New Romo not much different than old Romo

On the rare occasions when we’ve got a situation pegged, we tend to cling to it like a blanky.

And as more evidence supporting our assessment emerges, we tend to focus on it.

Case in point — Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo claims he has changed, but the numbers show he hasn’t.  Sure, Ed Werder of ESPN points out that the new Romo isn’t indifferent when he screws up. 

But the new Romo continues to screw up.

During Sunday night’s christening of the North Texas Football Cathedral, Romo completed fewer than half of his passes (13 of 29), and he threw three interceptions, looking every bit as reckless as he usually does when the season is on the line.

Our take? 

Romo simply doesn’t have what it takes mentally to become a high-end franchise quarterback.  Undrafted in 2003 from Eastern Illinois, Romo already has achieved more in the NFL than he ever could have imagined.  He’s the starting quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys, and he scored a long-term contract two years ago that will pay him more money than he otherwise ever could have made without winning Powerball.

All for an Eastern Illinois slappy who under the expectations for the unfolding of his life would have been coaching high school football by now.

So he’s content.  And being content isn’t what leads to Super Bowls.  As we’ve seen, being content doesn’t even lead to playoff wins.

More recently, it doesn’t even lead to playoffs.

Meanwhile, the man whom the Cowboys cleared out so that Romo could become the leader he never has been has chimed in, “retweeting” a message sent to him by one of his nearly 200,000 followers:  “Dallas just found out they had a T.R. problem not a T.O. problem!”

If T.R. doesn’t turn it around soon, the Cowboys won’t have a T.R. problem come 2010.  They’ll have a new coach, who might want his own guy to be throwing the passes — and who might decide to draft Colt McCoy or Sam Bradford or someone else with the kind of pedigree who won’t be satisfied simply to play on Sundays, but who will accept nothing other than winning on Sundays.

106 responses to “New Romo not much different than old Romo

  1. Tony Romo is not a very good QB. He has never been a very good QB. He makes terrible decisions, but he has had enough great weapons around him to hide this fact from the masses, who only watch his highlights.
    The Cowboys had a great OLine, Barber, Felix, Witten & T.O.. JP Losman could have made a probowl with those guys supporting him.

  2. Wow– such hatred…this from the great prognosticator who predicted the Skins in the SB this year…..very credible. While I would not put him in the elite status certainly- too eratic- to say he is just happy to be playing on Sunday might be the most superficial comment you have made Florio. Say what you want about his decision making skills- the guy is competitive in everything he does. Some people are motivated by more than just money.

  3. Is anyone going to start saying the “The Barbarian” is injury prone. Everyone loves to talk about Westbrook and McNabb but what about Barber and Felix Jones?

  4. “Romo simply doesn’t have what it takes mentally to become a high-end franchise quarterback.”
    He already is.

  5. Yeah, that why Romo’s about to smash records in nearly every major statistical category in quarterbacking, except playoff wins…but….
    How many years has he been playing?
    How many years does it take to get your QB legs truly under you?
    Think maybe playing in the NFC East has something to do with it?
    Think maybe having a defense that consistently fails to help him might be why he tries too hard?
    Think maybe the Giants are just good?
    Maybe it’s all due to Roy Williams’ broken collarbone.

  6. OR….the Giants are just better. Maybe that’s what it is.
    Maybe Romo isn’t COMPLETE trash.
    Maybe.

  7. I wish the media would stop with this guy. They’ve been trying to make a big deal out of him since day one. He’s VASTLY overrated. Rex Grossman got torched on a national level for the same kind of play. Enough with the Romo is a star crap. He’s bad at football.

  8. Romo couldn’t throw it in the ocean last night, but he admitted it was him and vowed to correct it. The Cowboys had better hope he does.

  9. If you gave Tony Romo truth serum and asked him the following question, which would he choose?:
    “Tony, if you could only win ONE, would you rather win a US Open golf championship or a Super Bowl??”

  10. Romo is a good QB. He makes boneheaded mistakes sometimes. I am no Cowboys fan but I think Romo can win big games and will. He is a top 10 QB in the NFL right now.

