Romo Keeps Sending The Wrong Message

In putting together for SportingNews.com our list of six non-playoff teams in 2008 that could make it to the postseason in 2009, we carefully considered whether the Cowboys should be on the list.
Whether they made it will be unveiled as soon as the column as posted.
But getting to the playoffs and winning their first postseason game since the evening before my 12-year-old son was baptized are two different propositions.  To actually have success in the playoffs, the Cowboys need to achieve a higher level of desire, passion, and commitment than they have displayed of late.
It starts, in our view, with the quarterback.  And with the current quarterback spending a portion of the offseason trying to qualify for the U.S. Open, we think that the Cowboys still have a long way to go.
In our view, it’s one thing to play a round of golf for relaxation purposes.  It’s quite another to dilute a guy’s total pool of competitive juices by finding something else about which to be competitive that isn’t football.
Besides, what would Tony Romo have done if he had managed to qualify for the U.S. Open?  The tournament starts on June 18 — the same day that a full-squad minicamp ends.
As Hall of Famer Troy Aikman pointed out earlier this year, perception is reality when it comes to an NFL quarterback.  The head coach can only do so much to lead a team; once the players are on the field, they need a guy who’s wearing the uniform to provide genuine leadership. 
And that job falls to the quarterback.
So the issue isn’t whether the public believes that Romo might not be sufficiently committed to the cause — it’s whether his teammates do.  In Dallas, the fact that Romo decided to spend part of his offseason trying to qualify for a golf tournament that apparently would have kept him from participating in all or part of a key preseason training session tells the other plays all they need to know:
Romo doesn’t have the same burning passion and desire to win that characterizes a true franchise quarterback.
Then again, we can understand why Romo likes golf — the chips shots are never preceded by a fumbled snap.

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96 responses to “Romo Keeps Sending The Wrong Message

  1. If this was any other quarterback, nobody would care. Leave the man alone already. The Cowboys went through a miserable string of QB’s before Romo and sometimes good just isn’t good enough for some people.

  2. Bwahahahahaha. Tony Romo. Maybe he’s better at golf, who knows? I’m just glad he’s the Cowboys QB still. That eliminates one contender that the Eagles have to face. Keep golfin and going on vacations at the wrong times loser!

  3. If you did your research on this one you’d know that Romo went in early to workout and train with his teammates BEFORE playing golf, has been one of the most active offseason program participants and played golf during the players’ free time. How is playing golf in your free time any worse than Peyton Manning or Eli doing commercials, or charity events. Players need time away from the game, why not do something to keep them hungry and their competitive juices flowing.

  4. So you show the play where he drives the team down the field in the last two minutes of a playoff game, just like Brady does? He shouldn’t have been the placeholder anyways, that should have been Bledsoe out there.
    Remember when WVU got beat down by Pitt? Wasn’t that awesome how Pat White choked? I thought so.

  5. While I can’t speak to what Romo would’ve done if he did qualify, I can say that he didn’t take a day off to relax and play a round of golf. According to DallasCowboys.com, Romo came in early both days to get in workouts before going out for the qualifying rounds. I would like to think that he tried out, not expecting to make it, but that he wanted to see how he would fare against some of the best golfers.
    I assume that he never intended on playing in the tournament…or at least that’s what I’d like to think…but hey, on a lighter note, he didn’t come through when it mattered again, did he?

  6. Or, Mr. Florio, it could be just the opposite of how you’re spinning it. It could be that he is using this extreme level of competition – qualifying for the U. S. freaking Open! – to hone his competitive spirit, to work on his focus. I could see the same article being written about how great it is that Tony isn’t just lounging around in Cabo in the off season. While other players are on the banquet tour or working on their XBox skills, he is staying competitive, taking on challenges no other NFL player can. It’s how you decide to spin it, Bub.

  7. You may be right but it he has been practicing in the morning with the Cowboys before golfing. check out dallascowboys.com

  8. come on….last time the Cowboys won a playoff game they did it with Deion Sanders playing baseball in the summers too….you’re gonna tell us his competitive juices were wasted?
    are your intellectual juices wasted here instead of in a court room?

  9. Would anyone give a crap if he was good at ping pong and played in a ping pong tournament in May? Who the hell cares? From the limited information I’ve seen the guy’s been practicing a lot with Roy Willy 11 recently.
    I’m willing to bet 93.7% of NFL vets aren’t hanging around working out with the rookies in May.

  10. Florio, it’s obvious most of the guys on this site hate cowboys but not showing the whole picture is same as lying. Even if Romo had qualified for US Open, none of the dates were conflicting with the mini camps and the OTAs. As you stated yourself, “The tournament starts on June 18 — the same day that a full-squad mini camp ends.”
    The guy is competitive and likes golf, give him a break. he’s only been a starter for two full seasons. At least he doesn’t go partying, falls into depression, doesn’t shoot himself in the leg or any of the other crap most football players are into.
    Even the day Romo went to qualify for the US Open, he went to Valley ranch for his regular workout, He has been doing what he needs to, He has been working out with Roy E Williams for more than two months now (even before they were scheduled to). Leave the guy alone. Just because he’s associated with the America’s team, doesn’t automatically make him a target.
    PhillyMike and Birdsfan,
    McNabb was a first round second pick in the 99 draft, he still has to prove that he was worth it after loosing crucial games in the post season esp the big games such as championship and super bowl. Romo was a third string QB, two year starter, been to the play offs once, lead the team with a 13-3 record in 07. Just shut up and worry about your own teams. Loosers are those who still don’t have a SB ring.

