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Roger Staubach has Tony Romo’s back

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The current Cowboys quarterback is getting some support from a guy who knows a thing or two about winning big games.

And Cowboys legend Roger Staubach can’t believe what he’s hearing.

Staubach was at Sunday’s 51-48 loss to the Broncos, and he’s baffled by the criticism of quarterback Tony Romo for his late pick that took the shine off an otherwise brilliant day.

“He played one of the most sensational games I’ve ever seen,” Staubach said, via David Moore of the Dallas Morning News. “It makes no sense. Those people who blame him, I don’t know, they ought to take a look at their lives.

“I’ve been a quarterback and I know this guy is playing great football. Seeing critics blame these tough losses, especially this game, on him sends a message to me that some people will never cut him a break. I can’t believe it.

“I mean, there were 48 points created by the offense against a good team. The defense gave up 51 points. It makes no sense. This was one of the greatest performances by a quarterback in Cowboys history.”

Of course, Staubach could just be circling the wagons for a fellow member of the exclusive club of star quarterbacks for America’s Team. But he insisted that it wasn’t blind belief, saying he had a lot more help when he was under center than Romo does now.

“I was fortunate to have great defenses,” Staubach said. “I didn’t worry as much that if I did make a mistake that, ‘Hey, it will cost us a touchdown’ or ‘We’re going to lose this game.’ The same goes for Troy.

“But with Tony, it sometimes seems as if on every single play he has to be the guy, be the hero. When you feel like you’ve got to be perfect on every play, it’s tough. He’s been in positions where he can’t afford that one mistake.

“You can’t be in that position as a quarterback. You can’t be in a position where you feel every play you make could be the difference in the game.”

Much of Romo’s problem is one of expectations, which have been created for him and he’s benefited from. His owner bragged about not pursuing Peyton Manning because of Romo’s presence, and then gave him the big contract to match. And now, people want to see Manning-level play (which he’s not far from, really, when you consider Peyton’s long line of one-and-dones in the playoffs) while surrounded by a cast that has hovered around .500 for a decade-plus.

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  1. dexterismyhero says: Oct 9, 2013 8:10 AM

    I don’t like the sound of that headline.

  2. kmartin173 says: Oct 9, 2013 8:24 AM

    Good lord Roger, its not that one game its his career. Any other quarterback wouldn’t be taking that much blame for a single pick but your guy’s been doing that at the most inopportune times/games for 10 years.

    There is no conceivable way Romo could hold it together for the 3-4 consecutive high-pressure games you need to win to get another SB trophy. Anybody who believes differently is as delirious as Jerry Jones.

  3. wiley16350 says: Oct 9, 2013 8:33 AM

    Staubach’s comments are fine if Romo would have thrown an interception in the middle of the game or the Cowboys punted a few more times. The problem is that he threw an interception at a point in the game where it was the absolute worst thing he could do. It ended the game and his team’s chance to win the game. If he took a sack and they had to punt, the Cowboys would still of had a chance to win. Albeit, they would have had to rely on the defense. At least there was still something the Cowboys as a team could do to control the outcome. If the defense failed at that point, it would absolutely be ridiculous to blame Romo. He lost the game because he took away any chance his team had to win once he threw that interception. If they were losing and he threw that interception you could be more forgiving, but that wasn’t the case.

  4. dallashomer says: Oct 9, 2013 8:36 AM

    I’m no Romo apologist, but he wasn’t to blame. You’d think 48 points would be enough to win any game…but not with the Cowboys’ defense.

  5. dallashomer says: Oct 9, 2013 8:36 AM

    Denver didn’t even punt. Not once.

  6. gavriloprincip33 says: Oct 9, 2013 8:45 AM

    Romo, for all his mistakes, is not the real problem in Dallas – they need a real GM and HC…

    Sadly, that isn’t likely to happen as long as the Jones family owns the team…

  7. metalhead65 says: Oct 9, 2013 9:04 AM

    while it seems cruel to pile it on him after every loss the fact is he does choke when it counts. as for expectations every year the cowboys are supposed to be super bowl favorites but always manage to blow it when it counts. I refuse to hear the excuses for him that include the team is not that talented.Jay Cutler has not had any talent around him before the bears got Brandon Marshall last year and now this year with the up grades that the bears made. yet he is crucified every year because the Bears have not won it all, and never got/gets the benefit of the doubt romo does. so sorry I do not feel 1 bit sorry for him or his 100 million dollar contract.