  11. Agreed that Romo played a terrible game and is the primary reason Dallas lost. You can’t expect to lose the ball 4 times and beat anybody, much less the Giants. It was miraculous that even after 4 TO (turn overs) vs none for the Giants, Dallas was still leading and could have won.
    I disagree that Romo is ‘content’ tho. I think he worked hard in the off season to change his normal tendencies and, last night, under pressure he reverted.
    People have to bear in mind that he’s still not that experienced. It took Peyton 5 years to win a playoff game, Eli was one and done his first two playoff games and had a miserable playoff game in going one and out last season.
    Last night was not encouraging, but I’m not ready to throw in the towel on him yet.

  12. If the DB’s play better, Dallas wins this game even with Romo’s picks. Stop them on 3rd down and secure a win with the running game. Romo didn’t give up all those passing yards, the DB’s did, but we are always so quick to point the finger at the QB. They game planned for the run and stopped it, but forgot about the pass. Last week Romo was pretty good, but any given Sunday…

  13. Playoff Record as Starting QB: 1999 (0-1), 2000 (0-1), 2002 (0-1), 2003 (2-1), 2004 (1-1), 2005 (0-1), 2006 (4-0), 2007 (0-1), 2008 (0-1)
    look not a good compare , guess who that is?

  14. Tony Romo is not a bad quarterback. And as we have seen in the past, Super Bowl winning quarterbacks do not have to be great. They do however have to not make mistakes. Those mistakes will prevent teams from making Playoffs let alone win Super Bowls. And Tony Romo right now, is making mistakes. As a die hard Redskins fan i hope that continues. Maybe seeing his perdy face on that huge screen in Dallas got to him. I wouldn’t be surprised if his mind was on the thousands of girls he gets to choose from for his next bedroom adventure than actually winning a football game. He was a good quarterback, got full of himself, and now is making lots of mistakes and is being hounded, even by his own fans. I love it, and hope it continues!!!

  15. Ehhh if the new coach wants one of the “top” 3 QBs in the next draft (I think all three will go by the 10th pick, and several rounds before Crabtree), they better find a diamond in the rough.
    Bradford is going to have a rough year.
    Tebow is going to have a culture shock going to the NFL.
    McCoy, who has very high expectations this year (Heisman, taking TX to the championship game, although they have a strong chance of going undefeated but missing the national title game due to that pesky strength of schedule thing….they haven’t been able to even cover the spread against cupcake opponents. Tech is unranked and was never out of the game on Saturday.) – well, he better learn how not to throw over the heads of his WRs, or he’ll be the next Ryan Leaf.
    Although the more I think about it, I don’t think 2 of the top three teams picking as of right now would choose a QB. The Rams would.

  16. “All for an Eastern Illinois slappy”
    That happens to have one of the highest passer ratings of all time. Dude just played his 41st game and he’s 28-13 as a starter (.682), which is better than any other guy with appreciable playing time not named Roethlisberger or Brady, and those guys are on the way down. Maybe you should aim this kind of criticism at QBs that deserve it.
    “JP Losman could have made a probowl with those guys supporting him.”
    Losman’s a hack, and a certified, unqualified first round draft pick bust that not only can’t make any of the 32 NFL teams, he may not be good enough to start in the UFL.

  17. This is where Vox steps in to remind us how he is the best all time at YPA and once he gets 1500 passes will be top 3 of all time at passer rating. I’ll take eli or ben any day of the week, those two are clutch and continue to be clutch. Look at trent edwards last wk, he couldnt even get his team to the line and get plays off. For all the knocking he takes, Eli is a cool customer under pressure. Romo has nice stats but he isnt a winner, and when they do need him he is a train wreck. There was no excuse for him to be that wreckless last night, the giants didnt even have a pass rush. You can rip off stats till you’re blue in the face but I’ll take manning any day of the week. Never once do i worry about him in a two minute drill.

  18. If I wrote an article suggesting Florio was never going to be a high-end blogger or journalist because of his screwup of the Roy Williams non-broken-collar bone story, would you guys publish it?

  19. At least two of the three picks were simply bad throws. It was like the ball slipped out of his hands.
    Maybe the humidity in the spaceship was getting to Romo. He should try wearing gloves at the game. That might help.