  11. “Romo doesn’t have the same burning passion and desire to win that characterizes a true franchise quarterback.”
    I think this is a crap statement, based on nothing. Very Florio.
    Dallas was a few stutter steps away from beating the eventual Superbowl giants, a team they were forced to try and beat THREE TIMES. They were a bobbled snap away from beating the Seahawks. They were ass-hairs away from two playoff wins.
    The team also plays in a division that would crush most franchises.
    Meanwhile, most of their problems stem from dysfunction on pass defense, not from Romo. Unless we’ve already forgotten the Carter, Stoerner, Anthony Wright, Drew Henson hellscape of a few years ago, Romo is a huge upgrade, and great fun to watch. With a little help, he should win playoffs games.
    I know catering to all the 80-IQ haters drives up website ad revenue, but all you’ve written here is that an offseason football player likes golf. Nobody on the team questions his competitive drive, his coaches (including Tuna) never questioned his competitive drive, and he’s one of the hardest workers on the team.
    Give the guy a f@#ing break. Seriously.

  12. Why so many Romo Haters. Come on guys, Golf is a very difficult sport. It takes complete concentration and excellent hand-eye coordination to be good at golf. It should help Tony in the long run if anything…besides…he’d only miss one week of practices…no biggie…its not gonna make him any worse.

  13. Florio never played the game. Hell, he probably never played ANY game. His biggest mistakes are typo’s and flawed reasoning. To wit: this post

  14. The Celebrity factor of being a NFL QB is starting to overtake the reality of being a NFL QB.

  15. Maybe Romo would rather participate in a sport that doesn’t compete much in December. That way he can just avoid his propensity for choking in that particular month.

  16. 14 minutes down, 1 to go… Who is the next contestant to line -up under center for America’s Queens? Need a big name prima donna to match the romo experiment. I’m thinking Ryan Seacrest or Leonardo DiCaprio. Fans of 31 teams read about their QB in the Sporting News, only dallas fans read about theirs in the Inquirer.

  17. MadDawg says:
    May 15th, 2009 at 10:37 am
    If this was any other quarterback, nobody would care. Leave the man alone already. The Cowboys went through a miserable string of QB’s before Romo and sometimes good just isn’t good enough for some people.
    if by “any other quarterback” you mean someone devoid of skill and potential, then I agree with you. The point in fact of the matter is that Tony Romo is the starting QB of one of the most talented (and highest profile) football teams in the league. They should be Superbowl contenders every year, but don’t even sniff the playoffs or get bounced in the first round. He has all the physical tools at QB in the world, but for some reason doesn’t care or doesn’t try. That’s why this is a story. Any number of folks would kill to be in his position , but he throws it away like rollover minutes. It’s not just him that is negatively effected by it, he affects everyone on that team and the organization by not giving his due diligence to the game he is getting outrageously paid to play.

  18. Gimmee a break Florio! The guy is playing golf. You can argue that it would actually help his concentration and ability to perform under pressure playing at that level even if it is just qualifying rounds.

  19. “to dilute a guy’s total pool of competitive juices by finding something else about which to be competitive that isn’t football.” I am a regular PFT reader, but I have never created a username and logged in . . . until now. This statement is preposterous. Did you read it again after you wrote it? Do you really think people have a “pool of competitive juices?” I’m sure those 18 holes will really be a drain on his motivation come about Thanksgiving.

  20. You really need to take Football off the pedastool you have it on Florio, this guy is a Grown man, and if he wants to have something in his life not Football related, who are we to judge? To each his own.

  21. Tony Romo has been playing in golf tournaments since he was an undrafted QB out of E. Illinois. If it was an issue with his teammates or his coaching staff or his owner, he wouldn’t play in them. The only people that ever make a big deal about it are the media and fans of other teams. Stop pandering to your pro-Eagles crowd and actually do some real reporting Florio.

  22. “I’m just glad he’s the Cowboys QB still. That eliminates one contender that the Eagles have to face.”
    Dude, your team has a winning streak of one season in a row and has a hate-hate relationship with it’s starting QB, who would really rather be playing somewhere else. Get some perspective.

  23. The ‘Boys are all set with Roy (11) Williams and Jon Kitna, who did wonders for Detroit.
    I look forward to another 10+ years of poor personnel, strategic, and general game management. Go silver and blue unsubstantiated hype machine!

  24. Romo is, actually, the best QB the Cowboys have had since Staubach. They’ve just had terrible QB after terrible QB, then they had a good system QB who could game-manage (Aikman). Romo can actually make plays, he’s just a mental midget.