  8. nnagi says: Oct 9, 2013 9:04 AM

    It’s so easy to criticize Romo because he throws interceptions at the most inopportune times, but he isn’t the problem here…he’s had a terrible offensive line and defense to match for the last 5-6 seasons, receivers that drop passes or fumble and a non-existent running game – he’s got no other choice than to take risks because he’s the only chance they have at winning…

  9. patschuster7106 says: Oct 9, 2013 9:13 AM

    Great comments by Roger couldn’t agree more. I still love the people who even disagree with the greatest Cowboys player of all.

    I guess you know football better than the former Heisman and Super Bowl winner.

    Although to still argue the point with the less informed makes me think of Benjamin Franklin line:

    “A Man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.”

  10. kmartin173 says: Oct 9, 2013 9:18 AM

    “It’s so easy to criticize Romo because he throws interceptions at the most inopportune times, but he isn’t the problem here…he’s had a terrible offensive line and defense to match for the last 5-6 seasons, receivers that drop passes or fumble and a non-existent running game – he’s got no other choice than to take risks because he’s the only chance they have at winning…”

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    Why didn’t they win anything when he had a Pro-Bowl running back and 3 Pro-Bowl offensive linemen? Why didn’t they win anything when they had overall top-10 defenses? Why do people keep making excuses?

  11. fissels says: Oct 9, 2013 9:22 AM

    I’ll take Roger’s opinion over all the Romo haters’ opinions. Most of them probably never even made their high school teams let alone play in the NFL at crunch time.

  12. carranofa says: Oct 9, 2013 9:24 AM

    I don’t know if Roger even realize he did this but he blamed Jerry Jones for Tony’s problems. he stated that Tony does not have as good of a supporting cast as he and Troy did. I think he’s trying to say that since Jerry has gotten there the team doesn’t know how to evaluate talent or pick good players. Again. Jerry’s fault. He picks the players. He doesn’t know talent if it slapped him in the face and wiped his butt.

  13. 2jivecrew says: Oct 9, 2013 9:27 AM

    Sorry, but that wasn’t a “spectacular performance”. It was the most pathetic and putrid display of defense i’ve ever seen in a professional football game. This is the new NFL. This is the the type of game Goodell and the Owners want, a game that caters to fantasy football and the ADD American public. The product has been manipulated in just that way. These days you have even more time to bathroom breaks because you may as well get up and go while your team is on defense because there won’t be anything worth watching when your offense isn’t on the field.

  14. bobzilla1001 says: Oct 9, 2013 9:27 AM

    Funny how things are perceived. Living in Pittsburgh, where the quarterback walks on water, I’ve seen No. 1-ranked defenses blamed for 13-10 losses, and I’ve seen the quarterback receive all the credit for 13-10 wins.
    Most of the propaganda is perpetuated by the media, which I’m sure is the case with Tony Romo.

  15. freepretzels says: Oct 9, 2013 9:38 AM

    I’m with Captain Cowboy on this one. I don’t know what else Romo was supposed to do. He threw for 500 yards. I’m not a Romo fan, but it was an inhuman performance where he should have sacked at least 5 times and escaped.

  16. youafool says: Oct 9, 2013 9:48 AM

    “Why didn’t they win anything when he had a Pro-Bowl running back and 3 Pro-Bowl offensive linemen? Why didn’t they win anything when they had overall top-10 defenses? Why do people keep making excuses?”

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    hahah pro bowl running back you mean Marion Barber? He of the 700 yards yeah he definitely deserved the pro bowl that year…and those 3 OL went to pro bowl Cowboys went 13-3 and lost to the super bowl champs in the playoffs…and when exactly did he have a top 10 defense? The best part about all the people that say “he does it all the time” is I bet they can’t name more than 3 “incidents” of so called choking “the Seattle missed snap”, the skins game from last year….anymore? If you moron’s point to his hail mary against the Giants at the end of the game which was his only pick in the game then you really don’t know what the hell you are talking about.