  20. I’ve given Romo breaks for the last few years for any number of reasons. But I ended it last night, the guy will put up good numbers through the season, but in the moments that count he’s going to turn the ball over. You’ve heard of “Tom Terrific,” well meet “Tony Turnover.”

  21. Florio, I’d normally hang around this post and increase your clicks but this article is so worthless I’m boycotting it.

  22. Leviathan says: “Think maybe playing in the NFC East has something to do with it?”
    In fairness, if the Cowboys played in the NFC West, they would win it outright every year and Romo’s stat line would be record setting. The question remains, though, would they get it done in playoffs?

  23. “Yeah, that why Romo’s about to smash records in nearly every major statistical category in quarterbacking,”
    __________________________________
    i cant imagine he’s about to “smash” the touchdown records-career or season, yards thrown for a career, or season, or superbowl wins. can you please tell me which “major statistical category” is left. tony is a good quarterback- top 10 in the league possibly right now, but he wont ever touch any major qb record.

  24. Hrm,,
    Does someone saying, after a loss,
    “I really cost us this”
    “It’s very disappointing and very frustrating that I would make a decision like that and it hurts right now.”
    “I’ll improve and I’ll fix this. We’ll be better tomorrow. I’ll be better. We’ll go forward. ”
    sound to you like he’s ‘content’?
    Dallas showed last night that they can play with anybody, even the best the NFL has to offer. I think that is being missed.
    Oh Yeah, and I REALLY liked watching Jacobs get dumped on his tush after running full speed into Olshansky.

  25. I am also disappointed in the lack of Skins fans bashing Romo here. Cmon guys, its a chance to bash pretty boy Romo who thinks hes the coolest thing on the planet. I hope his play stays bad and leads him to do commercials for ED…

  26. I’ve been a Cowboy fan since ’72. Unfortunately, Florio hit this one square on the head.
    Tony Romo = Danny White
    There was a reason the dude was a Free Agent when he came out. He’s got the talent, but it appears that the mental aspect of the game is what dropped his stock.
    White had the talent, but he never had it between the ears as well. Danny never won a big game and neither will Romo.
    You are what you are. Romo is probably better suited for a career as a long term backup. But franchise quarterback? Hell No.

  27. Vox would tell you that it is Ok that Romo is not as good as McNabb or Eli because he was undrafted and should therefor have lower expectations. I personally think that draft position goes out the window – especially when a huge contract is signed.
    I am not sure that I understand Florio’s logic here. Don’t the undrafted guys who make it seem to have a chip on their shoulder and end up being the people who are “driven”? It seems wierd that an undrafted player who had to fight for the opportunity and made it the big stage (Dallas) would get fat, happy, and complacent.
    But I do agree with the overall point that Romo is an OK QB. Worst in the East – tied with Kevin Kolb.

  28. Cowboy fan here and I worry that Romo may not be able to get it done.
    He’s not going in the right direction, but 2 years ago Eli wasn’t and most thought he’d never get it done.
    But this year has to show a change in Romo where its CLEAR he can do it or its going to be time to look at cutting bait. Its not SB or bust, but make it obvious its possible.
    As for this
    Bradford is going to have a rough year.
    Tebow is going to have a culture shock going to the NFL.
    McCoy, who has very high expectations this ……
    If Tebow goes top 10 that GM should be fired. Great kid, great college QB but nothing points to him being a top NFL draft pick.

