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Tony Romo learning “fine line” of critiquing players

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Tony Romo won’t be reporting to training camp with the Cowboys this month, but he’s still spending the summer working to get ready for the 2017 season.

The difference from past years is that his work is focused on learning how to be a game analyst after stepping away from the game in order to join Jim Nantz in a CBS broadcast booth. He has spent time calling practice games with Nantz and Cowboys radio announcer Brad Sham to correct the fact that he “really didn’t know operationally how anything worked” when he took the job.

In addition to figuring out where to look during plays, Romo is also getting a feel for the right way to offer critiques of players he was competing with and against for the last decade.

“The first two games I did, actually some of my bosses there at CBS told me, ‘You know, we don’t need to be quite that harsh,'” Romo said, via ESPN.com. “So I think that part of it I probably have to find a fine line, because the standard for playing this game is just, it’s high. And to win and win a championship or to get there, I never got a chance to obtain that, and that’s something that I’ll always regret. But at the same time, I understand what it takes to be kind of good. Getting yourself in position to make the playoffs is hard, then to win games there. And to do it like how Tom Brady does is astronomical; [it] doesn’t compute to most of the players because you’re trying to win one … that’s the standard. It’s those players. The Tom Bradys, the Peyton Mannings. That’s what you’re evaluating. And now I have to understand that and come back to that and know that there’s certain things that are easier for some than others and just talk about it.”

Romo said he thinks he is in “a little bit more of a right frame of mind or mindset to be a little bit more successful earlier” than he was as a football player and striking the right balance between being too critical and too light on players will be essential to that.

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33 Responses to “Tony Romo learning “fine line” of critiquing players”
  1. trophylessvikings says: Jul 13, 2017 11:44 AM

    lol…Romo called himself “kind of good”

  2. stipez says: Jul 13, 2017 11:44 AM

    He’s great at being kind of good.

  3. rocketmcstonebreaker says: Jul 13, 2017 11:51 AM

    I can’t wait for the first time that he critiques/questions a player’s durability.

  4. gbrim20 says: Jul 13, 2017 11:55 AM

    Ha, knew someone would call out the “kind of good comment.” Love it.

  5. concmike says: Jul 13, 2017 11:56 AM

    Tony….the saying goes….Those players who can play football well do it……those players who can’t talk about it!

    Your career TALKS volumes…….

  6. Lemmy Aksyadis says: Jul 13, 2017 12:07 PM

    Here’s a tip,

    Watch Phil Simms and do the exact opposite.
    Watch Collinsworth and be less of a smarmy know it all.
    Don’t root for a team you like when you’re in the booth.
    Don’t ask to see a replay every time a team you don’t like makes a play.

  7. nhpats says: Jul 13, 2017 12:09 PM

    I wonder how he would critique a guy who squandered some of the best talent in the NFL to a 2-4 postseason record over his career….

  8. araidersfan says: Jul 13, 2017 12:18 PM

    Among Dallas QBs, Tony Romo was a lesser version of Danny White (who at least won more playoff games). White never got a TV analyst job so I’m wondering why Romo did?

  9. kcl10 says: Jul 13, 2017 12:26 PM

    I think it’d be nice to hear some real commentary about who did/didn’t do what on a given play. It’d sure be more informative than listening to Gruden wax poetic about every single guy on the field. These guys make millions of dollars – why should the fans, announcers, or producers give af if they get their feelings hurt?

  10. namingrights says: Jul 13, 2017 12:43 PM

    I’d take some criticism in the booth versus Chuckie who claims every player is “one of the best” at his position.
    We can see what happened the graphics tell us down distance and the score.
    Please add something to the game. Anecdotes and criticism and praise should all be part of a color commentators job. “Play by play” guy give us some stats or ask some questions that lead to insightful responses.

  11. metalup666 says: Jul 13, 2017 12:47 PM

    “Your career TALKS volumes”

    Absolutely correct! He was a damn good NFL QB for a lot of years.

  12. metalup666 says: Jul 13, 2017 12:49 PM

    “Your career TALKS volumes…….”

    Absolutely correct. He was a damn good QB for a lot of years!

  13. mogogo1 says: Jul 13, 2017 12:56 PM

    Dude was undrafted and turned in a career QB rating of 97 yet to hear some of these commenters talk he was a Ryan Leaf style flop.

  14. bradjames33160 says: Jul 13, 2017 1:47 PM

    I look forward to hearing him.

  15. aarons444 says: Jul 13, 2017 1:54 PM

    Career Passer Rating;

    Tom Brady – 97.2
    Tony Romo – 97.1

  16. nhpats says: Jul 13, 2017 1:57 PM

    mogogo1 says:
    Jul 13, 2017 12:56 PM
    Dude was undrafted and turned in a career QB rating of 97 yet to hear some of these commenters talk he was a Ryan Leaf style flop.

    —————

    I guess if you want to measure a players success by QB-rating or other rather meaningless statistics…..he was good. If you want to measure that success by postseason and SB wins……he stunk…

  17. pointtwopsiistheissue says: Jul 13, 2017 2:04 PM

    Here’s the stat that matters:
    Super Bowl Rings
    Tom Brady :FIVE
    Tony Romo: NONE

  18. black59razorblog says: Jul 13, 2017 2:13 PM

    I don’t know WTF CBS was thinking, but Romo is going to be a freakin’ terrible. That spot on NFL network yesterday was pathetic. He could barely speak in complete thoughts. Romo is going to suck

  19. Lemmy Aksyadis says: Jul 13, 2017 2:30 PM

    aarons444 says:
    Jul 13, 2017 1:54 PM
    Career Passer Rating;

    Tom Brady – 97.2
    Tony Romo – 97.1

    There’s more to it than that one stat chum.

