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Theismann says Romo “isn’t that good”

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We don’t agree with much that Joe Theismann has to say, primarily since after involuntarily listening to him for years and years (and years), we’ve grown numb to pretty much anything he says.  But Theismann has caught our attention with a candid take down of Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.

“Soon or later we have to come to the realization that Tony isn’t a very good quarterback,” Theismann said Tuesday, via the Dallas Morning News. “He throws interceptions that [make] you shake your head.  If it’s all the wide receivers’ fault then maybe he should get some new wide receivers, or they need to come up with some new route combinations that guys can understand. . . .

“What hit me last night is, Tony isn’t really that good,” Theismann added.  “Just because he wears a star on his helmet — we all think that people who are Dallas Cowboys, ‘Oh they’re wonderful and ooh they’re terrific, ooh they’re the next Roger Staubach’ or whatever the heck they want to say.  They’re full of bologna.”

Theismann is right.  Folks spent plenty of time on Tuesday making excuses for Romo.  But the quarterback has to find a way, and great quarterbacks do.

If the receiver can’t catch or run the right route, don’t throw it to him.  And tell the coaches to get him off the field.

If the lineman can’t block, deal with it — like Ben Roethlisberger has done for the last however many years that the Steelers haven’t have a good offensive line.  Move out of the pocket.  Throw on the run.

Find a way.

Great quarterbacks find a way.  Apart from Archie Manning, who literally had nothing around him in New Orleans, every great quarterback over the years has found a way to be great, regardless of the flaws on offense.

We thought that Romo and the Cowboys had turned the corner by beating the Giants on opening night of the season.  But it appears that Big D may have had too much of a Daytona 500-style approach to the season, putting too much focus on beating the Giants and not enough on the next 15 games that follow.

Regardless of the reason, the Cowboys have looked in the last three games nothing like how they looked in the opener.  Unless and until owner Jerry Jones decides to surrender G.M. duties, Romo has to make do with what he has.

And if he can’t find a way, it’s on him.

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  1. dexterismyhero says: Oct 3, 2012 9:15 AM

    Not a Cowboys fan, but shut your pie hole Theeseman.

    Neither were you! You had really good teams!

    How is that Beta Prostate working out for you?

  2. contrarianjon says: Oct 3, 2012 9:18 AM

    As a jets fan, i wish joe was the GM for the boys. I would make him an offer he could not refuse.

  3. mjkelly77 says: Oct 3, 2012 9:20 AM

    If the lineman can’t block, deal with it — like Ben Roethlisberger has done for the last however many years that the Steelers haven’t have a good offensive line. Move out of the pocket. Throw on the run.
    ___________________

    Put on 100 pounds so you can be your own offensive lineman.

  4. lorddarkhelmet says: Oct 3, 2012 9:20 AM

    Not who (besides Cowboy slappies) ever though he was GREAT. He is a very good QB who needs a good o-line and running game to be successful. You can not let the offense revolve around him in a way that allows the defense to game plan almost entirely for him. If the defense does focus on him he will throw a bad INT or fumble the ball. That said, if you give him what he needs he will run the offense beautifully.

  5. eviltwin007 says: Oct 3, 2012 9:20 AM

    Well DUH!!!! Anybody could tell you that Romo isn’t that good!

  6. roth19 says: Oct 3, 2012 9:22 AM

    Yes I agree that Romo has thrown interceptions in the 4th quarter and blew some games, but to say he isn’t that good is complete BS.

    Just look at his numbers last year. He also has the 2nd highest QB rating in history.

    You also have to remember Romo has never had a dominant, maybe not even a mediocre defense to help him out. The offense has always carried them.

    But to say Romo isn’t that good is BS, he’s definitely top 10.

  7. 1uniquename says: Oct 3, 2012 9:25 AM

    The problem with Tony and this discussion is next week he will come out and throw 3 TD’s and 300+ yards passing and look spectacular in the process and the media will jump right back on the bandwagon. Simply put Tony is just not consistent and at 32 years old he may never become a consistent QB.

  8. dldove77 says: Oct 3, 2012 9:25 AM

    Very similar to Jake Delhomme. Except, without the two trips to the NFC Championship Game and that one trip to the Super Bowl. And the other playoff wins.

  9. mdpickles says: Oct 3, 2012 9:25 AM

    Joe Theismann wasn’t that good. Put Romo behind the Skins offense at that time and Romo’s numbers would be better.

  10. brutus9448 says: Oct 3, 2012 9:28 AM

    the problem with dallas is not their offense. It’s their defense.

  11. thefirstsmilergrogan says: Oct 3, 2012 9:29 AM

    romeo is a good quarterback, who would look great on a better team. he can avoid the noise in the pocket and slide to make throws as well or better than anyone in the league. in the giants game, his ability to avoid the rush and allow himself time to throw was the difference.

    on the other hand, romeo missed two seam routes on monday night that would have given his club a chance. and he’s going to make one just incredibly bad play a game, offering the flip side of some of those ingenious escapes and shovel passes.

    and to you florio:

    “Great quarterbacks find a way. Apart from Archie Manning, who literally had nothing around him in New Orleans, every great quarterback over the years has found a way to be great, regardless of the flaws on offense.”

    really, every great qb has found a way to be great? really? and i guess every not-so-great qb has found a way to be not-so-great, too. dude, i think you write so much now you never even reread it before it goes up, but that sentence deserves better.

  12. davekva72 says: Oct 3, 2012 9:30 AM

    This just in, Joe Theismann isn’t very relevant.

  13. filthymcnasty1 says: Oct 3, 2012 9:30 AM

    I think people are over reacting to a really bad game.

  14. 49erstim says: Oct 3, 2012 9:32 AM

    They have weapons on BOTH sides of the ball. What they lack are LEADERS. IMHO Jason Garrett is NOT an NFL head coach and Jerrah is most definately not a GM.

  15. paulsmith107 says: Oct 3, 2012 9:32 AM

    Joe is a retard he couldn’t carry Romo’s jock strap. Joe had the luxury of playing behind the hogs and having an all time great coach. Romo on the other hand plays behind te worst offensive line in the nfl and for coach after coach who are just not good. Gimpy should get on with his life and zip it Romo is a great qb who if he weren’t on the cowboys the cowboys would be a constant 2-14 team. I only wish Romo would leave as a free agent and latch in to a real team do he has a legit chance to win and shut all these haters up

  16. skins1982 says: Oct 3, 2012 9:33 AM

    Romo has not one bit of the heart, the attitude, the clutch ability, the greatness of Rg3. Rg3 is the top qb in the east and watching him magnifies the ineptitude of his competitors. Rg3 smiles in his sleep at the stupidity of Romos choices. The division has flipped!!!!!! You’ve been warned!!!!!!

  17. lesliedevereaux says: Oct 3, 2012 9:34 AM

    Joe is still a Cowboy hater, I see.

  18. rxv5854 says: Oct 3, 2012 9:35 AM

    The only thin worse than Joe Theimann the QB?

    Joe Theismann the analyst?

  19. ErikW65 says: Oct 3, 2012 9:35 AM

    It’s not that Romo doesn’t have an arm to throw with (or legs to escape pressure, for that matter.) Romo’s flaw is his poor decision making under pressure. That’s why he’s not a very good QB.

  20. takingbacksundays5 says: Oct 3, 2012 9:36 AM

    He’s right.

  21. richardf954 says: Oct 3, 2012 9:36 AM

    Amazing how goons like Theismann , and Trent Dilfer have all the answers . Its a shame these Quarterback gurus could not critique their own crappy careers as NFL quarterbacks.

  22. vjack says: Oct 3, 2012 9:36 AM

    I’m no Romo fan but great Qb’s always find a way to get it done regardless of the flaws on offense? You mean the way the great Tom Brady has gotten it done against the Giants front four in two Super Bowls?

  23. skinsfanwill says: Oct 3, 2012 9:37 AM

    It’s not all Romo. I think the play calling is horrible. They have a good RB and are just not using him. No QB can drop back and throw a million times without the threat of a running game. Garrett is to blame here. He is a pass happy OC. He doesn’t manage the game. And I’m a skins fan. That team has many weapons, Garrett just doesn’t know how to use them. I can’t say that I’m not happy about it. Please keep Garrett for 5 more years.

