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Roger Staubach doesn’t get why people are down on Tony Romo

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Maybe you need to be a former Cowboys quarterback to find the love for current Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.

Troy Aikman said that Romo is a better quarterback than he was during his career, which ended with three Super Bowl rings and a spot in the Hall of Fame. Now another Super Bowl-winning former Cowboys quarterback who has a bust in Canton has outed himself as a rider on the Romo bandwagon as well. During an interview with Norm Hitzges on KTCK, via the Dallas Morning News, Roger Staubach wondered why the rest of the world hasn’t joined him and Aikman.

“One of the most important things a quarterback can do is transfer the confidence he has to his teammates so everybody can believe in each other. You can’t do it by yourself,” Staubach said. “It’s really a mystery to me why people don’t understand how really good (Romo) is. The things he can do and the plays he can make, I’m sure Troy would say the same. I think this team is building to support a great quarterback like Romo. If your defense is doing a great job, you can do a lot of things on offense.”

Craig Morton, Danny White, Gary Hogeboom and Quincy Carter, we await your thoughts on this matter.

Aikman and Staubach both got a lot of credit for the success their teams enjoyed, but both men surely know that they wouldn’t have won any Super Bowls without a great team around them. Could Romo have won a title with one of those teams? You could kill a few idle hours wondering about the answer to that question, but the only thing we know for sure is that Romo hasn’t been able to win a Super Bowl with the teams he’s actually been on throughout his career.

Unless he does, there’s not much chance the majority opinion of Romo will be the same as the one held by his predecessors at quarterback in Dallas.

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29 Responses to “Roger Staubach doesn’t get why people are down on Tony Romo”
  1. unitedstateoftexas says: Jun 26, 2012 9:33 AM

    Sorry, Rog but your words will fall on deaf ears. As long as the media keeps telling people Tony isn’t a good quarterback the drones will continue to hate.

  2. jpb12 says: Jun 26, 2012 9:35 AM

    Maybe the $60Million contract… one playoff win and all the overpromising and undelivering have something to do with it.

    Staubach… Winner
    Aikman… Winner
    Romo… Great golf game.

  3. triangletaddler says: Jun 26, 2012 9:39 AM

    Well Roger, I’m guessing people are down on Tony Romo because he’s a habitual choker.

  4. tebowsafraud says: Jun 26, 2012 9:53 AM

    “Roger Staubach doesn’t get why people are down on Tony Romo”

    ———————————-
    Since Roger went to the Naval Academy we must assume he can read.

    Romo’s post season stats are…2006 Botched snap/loss
    2007 Intercepted by McQuarters/loss
    2008 No playoff participation / brutal
    final game of season loss to Eagles
    2009 FINALLY wins a playoff game / plays
    like a dog in round 2 loss to Vikings
    2010 Hurt/team does not make playoffs
    2011 Repeat of 2008 except it’s Giants

    NOW do you understand Roger?

  5. bison4me says: Jun 26, 2012 10:03 AM

    Romo = Danny White part 2.0, a very talented QB, but not a QB that can win it all without a lot of help. Especially when the game is on the line.

    Romo is going to need help from Jones at RB, Dez Bryant to mature and be conditioned to play hard all 4 quarters, and he’ll need help from Dallas’ secondary.

    Staubach could win with scabs, it didn’t matter who’d dress, he’d find a way to win. Aikaman couldn’t do it on his own either, but he elevated the game of those who played with him.

  6. gmacbigd says: Jun 26, 2012 10:23 AM

    What? Scabs? I think Roger was one of the best ever but he was always on a team with a top defense and great cast on offense. Give Romo a doomsday defense and ge wins rings.

  7. macarthurtexas says: Jun 26, 2012 10:40 AM

    This is where folks like Bison get it very wrong by revising history.

    No one is a bigger Roger & Troy fan than me, but people seem to forget that Roger had the doomsday defense and Troy had a top 5 defense during the years of his SB runs.

    Romo has never had a top flight defense. I can’t help but think that if Romo had Big Ben’s defense, he would have a ring or two.

    You can hate on Romo all you want, but don’t be irrational or factually wrong.

  8. macarthurtexas says: Jun 26, 2012 10:42 AM

    And let me add to the Danny White thing. Danny was a very good QB and most likely would have won a SB if not for the rediculous catch by Dwight Clark.