  29. Beastie Bills says:
    September 21, 2009 9:51 AM
    Tony Romo is not a very good QB. He has never been a very good QB. He makes terrible decisions, but he has had enough great weapons around him to hide this fact from the masses, who only watch his highlights.
    The Cowboys had a great OLine, Barber, Felix, Witten & T.O.. JP Losman could have made a probowl with those guys supporting him.
    *******************************************
    Are you shitting me moron?? Did you just say that romo isnt good? Did you just compare his skill to JP” im outta the league” lossman?
    News flash/fun football facts for you idiots-
    *Romo led dallas down the field to the 1 yard line with no time on the clock in his first playoff game ever against the super bowl bound seahawks, they then cheated and sent out a slick ball for dallas to kick, that led to a rules change the very next season.
    *Romo holds single season records for passing yards and TD’s. Some of the greatest QB’s of all time are below him in the record books. Aikman, staubach, don meredith, to name a few. Ever heard of those guys? I didnt think so….trust me, they exist.
    *Romo is perenially a top 5 QB. Check his stats haters.
    You guys need to do your homework before coming on here and making idiots out of yourselves. That includes you gloryhole, i mean florio…..
    If i were a giant fan i’d be more worried about the fact that it took 4 turnovers and you still barely pulled it out with no time left. Thats kind of embarrasing really if you think about it. If dallas plays a clean game last night the score woulda been 45-0. Congrats on the win, but you guys look shaky, you coulda easily started out this season 0-2.
    Thats a dose of reality for you haters and morons out there….Enjoy it.

  30. VoxVeritas says: “Florio, I’d normally hang around this post and increase your clicks ”
    Excpet when the Cowboys get eliminated from playoff contention and you take 2 weeks off.

  31. Vox you beat me to the punch, you ripped off his stats before I was even able to post. Those stats mean nothing because he isnt clutch.

  32. Florio is a garbage blogger, he said he was going to be better but he hasnt changed one bit. He’s still the dumpster diver that he always was.
    Florio is trash!!! Florio is trash!!! Florio is trash!!!

  33. Redskins fans boo a 9-7 win, Cowboys fans cheer a 3 int performance in a big game on a big stage by a guy that sucks in big games. He collapsed in the finale of the old stadium, then he vows to work really hard for reals this offseason, and it’s the same act to open the new palace with a loss. He’s a loser and it’s pathetic that boys fans are talking about how really hard he worked this offseason (as opposed to other offseasons) after he’s just shown he’s no better.

  34. I don’t know which was the most disgusting visual from that game: Romo’s play or the close up of Jerrah Jones picking his nose on national TV.

  35. Just reading the posts by the Cowboy whiners is indicative of the shock they and their team is experiencing. This once proud dynasty is a mere shell of its former self. Lashing out at Florio is typical of their blaming others for their own failures. It is becoming quite cartoonish. Jerry Jones make Steinbrenner look like a choir boy. They say he handpicked the Giants to play the inaugural game. The Giants christened the ‘cathedral’ with a big Dallas “L”. That will live forever in the annals of Cowboydom.

  36. That game and these comments have me so depressed I’m going to go watch some gay porn and masturbate to make myself feel better.

  37. Vox says, “Florio, I’d normally hang around this post and increase your clicks but this article is so worthless I’m boycotting it.”
    I would suggest you boycott your team and stop blaming Florio for your woes. You are telling everyone you cave under pressure. Oops, was I talking about you or Romo? I guess Florio was right after all.

  38. I don’t think its that Romo is content or that he can’t handle the pressure in big games. I think its a lot simplier than that: Romo just isn’t that good. When he plays against a tough defense he will usually look bad.
    Oh and BTW, Owens is half right. Dallas had a T.R. and T.O. problem last year. Just a T.R. problem this year.

  39. Does romo have to wear a backwards hat at all times? he looks like an idiot and just makes him seem all the more immature and childish. so glad he choked again.

  40. Wonderful talent, but horrible inconsistency and bad mental mistakes in big games. See it a lot in the NFL. The media pumps these guys up because they show they have some wonderful talent and have the ability to be game makers. However they let themselves down, especially in big games. In fact, the bigger, the worse it usually gets. Some save their worst performances for the playoffs (Favre, Peyton). Romo falls into that growing list of modern quarterbacks who are really good, but don’t have the mental discipline to make it stick consistently.

  41. I’ve typically a Romo supporter, but he played like a dog last night. The problem is Florio and some others act like it will be easy to pick up a Sam Bradford, Colt McCoy or some other highly rated qb. Worst case I expect the Cowboys to win 7-8 games this year. Picking qbs after the top ten picks is a crapshoot. Yes, I know about Tom Brady, but for every one of him there’s probably dozens of Quincy Carters, Chad Hutchinsons, etc. Probably half the teams in the NFL would be happy to have Romo, the problem is on the Cowboys he is expected to lead them deep in the playoffs. Romo may not be that guy, but finding that guy is very difficult.