  24. trainsaw says: Oct 3, 2012 9:37 AM

    Theisman is a Skins homer, this is expected

  25. tmac4454 says: Oct 3, 2012 9:39 AM

    I do not care for Romo at all. He is too arrogant, he wants to be affiliated with Hollywood and spend too much time golfing than mastering his craft.
    He is an average QB at best. I do agree if you have the time to sit back like Brady, you can pick a defense apart.
    He will never go to the SB with Dallas. Its just not their time. The pieces is just not there.

  26. dvdman123 says: Oct 3, 2012 9:39 AM

    I know Joe hurt a lot of Cowboy fans feelings with his comments but the truth hurts sometimes. In last 5 seasons practically everything has changed on the Cowboy’s offense except for one thing……Romo, yet you still have issues. That right there says a lot. It’s time for the Cowboys to cut their losses and move on. Maybe he needs new surroundings.

  27. leadlap says: Oct 3, 2012 9:39 AM

    Having lived in the DC area for the last decade, I’ve been subjected to Joe Theismann a lot. And one thing I have learned over that time is that Theismann is not an expert, nor did/does he seem to formulate any valuable analysis during his time in the broadcast booth.

    With the said, I think Romo is a good QB — not great — but good. He does have bad games. He did on MNF. But, I think that was a product of getting behind, then going for a TD on almost every play.

    When you get behind and have to throw on every down, you get aggressive and open yourself up to interceptions. That’s what happened.

  28. amunoz78 says: Oct 3, 2012 9:40 AM

    Why are people still asking (and caring about) his opinion?

  29. jlb10 says: Oct 3, 2012 9:40 AM

    i think joe is spot on this time. usually don’t agree with him but he is right.

  30. dirtybird28 says: Oct 3, 2012 9:41 AM

    I don’t think anyone ever said Romo is elite or great. He’s definitely very good, but like any other player essentially in team sports history, he still needs a good supporting cast. It’s not his call to which receivers or OL he has. Yes he has to deal with the hand dealt, but it doesn’t mean their terrible GM can’t do better.

  31. talkingfan says: Oct 3, 2012 9:41 AM

    Joe, I’ll take Romo over you any day. Your team was just better and ran the ball. You were more like Alex smith , call on to make a fees plays here and there.

  32. thetokyosandblaster says: Oct 3, 2012 9:42 AM

    Are we really listening to a QB who is only famous because of an injury?

  33. gochargersgo says: Oct 3, 2012 9:43 AM

    Nor was the strength of your lower leg.

  34. Chris Fiorentino says: Oct 3, 2012 9:44 AM

    Top 10 QBs all-time in passer rating…

    Rank Player (age), + – HOFer, Bold – Active Rate Years Teams
    1. Aaron Rodgers (28) 103.5 2005-2012 gnb
    2. Steve Young+ 96.8 1985-1999 2TM
    3. Tom Brady (34) 96.5 2000-2012 nwe
    4. Tony Romo (31) 95.9 2004-2012 dal
    5. Philip Rivers (30) 95.4 2004-2012 sdg
    6. Peyton Manning (35) 94.9 1998-2012 2TM
    7. Kurt Warner 93.7 1998-2009 3TM
    Drew Brees (32) 93.7 2001-2012 2TM
    9. Matt Schaub (30) 92.9 2004-2012 2TM
    10. Ben Roethlisberger (29) 92.7 2004-2012 pit

    There’s a BIG difference between not being able to consistently win close games in the clutch moments and being “not that good”. Romo is “that good”. He just doesn’t have the cohones to make big plays at big times. And he has a tendency to go downhill fast in games where things aren’t going his way. But to say that the #4 QB All-Time in passer rating “isn’t that good” shows how little Joey Sunshine knows about the sport and position he played.

  35. chalkruz1989 says: Oct 3, 2012 9:44 AM

    New York Giants fan here that lived in Philadelphia all 23 years of my life so as you can comprehend, I hate both the Cowboys and Eagles, but I am letting my bias out there instead of hiding it. Tony Romo is a good quarterback, to say he is not is just an overreaction to a poor performance. I know he’s had some bad moments but what quarterbacks do not? The lights are bright in Dallas so when he plays great he’s touted the greatest thing since sliced bread, but when he’s bad, he’s tabbed as Quincy Carter II.

  36. jasleach says: Oct 3, 2012 9:45 AM

    In other news……. Water is wet and fire is hot

  37. psuravens19 says: Oct 3, 2012 9:45 AM

    I agree with him 100% and would never want Romo the QB of my team…

  38. blaksteele says: Oct 3, 2012 9:46 AM

    Throw some of that blame to Jason Garrett as well.

  39. norseyapper says: Oct 3, 2012 9:46 AM

    Romo has his issues, he can run very hot and then very cold, but for crying out loud when your receivers are alternating with drops on 3rd down and balls that go off their hands for interceptions, making the wrong reads and running the wrong routes, and some of the worst displays of alligator arms ever… Plus he has a head coach and OC who call about 3 running plays in the 2nd half? I’m not saying the guy is great but it is a little hard to tell what he is with that kind of “help.”

  40. wallacejay says: Oct 3, 2012 9:46 AM

    I think people are over reacting to a really bad game.
    ____________________________________

    Of course they are. This is what the media does. If he lights it up the next game, no one will remember this game until he does it again. The same thing happened last year.

  41. mattolikesthevikes says: Oct 3, 2012 9:48 AM

    Cant really disagree on these comments especially after a 5-pick night on Monday night. The one he threw for Bryant and picked I swear the bears corner was in the huddle understanding the route Bryant was running better than Bryant. Never seen an easier pick six than that one.

  42. steelerfanforlife says: Oct 3, 2012 9:48 AM

    And yet at least half the teams in the NFL would love Romo as their QB!

  43. johnnybgood19 says: Oct 3, 2012 9:49 AM

    All this time I’ve been thinking that Romo was not a very good QB. I couldn’t understand all the talk about how this is going to be his year and how he was going to break out, etc. But as far as I could see he was a flash in the pan who had peaked about four years ago and that was all you were going to get. Now Theisman has to go and make the same conclusion…… Time for me to reconsider, maybe Romo ain’t so bad after all ……

  44. blkeskimo1785 says: Oct 3, 2012 9:51 AM

    He’s too much of an enigma; reminds me of the grantland article comparing Cutler to Romo.

  45. getyourownname says: Oct 3, 2012 9:51 AM

    Romo is OK not great, but the premise that it’s on Romo to make up for everything his teammates can’t do is simply ludicrous. The only way to make up for teammates not catching balls thrown directly to them is to not throw to them, and that’s not an option when the coaches dictate who is playing.

    Other than Ben, who outweighs most linemen, what QB can withstand a rush? Even Peyton gets sacked. Or is Romo a failure because he can’t equal quickness of a HOF QB like Manning?

    You don’t think the Jets would trade Rex for opportunity to get Romo as QB?

  46. realfootballfan says: Oct 3, 2012 9:51 AM

    Jesus, people are stupid. I’m hardly a Tony Romo fan, and he’s clearly about to go through the

    down side of his career, but he’s not the Cowboys biggest problem or even one of them yet.

    Dez Bryant (their so called number one receiver) is an idiot, the interior of their offensive

    line has been terrible for years, and the defense is still overrated.

    Other than that, Jason Garrit shouldn’t even be anyone’s offensive coordinator, let alone head

    coach.

    Don’t even get me started on the train wreck that is wanna be Al Davis, Jerry Jones and what he

    does every single year to the talent on this team whenever he exiles his latest coach/GM who

    stocks the cupboard for him before being banished.

    The Cowboy team simply isn’t that good, to blame it on Romo because “great QB’s get it done” is

    asinine. Great QB’s always play with other great players, whether people want to admit it or

    not, they don’t make them great.

    Outside of Terrell Owens, Pittsburgh has surrounded Roethlisberger with greater receivers from

    the 3rd round of the draft on than anything Romo has ever played with, same thing with Aaron

    Rodgers, same thing with Brees in New Orleans, and don’t even mention either Manning brother and

    the talent that they’ve played with which dwarfs the Cowboy mental midgets.

