Football players turned broadcasters won’t last long if they’re afraid to upset people they know in the league. By that standard, former Giants receiver Amani Toomer will have a 10,000-year media career.
Toomer, who hasn’t been shy about calling it like he sees it regarding former teammate Jeremy Shockey, has offered a strong opinion regarding the relative abilities of Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and Giants quarterback Eli Manning while co-hosting Movin’ the Chains on SiriusXM NFL Radio.
“Tony Romo is probably, if you look at it statistically, he’s probably the best quarterback in the NFC East,” Toomer said. “You look at Eli Manning and what he does in the fourth quarter, but you talk about consistency, talking about 31 touchdowns and only 10 interceptions, that guy can play.”
Co-host Tim Ryan tried to walk Toomer back to the consensus view on that issue, and it sort of worked.
“I’m talking about, for me, if I wanted a guy that is going to throw less interceptions and be more productive, higher completion percentage, I’m going to go with Tony Romo,” Toomer said.
Toomer eventually agreed that, with the game on the line, Romo is lacking.
“At crunch time he’s not as good as Eli but every other time he’s pretty darn good,” Toomer said.
The comments prompted a stir on Twitter, including a gem from Giants spokesman Pat Hanlon.
QB or golfer? RT @Itsme_DRB: Former Giants WR Amani Toomer is on Sirius, saying Tony Romo is a better quarterback than Eli Manning. Agree?—
pat hanlon (@giantspathanlon) July 05, 2012
The fact that Romo is the better golfer could be one of the reasons why Manning is the better quarterback. Feel free to debate that one in the comments.