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Chris Canty: Romo in the clutch is why Cowboys fall short of Giants

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Giants defensive lineman Chris Canty has had a lot to say this week, on subjects ranging from his facemask to his recovery from knee surgery to his extremely high opinion of a teammate. And now Canty has something to say about a former teammate who’s now an opponent.

Canty made clear to say that he thinks Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo — his teammate in Dallas from 2005 to 2008 — is a good player, but he then said he thinks the reason the Giants have been more successful than the Cowboys is that Eli Manning has been better than Romo in the clutch.

“Romo’s a tremendous quarterback, statistically he’s a top five quarterback, that’s undeniable,” Canty said on ESPN’s SportsNation, via the Dallas Morning News. “At the end of the day, in the clutch situations, he hasn’t performed as well as you would like him to. I think ultimately, that’s been the difference between their franchise and the Giants ability to be successful.”

Canty said the Giants “absolutely” believe they can force Romo to make mistakes when the pressure is on.

“Obviously, when you put pressure on any quarterback you can cause mistakes,” Canty said. “I think Romo has been prone to make mistakes in the clutch situations and his team has not been able to be successful because of it.”

Romo will try to prove Canty wrong when the Cowboys and Giants meet on opening night, which is now less than 10 weeks away.

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39 Responses to “Chris Canty: Romo in the clutch is why Cowboys fall short of Giants”
  1. juvenaldelinquent says: Jun 28, 2012 8:51 AM

    ***“I think Romo has been prone to make mistakes in the clutch situations and his team has not been able to be successful because of it.”***

    And the validity and meaning of Favre stating that, of the current QB’s, Romo is most like he was is cemented. Of course the difference is Romo is held accountable for his mistakes, maybe even a little too harshly, while for Favre the national (and even the local) media would restitch together another slo-mo montage of the same 20 great passes and blame the defense.

  2. rahavort says: Jun 28, 2012 8:53 AM

    Stop talking, Giants

  3. clintonite44 says: Jun 28, 2012 8:55 AM

    As a 30 year Cowboys fan, I say Canty nailed it! He is absolutely correct. And, unfortunately, the Cowboys may not see any Super Bowl glory again until Romo is replaced.

  4. zaggs says: Jun 28, 2012 9:09 AM

    Well now Canty gets to see what a clutch Qb can do game in, game out. So he knows the difference.

  5. paulsmith107 says: Jun 28, 2012 9:14 AM

    Seriously how clutch was manning when your team was ten and six an his 30 turnovers kept you out of the playoffs. That was clutch. Or the eagles game where you collapsed and all manning had to do was throw for a first down and missed badly and you punt to d-jax that was clutch. Aside from two superbowl runs he doesn’t have any other wins in the playoffs that’s clutch. Hos two superbowl wins had more to do with the d making Brady uncomfortable than how clutch he is. Maybe the reason Dallas doesn’t go far is bad coaching and over rated, selfish undisciplined play by his team in general. I would take romo over Eli any day of the week and twice on Sunday. Suoerbowls don’t make you a better qb is Doug Williams better than Marino how about brad Johnson or mark rypien or they better than Marino nope it’s team play that’s what wins

  6. solomon151 says: Jun 28, 2012 9:19 AM

    Romo’s passer rating when the defense sticks with its pre-snap alignment is remarkable. When the defense shows a blitz pre-snap and then actually blitzes, Romo’s passer rating is 120.9. If the defense doesn’t show blitz and then sits back in coverage, Romo’s rating is still outstanding at 110.4. When Romo anticipates the defense doing one thing and they do another, however, his passer rating is far lower.

    Note that although both passer ratings against the blitz are higher than those when the defense doesn’t blitz, the overall non-blitz passer rating is slightly higher because defenses generally fail to show blitz and then sit back in coverage. Actually, defenses have lined up in a standard alignment and then not blitzed on 48 percent of the Cowboys’ plays over the past three years. In comparison, defenses have lined up in a traditional alignment and then blitzed only 13.9 percent of the time.

    I think this information is so intriguing because it shows Romo is doing a fantastic job of identifying and beating defenses based on his pre-snap reads. If he were simply snapping the ball and looking for an open receiver, as some believe he does, we wouldn’t expect such a gap in his passer rating.

    It’s worth noting that some quarterbacks have a higher passer rating when defenses disguise their intentions. Even though it can cause confusion for a quarterback, disguising defenses means lining up in a sub-optimal position. Defenders can find themselves in vulnerable spots if they fake blitz and then back out, and disguised defenses are really high risk/high reward. That’s one reason teams don’t disguise their intentions on every play. It also explains why some quarterbacks excel even when they don’t anticipate what a defense will throw at them.

