Peyton Manning “flattered” Cowboys want Romo to emulate him

Reuters

In one of his many comments about the role he wants quarterback Tony Romo to play for the Cowboys, owner Jerry Jones invoked the name of another NFL quarterback.

Jones said that he wants Romo to spend “Peyton Manning-type time on the job” watching film and breaking down game plans to get better results in the 2013 season. Word of that request has made its way back to Manning and the Broncos quarterback told Lindsay Jones of USA Today that he’s “flattered” to be held up as the gold standard for quarterback preparation. That said, Manning doesn’t feel like he does anything more than what’s required for him to put forth the best performance every week.

“I don’t think that I do any more than any quarterback should. I get asked, ‘How much film do you watch?’ I’ve never logged hours. I’ve always watched enough to get myself ready to play,” Manning said. “The cerebral part of the game has always been something where I had to get my edge. I really study the opponent, study myself, study my own players, my own routes.”

It’s impossible to quantify how much of Manning’s success over the years is due to film study as opposed to his own natural ability, but there’s little doubt that he’s maximized the return on both things with both the Colts and the Broncos. Romo may have done the same thing, but that probably doesn’t matter much when the guy signing your checks wants to see you doing more.

19 responses to “Peyton Manning “flattered” Cowboys want Romo to emulate him

  1. Payton stayed in school at Tenn. to help his team win a National Championship instead of leaving for the NFL and the money. He is a player who opponents have always respected for his ability to lead his team. Romo needs to get off the golf course if he wants be like Manning. Poor Tony, he is stuck in a position where the expectation will never be matched by his ability.

  2. Wait a minute, doesn’t Romo ALREADY suck in the playoffs?

    Well, if the goal is to make him EVEN LESS effective in the games that matter, Peyton Manning IS the guy to watch.

    Go Colts!!!!

  3. The key in Manning’s quote is use of the word “should” instead of “does”.

    Regardless of what you think of him, where he ranks, etc., there is no logical argument to be made that he doesn’t prepare like a demon and Tony Romo (or any other QB that has failed to reach their potential) would be well advised to try to emulate him.

  4. Sometimes I wonder if he doesn’t overachieve because of his tremendous work ethic.

    Then I wonder if things break down for him when he can’t be so prepared.

    I can’t understand how he threw that interception in the playoff game against the Ravens. I thought the first rule was not to throw across your shoulder back into the middle. I know everyone makes mistakes, but how does HE make THAT mistake???

    Quite ironically, isn’t Romo’s best asset his ability to improvise? So perhaps that is his gift, but it doesn’t sound like he is going to bust it to break down film.

  5. cliverush: Peyton didn’t win the title though did he? Tee Martin did the next year. Teams win football championships, not individual players. Trent Dilfer and Brad Johnson have as many Super Bowl rings as Peyton and one more than Romo. When this Cowboys team gets better they will have more success. Unfortunately Jerruh is in the way of achieving that success consistently and soon.

  6. I always root against Manning and think he’s not at the same level of Brady and Rodgers. But the one thing he brings to the table more than anyone else is just plain hard work.

    Back when he was officially drafted, he was already working at home on the playbook and film for the Colts.

    Conversely, Ryan Leaf, flying from the draft NY to San Diego to be introduced to the media and fans, STOPPED IN VEGAS to party all night, arriving bleary-eyed and worn out.

    Romo, though not a bad guy whatsoever, leans a little more Leaf than Manning in the commitment department, which is a shame because he is pretty talented– though not as talented as Ryan Leaf.

  7. dalcow4 says:
    May 22, 2013 3:20 PM
    I always root against Manning and think he’s not at the same level of Brady and Rodgers.
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    Not at the same level because?…..

    Oh he only has one Superbowl. Ok then.

    That cancels out all the record breaking performances he has.

  8. I am a huge fan of Peyton Manning and think he’s one of the greatest of all time.

    But Romo should be flattered that Manning tried to imitate him for a short time last year. The interception during the Ravens playoff game, so unlike Manning, must have been a tribute to Tony Romo.

  9. Greatest to play the game.

    Any Colts fan that bashes him didn’t deserve the 13 years he spent there.

    Without him, Indy doesn’t have the Colts.

    Of course the fraud known as therealbleedcoltsblue has been spreading racial hatred for Manning for years.

    I guess you are crying about Luck over RGIII too right bubba?

  10. 4thquartermagic says:May 22, 2013 3:30 PM

    dalcow4 says:
    May 22, 2013 3:20 PM
    I always root against Manning and think he’s not at the same level of Brady and Rodgers.
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    Not at the same level because?…..

    Oh he only has one Superbowl. Ok then.

    That cancels out all the record breaking performances he has.

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    Please explain. I know he has 3 regular season MVP’s…I’m struggling to recall record breaking performances he may have had that haven’t been subsequently broken.

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