  25. I guess with T.O. out of the picture, the scrutiny will fall squarely on Romo’s shoulders. He had better learn very quickly that perception IS reality and he has a tremendous amount to lose if he neglects his teammates.

  26. Being a Cowboys fan, I hate the fact that Tony Romo is not focusing on what is important. He was in Cancun the week before a playoff game where we were facing a TOUGH divisional foe and you see his name ALL OVER various media outlets!!! This is the not the kind of concentration that us fans expect out of our star QB that was “supposed” to lead us to big things last year.
    On the other hand, I am also a huge Tony Romo fan. I like his ability and I believe that he is an extremely talented QB. He has come a long way from being undrafted to now and I would definitely take him over at least 75% of the other QBs that are out there in the NFL. I really dig the fact that he truely loves to play the game of football and I think that has really helped his progression. I also think that this year we will see exactly what he is made of now that TO is gone (whether it is a good or a bad thing).
    All of that said, I am hoping that this guy is able to get his priorities straight and understand that not only is he getting paid almost $70 million in 6 years to play this sport and NOT golf, but there are thousands of fans that are looking to him to do big things in Dallas.

  27. “Bwahahahahaha. Tony Romo. Maybe he’s better at golf, who knows? I’m just glad he’s the Cowboys QB still. That eliminates one contender that the Eagles have to face. Keep golfin and going on vacations at the wrong times loser! ”
    With all the injuries and benchings, the Cowboys wouldn’t know if they’d have to face McNabb anyway.

  28. Romo never gives off the impression that he wants to be great, he is laid back and seems to just enjoy the moment. I think hes reached his ceiling and what you see is what you get with him at this point. You can win with him but he will never be a top 5 QB

  29. Good for him, I hope he makes it eventually. So the tournament starts the same day minicamp ends – sounds like he could do both. It’s not like he’d make the cut. Qualifying for something as big as a U.S. Open would be a once in a lifetime chance. As long as it doesn’t interfere with important team activities and as long as he’s doing everything else right, there’s nothing wrong with it. He could be out making it rain instead. He’s an excellent golfer, just the fact that he’s come close to qualifying the last couple of years is impressive. Heck, golf probably helps him keep his competitive edge. If you took a poll where the question is who is the most competitive professional athlete and who has the strongest nerves out of any pro athlete, Tiger Woods would win hands down.

  30. “EverybodyGotAIDS says:
    May 15th, 2009 at 11:08 am
    Romo is, actually, the best QB the Cowboys have had since Staubach. They’ve just had terrible QB after terrible QB, then they had a good system QB who could game-manage (Aikman). Romo can actually make plays, he’s just a mental midget.

    WTF are you smoking? You are saying that Romo is better than Aikman? Romo hasn’t won a fricken playoff game, heck, he did lose one because of a botched hold.
    Let’s see.. Hall of Famer, tough as Nails(took too many hits though) vs. Someone who hasn’t won a playoff game. Would rather be on vacation with his slut instead of focusing on his playoff game.
    It’s not to say that he wont be better than aAikman at one time or another but your statement is flat out wrong. Potential means crap. Jeff George has an ungodly amount of potential and look how he did.

  31. I don’t care for Romo or the Cowboys, but I bet a whole lot of guys do other things in the off season than practice football. The problem I have with the article is:
    “It’s quite another to dilute a guy’s total pool of competitive juices by finding something else about which to be competitive that isn’t football.”
    What?
    How do you quantify competitive juices? Is there a total pool? What percentage did he use to compete in golf?
    Are you saying that since he is competitive at other stuff, he will not be able to be as competitive at football? Like most of the other guys on this site, I have been competitive at some sport in my life, and am still competitive whether or not I am acutally able to get it up like I used to be able to. There is no such thing as a “total pool of competitive juices.” You are competitive or you are not. Even though I am older, fatter, and less able to make an impact like I could when I was younger, I am not less competitive. Hell, if anything, I am more competitive cause I am mad that I know I am going to hurt the next day.
    Keep you biochemical analysis out of the article and I might respect your opinion more.

  32. I understand your argument that perception is reality and some fans might be uncomfortable with the competative golf. However, it is a flawed argument, and I am glad that Tony does not listen to this rediculous shit.
    He cant possibly sit in the film room and on the practice field every moment of the off season. He knows what he needs to do to get better and lead the team. Not the fan base, and certainly not you Florio.
    By arguing that ” In our view, it’s one thing to play a round of golf for relaxation purposes. It’s quite another to dilute a guy’s total pool of competitive juices by finding something else about which to be competitive that isn’t football” you show that you are as much of a hack as all the sports writers who claimed Manning could not win the big game right up until he won the super bowl.

  33. You wouldn’t know it if you were playing McNabb? I mean, I guess… I don’t know, there’s that whole 44-6 thing.
    On a more serious note though I think Romo is a very good quarterback and I like him more than I like Eli Manning. Still a big Campbell fan but only because he’s handled getting screwed by the Redskins in a pretty classy way. That being said, I have always questioned Romo’s commitment to football and the Cowboys. He seems too okay with losing. I’ve said it before but, good players love to win; great players hate to lose.