  42. “It’s more than a football cathedral, its a football basilica.”
    Yes, and I am sure there will be many “believers” buried there before some kid yells, “The Emperor isn’t wearing any clothes!”

  43. Vox –
    Over/under on # of tire pieces that would get stuck in your mustache if you slid face first across FieldTurf?
    over 11.5 (-125)
    under 11.5 (+105)
    Nice face.

  44. Nice to see the Cowboys apologists out in droves. Eli earned some of that massive contract in the 4th quarter with his poised play in crunch time, but Romo set the Giants up to win with his usual inconsistent performance.
    Dear Wade & Jason, better start working on those resumes.

  45. @stanjam – really well said. That sums it up nicely. The people who say he’s simply a terrible QB are fools–of course he’s not. He’s got lots of talent, makes some terrific throws, and has won some big, difficult games (during the season).
    But he’s got that persistent defect which seems to short-circuit him when the stakes are highest. It’s frustrating to watch. He does come across as a dope in a lot of ways (@JerseyJints, I completely agree with you about the baseball cap–makes him look 12), but I don’t think any of us should really be glad to see such frustration and failure dogging someone like that.
    I have the feeling that if he’d come up into a team without Jerry Jones and with a more focused and effective coaching staff, he’d be doing a lot better now. This all-glamor, all-the-time circus that Jones has created may be good for business, but it’s lousy for developing discipline and skill.

  46. “That game and these comments have me so depressed I’m going to go watch some gay porn and masturbate to make myself feel better.”
    Good for you. It seems you and Romo do have a common Monday morning interest.

  47. Eli’s two-minute drill reminded me of the final drive of the Super Bowl. It also erased that horrible game vs Iggles last year. I would not count Romo out, though. He could have gone to Witten more often than he did last night. And ‘Boys running attack was much stronger than G-Men’s. Still, it is warms the heart to see Jerry’s Taj Mahal become the burial place of the Cowboys. I hope it thrives as a mausoleum.

  48. “Florio, I’d normally hang around this post and increase your clicks but this article is so worthless I’m boycotting it.”
    Of course you’d hang around in the thread, you have nothing else to do.
    And if you’d boycott this site, we’d all appreciate it.

  49. jetsrkillinme – Its a football travesty. Did you SEE the view from most of the seats? They are way far away from the field. Sure you can see the board, but thats not why you go to a game.

  50. Premier QB – 65 Million
    House w/big screen TV’s – 1.2 Trillion
    Look on Wade’s face attempting to “Ice” the kicker – Priceless
    DING!!!!!!

  51. Whatever happened to investigative journalism??? You claim Romo “doesn’t have what it takes…” to command an NFL offense, yet a simple Google search to NFL.com would show that Romo owns a 94.2 career QB rating.
    I mean, you guys can’t perform a simple search like this before posting erroneous claims. You must have been schooled in the Rahm Emmanuel school of thought.
    Wow?!?!

  52. Tip your cap to the Giants. They made all the crucial plays. Manningham played great as did Steve Smith, and their defense were in the right place at the right time (they were in the right position).
    With that said, Romo had one of his worst games of his career, and the Cowboys were right there with the Giants. As a Cowboys fan, this loss was tough, but our team battled and lost to a very good team. That happens. Give the Giants some credit.
    As bad as Romo played, he won’t play that way 90% of the time. Everyone says it doesn’t matter what he does in the regular season. So if he had a great game last night, he’d still be asked to prove it in the later months. But now he has a bad regular season game, and people judge him as if that one game is an embodiment of his whole career.
    Romo definitely needs to bounce back from this game, but I’m not going to have a knee jerk reaction about a guy who just had one bad game. Remember Eli vs the Vikings the year they went to the Super Bowl? Something like 4ints and 3 of the returned for TD’s? I’m in no way saying that means the Cowboys are going to the Super Bowl. What i am saying is that Romo IS a good QB. This IS a good football team. And one loss to a really good team is no reason to jump ship.
    See you in the Meadowlands Giant fans. I’m sure it will be another close one.