  20. jbraider says: Jul 13, 2017 2:36 PM

    concmike says:
    Jul 13, 2017 11:56 AM
    Tony….the saying goes….Those players who can play football well do it……those players who can’t talk about it!
    __________________
    And people who can’t play football and don’t know what they’re talking about make ridiculous snarky comments and think they’re being clever

  21. gorilladunk says: Jul 13, 2017 2:37 PM

    I guess to Patriots fans every QB in the history of the league sucks except Brady. No one is arguing that Tom is the best of all time, but there is a large valley between “the best” and “he sucks”. I’m sure no one is more disappointed than Romo about his lack of post-season success. That, however, doesn’t mean his career was a waste or that he was pathetic. I suspect that most every team in the league would love to have an undrafted QB become a pro-bowler and hold most of his teams career records. After all, the GOAT was passed on by teams for more than five rounds before someone took a flyer on him. Even the great Patriots didn’t know what they had fallen in to.

  22. jbraider says: Jul 13, 2017 2:40 PM

    nhpats says:
    Jul 13, 2017 1:57 PM
    mogogo1 says:
    Jul 13, 2017 12:56 PM
    Dude was undrafted and turned in a career QB rating of 97 yet to hear some of these commenters talk he was a Ryan Leaf style flop.
    —————
    I guess if you want to measure a players success by QB-rating or other rather meaningless statistics…..he was good. If you want to measure that success by postseason and SB wins……he stunk…
    _____________
    I guess Marino stunk too. And Elway… clearly he was a crappy QB until Terrell Davis joined the team.

  23. jbraider says: Jul 13, 2017 2:51 PM

    namingrights says:
    Jul 13, 2017 12:43 PM
    I’d take some criticism in the booth versus Chuckie who claims every player is “one of the best” at his position.
    We can see what happened the graphics tell us down distance and the score.
    Please add something to the game. Anecdotes and criticism and praise should all be part of a color commentators job. “Play by play” guy give us some stats or ask some questions that lead to insightful responses.
    _______________
    Hallelujah! Preach it brother!! Gruden is the worst

  24. mogogo1 says: Jul 13, 2017 3:09 PM

    “There’s more to it than that one stat chum.”
    _______

    There certainly is… Like the 34,000 yards passing, 248 TDs vs only 117 interceptions, the 65% career completion percentage, the 4 Pro Bowls, the fact he did all that playing for years behind a bad line that led to him being sacked 248 times…

  25. aarons444 says: Jul 13, 2017 3:39 PM

    Tom Brady :FIVE
    Tony Romo: NONE
    ===

    Tom Brady – Belichicks Patriots
    Tony Romo – Jerrahs Cowboys

  26. aarons444 says: Jul 13, 2017 3:41 PM

    I guess to Patriots fans every QB in the history of the league sucks except Brady
    ====

    Goes without saying, doesn’t it?!

    One of them said last week that if Steve Grogan started, they would have beat the ’85 Bears….

  27. zeke2517 says: Jul 13, 2017 3:48 PM

    “a little bit more of a right frame of mind or mindset to be a little bit more successful earlier”

    Can’t wait to watch this guy extemporize on TV during a football game… Jeez.

  28. cowboysfan1979 says: Jul 13, 2017 4:10 PM

    Give Romo the same teams/coaching staff that Brady has and he wins a couple of rings. Maybe not 5, but he wins a few. The teams he was on early in his career were awful. His body couldn’t keep up when the team around him got better.

  29. tcoeguy says: Jul 13, 2017 4:22 PM

    If Tony Romo is too harsh then they should pair him up with Jon Gruden. That would be entertaining.

  30. karmathaitch says: Jul 13, 2017 4:32 PM

    Lemmy Aksyadis says:
    Jul 13, 2017 12:07 PM
    Here’s a tip,
    Watch Phil Simms and do the exact opposite.
    Watch Collinsworth and be less of a smarmy know it all.
    Don’t root for a team you like when you’re in the booth.
    Don’t ask to see a replay every time a team you don’t like makes a play.

    ————-
    Rack’em!

  31. bombacim says: Jul 13, 2017 4:42 PM

    Be Harsh. That is what true fans want to hear. The truth. Don’t sugar coat things because few will be upset with you for pointing out the real. Don’t dumb down the game for a select group that doesn’t understand the game. IE – Saying someone like Ted Thompson is great at drafting, when in reality he is really poor at making his team better when they have an open window.

  32. bigdaddystyle says: Jul 13, 2017 6:10 PM

    I like watching football games and don’t care what announcers talk about. No matter how good or bad he is…it just won’t matter to me. A minor distraction at worst.

    He seems like a nice enough guy, I wish him luck in his new career.

  33. kd75 says: Jul 14, 2017 2:19 AM

    No.
    Romo needs to be as harsh as I am when I sit on my couch watching a game.

    Otherwise I won’t respect him as analyst. His job is to call it as he sees it, regardless of what the players think of his opinions.

    That’s why Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez are the best analysts in baseball. They rip the Mets at every turn.

    And they are 100% right when they do.

    Real fans know the difference.

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