    I hate that having a Suepr Bowl ring apparently empowers idiots like Joe Theisman to even be taken seriously enough to say such idiotic drivel.

  47. blackqbwhiterb says: Oct 3, 2012 9:52 AM

    Romo is a very good QB…..But the WR’s don’t know what to do (Bryant), and sometimes get the dropsies, like T.O. did, or Ogletree on that one the other night, where he volleyballed it up in the air. Romo’s coaches need to school the WR’s better on what to do, how to read a defense, etc., like Witten does, and Romo needs to develop the communication with them, which is on him.
    Garrett is still new and learning to be a head coach, he needs to do what Jimmy Johnson says- the greater the pressure, the more you must simplify the game plan…….

    But is sure is great to watch the Cowpokes get their a$$ kicked!!!!!!

  48. gochargersgo says: Oct 3, 2012 9:53 AM

    Joe Theismann just isnt intelligent enough to construct a well thought argument. If Tony Romo just “isnt good”, how could he possibly have a top 5 QB rating of ALL TIME?!

    Romos play is maddeningly inconsistent and unpredictable. He can follow increbible games where he makes plays all over the field and is brutally efficient with games where he looks like he does not belong on an NFL team. To say he isnt good is ridiculous though.

    Having been fired several television networks I think maybe Theismann should take a look at his broadcasting career film if he wants to see something that “isnt good”.

  49. 3dscanman says: Oct 3, 2012 9:53 AM

    …and the Bears had nothing to do with Romo’s poor performance – yeah right – tell it like it is… media wants drama – actual sports reporting can’t seem to “find it’s way” these days either.

  50. bluejunco says: Oct 3, 2012 9:55 AM

    Cowboys owner and fans are the only ones that think Romo is any good. The rest of us know the truth ” He sucks “. Might as well bring in Tebow.

    Dallas is no longer America’s team. That is the dumbest line.

  51. peytonwantsaflag says: Oct 3, 2012 9:56 AM

    This is not a revelation to anybody outside the football media bubble. Most fans outside of Dallas have known this for awhile. (here’s another one the San Diego Chargers are always overrated also).

    Speaking of excuses I particularly liked how the pundits, especially Peter King, broke down each of Romo’s five (FIVE!) interceptions and came to the conclusion he really only had one.

  52. tombradyswig says: Oct 3, 2012 9:56 AM

    He’s the 25th best qb in the league….
    meaning, yes, he sucks!!

  53. stevebozeman says: Oct 3, 2012 9:56 AM

    I never look at the author of these blurbs until I read them, I knew this was Florio complete with video when I saw the “every great qb finds a way to be great.” GMFB. He actually threw 2 ints that were his fault. One was a forced fumble. This was a bad game. Every one has them.

  54. doclolly says: Oct 3, 2012 9:57 AM

    When you refuse to run the ball Defenses tend to notice and drop more people into coverage which makes passing windows that much smaller… Plus romo has the brett farve gunslinger mentality so he forces the ball into these small windows and yea sometimes he gets it through but more and more this season it ends up being an INT or worse as a pick 6’s. which puts them in a hole and then they have to keep throwing and the cycle continues

  55. whatjusthapped says: Oct 3, 2012 9:58 AM

    Someone please tell Joe Theismann that his 15 minutes are up, a long time ago.

  56. peytonwantsaflag says: Oct 3, 2012 9:58 AM

    “Romos play is maddeningly inconsistent and unpredictable.”
    —————————————–

    I’m not a Theismann apologists , he’s an imbecile, however, some people could make the argument this is exactly what makes him not a very good quarterback. You’d be better off with a lower qb rating and more consistency.

  57. joejen4614 says: Oct 3, 2012 10:02 AM

    The main diffrence with Romo and “Great” QBs is, when pressure falls on him, he folds. Every QB will have a bad day, but Manning (both), Brady, Brees, Rodgers, Roethlisberger seem to thrive in these situations and this seems to seperate “Great” from “Very Good”. Romo is “Very Good”, he is “Great” however in fantasy!

  58. phrankyc says: Oct 3, 2012 10:02 AM

    Dallas lacks structure at the top. I think that is Romo’s biggest problem. I HATE Dallas and Romo, but he is a very good quarterback. I would love to have him on my Eagles. Keep blaming Romo and run him out of town, Andy Reid will snatch him up in a heartbeat.

  59. fground says: Oct 3, 2012 10:03 AM

    Look I don’t like the Cowboys or Tony Romo particularly but how about some facts. Saying, “Great quarterbacks find a way” doesn’t mean anything. It’s simply circular reasoning. They win the big game – therefore they are great.

    Facts are Romo has the 4th highest QB rating of all time. I know that isn’t the be all and end all of judging a QB, and that QB ratings are higher now than in the past, but he’s also ahead of all of his peers save for Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers. That doesn’t prove he’s necessarily a great QB but I think it sure as heck demonstrates he’s far from a bad one.

    By the way – Joe Theisman – who I’m sure considers himself great because he won…ranks 82nd all time…tied with John Kitna – one time Romo backup…exactly what Theisman would be if they played on the same team in their primes.

  60. dougy1970 says: Oct 3, 2012 10:07 AM

    Um, Archie Manning played with Wes Chandler (4 Time Pro Bowler) and Chuck Muncie (3 Time Pro Bowler). I would not call that ”literally nothing” (whatever that means).

  61. rexranius says: Oct 3, 2012 10:09 AM

    This coming from an announcer and analyst that isn’t that good.

  62. andymannfl says: Oct 3, 2012 10:10 AM

    “But to say Romo isn’t that good is BS, he’s definitely top 10.”

    Lol. Uh, no he isn’t. Good QB’s – regardless of their QB rating – aren’t terrible in big situations and in 4th quarters as often as he is. Here are eleven you’d take ahead of him today no question:

    Brady
    Rodgers
    Brees
    P. Manning
    E. Manning
    Big Ben
    Matt Ryan
    Matt Schaub
    J. Flacco
    M. Vick
    Philip Rivers

  63. bobbyhoying says: Oct 3, 2012 10:10 AM

    Why did Joe finally figure that out? The Cowboys are always overrated because of the teams’ past success. Until they get a new GM the GM will be inside the heads of the players and coaches. As an Eagles fan, I hope their GM lives long and stays in the job.

  64. rayguyreturns says: Oct 3, 2012 10:10 AM

    Really could care less about the Cowboys, but for you to say:

    “If the receiver can’t catch or run the right route, don’t throw it to him. And tell the coaches to get him off the field.”
    Yeah sure, that works. One can always predict that a team mate won’t run the right pattern (sarcasm), especially after you’ve already thrown the ball to a spot where he is supposed to be and it’s picked off.

    I think Romo is a very serviceable quarterback and is a lot better than most others at his position. The guy can’t win games totally by himself though. Give him a break.

  65. jpaq68 says: Oct 3, 2012 10:14 AM

    If anyone knows about “Not That Good”, it’s Joe Theismann.

    BTW, Joe – how are those alimony payments working out for you?

  66. dikshuttle says: Oct 3, 2012 10:14 AM

    Love Joe Thiesmann. Calls ‘em like he sees ‘em.

    Sure, he’s no Norman Einstein, but who is?

    Him & Kenny Albert are my favorite team, too. Great repoire.

  67. jason9696 says: Oct 3, 2012 10:15 AM

    Tony Romo has to be one of the most overrated QB’s off all-time.

  68. AlohaMrHand says: Oct 3, 2012 10:16 AM

    I’d take Romo over Carson Palmer anyday .While Romo does make some boneheaded decisions his offensive line is dreadful and Dez Bryant hasn’t helped his cause much either.