  53. creelington, something for you to consider. Had the Giants converted in the red zone instead of field they would have had 10 more points. OR they still would have been in the lead after Dallas’s last TD had Tynes not missed a gimme FG. So the Giants would have dominated Dallas off their passing game without their mistakes.
    Fact is they got three picks and held Romo to a 29.6 (and no I’m not missing a one in there) without 2 of their top 3 corners (Ross and Dockery), down 1 key D-Tackle (Canty) and down a starting D-End (Tuck) due to a cheap shot from your left tackle for a good portion of the game.
    As for “humidity”. Please. Romo has played in there before, Eli had not. Yet Eli got 65% of his passes completed and wasnt picked.
    Seriously who would rather have great regular season stat lines and chokes in the playoffs against not as great regular season stats and a championship every now and then?

  54. Quagmire says:
    September 21, 2009 11:24 AM
    Hey Vox,
    Found you on “My Space” Nice picture, the 70’s want their hair back.
    ***
    link please

  55. BTW Hong Kong Phooey, Tony would choose the Golf championship. Can’t throw an interception in that game……..

  56. “Florio, I’d normally hang around this post and increase your clicks but this article is so worthless I’m boycotting it.”
    ___________________________________
    of course, because it’s something negative about the cowboys and romo.
    Hauschild, what is his rating in meangingful games? or games on a nat’l stage? eg: last night..
    Those stats mean nothing, like i said, people bash eli and watching guys like edwards in the 2 min drill or romo trying to drive his team downfield and other qb’s make me laugh because I am never ever worried about eli in a 2 min drill.

  57. this is my two cents…
    a couple of things wrong that happened, and how i feel it was not only the coaches fault but also kind of the owners fault the cowboys lost…
    1. why was it necessary to have the roof and glass doors open for the game? sure, teams play in that kind of heat all the time, but if its not necessary, why do it? i believe they said at least 4 players on each team had to have i.v.’s at halftime. not to mention causing your beast rb to strain his quad on that potential td run (which cost me points). just curious on that one…
    2. when dallas took the lead twice in the second half, why was jason garrett calling passing plays when it was pretty clear that it was the running game that was setting the pace for the cowboys. if they would have just simply recognized that fact, it may have been a different story. also, how about giving tony some plays that had higher completion potential rather than plays that gave tony the opportunity to air it out.
    its tony’s first bad game of the year, there will be more. however, i’m betting that there will be more good games than bad. will they win well enough to go to the playoffs? i don’t know. its the NFL. anything can happen.

  58. Hauschild says: “yet a simple Google search to NFL.com would show that Romo owns a 94.2 career QB rating.”
    What’s his record in the postseason? BTW, keep the politcally bulls**t to politcal sites. This is football and the season is on.

  59. You would think that NBC would require its slap-cock employees to actually research stuff, but hey, if you want to continue to talk trash about one of the most accurate QB’s of all time while trying to pimp the Skins as the NFC Superbowl rep…who am I to judge.
    Keep making yourself look like a twobit gimp in the corner, Mike

  60. Wow the guy lost on a last second field goal to the best defense in the NFL. Come on. The guy is a good QB. Is he Tom Brady? No but he is easily one of the better QB’s in the league.

  61. The facts of his actual career show that:
    1. He’s hit and miss – good one week, bad the next.
    2. He also tends to become unfocused under the pressure of a “big game”. Translation: he’s not a “money” player.
    3. Jessica Simpson wasn’t the problem. She was treated unfairly. Man-up and stop whining.
    4. Final conclusion: loser ; can’t win Super Bowl.

  62. Romo is OK ~ not the greatest in the league but the others have a supporting cast. Dallas’ big problem is the lack of a dependable defense. It can’t (or won’t) tackle and its secondary is as pourous as a sieve. Third-and-long is known as third-and-easy with the Cowboys. The Giants proved that last night. Remember, the “Boys put up 31 points even with four turnovers. Not too shabby by any standard. Before zeroing in on Romo’s int’s, take a look at the defensive stats ~ if you have the stomach for it. In the NFL, its hard to win if you can’t stop the passing game or tackle on the corners. So far, the Cowboys haven’t shown that they can do either one. Frankly, I think Romo is head and shoulders above another Dallas deficit ~ its coaching staff.