    This message board is going to get empty as sh*t when he gets the Lombardi.

  17. tonyovertroy says: Oct 9, 2013 9:51 AM

    First off, yes, yes, a million times yes. Statistically, Romo is exceeding even the lofty performances of the best Cowboy QBs of yesteryear, and people need to understand that he has been the leader of a VERY mediocre Cowboys franchise the past few years. Aikman had Emmitt, Irvin, Moose, Larry Allen, four of the best all-time at their position, and that’s just on his offense. Yes, Romo has had Witten, but anyone who claims that his Cowboys teams have been loaded with talent are not seeing clearly.

    In short, Romo has been great these past few years, and people need to stop acting like he is solely at fault.

    I don’t remember who it was (I’m leaning towards Herm Edwards) but I have seen a football coach say about last-minute heroics (or failures) this: “Anytime ‘one play changed the game’, you can look back to a bunch of moments throughout the game where we could’ve played better and not been in that situation to begin with”. Just looking at the Denver game, the Broncos got 5 first downs on penalties (not all of which were legit calls), a crucial no-call on intentional grounding on 2nd-&-10 which would have caused a punt, and, then of course, there were all the times the Cowboys just stepped aside and let Moreno collapse just past the yellow line.

    If the Cowboys (or the refs) perform just a little better, then they win 48-36 or something like that and lazy media (and Romo haters) have to actually think of a real headline instead of the cliche dog-that-won’t-hunt that circulated this week.

    P.S. Give Jerry Jones a break. He brought a dynasty to Dallas, and he’s smart enough not to buy into the Romo hate and keep arguably the best QB in Cowboys history. And, yes, his son Stephen Jones has been increasingly involved in the GM process. Every GM has draft classes that make you look back and question, but the idea that Jerry Jones is the new Al Davis is also a very tired and very inaccurate claim made by lazy media and illogical Cowboys haters (which include some of their own fans)

  18. fdugrad says: Oct 9, 2013 9:54 AM

    Roger was correct. He had DOOMSDAY!! I haven’t thought about that defense for many years. They were really something. It was classy of RS to remind us and credit them.

  19. kenstabler says: Oct 9, 2013 9:57 AM

    Romo totally lost his chance with that throw to be mentioned as a great NFL QB. I’m not sure why Rodger is defending him, because he knows as well as anyone that you are a Hero or a Zero in that situation.

    Romo continually throws Zero’s when he is given the chance to be a Hero.

    z

  20. fastspecv says: Oct 9, 2013 9:57 AM

    I’m so tired of hearing everybody blame Romo. The guy makes a single mistake and it costs them the game? Really? New franchise records and he has a single bad play and it’s all his fault and he’s a bum? What about the other half of the game when he’s on the sideline and that little thing called defense has to go out there and do it’s job. But no…….for whatever reason everybody gives them a pass and it’s all Romo’s fault. I’ve been saying it for years, Romo isn’t the problem, the defense is.

  21. kmartin173 says: Oct 9, 2013 9:59 AM

    hahah pro bowl running back you mean Marion Barber? He of the 700 yards yeah he definitely deserved the pro bowl that year…and those 3 OL went to pro bowl Cowboys went 13-3 and lost to the super bowl champs in the playoffs…and when exactly did he have a top 10 defense? The best part about all the people that say “he does it all the time” is I bet they can’t name more than 3 “incidents” of so called choking “the Seattle missed snap”, the skins game from last year….anymore? If you moron’s point to his hail mary against the Giants at the end of the game which was his only pick in the game then you really don’t know what the hell you are talking about.

    This message board is going to get empty as sh*t when he gets the Lombardi.