  69. shawnc16 says: Oct 3, 2012 10:18 AM

    Top 10 QBs all-time in passer rating…

    Rank Player (age), + – HOFer, Bold – Active Rate Years Teams
    1. Aaron Rodgers (28) 103.5 2005-2012 gnb
    2. Steve Young+ 96.8 1985-1999 2TM
    3. Tom Brady (34) 96.5 2000-2012 nwe
    4. Tony Romo (31) 95.9 2004-2012 dal
    5. Philip Rivers (30) 95.4 2004-2012 sdg
    6. Peyton Manning (35) 94.9 1998-2012 2TM
    7. Kurt Warner 93.7 1998-2009 3TM
    Drew Brees (32) 93.7 2001-2012 2TM
    9. Matt Schaub (30) 92.9 2004-2012 2TM
    10. Ben Roethlisberger (29) 92.7 2004-2012 pit

    There’s a BIG difference between not being able to consistently win close games in the clutch moments and being “not that good”. Romo is “that good”. He just doesn’t have the cohones to make big plays at big times. And he has a tendency to go downhill fast in games where things aren’t going his way. But to say that the #4 QB All-Time in passer rating “isn’t that good” shows how little Joey Sunshine knows about the sport and position he played.
    ——————————————————–

    One thing to consider is that with the changes to the rules it’s alot easier to have a great QB rating since new rules allow less contact on WRs and more protection for QBs. I mean look at the list all but 2 of those QBs are current QBs but Montana, Elway, Aikman, Marino, and other greats are absent from the list and I doubt anyone really thinks those NFL greats just aren’t even in the top 10 of current QBs.

  70. ronin36 says: Oct 3, 2012 10:18 AM

    I’ve found myself agreeing with Joe Theisman when he’s analyzing/critiquing QBs.

    Other parts of the game.. not so much.

    I have to agree with Joe on Romo’s performance.

    Romo is Brett Favre Junior. Everytime #4 would take a snap I’d find myself on the edge of my seat saying “Just don’t do something stupid.”

    I’m sure Dallas fans do the same.

    Heck, Tony even does the “aw shucks” act like Brett did. Though not as well.

  71. thepvyharvin says: Oct 3, 2012 10:20 AM

    True Joe,but I hate your hair.I mean, a scarecrow wouldn’t wear it,,,,

  72. bordner says: Oct 3, 2012 10:23 AM

    Romo is great…

    …at making opposing defenses look better than they really are.

  73. orangebluedonkey says: Oct 3, 2012 10:25 AM

    To all my “blinded cowboy realtives in Texas”
    I love Romo and Danny White. ha

  74. Pacific NW Mark says: Oct 3, 2012 10:26 AM

    Wow, Joe, project much?

    Romo: 154 TDs, 80 INT, career 95.9 rating

    Theismann: 160 TD, 138 INT, career 77.4 rating

    Theismann has a Super Bowl ring, but in every individual measure, Romo has been a better QB. And Theismann was a better QB than analyst.

  75. patriots123456 says: Oct 3, 2012 10:26 AM

    Sometines Romo looks like superman.

    Sometimes he looks like Pop Warner would cut him.

    He lacks consistency I would say.

    I just don’t feel he could put it together and win them a championship.

  76. 7swag7 says: Oct 3, 2012 10:28 AM

    I wonder if Theismann still has nightmares about Lawrence Taylor.

  77. knackstermyea says: Oct 3, 2012 10:28 AM

    Break a leg Theisman.

  78. marcello49 says: Oct 3, 2012 10:30 AM

    1. Aaron Rodgers (28) 103.5 2005-2012 gnb
    2. Steve Young+ 96.8 1985-1999 2TM
    3. Tom Brady (34) 96.5 2000-2012 nwe
    4. Tony Romo (31) 95.9 2004-2012 dal
    5. Philip Rivers (30) 95.4 2004-2012 sdg
    6. Peyton Manning (35) 94.9 1998-2012 2TM
    7. Kurt Warner 93.7 1998-2009 3TM
    Drew Brees (32) 93.7 2001-2012 2TM
    9. Matt Schaub (30) 92.9 2004-2012 2TM
    10. Ben Roethlisberger (29) 92.7 2004-2012 pit

    Not on this list Joe Montana, John Unitis, Dan Marino, Brett Favre, John Elway……Translation QB rating is meaningless measurement!!!

    Having said that Tono Romo is a great qb….Eli has been the fortuitous recipient of 2 outstanding Giant defensive runs…..Didnt he throw 26 picks year before last?

  79. theandy59 says: Oct 3, 2012 10:36 AM

    Romo is another in a long line of NFL QB’s that are just good enough to lose. He can have games where he looks dynamic; then his next game will be like Monday night where he throws a ton of picks and looks overwhelmed. None of this makes him a bad guy, or even a bad QB. He’s just not a difference maker.

  80. greymares says: Oct 3, 2012 10:36 AM

    phrankyc says:
    Oct 3, 2012 10:02 AM
    Dallas lacks structure at the top. I think that is Romo’s biggest problem. I HATE Dallas and Romo, but he is a very good quarterback. I would love to have him on my Eagles. Keep blaming Romo and run him out of town, Andy Reid will snatch him up in a heartbeat.

    ————————————————seriously you may want him on your Eagles but I don’t want him on my Eagles if it wasn’t for check downs to Whitten you wouldn’t even know his name. Andy Reid would stay farther away from him than he does Plaxico

  81. mightymightylafootball says: Oct 3, 2012 10:37 AM

    “Apart from Archie Manning, who literally had nothing around him in New Orleans…”

    No – he figuratively had nothing around him.

    I literally died when I read this. Then I was resurrected, and wrote this comment.

    Mike Florio: Doing his part to kill the English language, one article at a time.

  82. antalicus says: Oct 3, 2012 10:38 AM

    Pretty much every Cowboy fan knows Romo isn’t that great. The defense carries that team just enough that they can’t get the first pick in the draft otherwise Romo would have been gone.

  83. draftazoid says: Oct 3, 2012 10:42 AM

    I want to thank SuperBowl Quarterback Champion Joe Theismann for an honest assessment of the stats driven QB of Tony Romo. I always look forward every year to how Romo will blow games. He is consistent at that.
    Romo is still my favorite field goal holder of all time.

  84. ppc50 says: Oct 3, 2012 10:44 AM

    When Theismann played he would play reckless at times and definitely throw plenty of ints, even though he had the hogs, Art Monk, Riggins, etc. As I remember, he threw a pick 6 from the Skins’ 5 yard line, on a screen, directing to an unknown Raiders LB, Squire?, before the end of the half in the Super Bowl. Theismann is a poseur NFL commentator.

  85. nolanwiffle says: Oct 3, 2012 10:46 AM

    Can we please dispense with using “All-Time QB Rating” as a way to prop this guy up. Has anyone noticed that every name on that list is from the very modern era?……when DB’s can’t touch receivers, OL can extend their arms and hold, offensive gameplans have evolved, etc.

    Unitas, Jurgensen, Montana, Elway, Kelly, Marino, Graham, Bradshaw, Stabler, Plunkett, Tarkenton, Staubach, Fouts, Dawson, (Ken) Anderson……

  86. nyfan63 says: Oct 3, 2012 10:46 AM

    Armani Toomer wants an explanation.

  87. peytonsneck18 says: Oct 3, 2012 10:47 AM

    Even former skins players are annoying as their fans

  88. falstaffsmind says: Oct 3, 2012 10:51 AM

    The difference between a good quarterback and bad quarterback is ball security. You simply can’t turn the ball over consistently and be considered ‘good’. Right now, Romo has 8 interceptions. RG3 has 1. I would rather have RG3 despite his lack of experience.

  89. musicman495 says: Oct 3, 2012 10:53 AM

    For all those who want to kill the messenger on this one and tell us how bad a player Joe Theismann was, when Tony Romo is League MVP and a Super Bowl champion like Theismann, you give us a call.

  90. knackstermyea says: Oct 3, 2012 10:54 AM

    All i know is every NFL player wants to play with that Star on their helmet. Hate all ya want.

  91. skins4life2009 says: Oct 3, 2012 10:55 AM

    I don’t think you can put it all on Romo, but he has shown what he’s good at over the years and that’s blowing games. But heresy that great D at that’s got burnt up by the Seahawks, and the Bears? Where’s that great running attack with Murray everyone was talking about? Where’s Dez and Austin, who both haven’t played anywhere near what people people thought? I mean your best receiver has been Ogeltree, really Ogeltree lol you have to be kidding. Romo has his moments of greatness, but like Monday he also has moments that make him look worse then a rookie. Any other qb would have already been gone.