    Romo’s success when operating against defenses that show their intentions proves the quarterback isn’t all about improvisation. He uses his mind just as much as his legs and arm to force defenses to unravel. When it comes to being a cerebral quarterback, as usual, Romo doesn’t receive the credit he deserves.

  7. macgee10 says: Jun 28, 2012 9:20 AM

    I hope the Cowboys pound the Giants on opening night like 34-10.

  8. sudz28 says: Jun 28, 2012 9:22 AM

    In other news, the sky is blue and water is wet.

  9. g333nj says: Jun 28, 2012 9:22 AM

    The only think that’s undeniable Chris, is your eye is on the side of your face !!!!!!!!!

  10. dlc618 says: Jun 28, 2012 9:25 AM

    I agree with him…that’s the difference. Eli is clutch when it matters.

  11. edhochuli says: Jun 28, 2012 9:25 AM

    Who’s this guy to talk? He’s a career role player.

  12. cantgetenoughwp says: Jun 28, 2012 9:27 AM

    And in other news, water is wet.

  13. kidzaround says: Jun 28, 2012 9:27 AM

    Let me get this straight. Romo is the reason the Cowboys couldn’t hold a lead last year and not the paper mache of a defensive backfield? And I thought I saw with my own eyes WR’s running right past T New and the crew all last season. I’m so glad Mr. Canty cleared that up for me. And I thought I saw with my own eyes WR’s running right past T New all season.

  14. cometkazie says: Jun 28, 2012 9:29 AM

    Stating the obvious, obviously.

  15. playmaker8822 says: Jun 28, 2012 9:36 AM

    “I think ultimately, that’s been the difference between their franchise and the Giants ability to be successful.”

    And that pass rush that I have nothing to do with helps a little too-Chris Canty

  16. cosanostra71 says: Jun 28, 2012 9:43 AM

    Romo is the most talked about mediocre QB ever…

  17. thegronk87 says: Jun 28, 2012 9:46 AM

    i wish gronk would have been healthy in the super bowl. it would just shut this guy up.

  18. canesgiants says: Jun 28, 2012 9:59 AM

    “I think ultimately, that’s been the difference between their franchise and the Giants ability to be successful.”

    And that pass rush that I have nothing to do with helps a little too-Chris Canty
    ===================================

    look at the hater–still sore we beat your ass everytime. its ok. obv someone who doestn watch football because chris canty was a huge part of the giants d in the last 7 games of the season. but why would u watch when your cowgirls are home trying to cheat and circumvent the salary cap. how did that turn out for u–goodell made your boy jerry jones bow down on his knees. please let my city have another super bowl so i can have the worst super bowl ever again. u guys shoudl worry about winning a playoff game before u set your sights so high on the lombardi trophy. let the ny gmen worry about the big trophy–

  19. solomon151 says: Jun 28, 2012 10:11 AM

    @clintonite44, Its no way you have been a Cowboys fan that long and think Romo is the problem. Maybe old age is starting to mess with your vision and your ablity to understand what is going on, on the football field, But please name the person your going to replace his production with.. I am so tired of you fake Cowboys fans talking about get rid of Romo. Like you guys dont remember what we had between the time of him and Troy. But there was seven others that couldnt get us into the playoffs, Well, Qunicy did. But the point is, Romo hasnt been the QB of the Boy’s since 96. So, he isnt the sole reason we havent been more succesful in the post season.

  20. eaglesnoles05 says: Jun 28, 2012 10:18 AM

    Maybe if the cowboys sign David Tyree, Romo’s “ability in the clutch” after a 20int season will be prematurely inflated in the media, he won’t feel so much pressure to be so clutch.

    Then, if 4 years later he does actually put together a string of a several ultra clutch games on the road in the playoffs, becoming indeed a clutch QB, people can start calling him better than peyton manning… Worked for Eli!

  21. dbones750 says: Jun 28, 2012 10:26 AM

    He’s not saying anything we weren’t all thinking…

  22. ijustdidthat says: Jun 28, 2012 10:35 AM

    I see the Cowgirls fans are still mad at having to watch Eli be in the clutch to win his second SB, Two count it Two game winning drives in the biggest game in the world on the biggest stage in the world. Its no longer a secret if you was ask Romo to do what Eli has done he would FAIL!!!!

