Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is no stranger to criticism.
This offseason alone, he’s heard it explicitly from Donovan McNabb after signing his new contract and implicitly from Cowboys owner Jerry Jones when Jones pointed out things he wanted to see Romo do more of in the coming years. There are plenty of brickbats from fans and media members thrown in there as well, but Romo said Tuesday that none of it has any bearing on what will happen to the Cowboys on the field this year.
“None of it matters,” Romo said, via Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com. “It’s going to be played out on the field, no matter what we’re going to [do] we have to open up the football season against the New York Giants and whether you said great things or whether you said the Cowboys are whatever, they’re the best ever, the worst ever, they can’t ever, they can, it doesn’t matter. You still have to show up and you got to play.”
It’s very true that nothing anyone says about Romo or the Cowboys changes the fact that they have to show up and win the games on their schedule. It’s also true that a fair amount of the criticism that Romo and his team have faced over the years has come because they have only mastered the showing up part of things in recent years.
The criticism doesn’t matter, but it’s not going away until that changes whether or not Romo is paying attention to it.