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Payton, Romo get together again

Before becoming head coach of the Saints, Sean Payton served as offensive coordinator of the Cowboys.  One of his pupils was Tony Romo, an undrafted backup quarterback stuck behind Drew Bledsoe.

When Payton became the head coach of the Saints, Payton reportedly tried to trade for Romo.  The Cowboys, knowing that Romo had real potential, weren’t interested.

So Payton needed another quarterback.  And he signed Drew Brees.

On Wednesday, Payton talked about the trade that might have been, doing his best to downplay the situation.

“Much was made of that,” Payton said in comments distributed by the team.  “That was at a time when there really wasn’t a lot to that.  Dallas had a guy that they were going to develop and work with.  I think that at the time when we got here, there was just a need for a quarterback and more than anything people were just kind of putting the dots together.  There probably wasn’t a whole lot to that.”

Um, there probably wasn’t a lot to that?

Convincing.

The truth is that Payton dodged what would have been a self-inflicted bullet.  Even though Romo has turned out to be a good quarterback (at least from September to November), Brees has become one of the best two or three quarterbacks in the league.  And Payton probably is downplaying the interest in Romo now because, at one time, Payton preferred Romo to Brees.

But, hey, it could be worse.  Payton could have opted instead to send a second-round pick to Minnesota for Daunte Culpepper.

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28 Responses to “Payton, Romo get together again”
  1. Laxer37 says: Dec 16, 2009 6:29 PM

    “Payton and Romo get together”
    That’s how rumors get started.

  2. Bwa Ha Ha says: Dec 16, 2009 6:29 PM

    Looks like Payton made a good decision. Can you imagine Romo in NOLA?

  3. Rickah99 says: Dec 16, 2009 6:33 PM

    But Rom-O-Choke is holding for kicker(s) again!!

  4. chapnasty says: Dec 16, 2009 6:40 PM

    If he had taken Romo over Brees he would be in the same category as Magini

  5. Bigbluefan says: Dec 16, 2009 6:44 PM

    Romo is not a good QB no matter the day the week nor the month he is ok at best
    And since he plays for the Dalass cowcrys he will never be good enough

  6. Citizen Strange says: Dec 16, 2009 6:51 PM

    Brees was a tough call. He was coming off of an injury and he had never played as well with the Chargers as he has played the last few years with the Saints.
    I never, ever saw the fascination with Culpepper who was also coming off an injury and who had gone downhill drastically without Moss.
    I would say that looking back Payton lucked into winding up with Brees but it sure didn’t hurt Brees that he ended up with Payton either.

  7. chapnasty says: Dec 16, 2009 6:55 PM

    @ bigbluefan
    Check out some stats their chief… just shut up, you are never right about anything. I don’t like Eli either but he is a good QB.. at times.. and before you bring up the Super Bowl talk, be sure to remember Dam Marino never won one….

  8. penguininbondage says: Dec 16, 2009 7:00 PM

    I’m sure Payton is licking his chops for some revenge against Jerry Jones. Remember he was scapegoated by Parcells when he left Dallas.

  9. mnmaverick says: Dec 16, 2009 7:02 PM

    Damn, how could they not trade for Culpecker?

  10. prmpft says: Dec 16, 2009 7:02 PM

    “real potential for WHAT???!!!…(insert crazy response here)…
    prm…

  11. Bwa Ha Ha says: Dec 16, 2009 7:10 PM

    Tony Romo is a decent QB, no more than that. He has reached his potential and that is beyond the expectations of most NFL professionals. So, in the end, that he is good enough to flash promise and is going to continue to do just enough to keep the Cowfans off of his back enough to toss him.
    I like this, it means the Cows will be late and short for a few more years.
    Stay decent Tony.