  63. east96st says: September 21, 2009 12:37 PM
    Hauschild says: “yet a simple Google search to NFL.com would show that Romo owns a 94.2 career QB rating.”
    What’s his record in the postseason?
    ——————————————-
    It’s 0-2. In his 4th year as a starter. Know what Peyton Manning’s record was, after 5 years starting? 0-2.
    Top passer ratings of all active players:
    1. Tony Romo
    2. Peyton Maning
    3. Kurt Warner
    4. Tom Brady
    look, i’m from new york and hate the cowboys as much as anyone, but it’s kind of ridiculous to call the guy a failure, as much as it is to say A-Rod sucks because he failed to hit a bunch of home runs in his 14 playoff at bats. romo’s only 28, and probably a few years from being in his prime as QB. give the guy a chance… i seriously doubt if the ‘boys were starting hill or cassell or pennington or garrard or 90% of the starters in this league, they’d be any happier about it… all you guys do is whine, spend a ton of money, and lose. get over it.

  64. Great Article, great insight, and dead on the money………..
    BTW, all of you Florio haters can’t seem to get enough of this column and postings. Since you also seem to be the most long winded and/or opinionated, I can only assume that you’re just jealous that you don’t have enough of a command of the english language to find gainful employment as a writer in this field…………

  65. I just love these “stat” chasers. Stats don’t win a game. A computer has never played a football game. As a famous poet (Herm)once said “You play to win the game”. The only number is how many playoff games or Super Bowls has a qb won?

  66. I don’t agree that this has anything to do with Romo coming from a small school. If anything, small schoolers in the NFL are often the ones who are extremely highly motivated to win, chips on their shoulders, because we wouldn’t even hear from them otherwise. Think Jerry Rice or London Fletcher. It’s often the guys who have been pampered in a big program that have motivational problems. Think Charles Rogers or Mike Williams.

  67. Dallas should draft Tim Tebow. He is a Winner.
    After the game he can give free circumcisions to all you Redskin fans.
    Have a Bris day.

  68. cowboy fans you have to first WIN your division or clinch a wildcard berth to make the PLAYOFFS. next you have to WIN PLAYOFFS games to reach the SUPERBOWL. then you have to WIN the SUPERBOWL to be a CHAMPION. if you believe romo the guy that fine but note you cant talk your way to a RING you guys should know better. nothing is given to you, you have to EARN it. just stop CHOKING and go out there and PLAY. and please when a player LEAVES your team dont blame him for all of your PROBLEMS. when you CORRECT your PROBLEMS maybe you WIN. mainly your COACH and how he DISAPPEARS when things go BADLY. our maybe if your OWNER could put his EGO aside and do what BEST for the TEAM you guys would be WINNERS THIS DECADE and not LIVE in the PAST.

  69. illspaz,
    No ‘Boyz fan here by any stretch. However, I’ve watched NFL football long enough to pick up on a few simple trends. One is that very few American males have the gusto to command an NFL offense. The other is that there are 52 other players on a TEAM that need to play an equal part.
    Nobody can actually be foolish enough to give ALL credit to ONE player when his team wins and blame ONE player when his team loses – can they????
    Remember when EVERYBODY claimed John Elway couldn’t win the “big one”? Forget the fact that he help his team over-achieve on a yearly basis. Suddenly, he gets the ultimate supporting cast and he wins TWO Super Bowls. I guess it’s easier and cleaner to be able to cast blame on one player because it allows fans to believe their team is really only “one player away” from winning it all. What a freakin’ crock of horse dung?!?!?
    Really, what is so difficult to understand about this?