  34. Romo just doesn’t have it inside, dude is destined to be a loser.
    Too bad really, the guy is talented. What a waste.

  35. Romo needs to be studying film and practicing the 2-minute drill, not working on his golf swing. The guy fizzles out at the end of the season, is sloppy in the clutch and seems more concerned with the celebrity of being the Cowboys QB than being a champion .
    I just don’t get the sense of entitlement with the Cowboys. The team is the Raiders 2.0. A cooky star-struck owner who get players based on star-power and personality instead of chemistry. The team is completely irrelevant especially with the departure of TO, yet the media stay on their jock. They’ll be lucky to get to 8-8 this season.

  36. At least he is consistant. He has been the starting quarterback for two years with no post season success & this is the second straight year he has attempted to qualify for the Open and failed. That takes talent to be equally mediocre in two sports.

  37. overkil2 says:
    May 15th, 2009 at 11:30 am
    WTF are you smoking? You are saying that Romo is better than Aikman? Romo hasn’t won a fricken playoff game, heck, he did lose one because of a botched hold.
    Let’s see.. Hall of Famer, tough as Nails(took too many hits though) vs. Someone who hasn’t won a playoff game. Would rather be on vacation with his slut instead of focusing on his playoff game.
    It’s not to say that he wont be better than aAikman at one time or another but your statement is flat out wrong. Potential means crap. Jeff George has an ungodly amount of potential and look how he did.
    ______
    Holy christ. Are you the president of the Aikman fan club or something? Look, the fact of the matter is that Aikman wasn’t a great QB. Yeah, he’s in the Hall of Fame. So is Joe Namath. So is George Blanda. Aikman was a good game manager who could help the team not lose. You can count the number of games that he took over on one hand. Also, “tough as nails”? Seriously? The guy was behind one of the best O-Lines in HISTORY. He finished his career with 259 sacks, only being sacked more than 30 times in a season three times in his entire career. Also, the guy missed time ALL THE TIME. In his TWELVE YEAR CAREER, he only finished a complete season THREE TIMES.
    Also, he only had over 20 TDs ONCE in his ENTIRE CAREER. ONE TIME. Find me a guy who you consider an all time great that never had 25 TDs in a season and get back to me. The only meaningful statistic he EVER led the league in was completion % for ONE SEASON. That’s it. Never led in TDs. Never led in yards. He was a game manager. He played well under pressure, but he almost NEVER was amazing.

  38. I’m not a Romo fan (nor a Cowboys fan for that matter) but have to defend him here. There are far worse things he could be doing with his time than golfing. And, from what I’ve read, it appears that his time spent trying to qualify for the US Open has not come at the expense of his offseason football preparation.
    And in regards to “diluting his pool of competitive juices” I think you may be looking at it backwards…either you are a competitive person or you are not, and highly competitive people tend to be competive in every undertaking. It tends to be part of their make up. It is not normally something you turn on for one thing and off for another.
    To put it in terms even you can understand, Florio…Romo’s desire to play golf is part of the same type of competitive behavior that drives you to search out non-stories when you have a slow NFL news day.

  39. If it’s not Jessica Simpson then the media comes up with golf to some
    how find fault with Tony Romo. This is just a stupid off season story.
    Regarding Troy Aikman and his iconic figure status therefore always
    commenting on Romo. Aikman played for what was clearly the best
    team in football thanks to the Herschel Walker trade and draft picks
    to build the Dallas Cowboy dream team. Aikman is a product of that
    elite team who may have been just an average quarterback were it
    not for the great team he played on. Troy had more talented players
    to work with than Romo. I’m sure that during Troy’s rookie season
    when the Cowboys went 1 and 15, there were times he wanted or
    had a Jessica Simpson to reach for. Troy keep the leadership stuff
    in your holster. You had more amunition in the form of elite players
    than any quarterback in recent history. They made leadership easy.

  40. Romo’s not the problem. The owner/GM/REAL head coach is. Dallas has two outstanding RBs and the League’s best TE and a owner that refuses to change their offensive strategy to best use all three. Another season of trying to force the long ball to egotistical WRs who drop the ball instead of using screens,draws, and runs and methodically going down field with their most talented players. The team has the personnel. They just don’t use them correctly. I don’t believe for a minute that is any one’s fault but Jerry’s.

  41. “Dude, your team has a winning streak of one season in a row and has a hate-hate relationship with it’s starting QB, who would really rather be playing somewhere else. Get some perspective. ”
    The Eagles have owned the NFC for the better half of the last decade esspecially the NFC EAST. Which still has nothing to do with homo choking in the month of december, not caring too much about football, as he said himself after he passed out in the shower, when the girls were brutally beatdown 44-6 in a loser goes to cabo, game. What I find hilarious is someone said, as soon as he gets some help around him then they’ll be good….. RU F’in SERIOUS!?!?!? How Ironic that T.O.’s last game as a cowgirl was a beatdown by the hand of the team that he tried to stick it too by goin to the cowpukes. I love karma when you’re on the right side. 🙂

  42. Way to drama it up, Mike. The US Open is June 18-21 and Cowboys minicamp is June 16-18. Last year, the last day of June training camp consisted of a luncheon where players and coaches were encouraged to bring their families. But yeah, better to stuff some fried chicken and tater salad down your gullet than be out doing anything that might help you stay in shape.

