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Dierdorf: CBS making “roll of the dice” on Romo

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CBS believes Tony Romo will be great as the network’s lead NFL analyst. But CBS doesn’t know whether it’ll work. At this point, no one does.

Former ABC and CBS NFL broadcaster Dan Dierdorf, a Hall of Fame offensive lineman, recently explained the challenges Romo will be facing during an appearance on the Talk of Fame radio program.

It’s hard,” Dierdorf said. “It’s hard work. It takes a special person, and when I say ‘special,’ I mean . . . you’re juggling a lot of balls in the air at the same time. You’re talking to America. You’re trying to make a point, [and] you have to be concise when you do it. You have a producer and/or a director talking to you at the same time in your ear, and it really befuddles lots of people who have tried it.

“Yeah, Tony has a fantastic personality. He’s eloquent. He has a fun demeanor to him that will translate. I think people will really like it. But it’s impossible to tell whether or not he’s going to be able to handle what it takes to be a successful broadcaster.

“If I learned one thing in 30 years, you just never know going in who’s going to be good and who’s not going to be good. CBS is taking a real chance in someone who’s never been in a broadcast booth before and putting him on that stage. It’s a roll of the dice.”

Indeed it is. But as Mike Tirico of NBC recently explained in a visit to PFT Live, Romo will get better with more and more reps. Eventually, he’ll reach his ceiling.

The question is whether the floor will be high enough to vindicate CBS for throwing the same set of dice that caused the network not very long ago to crap out with the decision to make Mike Carey the network’s rules expert.

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17 Responses to “Dierdorf: CBS making “roll of the dice” on Romo”
  1. cboys4life2014 says: Apr 10, 2017 12:21 AM

    The stories on Romo’s career change are disgusting and ridiculous. Media and haters rode him his whole career on the field and off the field and now he’s moving on and it hasn’t stopped. If this was any other player this would be a smooth transition and they’d be left alone to see if they were a good fit for this job before criticism started. Give it up already.

  2. raiddawgz says: Apr 10, 2017 2:25 AM

    I personally cannot stand Romo’s voice. Nothing personal just dont like it..maybe its just me. Hope the guy does well but i’m not so overly excited over this change.

  3. stipez says: Apr 10, 2017 3:14 AM

    At least there’s no pressure

  4. nflfan12blog says: Apr 10, 2017 6:13 AM

    Dan Dierdorf should not be commenting on anyones future broadcast career. He is in another league when it comes to mispronouncing wrong names and other odd fop-aux.

    There is a learning curve, but it is hard to imagine Romo can’t handle it.

    I didn’t mind Simms, but I do like getting in someone who was a recent active player.

  5. jstew0103 says: Apr 10, 2017 6:20 AM

    I liked Dierdorf. I always enjoyed his analysis and wish he’d come back and replace Dan Fouts or Trent Green. Nothing personal against those other guys but I prefer the point of view of former players that aren’t QBs

  6. justtherealfacts says: Apr 10, 2017 7:12 AM

    There are rumblings behind closed doors that Simms will be brought in to cover the post season games because of Romo’s prior letdowns that time of year.

  7. sychosam28 says: Apr 10, 2017 7:19 AM

    He can’t be any worse than Fat Dan was!

  8. tonebones says: Apr 10, 2017 7:23 AM

    I don’t think Dierdorf or anyone else is doubting Romo’s ability, and Dierdorf isn’t saying he’s going to fail. Romo is intelligent enough to handle the job, but with all the money he has in the bank, there is a question about whether he’ll be willing to invest so much time and energy into this new job. He may find that there are other things he’d rather do. I’m not anticipating Romo spending 30 years in the booth.

  9. diehardfootballfan says: Apr 10, 2017 7:26 AM

    It was a roll of the dice with you too Dirdork and you were awlful for 30 years. Romo is way more charismatic then you ever hoped to be.

  10. factman1000 says: Apr 10, 2017 7:33 AM

    I would cringe whenever I’d find out Dierdorf was calling my team’s game.

  11. whenwilliteverend says: Apr 10, 2017 8:43 AM

    cboys4life2014 says:
    Apr 10, 2017 12:21 AM
    The stories on Romo’s career change are disgusting and ridiculous. Media and haters rode him his whole career on the field and off the field and now he’s moving on and it hasn’t stopped. If this was any other player this would be a smooth transition and they’d be left alone to see if they were a good fit for this job before criticism started. Give it up already.

    If it were any other player they would be starting on the #4 or #5 slot. People are shocked because he went from playing to the #1 spot.

  12. sportoficionado says: Apr 10, 2017 9:02 AM

    Not like he played qb in the NFL for 14 years and had to learn a playbook, game plan, make in game adjustments with an OC screaming in his ear…oh wait, he did. All this thinly veiled criticism of Romo getting this position is truly cringe worthy.

  13. bkostela says: Apr 10, 2017 10:11 AM

    The difference between Carey and Romo is that Carey wasn’t taking over the #1 slot. As a rules analyst, Carey was no worse than Mike Pereira.

  14. scrp2 says: Apr 10, 2017 10:11 AM

    I hear Romo will make more in his first year than Dierdorf made in his first 15 years. Is that the reason for all the shade?

  15. skmad2014 says: Apr 10, 2017 11:20 AM

    I’m sure its difficult, but all these announcers want to make it sound like its the most difficult job in the world. Romo may not be as “polished” as some veterans at first, but he has no where to go but up. While, Simms just continued to get worse. Good trade.

  16. fmc651 says: Apr 10, 2017 1:30 PM

    Thanks for weighing in on the subject Dan.

  17. badmoonrison says: Apr 11, 2017 2:38 PM

    Dierdorf was one of the worst announcers in nfl history. When he was let go everyone on these boards welcomed the move. Im so glad he’s been gone.

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