the wr huh?
    impede=to interfere with or slow the progress of: to hinder
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    That would be pass interference if that happened but you’ve got some facts incorrect.
    It was Bailey’s right arm on Hurd’s torso and he batted the ball down with his left.
    His arm was not touching or hindering either of Hurd’s arms from moving. (You can clearly see where Bailey’s hand is on Hurd). Hurd had both of his hands in perfect position to make the catch if the ball is not batted down. Hurd couldn’t have done that if his arms were being blocked.
    Just go back and look at the replay, if you don’t take my word for it. Before posting this I watched it again just to be sure, becuase I never want to be bias.

  104. overkil2 says: Oct 6, 2009 10:41 AM

    “TFBuckFutter says:
    October 5, 2009 8:01 PM
    I remember watching Drew Bledsoe throw the ball away on 4th down to end a game once for New England.
    Until this season, Tony Romo has been a better QB than Drew Bledsoe.
    This season, he looks a lot like him.

    Are you talking about the same time period? Bullshit!! Bledsoe was a better QB and Romo couldn’t hold his jock strap.

  105. Tornadoes28 says: Oct 6, 2009 11:03 AM

    Could he be worse than Jamarcus Russell? I don’t think so. This Raider fan says it’s time to dump Jamarcus. The Raiders will take Romo if the Cowboys will let him go.

  106. CKL says: Oct 6, 2009 11:36 AM

    Agree with Buck…as a Pats fan the Bledsoe/Romo comparison is a good one. DB relied way too much on his cannon arm and wasn’t very amenable to being coached. Romo relies on his athletic ability and doesn’t have a strong coach to reign him in. Both were managed decently by Parcells, but TR has gone downhill since Parcells left, IMO.

  107. MAMALO says: Oct 6, 2009 2:21 PM

    OK …AGAIN…”MV” IS THE SOLUTION FOR THE COWBOYS……

  108. JRLC says: Oct 6, 2009 5:54 PM

    you have to be the biggest Cowboy hater in the world Florio or either your secretly in love with him.
    this is another bad attempt by Florio to take a shot at America’s Team.
    RoMo just excuted the play called & he put it right in Hurds hands. if you dont like the play that was called then write something about Jason Garrett but RoMo has about .2 seconds to get that throw off & Hurd was the man Garrett wanted to get the ball.
    grow up florio before people start writing lies about people u care about

  109. howiseeit says: Oct 6, 2009 9:36 PM

    McNabb didn’t know about ties — does that disqualify him as a franchise QB?

  110. WhySoSerious says: Oct 6, 2009 10:07 PM

    Florio, why hasnt this been added to your wonderful website yet??
    Romo provides plausible explanation for controversial TV video
    Jean-Jacques Taylor/Columnist
    Tony Romo, through the Cowboys’ PR department, delivered an explanation for the KDFW-TV video.
    You can go here to read it in it’s entirety.
    “The marker on the Cowboys side read “3″ temporarily. When he saw the “3,” he thought there might have been the possibility of an error on the down count. After asking the officials (holding up three fingers), he then saw the down marker move through the progression from 3 to 2 to 1.
    He told the offense it was fourth down in the huddle prior to the last play.”
    I believe Romo’s explanation.
    It sounds plausible and makes sense.
    More important, he did what he should have done: Stop the story before it snowballed completely out of control.

  111. Merc says: Oct 7, 2009 3:09 AM

    He dumped Jessica Simpson. How smart can he be?

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