  43. “I see he chokes at golf, too.”
    I suppose the implication is that you could do better at either? That can’t be true… you wouldn’t even try because you know you can’t play football OR golf at that level.

  44. Doesn’t anyone see this for what it truly is?
    An attempt to make more money in order to keep up with Jessica’s growing “diet” of Twinkies, Ho-Hos, and Tasty Cakes.
    That, or he just wants to get away from the fatty.

  45. “Fans of 31 teams read about their QB in the Sporting News”
    Only because nobody cares about them outside of sports. Everybody cares about the starting QB of the Dallas Cowboys. You hate to admit it, but you know it’s true. Nobody gives a shit that Tom married Giselle, or that Jeff is married to a Playboy ho, that Hank Baskett is going to be getting some of Hef’s sloppy seconds, or that Reggie Bush is banging Kim Kardashian. But Tony Romo playing golf? Everybody cares about that.
    Including you.

  46. “He has all the physical tools at QB in the world, but for some reason doesn’t care or doesn’t try. That’s why this is a story.”
    No… it’s a story because fanbois like you think that playing golf is harmful to a person’s ability to play football, just as people like Florio would have you believe. “Doesn’t try”? Seriously? Stop being a clueless lemming. Hard work is the only thing that got undrafted Tony Romo to the NFL, and hard work is the only thing that’s kept him there.

  47. So let me get this straight Romo has to eat, sleep, and crap football in his offseason? What are Peyton and Tom Bundchen doing? I believ I just seen Peyton on TV playing in the Pro Am with Tiger. Tom is running around all over trying to be a celebrity having body guards shooting paprazzi. But yes Romo playing golf is no way for a football player to act. Even if him and Roy Williams have bee working and training together since Febuary.

  48. I wouldn’t expect any other reporting from clown florio and PET.com(pro eagles talk) other than false of half stories

  49. Hey Cowboy Crazy, say what you want about certain players in the off season, but the bring in Andrew’s depression problem in low….just like a Cowgirl fan. Depression isn’t something you do to yourself, it is an illness. But I guess I can’t expect a stupid Dallas fan to understand that, you moron. And, the problem with Romo is the attitude he had at the end of a very important game last season, the one where the Eagles kicked you stupid butts. His response was something like ” if that’s the worse thing that happens to me, I’m OK with that” Not the answer he should have given, considering another season he spent in Mexico with his GF and buddies when he should have been studying film for the upcoming playoff game…it’s a pattern with him.

  50. “You wouldn’t know it if you were playing McNabb?”
    I believe what he said was that you never know if McNabb will be available. He might be hurt or benched.

  51. So it’s Romo’s fault we didnt go to the playoffs last year? They needed to win 1 game out of 3 and didnt, because of the defense. Did romo miss tackles on those 2 80 yard runs vs. the ravens? Nope that was zach thomas and ken hamlin. Coaching is the problem with this team not Romo.
    Whos the idiot that said Romo is the only prima donna QB in the league. I guess they never heard of Tom Brady.
    Eagle Fans- Romo may choke but not as bad as Mcflabb. I mean the guy had a chance to win the super bowl and literally choked on the field cause he was sick in his tummy. Maybe it was all that Chunky soup. if he was practicing football and not doing commercials maybe he wouldnt have choked.

  52. “He had better learn very quickly that perception IS reality”
    No it’s not. Quit believing dumb shit that people tell you to believe and think for yourself for once.

  53. “Romo just doesn’t have it inside, dude is destined to be a loser.”
    Does he play in the CFL? No? Then he’s not a loser. That’s where NFL losers go.

  54. “That takes talent to be equally mediocre in two sports. ”
    What you call “mediocre” is a level of competition of which you can only dream.
    I’m sure you’re great at the fry station, though.

  55. The headline should read “Romo Keeps Throwing INT’s and Dating Fat Chicks”…

  56. I fail to see the big deal here — Tony and golf are nothing if not a natural pairing.
    I agree with some other posters, leave poor Mr. Simpson alone.

  57. I can’t believe some people are actually comparing Romo To Aikman, my God man.
    What made Aikman the QB he was is exactly what Romo is missing.
    The fire inside, the will to win.