  92. richndc says: Oct 3, 2012 11:01 AM

    Like it or not, there are 32 teams in the NFL. Every day, there are at least 2 headline stories about the Cowboys on here and NFL.com. Writers and commentators know that if they talk about the Cowboys, their columns get more hits. That is a fact. Whatever Romo actually is can be argued at this point. The truth is, his complete story is yet unwritten, and the window is truly closing. He is more than good enough to win a championship with a good team around him. He has never shown to be good enough to rise above adversity, not in a consistent way. Like it has always been; the real problem is not Romo. Like it has always been; Theismann likes to yammer on about things in a way that undermine his credibility. I am sure his restaurant gets a bump from local fans every time he bashed the Cowboys.

  93. heir2d says: Oct 3, 2012 11:02 AM

    Wait. Theisman said this? Joe Theisman? The same Joe Theisman that threw 5 picks vs the Cowboys on his birthday? The same guy who changed the pronunciation of his name from ThEEsman to ThEIsman to sound like the trophy? That is who you are quoting on quarterback play?

  94. mojosmagic says: Oct 3, 2012 11:02 AM

    Every year we hear the same things about “all that talent” in Dallas and quite frankly I’m sick of the lie.

  95. FeedtheOldtotheYoung says: Oct 3, 2012 11:04 AM

    I am not a Cowboys fan, nor am I a Tony Romo fan, but let’s be real here folks.

    1. Dallas has a horrible OL, and an average at best running game. DeMarco Murray has shown flashes, but is not going to be a 20-25 carry, wear the D down/gets better later in the game type of back. Felix Jones is one bad game from the unemployment line.

    2. Jason Witten, who is supposed to be his safety blanket, developed a case of the drops early this season.

    3. Dez Bryant – need I say more?

    Finally, the big thing everyone is missing is the CULTURE of the Cowboys. Some people can lead/thrive within a bad culture, and some cannot. Romo cannot. Its not his fault, that’s who he is. Its the fault of those ABOVE him, who are supposed to determine (assess, scout, analyze, whatever you want to call it) it, and make appropriate personnel decisions.

  96. bigbluecrew420 says: Oct 3, 2012 11:09 AM

    Skins1982

    Romo has not one bit of the heart, the attitude, the clutch ability, the greatness of Rg3. Rg3 is the top qb in the east and watching him magnifies the ineptitude of his competitors. Rg3 smiles in his sleep at the stupidity of Romos choices. The division has flipped!!!!!! You’ve been warned!!!!!!

    ————————————————

    Listen, I’m as glad as anyone in the NFC east that romo is in the devision but RG3 as the top QB in NFC east?!?!?

    Do u watch football? Im sure even most skins boys and eagles fans would have to swallow there pride and admit Eli is clearly the best in NFC east. Actually the entire NFC.

    Btw the skins have ZERO chance of being a playoff team. Vick will get hurt, rg3 is never going to win with Shanahans mother daughter duo and the Giants/Cowboys will have another close race at the end…

  97. techieluddite says: Oct 3, 2012 11:10 AM

    Well, you knew that all the Theisman haters (i.e. Cowboys fans) would come to Romo’s defense, but he’s basically right, and BTW i can’t stand Theisman.
    Oh wait, he passed Roger Staubach for TDs by a Cowboy QB, so he must be good.
    To paraphrase another famous person who spent a lot of time in Washington.
    “I knew Roger Staubach, i watched Roger Staubach, and you Tony Romo are no Roger Staubach.

    Go Texans!

  98. phaktor333 says: Oct 3, 2012 11:16 AM

    Tony is an decent, middle of the road, ‘if the stars align right, he may win a ring’ type of quarterback. To say he is not very good is unfair as it is strictly based on late game performance. Any coach or owner that writes big checks and is desperate for a championship should not expect a merely decent QB to be winning big games on his own. All of those years Jerry had chances to build that o-line and establish a dominant run game to support this guy and all they did was draft pass rushers, corners and wide receivers…all the attractive pieces instead of the parts that define a good team: one that controls the LOS. Believe me, there are several teams out there that would love to have him and will give him the support he needs to be a good, decent QB that will not have the ‘legacy’ of Cowboys football hanging over his head.

  99. phillyweaponx20 says: Oct 3, 2012 11:16 AM

    Soon or later we have to come to the realization that Joe Theismann wasn’t a very good quarterback, and an even worse person.

  100. jbell33139 says: Oct 3, 2012 11:17 AM

    Been saying it since he came into the league. One of THEE most overrated QB’s currently starting in the NFL. He’s NOT a winner. He’s a choke artist. I hope they keep him starting behind center.

    Even Stevie Wonder could see how bad Romo is.

  101. olcap says: Oct 3, 2012 11:18 AM

    Looks like Joey Sunshine is way smarter than all the other “smart” guys who keep saying that Romo is a winner, a super bowl legend waiting for his first SB win, greatest QB ever, will take the Cowboys to the SB, blah blah blah.

  102. fground says: Oct 3, 2012 11:20 AM

    nolanwiffle says:
    Oct 3, 2012 10:46 AM
    “Can we please dispense with using “All-Time QB Rating”as a way to prop this guy up. Has anyone noticed that every name on that list is from the very modern era?”

    That is a valid point, but as I pointed out in my post Romo leads most of his peers in that rating with the exception of Rodgers and Brady.

    Steve Young is second and Joe Montana is 11th. Otto Graham most impressively is 17th on the list. No one in his peer group is remotely close to him. But like Young and Montana – he played for a powerhouse team that was ahead of the curve in football offence.

  103. artisan3m says: Oct 3, 2012 11:27 AM

    Romo might be very good on a team that was something more than a hobby for its rich boy owner. I don’t fully agree with Theismann on Romo but he is spot on with Jones and every body knows that as fact ~ ~ except Jones ~ ~ and he doesn’t care so long as he can feed his limitless ego. So long as we have a mediocre GM and coaching staff, we will have mediocre play from a rather talented group of players. The team needs someone to put together a package and clearly they don’t have it. Seventeen years should fairly well drive that point home. I’m tired of the annual disappointments. I’ve shifted my interests to the Texans and it will remain there so long as Jones runs the show in Dallas.

  104. mannyicey says: Oct 3, 2012 11:29 AM

    People has done more with less. In other words, I agree, but I thought that it was consensus opinion that Romo isn’t very good. I’m kinda shocked that people are trying to take up for him.

    You want to talk about bad situations, Peyton had few options- no running game, no good O-line and one receiver. But he kept making a run.

    Mike Vick had absolutely nothing in Atlanta but an older, small running back and a young kid with promise and a bad case of the dropsies; but he took them to the playoffs. Twice. And Vick didn’t really try hard because of his dog-fighting enterprise kept him away from learning plays.

    So you gotta do something if you’re Romo.

  105. eightysixisback says: Oct 3, 2012 11:29 AM

    Romo has been overated his whole career. He puts up good numbers but he falls apart when it counts. He might be a top 10 fantasy QB but that really has nothing to do with winning actual football games. The media constantly talks about how good he is until he has a bad game then turns on him and starts the negative talk. Make up your minds already. I made mine up a long time ago. Romo is average at best. Yes he has good stats, i get that. I also get that if i were picking a QB to try to actually win big games, romo is nowhere near my top 10.

  106. realfann says: Oct 3, 2012 11:34 AM

    So,

    Peyton is crap because he couldn’t find a way to beat the Falcons

    Eli is crap because he couldn’t find a way to beat the Cowboys

    Rogers is crap because he couldn’t find a way to beat the Niners

    Brady is crap because he couldn’t find a way to beat Arizona

    Brees is crap because he can’t find a way to beat anybody

    Great QB’s never lose games.

    Got it.

  107. skinsrock says: Oct 3, 2012 11:42 AM

    He’s top 15.