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    2008, need to win 1 of 3 to make the playoffs, 6 picks, 4 fumbles against the Steelers, Ravens and Eagles, 3 losses. Blows a 24-pt. lead against the Lions with 2 stupid throws resulting in pick-sixes. Throws 5 picks (2 were dropped) and was outplayed by a rookie in last year’s play-in game. That’s just off the top of my head, if I went back and looked at the games there’s a dozen more. People don’t just stick you with the choker label, it has to be earned.

    Top-10 in total defense 2007, 2008, 2009. Feel free to check it on ESPN.

  22. encroachmentor says: Oct 9, 2013 10:26 AM

    How do you spell Cowboys?

    C-O-W-B-O-Y-S

    What’s missing? There’s no D…

    Sure it was a bad INT, but the Cowboys wouldn’t have even been in the game if Romo hadn’t carried them on his back the entire game. The mere fact that their D gave up 48 points up until that point and they still had a chance to win is crazy.

  23. 2jivecrew says: Oct 9, 2013 10:28 AM

    If you moron’s point to his hail mary against the Giants at the end of the game which was his only pick in the game then you really don’t know what the hell you are talking about.

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    If you’re going to refer to people as morons, you should probably use the appropriate puncuation on that particular word (in this case there wouldn’t be any). Open mouth, insert foot.

  24. shatho1 says: Oct 9, 2013 10:29 AM

    Why don’t u people go talk about a QB that hasn’t done anything this season umm idk like… Eli Manning the man had thrown 12 interceptions this year and his team is 0- likely going to be 0-6 after Thursday night. They had come back from behind to take the lead from the eagles and then here come the interceptions to to lose against … Sound familiar? But no one wants to talk about that. Back off of Romo he’s not the problem. GO COWBOYS!!!

  25. kmartin173 says: Oct 9, 2013 10:39 AM

    Maybe because Eli has more Super Bowl MVP trophies than Romo has playoff wins?

  26. jjbadd385 says: Oct 9, 2013 10:48 AM

    As a Broncos fan, Staubach is right..Romo shouldnt have to play like every play will decide the game. Manning and the Bronco offense is extremely potent, so u can’t really blame the defens either..In truth, & I’m not trying to brag or rub it in, Dallas was just outmatched, like many teams playing against Denver this season….

  27. youafool says: Oct 9, 2013 10:59 AM

    “2008, need to win 1 of 3 to make the playoffs, 6 picks, 4 fumbles against the Steelers, Ravens and Eagles, 3 losses. Blows a 24-pt. lead against the Lions with 2 stupid throws resulting in pick-sixes. Throws 5 picks (2 were dropped) and was outplayed by a rookie in last year’s play-in game. That’s just off the top of my head, if I went back and looked at the games there’s a dozen more. People don’t just stick you with the choker label, it has to be earned.”

    Top-10 in total defense 2007, 2008, 2009. Feel free to check it on ESPN.

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    hahahah so riddle me this Lombardi…those 3 games with those awful stats how many times was he sacked in those games? 10 times? 20? how many rushing yards did his running backs avg? how many turnovers did the top 10 defense get in those games?

    You put the Lions game on there? A middle of the season game? hahahh

    Like I said will give you the Skins game well done on that one.

    Regarding top 1o defense…only suckers use the “yards per game as measure of D”…where did they rank in points per game each of those years?

    Again go back and look at my article I challenged you to find me 3 games where he choked…you pointed to a skins game which I already denoted and 3 games when he played with a broken rib against top 5 defenses that all made the playoffs where the rest of his team did absolutely nothing…keeping hating fellas like I said its going to be empty on here when he wins a title.

  28. beardinals says: Oct 9, 2013 11:09 AM

    Romo played a stellar game….until it mattered most. Sound familiar?

  29. kmartin173 says: Oct 9, 2013 11:14 AM

    Dudes like you are never going to accept anything that anybody says, you just keep making more excuses. Romo’s mother wouldn’t make that many excuses for him. The fact he has as many playoff wins as Tim Tebow while playing with far, far more talent doesn’t faze you. He’ll waste about 4-5 more seasons and then retire with nothing but some stats for you to talk about,

    I am surprised I forgot the Sunday night game against the Jets where he fumbled and then threw one of the stupidest picks in history to blow that game in the 4th quarter.