  58. “Look, the fact of the matter is that Aikman wasn’t a great QB.”
    Fact of the matter is that he’s a first ballot slam-dunk Hall of Famer. If that ain’t “great”, then nobody’s “great”.
    “Find me a guy who you consider an all time great that never had 25 TDs in a season and get back to me.”
    Bart Starr. Starr never had more than 16. There are plenty of guys that nobody would ever consider one of the very best ever at this point that had 25 in a season, though. Donovan McNabb jumps to mind. Jeff Garcia. Tony Romo. Philip Rivers. Hasselbeck. Kitna. Jaworski. Cunningham. I could go on.
    One of the things that makes Aikman one of the best ever if his level of play in important games. His regular season passer rating was 81.6, his playoff passer rating was higher than that, and it was highest in the three Super Bowls he played in. Not a lot of guys can say that. Joe Montana is one, I believe that Terry Bradshaw is another, and it’s not coincidence that until Tom Brady came along, those were the only three guys to win at least three Super Bowls.
    But then, I have to remember who I’m talking to. You’re an Eagirls fan, you wouldn’t know an “all time great” anything if one fell into your lap. Tony Romo could one day be considered the third best QB in Dallas Cowboys history (I’ve currently got him fifth behind Staubach, Aikman, Meredith, and White), and the funny part of that is that third best in relatively short Cowboys history could one day be considered better than anything the Eagirls have ever had, just as Aikman and Staubach are considered to be.

  59. “a owner that refuses to change their offensive strategy to best use all three”
    So you’re saying that Jerry Jones should be the coach? E you’re already proven that you’re not that bright, are you now trying to prove that you’re an imbecile? Maybe you missed the part where the Cowboys lost Felix Jones in week 6 or when Marion Barber got hurt on Thanksgiving and was limited the rest of the season. There’s no substitute for actually watching the games.

  60. “The Eagles have owned the NFC for the better half of the last decade esspecially the NFC EAST.”
    WAAAAAOW! Could you make that convenient window a lil smaller? hahaha Fact is they’re at one winning season in a row. They’ve never had more than 5 in a row since you’ve been born.
    “I love karma when you’re on the right side.”
    I guess karma is why the Eagirls’ trophy case is so full bwahahaha
    Enjoy the decades upon decades of outright stinking to not being quite good enough, scrub.

  61. Romo is a loser and not worth commenting on. However, I would strongly advise you against picking the Cowboys to make the playoffs. The good guys dropped 75 points on that team last year. Since they are the 4th best team in the NFC East, making the playoffs is mathematically impossible.

  62. Makes u wonder if he would consider a career change if qualified. Just think of how much less scrutiny he would have to endure in the golf world. There, it’s Tiger and everyone else. Much less beating on the body too.

  63. Vox Veritas says:
    May 15th, 2009 at 1:02 pm
    “Look, the fact of the matter is that Aikman wasn’t a great QB.”
    Fact of the matter is that he’s a first ballot slam-dunk Hall of Famer. If that ain’t “great”, then nobody’s “great”.
    “Find me a guy who you consider an all time great that never had 25 TDs in a season and get back to me.”
    Bart Starr. Starr never had more than 16. There are plenty of guys that nobody would ever consider one of the very best ever at this point that had 25 in a season, though. Donovan McNabb jumps to mind. Jeff Garcia. Tony Romo. Philip Rivers. Hasselbeck. Kitna. Jaworski. Cunningham. I could go on.
    One of the things that makes Aikman one of the best ever if his level of play in important games. His regular season passer rating was 81.6, his playoff passer rating was higher than that, and it was highest in the three Super Bowls he played in. Not a lot of guys can say that. Joe Montana is one, I believe that Terry Bradshaw is another, and it’s not coincidence that until Tom Brady came along, those were the only three guys to win at least three Super Bowls.
    But then, I have to remember who I’m talking to. You’re an Eagirls fan, you wouldn’t know an “all time great” anything if one fell into your lap. Tony Romo could one day be considered the third best QB in Dallas Cowboys history (I’ve currently got him fifth behind Staubach, Aikman, Meredith, and White), and the funny part of that is that third best in relatively short Cowboys history could one day be considered better than anything the Eagirls have ever had, just as Aikman and Staubach are considered to be.
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    First of all, I’m a Patriots fan, born and raised in Central MA. Second of all, saying that there are a bunch of schlub QBs who had 25 TDs in a season doesn’t MAKE your point, it HURTS your point. If Donovan McNabb, Philip Rivers, Eli Manning, Tony Romo, Dave Krieg, Ben Roethlisberger, and a bunch of other mediocre, non-great QBs can hit 25 TDs in MULTIPLE seasons, why couldn’t Troy Aikman, a supposed all-time great not do it? Huh? Trent Freakin Dilfer had over twenty TDs in TWO seasons and people consider him the worst QB to ever win a superbowl.
    As for Bart Starr, they played in a different era. First of all, it was 14 games rather than 16 for most of his career, and in the beginning, they only played TWELVE. I understand that doesn’t mean Starr would have been throwing 30 in a 16 game season, but the game was also different back then. Compare Bart Starr to his peers. He was in the top 10 in the league in TDs on 7 separate occasions (seasons). Troy Aikman was only in the top 10 in the league 3 times, two of those barely sneaking in at #10. Bart Starr led the league in passer rating 3 times. Aikman? Never. Bart Starr led the league in completion % 3 times. Aikman? Once.
    Also, take a look at his TD % relative to attempts. He threw the ball 3149 times and had 152 TDs. That means he threw a TD every 21 passes or so. Aikman threw the ball 4175 times for 165 TDs, or a TD every 25.3 passes. You factor in the rule changes and the way the game was played and you get a pretty significant difference.
    Also, Aikman comes in at #55 on the all-time TD list, behind guys like Craig Morton, Steve DeBerg, Ron Jaworski, Joe Namath. All guys who were retired BEFORE Aikman, and none of whom are all-time greats. Who was ahead of Bart Starr on the TD list at the time of his retirement? Johnny Unitas. Sonny Jurgensen, John Hadl, Y.A. Tittle, Len Dawson, Bobby Layne, Sammy Baugh, Babe Parelli, Otto Graham. Guys who were/are considered some of the BEST OF THE BEST TO EVER PLAY THE GAME. When he retired, Bart Starr was a great QB. The game has since passed his era by. Troy Aikman retired less than a decade ago. This is the same era, and he can’t stack up. He couldn’t stack up to the guys in his own era, anyway. Troy Aikman is one of the top 30-35 QBs of all-time, but he’s not an all-time great. Bart Starr MIGHT squeak into the top 10, maybe. I wouldn’t put him in the top 10, but I wouldn’t be offended if someone did. Troy Aikman isn’t even in the discussion.