  108. iamwoodwose says: Oct 3, 2012 11:44 AM

    Romo has never been more than a middle of the road QB, and never will be more than a middle of the road QB. Sorry, Cowboy fans, he’s not a shoe-in for the Hall of Fame, but he’d be an hands down favorite for the Hall of Mediocrity.

    His biggest problem though, is that he’s a choker. He”ll never strap a team to his back and will them to victory. The Cowboys will never win a championship with him. Period. Time to start looking for a real QB.

    Theisman, was a mediocre QB too, certainly no better than Romo. Theisman had the benefit of having a truly great team around him, one of the best offensive lines that ever played together as a unit, a great running back, high quality receivers, and a great defense, along with a truly innovative head coach. Those Redskins could have won with virtually any QB playing in the league those days.
    They wouldn’t have won anything with Romo as their QB though, because Romo is a choker, he will always find a way to lose.

    However, Theisman does hold one distinction, though, he is the stupidest ex-athlete to be handed a career in media after his playing days were over bar none. No one, not Deion Sanders, not Sean Salisbury, not Sterling Sharpe, not even Jim Brown in a short-lived media career is dumber than Joe Theisman.

  109. hor2012 says: Oct 3, 2012 11:44 AM

    I’ve been a Saints fan my entire life. I lived in New Orleans until hurricane Katrina struck and then relocated to Texas. The reason I mentioned this is because for much of my football life I’ve watched losing football. So, I had to have another team to root for. And, the team I chose was the Cowboys. I go as far back as Doomsday and Roger S. Based on my history rooting for a team that more often then not was playing bad football, Cowboy nation please heed my advice. Start thinking about what QB you can take in next years draft. This Cowboys team is at best a 8 and 8 team. And, Tony Romo is like the girl that allows you to think that you’re going all the way and then says stop. He his good enough to get you exicited but he will never satisfy you. And, I promise you I’m not trying to be mean or funny but I watched this movie for over forty years and I promise you I know how it will end

  110. bduncanscott says: Oct 3, 2012 11:44 AM

    I TOTALLY AGREE WITH THIS ARTICLE! I’m not a Cowboys fan but a good friend of mine is, I’m a Skins fan so he and I have a fun and respectful football rivalry. The Cowboys game against the Bears I was actually rooting for my buddy’s favorite team simply because Jay Cutler is such a Douche bag! So during the game we were discussing Romo’s problem and it hit me, so I told him the following. The Cowboys have let Romo get away with being “good enough” the past few years. He has been ok enough to give the fans a little hope and keep his job, and seems he got comfortable there. He hasn’t changed, or lost bad habits, or improved, he just hasn’t moved to the next level. Think that comes with all the adoration he’s received which have just kept him mentally ok with “good enough”
    I feel most people who become great NEVER think they’re good enough even when they are so it a continual burning fire to get better and better and change and grow.

  111. fuglyflorio says: Oct 3, 2012 11:47 AM

    Bitter old fools just need to shut up. Romo isn’t the problem with the Cowboys. Another QB isn’t magically fixing that mess.

  112. marcolamorsa says: Oct 3, 2012 11:48 AM

    lol people need to chill it was just one bad game and honestly its the play calling its horrible i smh because i can tell what they are going to run just by the formation it is so predictable. no coaching!!

  113. getyourownname says: Oct 3, 2012 11:54 AM

    heir2d says:
    Oct 3, 2012 11:02 AM
    The same Joe Theisman that threw 5 picks vs the Cowboys on his birthday?
    ****************************

    Now we know what qualifies Theismann to determine who is “not a good” QB.

  114. greenbleeder says: Oct 3, 2012 11:55 AM

    If Romo was a dog, Vick would have to put him down.

    Go Birds!

  115. ncfloyd says: Oct 3, 2012 11:55 AM

    “Apart from Archie Manning, who literally had nothing around him in New Orleans, every great quarterback over the years has found a way to be great, regardless of the flaws on offense.”
    –Revisionist history! Peyton is great, Eli is very good but let’s not say Archie was better than he was. He was good enough to be the starter on a bad team—he was in the bottom third of 70’s QBs. After being traded for the average Pastorini
    to 2-time AFC championship game participant Houston, he continued to do nothing.

  116. nashwaakkidd says: Oct 3, 2012 11:55 AM

    jerrah the gm was in such a rush to annoint this guy as a franchise qb that he paid him $$67 mil.he puts up good numbers , except for the only # that really counts…playoff wins. One ! count ‘em One playoff win. they need a real gm, need to replace garrett, he’s totally clueless.they will never see a sb with tony the turnover under center,and Butterfingers Bryant is not helping the cause either.

  117. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Oct 3, 2012 11:58 AM

    Okay, my team plays in western Pennsylvania – so my take on this one is purely neutral. I take exception to Theismann’s comments.

    Romo’s first three picks were not due to poor QB play. Not in my opinion. The first “pick 6″ was Dez Bryant’s fault – Bryant failing to understand his responsibilities as one might expect of a professional. The second was a perfectly thrown ball that Kevin Ogletree gifted to the Bears. The third was a line breakdown where Romo got banged by Melt. After that, it was catch-up time – a point in the game where one is forced to take high risks. Of the 5 picks, maybe 2 were Romo’s fault. Not great and not his best game — but it was not anything like Theismann pitches.

    On a personal level, Theismann is a guy who has nauseated his own teammates, his own coaches, his own fans and his own wife. Even Redskin greats Sonny Jurgensen and Billy Kilmer, two legends, couldn’t even find nice things to say about him. The CFL even had some choice words for Theismann. How do you piss off the NFL -and- the CFL???

    Romo, on the other hand, graciously accepts blame where it isn’t even his fault. Romo has also has done a number of Good Samaritan type deeds he actually tries to keep out of the headlines.

    Though this issue is about merit, it still seemed appropriate to distinguish Theismann’s rap sheet from Romo’s background — because it speaks to the “consider the source” factor.

  118. philtration says: Oct 3, 2012 12:00 PM

    brutus9448 says:
    Oct 3, 2012 9:28 AM
    the problem with dallas is not their offense. It’s their defense.
    ===================================

    No… the problem with the Cowboys is their idiot owner and their even dumber fan base.

    By the way… is there ANY team in the NFL that has created more turnovers then the Bears over the last 10 years?
    Do you think that just maybe they actually had something to do with the outcome of that game and Romo’s performance?

  119. skins4life2009 says: Oct 3, 2012 12:05 PM

    @bigbluecrew420

    I won’t disagree with you that Eli is the best qb I’m the NFC east but not the whole NFC. But for you to say RG3 will never win anything with the Shanahans is ridiculous. Look at our offensive rankings right now with a ROOKIE qb.1st in the run with a rookie back, 16th in pass yards, 4th in overall yards, and 3rd in points. You can’t argue with those stats, especially when this is the 1st year all these guys have been together. Oh and how many picks does Romo, Eli, and Vick have? RG3 has 1, the skins are last in turnovers. But like I said Eli is the best right now, Vick and Romo are on the bottom of the league and you have to give RG3 his props and say he is a top 5 qb in the NFC right now.

  120. bluejunco says: Oct 3, 2012 12:13 PM

    Tony romo sucks. Plain and simple.

  121. 1phd says: Oct 3, 2012 12:14 PM

    Might as well face the truth Jerah. The window has closed. You had a .500 team last season and at 2-2 you have another .500 team this year.

  122. markdamack says: Oct 3, 2012 12:17 PM

    It’s funny to hear “Media pundits” review the tape and only really blaming Romo for one of his picks. You are right, the guy sitting behind his computer making his own opinons as they go, not the guys that cover football for a living.

    The you call us “Romo apologists”, that’s the dumbest thing i’ve ever heard. So we aren’t Cowboys fans, we’re Romo fans? We blame other people on the team, whos fault it is, and you just take it and run with it. Dez ran the wrong route, Miles crosses behind the corner on a post instead of in front, Ogletree let’s a pass bounce off his shoulder and right in the the hands of the Bears, and he get’s hit from behind and the ball goes straight into Briggs hands, the last one was in garbage time when it’s obvious what’s going on.