    Also, folks forget that Danny almost got the Cowboys back in position for the win after that but his WR was barely tripped up by a fingernail or the Cowboys would have scored at the end of that game.

  9. Herb Deluxe says: Jun 26, 2012 10:46 AM

    Romo plays for any other team besides Dallas and this article doesn’t exist. He is a mediocre QB on a marquee team. If he’s on Kansas City or St. Louis, we aren’t having this discussion.

  10. go9ers says: Jun 26, 2012 10:54 AM

    As a long time 49ers fan (and therefore Cowbows hater), I can’t imagine a better QB for the Cowpies to ensure their continued mediocre performance. 8-8 and missing the playoffs consistently is the best place for them — wouldn’t want them to get lots of high draft picks and become a contender again like the Lions. Romo is the ideal QB to choke when it counts, and to keep them irrelevant.

  11. tecmobowl34 says: Jun 26, 2012 10:55 AM

    Romo has eye-popping stats unless you’re talking playoffs. Staubach should understand that in Dallas, the bar is set at playoff wins. He should get it more than anyone why people are down on Romo.

    Dallas fans are actually pretty good natured folks (coming from a Bears fan who often gets disgusted with his fellow Bears fans at games), but they have understandably high standards. Again, something Staubach should understand with perfect clarity.

  12. raqaiw says: Jun 26, 2012 11:02 AM

    The Romo apologists are ridiculous. He’s had top-tier WR’s and TEs his whole tenure in Dallas, but now it’s the D’s fault he can’t stop choking in big games?

    Matt Ryan and Tony Romo are the same: Guys with great supporting casts who can’t get it done when it counts.

  13. benchwarmer69 says: Jun 26, 2012 11:07 AM

    Roger, to answer your question, he’s simply not a winner.

    Elway, eat your heart out, because you have competition for the “one-hit-wonder” title.

    Romo isn’t a Rothlesburger, Bradshaw, Manning, or even a Kelly. He can’t make it to the big game, let alone win it.

  14. fwippel says: Jun 26, 2012 11:18 AM

    I like the Romo to Danny White comparison. White was a solid QB, but not at the level that Staubach was. If White or Romo had the stars around them that Aikman had, one or both of them would have landed a Super Bowl ring (not three, though).

    Romo is a good QB, but he’s not going to be a guy who carries his team the way that the elite QBs can do. I’m not sure DC fans have accepted that yet.

    BTW, I’m old enough to remember watching Staubach, and as a Cowboy hater, I absolutely couldn’t stand how good he was in the clutch. Aikman has one more ring, but Staubach was the better QB.

  15. bison4me says: Jun 26, 2012 11:35 AM

    macarthurtexas says:
    Jun 26, 2012 10:40 AM
    This is where folks like Bison get it very wrong by revising history.

    No one is a bigger Roger & Troy fan than me, but people seem to forget that Roger had the doomsday defense and Troy had a top 5 defense during the years of his SB runs.

    Romo has never had a top flight defense. I can’t help but think that if Romo had Big Ben’s defense, he would have a ring or two.

    You can hate on Romo all you want, but don’t be irrational or factually wrong.
    ====================================
    Macarthurtexas, Staubach was called Capt. Comback why? Because on numerous occasions he had to bring the team back from defeat because the Doomsday defense put him in that position. No knock against Dallas’ D, they had great teams, but do you think Craig Morton would have brought Dallas back from behind against the 49ers in the ’70 divisional, against the Vikings in the ’75 divisional, or against the Skins in ’79 for the NFC East championship? I don’t think he could, even with the Doomsday D, Dorsett, Pearson, Richards, Hill, Dupree, and Preaston.

    I hate the Cowboys you hear me, HATE them (Redskins Fan), but I give credit where credit is due. Staubach and Aikman were elite QBs (Arguably two of the greatest), they thrived for the big game and the pressure. They also elevated the play of those around them. Jones, Bryant, Witten, Austin elevates the game of Romo. Danny White and Tony Romo weren’t/aren’t elite QBs, they’re very good QBs, but both shrank when the game was absolutely positively on the line. Danny White QB’d on Cowboy teams that went to three straight NFC Championships and came away empty each time. Ask yourself this, if all things being equal, on opening day if you could choose a 28 year old Roger Staubach or Tony Romo whom would you pick? You know good and well you’d choose Roger the Dodger, he’d fit right in today style of play too. With Romo Dallas is in contention and will always be in the hunt, but he’s keeping the seat warm for some stud QB that’s playing in college right now. That’s all I’m saying.