  23. trolling4haters says: Jun 28, 2012 10:52 AM

    Chris Canty had nothing to do with the Giants super bowl win, he is the most overpaid space eater in the league.

  24. Akula says: Jun 28, 2012 10:59 AM

    Some teams just don’t give you much time to like them before you get tired of hearing from them.

  25. markdamack says: Jun 28, 2012 11:31 AM

    Eli Manning had 6 4th qtr INT’s but he did have 18 TD’s

    Tony Romo had 2 4th qtr INT’s and 10 td’s

    Romo threw (in full games) 3.1 td’s for every Interception

    Eli threw (in full games) 1.8 td’s for every Interception

    Here’s a good one for you (and these are all coming from NFL.com situational stats category)

    When BEHIND by a margin of 1-8 points…

    Eli Manning had 5 Interceptions

    Tony Romo had ZERO.

    So, there you go.

  26. triangletaddler says: Jun 28, 2012 11:38 AM

    Well, that’s about right.

  27. bullcharger says: Jun 28, 2012 11:48 AM

    Canty should keep his mouth closed. Things don’t stay the same year to year. The Giants could have a rash of injuries and not make the playoffs for 10 years. Better not to talk so much.

  28. jakek2 says: Jun 28, 2012 12:00 PM

    Giant fan here who strenuously disagrees with Canty. Aside from Romo, Dez Bryant, Witten and Ware, the rest of the team is basically garbage. In fact, garbage is an upgrade when talking about their o-line. I like Romo, think he’s tough as hell, fiery, puts up stats and is much better than the flack he takes. Put him on the 9ers and they’d be unstoppable.

  29. cooklynn17 says: Jun 28, 2012 12:01 PM

    OK, Eli manning has two Superbowls and Tony Promo has zero….

    So there you Go.

  30. jakek2 says: Jun 28, 2012 12:01 PM

    bullcharger says:
    Jun 28, 2012 11:48 AM
    Canty should keep his mouth closed. Things don’t stay the same year to year. The Giants could have a rash of injuries and not make the playoffs for 10 years. Better not to talk so much.
    ———————
    The Giants were the most injured team in the league last year as far as starters missing games.

  31. cooklynn17 says: Jun 28, 2012 12:10 PM

    trolling4haters says: Jun 28, 2012 10:52 AM

    Chris Canty had nothing to do with the Giants super bowl win, he is the most overpaid space eater in the league.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    And don’t forget World Champion. If u think Canty had nothing to do with the Giants success, then you are clueless and beyond stupid.

  32. philgrek says: Jun 28, 2012 12:20 PM

    Yeah because Tony Romo just sits on his hands during the end of games while Eli Manning single-handedly sprints up and down the field for touchdowns…….

    Does Canty (and Giants fans / Romo haters) give no credit / blame to the receivers of each team? I’m just pulling these out of memory, but Eli had the benefit of a miraculous catch by David Tyree in their first Super Bowl, then another GREAT catch by Plaxico Burress to win the game. In their last one, he had another ridiculous catch by Manningham. There are more in non-SB games obviously, but my point is, I have more memories of Romo getting the right balls to his WRs that end up blowing the play than what happens to Eli. Go back to ’07 when the ‘Boys were 13-3 facing the Giants in the playoffs with “Anti-clutch” Romo hitting a wide open Patrick Crayton in the hands for what looked like a sprint to the end zone…. Crayton dropped it. Then a perfectly thrown ball to Crayton in the end zone later, that Crayton hesitated to catch. You can also mention the play Miles Austin takes credit for not catching, giving the Giants the opportunity to win in the 1st matchup last season, which would have just about put The Cowboys in the playoffs and ended any hope of SB for the Giants. Heck, think about Eli dumping the ball off to a 10 yard route to Cruz last season while he torched Newman for a 70 yard TD. So think about those WRs and how much help Eli has gotten compared to Tony before you go out and say Tony just doesn’t get it done in the clutch. He can’t catch the balls hes throws, too.

  33. sandtrapjack says: Jun 28, 2012 12:48 PM

    Romo takes all the blame for the failures. When he had the Cowboys up by 12 points in the final 4 minutes vs the Giants, the Dallas Defense could not stop the Giants on consecutive possessions. And thats Romo’s fault?

    Dallas front office has done nothing to shore up the interior offensive line. Consequently, Cowboys running game in the 4th quarter could not move an inch. And thats Romos fault?