    You can blame Romo for throwing the ball when Miles ran beind the CB and the one in garbage time. He can’t make Ogletree catch, he can’t avoid guys he cant see coming that dont get blocked, and he blatantly checks the route to Dez..and Dez just doesn’t even look at him.

    Also, it’s funny that you can talk about how stupid Joe Theismann is and all the ignorant things he says but THIS is true. This one thing.

    The Bears were every where Monday night. Great job by them.

  123. filthymcnasty1 says: Oct 3, 2012 12:19 PM

    Games like this are why Favre said that Romo was the NFL QB that reminded him most of himself.

  124. bobhk says: Oct 3, 2012 12:20 PM

    1. Aaron Rodgers (28) 103.5 2005-2012 gnb
    2. Steve Young+ 96.8 1985-1999 2TM
    3. Tom Brady (34) 96.5 2000-2012 nwe
    4. Tony Romo (31) 95.9 2004-2012 dal
    5. Philip Rivers (30) 95.4 2004-2012 sdg
    6. Peyton Manning (35) 94.9 1998-2012 2TM
    7. Kurt Warner 93.7 1998-2009 3TM
    Drew Brees (32) 93.7 2001-2012 2TM
    9. Matt Schaub (30) 92.9 2004-2012 2TM
    10. Ben Roethlisberger (29) 92.7 2004-2012 pit

    Not on this list Joe Montana, John Unitis, Dan Marino, Brett Favre, John Elway……Translation QB rating is meaningless measurement!!!

    Having said that Tono Romo is a great qb….Eli has been the fortuitous recipient of 2 outstanding Giant defensive runs…..Didnt he throw 26 picks year before last?

    ————–
    What a flawed argument. Rodgers is only 28 and is likely on his way to greatness. Young is a Hofamer and great. Brady is a future Hofamer. Manning is a future Hofamer. Warner and Brees will get consideration.
    No one is Montana or Unitas but the above list is pretty good and romo does not belong in any greatness list.

  125. billsfan1 says: Oct 3, 2012 12:22 PM

    Romo has not one bit of the heart, the attitude, the clutch ability, the greatness of Rg3. Rg3 is the top qb in the east and watching him magnifies the ineptitude of his competitors. Rg3 smiles in his sleep at the stupidity of Romos choices. The division has flipped!!!!!! You’ve been warned!!!!!!

    ugh get over urself ass clown….you belong in garage with the rest of the tools… Eli Manning is inept huh? outperforms Tom Brady in 2 Super Bowls and he is inept?

  126. samsjmail says: Oct 3, 2012 12:23 PM

    Thanks Joe for taking time out from your busy schedule of infomercials to give us your brilliant insight. Does it bother your parents that your last name is pronounced differently than theirs is?

    Loved your broken leg. That was your fault, right?

  127. matman13 says: Oct 3, 2012 12:28 PM

    The Romo haters don’t understand the real problem with the Cowboys. The problem for the last several years is lack of offensive balance. When we do get balance, Romo is spectacular. Remember the Giants game in Week 1? 26 run plays, 29 pass plays. Murray ran for 131 yards. Romo passed for over 307 yards and 3 TDs w/ QB rating of 129.5. In the loss to the Bears? 14 run plays, 53 pass plays. Romo had 307 yards, 1 TD, 5 INTs w/ QB rating of 60.1. If anyone is to blame, it’s Jason Garrett and ultimately Jerry Jones for hiring him. Garrett falls in love with the pass way too much, and that’s when the wheels fall off.

    If you want anecdotal evidence of this, consider John Elway. When Terrell Davis joined the team in 1995, Elway’s TD-to-INT dropped dramatically from his historical average. And ultimately, that consistent running game turned into two Super Bowl rings.

    At the end of the day, Theismann is an idiot. I’m happy with Romo as our quarterback. I just wish we had a “real” head coach and a “real” GM.

  128. bigblue00 says: Oct 3, 2012 12:31 PM

    Romo is overrated.
    Period.

  129. mnomalley says: Oct 3, 2012 12:31 PM

    I realized all of this after watching his performance in the 2009 playoffs against my Vikings. I believe the score was 33-3… He looked like a ballerina dancer in the pocket, might have a future on dancing with the stars.. hmm

  130. cowboysallday says: Oct 3, 2012 12:40 PM

    If romo isn’t good and he’s only 6 tds from tying joes career mark what does that make theismann? Oh and theismann has like a 74 passer rating and romo is second all time…theismann shut your mouth

  131. thewigglr says: Oct 3, 2012 12:48 PM

    vjack says:
    Oct 3, 2012 9:36 AM
    I’m no Romo fan but great Qb’s always find a way to get it done regardless of the flaws on offense? You mean the way the great Tom Brady has gotten it done against the Giants front four in two Super Bowls?

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    Ummm if I’m not mistaking the Pats were leading in both SuperBowls up into the last few minutes where their DEFENSE blew the game. I understand your a Pats hater and jealous of their success but make some sense with your comments instead of letting that oily discharge leak outta your mouth.

  132. tennesseeoilers says: Oct 3, 2012 12:53 PM

    You guys crack me up with your ignorant opinions about Joe Theismann’s playing career. Dude was a Super Bowl winner one year and MVP of the league another year. Get a clue, people!

    -Titans Fan

  133. vipod4ever says: Oct 3, 2012 12:55 PM

    Rod Martin can name 3 reasons why you weren’t very good Joe.

  134. judsonjr says: Oct 3, 2012 1:15 PM

    To me Romo right now looks like Brett Favre circa 1999-2001. He makes some mistakes and then those get amplified by incompetent WR play. The Packers jettisoned their #1-#3 WR before 2002, maybe the Cowboys should do the same.

    Also the same media that bashes Romo is suddenly in love with Matt Ryan who is now MVP & Mr. Awesome. I’m sure last year after ATL lost to the Giants they were probably bashing him.

  135. blackqbwhiterb says: Oct 3, 2012 1:19 PM

    …..”Snifff…..That’s my Quarterback, man!!”……

  136. cowboyhater says: Oct 3, 2012 1:34 PM

    As a skins fan, I’m on the fence concerning this one. Romo was clutch against the skins last year, beating us with great throws down stretch to win both of those games. I think the issue is Garrett. Just because he is from an Ivy League school, doesn’t make him head coaching material. If Parcell’s was still with the Cowboys, Romo probably would have already had a ring.

  137. starderup says: Oct 3, 2012 2:02 PM

    Joe is right. Overall, Romo is not very good. Sometimes, he looks really great, and then, sometimes in the same game or even same series, he looks terrible.
    I know I’m not the only one seeing this. Their record of playoff appearances under Romo should help you square this.
    Jones is also a terrible, but rich owner. Money can’t buy everything. They DO have a nice house in which to display an average team, though.

  138. happybunnyj says: Oct 3, 2012 2:53 PM

    Who is “Joe Theismann?”

    Oh yeah–the guy who keeps getting fired from broadcasting jobs and now does erectile dysfunction commercials.

    Yes, I’ll take his opinion.

  139. dman6015 says: Oct 3, 2012 3:17 PM

    Truth hurts, doesn’t it Cowboy fans. It’s true. Romo is a mediocre QB. Dallas could do a LOT better. Of course, they first have to get rid of Jerry Jones. That’ll happen when pigs fly, though.

  140. skinsfaninnebraska says: Oct 3, 2012 3:46 PM

    Romo is not a bad QB. But, he’s not the kind of guy who is going to put the team on his back and carry it to a title. He’s proven that time and again!

    He is, when he is at his best, a fairly capable game-manager. At his worst, he is a guy who will make the bad play with the game on the line that leads to a loss. Usually, he is somewhere in between.

    His one exceptional talent is his ability to avoid pressure to extend plays and make accurate throws on the run.

  141. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 3, 2012 4:09 PM

    Theismann is correct. Not that it takes John Madden or Mike Mayock to notice this. Even women who don’t know football could see that Monday.

  142. denverdude7 says: Oct 3, 2012 4:57 PM

    I agree with Joe Theismann that Tony Romo is not that good. Also fitting the same description is San Diego QB Philip Rivers.

    A lot of flash, lots of yards, high QB ratings and next to no playoff wins.