  16. paulsmith107 says: Jun 26, 2012 11:43 AM

    All this guy does is play his but off. He is consistently surrounded by bad coaching selfish over rated undisciplined players and plays behind a trash o line. If he put up the numbers he does for any other team he would be considered a great qb with trash talent around him, which is the case in Dallas. People over rate the talent pool in Dallas and under rate te only player who put this team back on the map. So hate him that’s fine but in the end I would take him over anyone. I do think it’s funny that We are talking about a guy who wasn’t even drafted or played in a 1A school was put on the biggest nfl stage in Dallas and has done nothing but produce but he sucks

  17. dirtybird28 says: Jun 26, 2012 11:43 AM

    Let’s be honest, the team and coaching staff has all around been shoddy aside from maybe Romo’s first full season as a starter. Yeah, they got stomped by Minn a few years ago on the playoffs, but the Oline and defense were playing terrible the entire game. The 6-10 season after that he was out 10 games. Do I think he’s a Top 3 qb? No. But he’s vastly criticized for things well out of his control. Leave the guy be, football is STILL a team game.

  18. solomon151 says: Jun 26, 2012 11:54 AM

    @ tebowsafraud, It’s funny how you can point out those things, But there was a whole game that played out. So, instead of falling in line of the media, Let me give you a real fans take on those games.
    2006 Botched snap/loss: This one is a hater’s favorite thing to talk about. Clearly, he fumbled the ball and we lost, But if you watched that game, you would know that he played a good game and put us in a position to win. He took the team down the field for the score and left it up to the defense to hold up their end. Needless to say, they didnt and the seahawks went down and scored. So, with under two minutes left in the game, He drove down the field again and put us in a position win. Now, I didnt have an HD TV at the time but the ball did look slick. So, if you want to blame him then fine but the defense in that game let us down when the game was on the line. One stop and we wouldnt be talking about that game.
    2007 Intercepted by McQuarters/loss: Yet another close and well played game. Not much here, Lets move on.
    2008 No playoff participation / brutal
    final game of season loss to Eagles: The Eagles has been a pain in the neck every since Mcnabb got drafted. The Eagles was jacked up ready to play. The Boy’s wasn’t.
    2009 FINALLY wins a playoff game / plays
    like a dog in round 2 loss to Vikings
    So, After all of the talk about the Boys still havent won a playoff game since 96, They whipped the Eagles for the third time that year. I think after all of that talk, they gave it all they had just for that one game. The next game the whole F’ing team laid an egg. Romo was sacked 5 or 6 times the defense couldnt cover anyone with a blanket and noone could get open. We got whipped. But I dont see that as being Romos Fault. The whole team packed it in.
    2010 Hurt/team does not make playoffs
    And How is this Romo’s fault. He got hurt. I guess it was his fault that a defender came in unblocked, drove him into the ground, and broke his collarbone.
    2011 Repeat of 2008 except it’s Giants
    Again how is this game Tony’s fault. I guess your going to say he over threw Miles on that pass. Reguardless of the fact that Miles said that he lost the ball in the lights. And, Romo isn’t a cornerback and the biggest let down was the secondary letting Cruz shred them for big plays the whole game.

    So, In summary, I’m with you Roger. I just dont understand either!!!

  19. paulsmith107 says: Jun 26, 2012 11:56 AM

    And every qb needs help to win it all look at Montana’s teams or Bradshaw Troy aikmans teams ummmm the greatest qb of all time won nothing cause he had zero help you people are stupid

  20. macarthurtexas says: Jun 26, 2012 12:39 PM

    Macarthurtexas, Staubach was called Capt. Comback why? Because on numerous occasions he had to bring the team back from defeat because the Doomsday defense put him in that position. No knock against Dallas’ D, they had great teams, but do you think Craig Morton would have brought Dallas back from behind against the 49ers in the ’70 divisional, against the Vikings in the ’75 divisional, or against the Skins in ’79 for the NFC East championship? I don’t think he could, even with the Doomsday D, Dorsett, Pearson, Richards, Hill, Dupree, and Preaston.