  12. emmittsmithfan22 says: Dec 16, 2009 7:20 PM

    he would be taken over eli by 31 nfl teams

  13. Bill Polian says: Dec 16, 2009 7:32 PM

    There is no evidence except revisionist history to suggest that Payton ever preferred Romo to Brees.
    And who knows, maybe Romo would be “one of the best two or three quarterbacks in the league” if Payton were his coach the last 4 years.
    It is kind of silly to try to make the coach of a 13-0 team look stupid – but if you were going to pick an example of stupidity – why not use trading your starting quarterback and two first round picks AND a third round pick for Cutler and a 5th round pick?

  14. Bob Nelson says: Dec 16, 2009 8:11 PM

    Brees wanted to go to Miami but Miami thought his salary request was too high.
    The Saints paid and got a quality QB.
    Miami by being cheap ended up paying a 2nd round pick for a worthless Fumblepepper.
    Didn’t that former Miami GM get a job with some very low revenue team (vikings)?

  15. Borg30 says: Dec 16, 2009 8:39 PM

    @emmit
    I highly doubt eli would be looked over by the 31 other nfl teams.
    Base on your comment, I suspect you are Vox, hiding under name.

  16. NoKoolaidCowboy says: Dec 16, 2009 10:24 PM

    Romo could have done better with Payton.
    Truth is, the whole Cowboys organization could have done better with a head coach that isn’t concerned more with players liking him than instilling a good swift kick in the butt when necessary.
    …and don’t get me started on that lame OC either.

  17. DJSlyBri says: Dec 16, 2009 11:42 PM

    Romo is a top 5 QB who has been the victim of bad luck in December and has a coach that does not know how to use his talents properly. The only QBs I would take over him are Peyton Manning, Rivers, and Roethlisberger. No one else is better and when it is all said and done Romo will win multiple Super Bowls while Brees and Rivers will never win any. The Saints would have won the Super Bowl in 2006 with Romo, because Romo would have never choked like Brees did against the Bears.

  18. SF Saints Fan says: Dec 16, 2009 11:50 PM

    Payton knew he needed a QB when he arrived in New Orleans. Prior to arriving he was a coach for the Cowboys and was familiar with Romo.
    Payton and the Saints inquired about the possible availability of Romo and whether there was a possibility of Dallas working out a trade of Romo.
    Dallas told the Saints that no reasonable trade possibility existed. The Saints moved on.
    Payton looked at the potential QB’s who were available and wanted Brees to come in for a visit.
    Brees visited Miami, wanted to sign with Miami and was issued a negative physical report by the Miami doctors.
    Brees visited New Orleans, was offered a contract and signed with the Saints.
    I believe the above time line of events is correct. End of story.
    If Payton had stayed with Dallas, Romo would be a better QB than he is now and Miami would have probably gotten Brees killed with the state of their offensive line at the time.

  19. McBleezy says: Dec 17, 2009 12:11 AM

    Bigbluefan says:
    December 16, 2009 6:44 PM
    Romo is not a good QB no matter the day the week nor the month he is ok at best
    And since he plays for the Dalass cowcrys he will never be good enough
    ———–
    bigblueballs….you truly are a f—–g idiot.

  20. mazzith says: Dec 17, 2009 1:13 AM

    For you Romo bashers let me say this.
    NFL records rank by Romo.
    Career Passer Rating: 95.4 (#2 behind Steve Young)
    Yards Per Attempt: 8.1 (#3 behind Otto Graham and Sid Luckman)
    Cowboy records held by Romo.
    Games with 300+ yards passing: 22 (previously held by Troy Aikman with 13)
    Games with 300+ yards passing: 7 (2007)
    Passing TDs: 36 (2007); previously held by Danny White with 29
    Passing yards: 4211 (2007); first Cowboys quarterback to throw for more than 4,000 yards in a season
    Completions: 335 (2007); previously held by White with 334
    On Nov 23, 2006, Romo threw 5 TD passes in a game, a record he shares with Troy Aikman.
    So what he has no won a super bowl yet, it will come. Everyone called Peyton Manning a choke artist til he won the sole superbowl. Dan Marino, Warren Moon, Jim Kelly, Dan Fouts, David Craig, Boomer Esiason, Fran Tarkenton never won a super bowl.