    When you enter the 4th quarter with a 2 score lead, which Dallas did many times last season (Detroit and NYG), you simply HAVE to be able to run the ball to move the chains. Killing clock and keeping the oppositions offense on the sidelines. Dallas O-line failed miserably. Hence Romo is in 3rd and long. Defense has zero respect for the Cowboys running game at that point. They drop 8 into coverage, Romo gets picked.

    Romo has made his share of late game mistakes. Much like every other top-tier QB in the league. But the defenses inability to stop offenses in the 4th quarter and Dallas’s inability to run the ball in the 4th quarter. C’mon, how is THAT Romo’s fault.

    PS. Eli was the absolute best 4th quarter QB in the league last season. Hands down.

  34. nortonfest says: Jun 28, 2012 1:15 PM

    Thanks @markdamack for some facts to go with all of the comments. As a Cowboys fan, would I like to see Romo hoist the Lombardi? You betcha, so you have to be a little jealous of Manning.

    All the Romo haters look back on last year and remember two games, NY Jets and Detroit. They all seem to forget games like San Fran, where Romo led the team back in the 4th quarter and won it in overtime with broken ribs and a punctured lung.

    Anyone who knows anything about football and actually watches the games knows the problem hasn’t been Romo. Last year it was bad defense with a very leaky secondary coupled with some bad coaching decisions by a rookie head coach. This is still a team sport; Romo does his part. A team that averages 23 points per game should win more than 8 of those games. 5 of those losses were by less than a touchdown.

  35. gpete1962 says: Jun 28, 2012 1:59 PM

    No big deal!

    Obviously somebody asked Canty the question about Tony and he answered it exactly like anybody else would have.

  36. jakek2 says: Jun 28, 2012 3:08 PM

    cooklynn17 says:
    Jun 28, 2012 12:10 PM
    trolling4haters says: Jun 28, 2012 10:52 AM

    Chris Canty had nothing to do with the Giants super bowl win, he is the most overpaid space eater in the league.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    And don’t forget World Champion. If u think Canty had nothing to do with the Giants success, then you are clueless and beyond stupid.
    ——————–
    To wit….Canty had a huge sack for safety against the Jets that pretty much salted the game.

  37. giantsfan2104 says: Jun 28, 2012 6:36 PM

    The Cowboys’ defense was horrible last year, there’s no doubt about that. However, Canty has a point.

    Go back to week 17. Toward the end of the 2nd quarter, Dallas was down by 14, and needed a score to stay in the game. On 3rd down, Romo broke 2 tackles, and instead of scrambling for the 1st down, he drew a penalty for throwing the ball past the line of scrimmage. (The Dallas defense didn’t MAKE him do that) The Giants got the ball back, then scored another TD, and went into halftime with a 21-0 lead.

    Yes, Romo is a great QB, and yes, he has a bad defense, but he’s had a few brainfarts when the game was on the line

  38. romoscollarbone says: Jun 28, 2012 11:56 PM

    Crayton dropped it. Miles Austin ran a wide route, when the ball was on the money for a fly pattern.

    Tyree caught it. Asante Samuel dropped it. Plax caught it. Nicks caught it and pinballed off the GB Safety. Manningham caught it.

    Romo has to be doing something right to get talked about as much as he does. Now that LeBron won, he is all the media has left to opine about all day.

    I hope the moves on D will pay off. They invested a lot in Carr, Morris, Connor, Pool. Moving in the draft and theoretically giving up Brockers. Lets hope full OTAs makes a difference in Rob implementing his system fully. I just hope Brent in the answer at NT, bc we whiffed on that.

  39. n0hopeleft says: Jun 29, 2012 8:51 AM

    markdamack says:
    Jun 28, 2012 11:31 AM
    Eli Manning had 6 4th qtr INT’s but he did have 18 TD’s

    Tony Romo had 2 4th qtr INT’s and 10 td’s

    Romo threw (in full games) 3.1 td’s for every Interception

    Eli threw (in full games) 1.8 td’s for every Interception

    Here’s a good one for you (and these are all coming from NFL.com situational stats category)

    When BEHIND by a margin of 1-8 points…

    Eli Manning had 5 Interceptions

    Tony Romo had ZERO.

    So, there you go.

    _______________________________

    Thank you google master.

    You forgot some key stats though.

    You forgot that Romo completely BUTTER-FINGERED a Field Goal hold in the biggest game of his career at that point – and ended his entire team’s season.

    Then in the biggest game of his career the next year, he threw an INT in the endzone against the Giants. In a game he was heavily favored in.

    Please throw some more irrelevant stats at us to make your case why your QB doesn’t suck.

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