    I hate the Cowboys you hear me, HATE them (Redskins Fan), but I give credit where credit is due. Staubach and Aikman were elite QBs (Arguably two of the greatest), they thrived for the big game and the pressure. They also elevated the play of those around them. Jones, Bryant, Witten, Austin elevates the game of Romo. Danny White and Tony Romo weren’t/aren’t elite QBs, they’re very good QBs, but both shrank when the game was absolutely positively on the line. Danny White QB’d on Cowboy teams that went to three straight NFC Championships and came away empty each time. Ask yourself this, if all things being equal, on opening day if you could choose a 28 year old Roger Staubach or Tony Romo whom would you pick? You know good and well you’d choose Roger the Dodger, he’d fit right in today style of play too. With Romo Dallas is in contention and will always be in the hunt, but he’s keeping the seat warm for some stud QB that’s playing in college right now. That’s all I’m saying.

    Dude, no one is saying Romo is on par with Aikman or Roger. Who would I pick? Oh gee, let me think about it. What dumb argument.

    The point is that Romo is a good enough QB to win with in the playoffs, but he needs more around him that someone like Roger did. All I’ve ever said, as a Cowboys fan, is that if you can get to a SB with someone like Dilfer, Chandler, Grossman and guys like that, you can get to a SB with Romo.

  21. footballhistorian says: Jun 26, 2012 12:41 PM

    When Romo gets the protection that Aikman and Staubach had – then we’ll be able to make the comparison. The Cowboys o line is a TURNSTILE. Teams like Philly and NYG kill Dallas regularly for this very reason. I don’t know – maybe this year the o line is better – I’m not making bets. But when he gets time – the Cowboys do very well. Same goes for that seive of a secondary.

  22. philgrek says: Jun 26, 2012 12:56 PM

    “The Romo apologists are ridiculous. He’s had top-tier WR’s and TEs his whole tenure in Dallas, but now it’s the D’s fault he can’t stop choking in big games?

    Matt Ryan and Tony Romo are the same: Guys with great supporting casts who can’t get it done when it counts.”

    This has got to be one of the dumbest comments I’ve ever read. #1 I’d take Tony Romo any day of the week over Matt Ryan. While Romo may have his bad games, I’m hardly EVER impressed by Matt Ryan. He’s just a decent QB who’s there.
    As for the top-tier WRs and TEs comment….jeez. Really? Tony Romo had T.O. starting his decline for 3 years. Thats pretty much the end of the top-tier WRs. Miles Austin became a top-tier’ish WR 4 years after he came into the league after struggling to be the 3rd WR on the team before breaking out unexpectedly. I personally still don’t consider him top-tier after just 2 great years out of 6. Dez Bryant just can’t be considered top-tier at this point. As for the TE(s)?? Romo has had one great TE for his career. (Not complaining) But just like the WRs a lot of the talent that seems to be on the team is a product of Romo throwing the ball. Everyone recognizes that Witten is Romo’s favorite target. Would he be considered so top-tier with Kevin Kolb or Josh Freeman at QB??

  23. markdamack says: Jun 26, 2012 1:11 PM

    It’s very funny to me that people always use the phrase “Stat Qb”…”Romo is just a stats quarter back”….what the hell does that even mean?

    He had more TD’s and less INT’s than Eli last year. That’s a stats QB?…Are they the Dallas Romos? Romo does his job, damn well too…but when the Cowboys lose it’s Romo’s fault. He had 4th quarter comebacks in the 49ers game (you know..the one where he came back from just fracturing ribs and having his lung punctured), both Skins games, and the Dolphins thanksgiving game.

    The Detroit game and that same Miami game were the only games he through multiple interceptions. He Fumbled in that Jets game…but let’s not forget the starting CB’s before that game was over were special teamers and back up safeties!! Top 3 CB’s all out of the game.

    He can’t do it himself. If he wasn’t as mobile and shifty as he was, i fully believe we’d lead the league in sacks taken every season. Our Pass defense has been terrible.

    These top tier WR’s everyone talks about are who? T.O.? Dez Bryant whos only been around 2 season? How about the undrafted Miles Austin…oh, you must mean Laurent Robinson…who had 4 career TD’s in 4 seasons until he came to Dallas and got 11 in one season…but nah that wasn’t Romo. Jason Witten you say…you didn’t even know who he was when Drew Bledsoe was the QB.

    It’s fun to hate the Cowboys, I get it. A lot of people like them, and they had a lot of band wagon fans in the 90′s…what you claim though is flat out wrong. You don’t watch the games, you don’t know. You believe what you read on blogs from other guys who don’t watch the games. You believe what ESPN says because they’ll say anything and put “Dallas Cowboys” in the head line and get a million hits….mainly from illogical haters, not fans.