    Added all together, neither one is that good a quarterback.

  143. kmw1231 says: Oct 3, 2012 5:24 PM

    I have been a cowboy fan since 1966. I have been through a lot with my team, even enjoyed the Theismann years while Joe was in Washington. I want another Super Bowl. I firmly believe, as I have since Parcells left, that Romo is not our guy. I was hoping for a trade over the last 4 years for a #1 pick. Trade Tony while people “thought” he was money. Tony sucks under duress. He cannot handle pressure. Instead of taking the sack he shovel passes the ball off hoping it lands somewhere positive. He is no Favre. Favre won Super Bowls. He is mediocre at best and has worn out his welcome. Time to go!!!!

  144. mikebino says: Oct 3, 2012 7:54 PM

    So I guess Drew Brees is not a good QB since he can’t find a way to get his team to win.

  145. gammynomnom says: Oct 3, 2012 8:22 PM

    Joe, shut up with your 77 career QB rating. You were on great teams with some of the all time great O lines, a HOF coach and a consistently good running game. You won a Super Bowl in a strike season and somehow think anything you say carries any weight.

  146. gammynomnom says: Oct 3, 2012 8:23 PM

    And how many times has Peyton lost in the first rounds of playoffs?

    Wonder why he didn’t just make it happen all those years?

  147. gammynomnom says: Oct 3, 2012 8:28 PM

    tennesseeoilers says:
    Oct 3, 2012 12:53 PM
    You guys crack me up with your ignorant opinions about Joe Theismann’s playing career. Dude was a Super Bowl winner one year and MVP of the league another year. Get a clue, people!
    __________________________________

    Mark Rypien also won a Super Bowl with the Skins and was Super Bowl MVP.

    Whoopty snot.

  148. bigblackanvil says: Oct 3, 2012 8:37 PM

    I’m a Redskins fan. Romo has the tools but the mental mistakes. The untimely ints. The lack of focus when it’s crunch times. Real competitors want the ball in their hands. It seems sometimes Romo gets unnerved easily. His athleticism has made him a Qb that show flashes of greatness but to be great one must be consistent. And he is not.

  149. jordanmaarsh says: Oct 3, 2012 8:40 PM

    gammynomnom says: Oct 3, 2012 8:22 PM

    Joe, shut up with your 77 career QB rating. You were on great teams with some of the all time great O lines, a HOF coach and a consistently good running game. You won a Super Bowl in a strike season and somehow think anything you say carries any weight.

    Don’t you mean Doug Williams?

  150. musicman495 says: Oct 3, 2012 8:41 PM

    heir2d says: Oct 3, 2012 11:02 AM

    Wait. Theisman said this? Joe Theisman? The same Joe Theisman that threw 5 picks vs the Cowboys on his birthday?
    ————————-
    The comments on Romo were about the entirety of his career, genius, not what he did in one game.

    Oh, and aside from the league MVP and Super Bowl ring, which Romo never has and never will have, Theismann was also a better holder than Romo, too.

  151. bigblackanvil says: Oct 3, 2012 8:43 PM

    Big Ben is an elite passer. He has never even seen a real O-line but has rings. HTTR……no excuses for Romo.

  152. thegloriousone says: Oct 3, 2012 11:30 PM

    The only difference between Tim Couch and Archie Manning is that Tim Couch actually had a winning season in the NFL.

    Archie Manning was a stiff.

  153. truecowboyfan says: Oct 4, 2012 1:19 AM

    First Off, there’s a reason why Theismann is no longer working for ESPN.

    Secondly, to Joe Theismann, not every QB has Art Monk and John Riggins and one of the best O-Lines in the 80’s called the Hogs. They also do not have one of the best corners (Daryl Green) and Head coaches of all time either ( Joe Gibbs). AND YOU STILL THROUGH A CLUTCH INT. TO THE RAIDERS THAT MADE YOU LOSE THE SUPERBOWL!!! So back off Romo you frig’n Putz!!

  154. truecowboyfan says: Oct 4, 2012 1:24 AM

    Sorry, it should be THREW not THROUGH… Was a little worked up and I wrote the comment.

  155. mazblast says: Oct 4, 2012 2:27 AM

    matman13 said:

    At the end of the day, Theismann is an idiot. I’m happy with Romo as our quarterback. I just wish we had a “real” head coach and a “real” GM.
    ———————————
    1. I agree, Theismann IS an idiot. However, an idiot can still be right in his opinion, which is the case here.
    2. I’m glad you’re happy with Romo as your QB. So are the rest of the teams in the league and all fans outside Dallas. May he stay YOUR quarterback for a long time.
    3. Keep wishing. I doubt it will happen under this ownership.

  156. rafterman1957 says: Oct 4, 2012 10:31 AM

    I’m amazed to find myself agreeing with Joe Theismann!

    Romo has the physical ability, but he has repeatedly proved he can’t handle the pressure when things go south. In other words, he’s a choke artist.

  157. materialman80 says: Oct 4, 2012 11:50 AM

    Joe is being kind with his “not that good” comment. The hard truth is Romo sucks.

  158. wwwfugu says: Oct 4, 2012 2:26 PM

    I just hope I outlive Thiesmann so I can enjoy the silence.

  159. Canned Heat says: Oct 5, 2012 1:43 PM

    theandy59 says:
    Oct 3, 2012 10:36 AM
    Romo is another in a long line of NFL QB’s that are just good enough to lose. He can have games where he looks dynamic; then his next game will be like Monday night where he throws a ton of picks and looks overwhelmed. None of this makes him a bad guy, or even a bad QB. He’s just not a difference maker.
    ____________________________________

    You talking about Romo or Cutler….? Oh yeah, same guy for the most part.

  160. giark1 says: Oct 6, 2012 12:31 PM

    I still think that the MNF game was an aberration. I’m a sorry-ass Jets fan (thank God I’m a Crimson Tide fan to balance things out a bit) but I’ve seen Romo carry that offense time and again, and Monday night was “one of those days”– started out great for Romo before everything just went wrong, no matter what he did.

  161. ronaldmexico7 says: Oct 6, 2012 3:38 PM

    There are still 12 games, and we will see who is where at the end. By the way where is Drew Brees? We will see how many bubble screens RG3 can throw before the league has him figured out. Really, the best thing for Romo would be to leave the Cowboys and go to a team with a real GM.

  162. urworstnitemare58 says: Oct 8, 2012 3:53 PM

    I can’t stand the self proclaimed Americas Team, but Theismann needs to shut his piehole.
    This clown thinks he was the greatest there was at the position. I’ve never heard him say anything positive about any QB.
    It’s to bad LT didn’t break his jaw instead of his leg so we didn’t have to hear or read about his worthless remarks.

  163. shorelinemike says: Oct 8, 2012 8:21 PM

    @gochargersgo:
    Tony Romo’s play is maddeningly inconsistent and unpredictable. Which makes Tony Romo the perfect Dallas Cowboys quarterback.The Cowboys are … wait for it … maddeningly inconsistent and unpredictable.

  164. cow395 says: Oct 9, 2012 12:44 PM

    romo is hit and miss, frustrating because he will stick around forever hopeing it will be better next year, but it never is. But i am happy

    Go Eagles

  165. jaguarclubbing says: Oct 16, 2012 10:48 PM

    Romo is statistical garbage.

    Not a franchise quarterback.
    WAKE UP PEOPLE !!! !! !!

    Leaders with Rings
    Brady
    Big Ben
    Drew Brees
    Peyton
    Eli

    Romo not an elite quarterback.
    STOP KIDDING YOURSELVES.
    PLEASE STOP.

  166. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 16, 2012 11:09 PM

    Romo is a compiler. Looks good on paper, but if you broke it all down by the eye, it’s not nearly as impressive as you’d think.

    Just like Shareef Abdur-Rahim’s career in the NBA. Numbers mirrored those of some hall of famers, but the guy was the furthest thing from being such — and was not nearly among the elite when he was playing.

    Same with Romo, although some of his gaudy statistics that are compiled at times would lead you to believe otherwise if you weren’t (forcefed by FOX, NBC and ESPN) watching regularly.

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