  64. “Skwanjack says:
    May 15th, 2009 at 1:42 pm
    Dallas?! They arent even the best team in Texas!

    That made me laugh. I almost forgot about the “other” Texas team.

  65. Mini camp is June 15-17th….. What is all this about anyway? Rating by putting Romo on your page?

  66. I agree 100% with the article. I was wondering when the backlash was going to come for Romo.

  67. Leviathan says:
    May 15th, 2009 at 10:49 am
    “Romo doesn’t have the same burning passion and desire to win that characterizes a true franchise quarterback.”
    I think this is a crap statement, based on nothing. Very Florio.
    *******
    Maybe, this coupled with the “it is only football” comment after the 44-6 loss that makes Florio jump to this conclusion. If McNabb said that or went to Cabo the week before a game that he lost – he would be killed (verbally) and it would be WAY worse than what Romo has ever dealt with.

  68. hotrodd says:
    May 15th, 2009 at 11:03 am
    Tony Romo has been playing in golf tournaments since he was an undrafted QB out of E. Illinois. If it was an issue with his teammates or his coaching staff or his owner, he wouldn’t play in them. The only people that ever make a big deal about it are the media and fans of other teams. Stop pandering to your pro-Eagles crowd and actually do some real reporting Florio.
    *******
    Oh. he has been doing it this whole time. He has not won any playoff games this whole time either.

  69. I’m trying to qualify for a golf tournament that I won’t be able to play in due to previous travel plans. But I’m still going to try for qualification. I probably will qualify actually. And then I’ll have to miss it. Who gives a shit whether or not he aims to qualify for the US Open? I wish he had. Then I’d find it hilarious if you told you that it was none your business.
    Oh yeah. Rosenhaus twittered today about Brett Favre dropping a duece.

  70. “Nobody gives a shit that Tom married Giselle, or that Jeff is married to a Playboy ho, that Hank Baskett is going to be getting some of Hef’s sloppy seconds, or that Reggie Bush is banging Kim Kardashian”
    Nobody gives a shit that you stroke it to anime charachters in Mom’s basement either. What is the point? Tom is a winner and has actually won postseason games so yes, he gets a free pass. Jeff Garcia has a token wife so no one really cares about that cause the guy is mediocre and plays with fire. Hank Baskett is a mediocre reciever that is getting paid and pulled a hot chick who tells the owner to throw fades to her man. Reggie is a scrub with or without Kim. Romo is a big game choker who always seems to have something more important to do than football and says “it is only football”….. He should just start saying, we have five rings anyway – who cares they were from so long ago.

  71. Florio, we already know you’re gonna put the Boys on the postseason list because you dropped the Giants off it. Of the Skins, Boys, Eagles and Giants 2 teams are gonna go postseason. The conference is just too good. We know it aint the skins. That leaves the eagles and boys. But thanks for admitting the Boys are messed up until proven otherwise. It makes your fence sitting predictions that much easier to ignore.

  72. Here’s a convenient window of time for you, Vox. In the “what have you done for me lately” league, let’s take a look at the Cowgirls (see what I did there? I put “girls” in the name of the team! Ooooh burn!) — what was the score for their last regular season game?
    Uh oh! 44-6!
    What was the score of their last playoff victory? I don’t know, I can’t remember that far back!

  73. I had never commented on anything you´ve written before, but I went ahead and registered just so I could tell you how full of it I think you are. So what if the guy plays golf? He also plays basketball with some of his team mates and some others play music. Good grief! Pres Obama plays basketball, other people run — all you run is your uninformed mouth. As lots above have noted, he´s been working out regularly and spending lots of time with number 11. If he were in college, would you complain if he went to class? And, yes, he also likes girls. Get a life!