  24. solomon151 says: Jun 26, 2012 1:35 PM

    Dallas Cowboys team recordsCareerGames with 3+ touchdown passes: 24 (Previously held by Danny White with 20)
    Games with 300+ yards passing: 32 (previously held by Troy Aikman with 13)
    Lowest career interception percentage: 2.78% (minimum 16 starts; previously held by Aikman)
    SeasonGames with 300+ yards passing: 8 (2009)
    Passing TDs: 36 (2007); previously held by Danny White with 29
    Passing yards: 4,483 (2009); only Cowboys’ quarterback to throw for more than 4,000 yards in a season (2007. 2009)
    Completions: 347 (2009); previously held by Romo with 335
    Consecutive games with a TD pass: 20 (2010–11); previously held by Danny White
    GameOn Nov 23, 2006, Romo threw 5 TD passes in a game, a record he shares with Troy Aikman.
    On Nov 13, 2011, Romo completed a team record 88.5% of his passes in a home game against the Buffalo Bills.

  25. trollaikman8 says: Jun 26, 2012 1:43 PM

    Romo, the undrafted free agent, is better than the highly decorated Matt Ryan and Joe Flaccid. Alex Smith carried his defense & Frank Gore to 2 playoff wins, but if you swap him with Romo – SF goes further…every Niner fan knows this.

    Can’t wait to see the Alex Smith-to-Moss connection, and eventual meltdown.

    tl;dr – Romo is better than many of your highly touted first round QB’s.

  26. tonyd219 says: Jun 26, 2012 3:08 PM

    I don’t understand the Romophobia….

    Off the top of my head there’s 2 quarterbacks who didn’t win a Championship during the first 6 years of their career…
    Peyton Manning and Drew Brees….

    Let’s compare the stats between the first 6 years of Peyton’s, Drew’s, and Tony’s careers:

    Peyton Manning:
    2128 Comp 3383 Attempts = 62.9% Comp Ratio
    24885 Passing Yards
    167 TDs vs 110 INTs
    6 Total Playoff Games
    2 Playoff wins
    0 Championships

    Drew Brees:
    1906 Comp 2988 Attempts = 63.8% Comp Ratio
    20968 Passing Yards
    133 TDs vs 82 INTs
    3 Total Playoff Games
    1 Playoff win

    Tony Romo:
    1627 Comp 2592 Attempts = 62.8% Comp Ratio
    20834 Passing Yards
    149 TDs vs 72 INTs
    4 Total Playoff Games
    1 Playoff Win

    So lets break this down

    Virtually the same completion ratio as Peyton during his first 6 years, (62.9 vs 62.8)

    More TD’s and less INTs that Brees during his first 6 years

    134 yards less than Brees during his first 6 years

    Same amount of playoff wins as Drew Brees in his first 6 years

    1 Less playoff win than Peyton in his first 6 years

    And….

    Wait for it….

    Wait for it….

    SAME amount of Championships as [b]both[/b] Drew Brees and Peyton Manning in their first 6 years in the league…. 0!

    Why the hate???

    Was anyone hating on Peyton or Brees after 6 years?

    It’s because everyone loves to hate the Cowboys… and the sad thing is that once Tony wins a championship (and he will) people are still going to hate…. their going to say, well he only won 1, or he only won 2… it’ll never be good enough…

  27. tonyd219 says: Jun 26, 2012 3:22 PM

    Peyton didn’t win until his 9th season in the league

    Brees didn’t win until his 8th season in the league

    Looks like Tony has a couple more years…

  28. bison4me says: Jun 26, 2012 4:35 PM

    tonyd219 says:
    Jun 26, 2012 3:22 PM
    Peyton didn’t win until his 9th season in the league

    Brees didn’t win until his 8th season in the league

    Looks like Tony has a couple more years…
    =================================
    This will be his 9th year, he’s 32, and Jerry’s getting impatient.

  29. gpete1962 says: Jun 27, 2012 8:33 AM

    The problem with the Cowboys is JJ and finding a good coach for the team.

    he had 2 good coaches, Johnson got ran out of town after giving him 3 rings and Parcell’s rebuilt the team and left when JJ shoved TO down his throat.

    As far as Switzer was concerned, a monkey could have coached that team to Championship!!

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