    As for the other poster, Dallas’ defense was no more overmatched than Denver’s, you’re just lucky that it came down to a 1 possession game with Romo involved.

  30. CKL says: Oct 9, 2013 11:20 AM

    @bobzilla & jjbadd
    nice posts.

    I’m a Pats fan and I have always thought Romo got way way too much criticism. I’ve defended him many times and will continue to when I think he warrants it.

    I’m not a big “blame the playcaller” person, but remember when Kubiak put some of the blame on himself for Schaub’s pick 6 against Seattle? He was right. Great playcallers, even when they have good to great players at QB still have to put guys in the right situations. Brees was absolutely lost at times last year without Payton in his ear. Yes he threw a bunch of TDs, but he also threw many more INTS than he would have IMO if Sean had been in his ear and been calling plays knowing his QB’s tendencies and mindset.

    Here’s the thing, last year PM threw a terrible HS level INT in OT..and what did we hear all offseason from media and fans? Roasting of R Moore for that one single play, and complete blame on him for “losing the game”. No QB (including my team’s, who himself hasn’t played up to par for his norm regardless of his lack of continuity with his weapons) should be treated any one way due to past accomplishments regardless of who he is. Criticize when warranted, and praise when warranted.

  31. shatho1 says: Oct 9, 2013 11:21 AM

    hey kmartin173 yes I was waiting for that pathetic response from someone. Eli does have that and since he does it still doesn’t change the fact that he is playing so crappy out there and looking like s rookie.

  32. halbert53 says: Oct 9, 2013 12:03 PM

    In that particular game, Romo played well enough to win. That they did not speaks volumes about the defense, coaching and Jones. How many times in the past decade have we seen Jones trade down to obtain more draft pics, sacrificing quality to gain quantity. Quantity is fine for depth, but not for your starters. You can get a serviceable running back in Rd 3. Sometimes you can pick up an underrated player in the mid to lower rounds. (Tom Brady , Marques Colson). But most of the difference makers you have to use a 1st or. 2 nd round pick to get. Few quarterbacks, on their merit, deserve to be 1st round picks and all the cap space taken up because of their inflated salary. Same for virtually all running backs. Dallas and most teams that are struggling are doing so from a combination of trading down or reaching up to grab a QB or RB who should have been taken later. Better draft picks would have resulted in better defense. If you know your defense can’t stop Manning, you have to match them score for score and sooner or later there’s going to be a mistake, and this mistake came too late to overcome. But if the defense was decent, it wouldn’t have come down to that.

  33. exhelodrvr says: Oct 9, 2013 12:21 PM

    No one should be blaming Romo for the loss. However, a great QB doesn’t throw that interception. A good QB who had up until that point a great game does.

    Too many people have proclaimed him to be great, when clearly he isn’t, and that is why he gets what is probably excessive criticism.

  34. bobzilla1001 says: Oct 9, 2013 1:26 PM

    It doesn’t a take a “great” QB to win games or championships. Usually, though, it does take a great team. Had Romo been the Broncos QB and Manning been the Cowboys QB, the outcome might’ve been reversed. But that’s purely hypothetical…
    I don’t pretend to follow the Cowboys or Romo closely. But I do believe Romo is good enough to get a ring … if not with the Cowboys then with some other team. He’s more than “good enough.”

  35. araidersfan says: Oct 9, 2013 1:41 PM

    I don’t like the Cowboys very much but I certainly had nothing but respect for Staubach as a QB (also Tom Landry as HC).

    But I think Roger is maybe too much of a nice guy for his comments in this case to have a lot of credibility. After all I can recall that he also had nothing but nice things to say about Danny White too after White succeeded him.

  36. youafool says: Oct 9, 2013 2:07 PM

    In the final three minutes of one-score games, Romo has had seven of 272 attempts intercepted during his career. A sample of Super Bowl winners with much higher pick percentages in such situations since Romo became a starter in 2006: Eli Manning (15 of 220), Drew Brees (13 of 234), Ben Roethlisberger (13 of 249) and Joe Flacco (seven of 136).

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