  21. east96street says: Dec 17, 2009 1:29 AM

    chapnasty – spellcheck, please. An occasional mishap happens to all of us, but you’re just butchering it lately.
    emmit – I don’t think ALL 31 would be content to not win a playoff game with 11 Pro Bowlers in the lineup and home field advantage. One or two maybe, but not 31.

  22. Vikes#28Owns says: Dec 17, 2009 2:58 AM

    Bob Nelson says:
    December 16, 2009 8:11 PM
    Brees wanted to go to Miami but Miami thought his salary request was too high.
    The Saints paid and got a quality QB.
    Miami by being cheap ended up paying a 2nd round pick for a worthless Fumblepepper.
    Didn’t that former Miami GM get a job with some very low revenue team (vikings)?
    Ah the post was almost intelligent until you started running your mouth. Well to be honest Spielman left the Dolphins in the 2005 offseason when they hired Nick Saban. I think they hired some guy like Meuller or something. Culpepper arrived in Miami for the 2006 season. It was a good attempt at an insult though. If you are keeping track though the GM with that “very low revenue team” in 3 years has drafted 6 quality starters, 2 possible rookie of the years, and not to mention Jared Allen. Oh and so far this years rookie class all has at least 1 start. Not too many GMs can say that. However, I think that your glorious GM in the last 3 years did manage to get 2 starters and a backup TE. Oh by the way the Packers revenue is only like 20 million more than the vikings last year. Something tells me that with a certain #4 in purple that could be different this year.

  23. Kevin from Philly says: Dec 17, 2009 9:41 AM

    Wow, can you imagine a Romo led team trying to inspire New Orleans after Katrina? “Um, it’s no big deal that we got hit by a hurricane”

  24. dacolan says: Dec 17, 2009 12:51 PM

    “Even though Romo has turned out to be a good quarterback (at least from September to November)”
    While the Cowboys are 0-2 this December, in those two games Romo has thrown for 641 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INTs, completed 71% of his passes and avged 7.5 yards per attempt.

  25. dacolan says: Dec 17, 2009 1:16 PM

    “I don’t think ALL 31 would be content to not win a playoff game with 11 Pro Bowlers in the lineup and home field advantage. One or two maybe, but not 31.”
    How many trips to the playoffs did it take before Peyton won?
    In 32 more career starts (the equivalent of two full seasons) NY’s #1 overall pick has accumulated a grand total of 3803 more yards, 20 more TDs and 32 more INTs than Dallas’ undrafted starting QB.
    Eli also has a career completion percentage of 56.3% (compared to Romo’s 63.2%), avged 6.6 yards per attempt (compared to Romo’s 8.1 yard avg – #3 All Time) and has a career passer rating of 78.7 (Romo’s is 95.4 – #2 All Time).
    It’s fairly evident to even the most casual of NFL observers Eli can’t hold Romo’s jockstrap.

  26. Borg30 says: Dec 17, 2009 1:46 PM

    Vox,
    I see your your hiding under the name of dacolan. who else wouild come up with useless stats on romo.

  27. dacolan says: Dec 17, 2009 2:21 PM

    Useless stats? [grin]
    How does one possibly respond to such an insightful retort…

  28. NYSports831 says: Dec 19, 2009 5:16 PM

    @Borg30 and @BigBlueFan
    Please stop speaking…you are both the type of fans that make others hate on NY fans. Start to learn the game and stop being blinded by the fact that you love the Giants and hate the Cowboys.
    Romo has folded under pressure in his career so far. He has a ton of talent and is among the upper echelon quarterbacks.
    Eli is a VERY intelligent man who somehow milked the NY Giants for more money than his brother, Brees, Brady, and Romo. E. Manning is incredible in the two-minute drill, but there is more to football than that. His inaccuracy and inability to lead makes him an average NFL QB at best.
    Romo just needs to win once to shut people up.
    I don’t personally like Romo’s moxy though.
    If there were a draft tomorrow, Tony Romo’s name is being called before Eli Manning’s…by 99% of the teams

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