  74. “mdel1120 says:
    May 15th, 2009 at 12:22 pm
    Hey Cowboy Crazy, say what you want about certain players in the off season, but the bring in Andrew’s depression problem in low….just like a Cowgirl fan. Depression isn’t something you do to yourself, it is an illness. But I guess I can’t expect a stupid Dallas fan to understand that, you moron. And, the problem with Romo is the attitude he had at the end of a very important game last season, the one where the Eagles kicked you stupid butts. His response was something like ” if that’s the worse thing that happens to me, I’m OK with that” Not the answer he should have given, considering another season he spent in Mexico with his GF and buddies when he should have been studying film for the upcoming playoff game…it’s a pattern with him.”
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    And you think you’re qualified to call someone stupid or a moron after typing this?

  75. Vox Veritas says:
    “So you’re saying that Jerry Jones should be the coach?”
    No, Jerry’s the one who acts like the coach, dumbass. You should try to follow your hero’s comments from time to time. That late season loss has really affected you, Vox. After you “disappeared” for three weeks, not man enough to own up to all the s**t you talked all season long, you really came back bitter. You used to show the intelligence and maturity of a 13 year old. Lately, your comments indicate you’ve regressed to about eight. It’s sad, really, but not unexpected.

  76. Well Dressed, what are you, his mommy? Is that all you have to say. Everything I stated is true. Nothing to say about that?

  77. for all the romo bashing, how about mcflabb not knowing the overtime rule. How many years in the league and he still doesn’t know it. What a joke he is. He’s not won anything in over 10 years. Payton Manning didn’t even make the play-offs in his first 6 count em 6 years. Romo’s been playing 2 and your all jealous cause you can’t play in the NFL or golf or date a girl like Jessica Simpson.

  78. “Romo’s been playing 2 and your all jealous cause you can’t play in the NFL or golf or date a girl like Jessica Simpson. ”
    Please give this guy that table straightener, you call a book. This is the funniest thing I read all week! jealous of a homo!?!?!

  79. This has to win the prize for ‘stupidest’ post ever.
    ROFLMAOTMSH. What are you smoking/taking and will you share??
    “dilute a guy’s total pool of competitive juices” … LOLOLOLOLOLOL *wipes tears* OMG, I mean, seriously. Are you honestly proposing that people have a limited quantity of ‘competitive juices’ (whatever those happen to be — hey, can you buy a bottle of it at Vitamin World?) and if they expend it in one sport/game they don’t have it available for another? Are you serious? Without doubt (to my slightly inebriated mind at least) that is the dumbest thing I’ve ever seen posted on this blog.
    What you’re saying is it would be okay if he sucked at golf, but since he’s good (almost pro), well then, that’s bad. Romo is an athlete. He is one of the most competitive people in the NFL. You do realize that, before he stepped on the golf course he had his FULL WORKOUT at Cowboys HQ? said workout may account for why he faded on the back nine.
    I think this helps him keep his edge. Competitors compete, it s what they live for. In the offseason Romo fills his competitive need with golf, because he’s good .I think it helps him.
    FYI, when Parcells was in Dallas Romo was also close to qualifying for the Open, and, ifhe did it would have occurred during an OTA. You know what Parcells said? “If you qualify, go?”
    This entire thing is without doubt the most ridiculous, overblown, hyped up for no reason, ‘news filler, I have ever seen.
    its idiotic.

  80. Bill in DC… except for the fact he said, out of his own mouth that losing is not that big of deal and it is only a game.
    ****
    Rodd: Yeah, McNabb has won nothing except playoff games. He would have a superbowl if the defense did not let him down. Team sport, sport. Unless McNabb did something stupid like dropped a hold or pulled a Leon Lett…. While Peyton is overrated, so is Romo and Romo has had a lot of talent and weapons around him. He just chokes – maybe on Jessica’s muffin top or huge ass. Maybe Charles Haley visits the locker room. Yeah, McNabb almost (or did puke) while he was driving his team down the filed for the win in a superbowl where his o-line let him take a lot of hits and hos RB did not come to the game and threw a TD for the win but the defense blew it… Still better than fainting in the shower with a bunch of men after getting you ass kicked 44-6. 44-6 – how bad must you be?

  81. Hey Doosh….Keith Brooking was on Sirus Radio the other day and said Romo missed a whopping 2 OTA’s trying to qualify for the Open…big deal….he has been at the facilty all off season working his tail off he said. How about posting a real freaking story already….

  82. Dude, from everything I know of Tony Romo, the guy treats a football the way Linus Van Pelt treats his security blanket. I hate the Cowboys, but this is one ridiculous attack; the best quality Romo has going for him as a quarterback is his “competitive juices.”

  83. This is a site to see. There are alot of people that post on here that are fans of other teams than the Cowboys. If your spending so much time over here bashing the Cowboys, who is supporting your teams over there. I think DEEEEEP down inside, all you Cowboy basher’s are actually fans

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