  70. Man, there’s only one thing worse than a bunch of sniveling Cowgirl fans; obnoxious Giants fans.
    -Proud Eagles fan

  71. creelington do yourself a favor and just close your mouth before any more stupid things come out of it.
    “Romo holds single season records for passing yards and TD’s.” – Really? When I look it up online it’s Dan Marino[in yardage], Romo isn’t even mentioned…. (PManning [TD’s], again, no mention of Romo)
    “they then cheated and sent out a slick ball for dallas to kick,” – Really? Is that what you tell yourself happened? REALLY?
    This may come as a shock to you but your beloved cowboy team (led by tony rollover, I mean romo) is not good, deal with it. Your QB is handsome, good for you, hope that helps divert more attention away from what counts, on the field play. Your stadium is very pretty, and very large (compensating for something, like the lack of post season success maybe?).Have you forgotten you were actually losing to a really, really bad, rebuilding, bucs team with a unproven head coach, two week old offensive coordinator, and unproven GM (oh, who also happen to have no good qb how could I forget that) not that much earlier this season? Will dallas EVER live up to their hype? I’ll type this slow so maybe it’ll sink in: Your team is all looks and no substance.

  72. The game last night can’t be a good sign for Cowboys fans – Romo usually waits until December to hack up a game.

  73. @ Hauschild,
    Completely agree. Maybe not equal parts among all 53 players, but certainly can’t blame one guy. I love the guys who say only super bowl wins count, like this guy..
    @ eam147, here’s a list of the greatest quarterbacks this decade, according to your criteria:
    1. tom brady
    2. ben roethlisberger
    t3. trent dilfer
    t3. kurt warner
    t3. brad johnson
    t3. eli manning
    t3. peyton manning
    and i guess honorable mention is deserved by guys like rex grossman, jake delhomme and kerry collins for getting there, all by themselves.

  74. flybeery says:
    September 21, 2009 2:03 PM
    creelington do yourself a favor and just close your mouth before any more stupid things come out of it.
    LOL. This is the greatest statement yet. You crack me up.. I am almost laughing as hard as I was last night while looking at Wade’s face after the field goal. You know,,,,,that look of….Well, the look is self explanatory.

  75. Man, there’s only one thing worse than a bunch of sniveling Cowgirl fans; obnoxious Giants fans.
    -Proud Eagles fan
    I’d be proud too, after that embarrassment yesterday

  76. DTRock78 says:
    Man, there’s only one thing worse than a bunch of sniveling Cowgirl fans; obnoxious Giants fans.
    -Proud Eagles fan
    ————————————————–
    DT we are not obnoxious we are enjoying the win last night was all about jerryworld and the Eli shut it down
    I am tired of hearing about palmer Romo and the kid in GB as top GB Eli is a clutch QB who gets it done when the game is on the line he wins
    You can not say the same for the crap you call QB’s in Filthy
    You have boo boo mcrib dog killer and a first round draft pick that will never be a starter
    Oh and you had to take back of all people Jeff G
    Who you tossed to the curb because mama mcrib did not like him
    NY Giants 2-0 in the east
    Yeah its early but hell we can enjoy the day

  77. The Cowgirl’s LOST again …thanks to good ol’ ROMO….I guess we can’t blame this on Jessica..ROMO you are a horrible quaterback no doubt about that……No practice is going to make you any better…:((((

  78. Romo is doing great! Now, that is the response of a REAL Cowboy despiser!
    But you want Bradford or McCoy? Gimme a break. They play in the friggin’ “Big” 12!
    Let them play against some consistently real competition and defenses like Tebow has in the SEC. Good gravy, neither Bradford nor McCoy would be even 2nd team all-SEC!

  79. Lots of hype and fanfare on the close out game in texas stadium. They lost.
    Lots of hype and fanfare in the opening game of Jerry Land. They lost.
    All you stat crunchers…What other teams have that stat, losing a final game in and lod stadium as well as th opener in the new stadium?
    Now the hype is over they will move on.
    Maybe the guy is just not a big game qb but a great qb to get you there….still pretty damn good and i am no fan of the cowboys but there sure are a lot worse qbs out here

  80. Maybe someone already pointed this out. It says a lot to be able to score 30 points against one of the better teams in the league and score 30 points with that many turn overs. How long has he been a QB? Sounds like the Defence made the bigger mess.

  81. flybeery says:
    September 21, 2009 2:03 PM
    creelington do yourself a favor and just close your mouth before any more stupid things come out of it.
    “Romo holds single season records for passing yards and TD’s.” – Really? When I look it up online it’s Dan Marino[in yardage], Romo isn’t even mentioned…. (PManning [TD’s], again, no mention of Romo)
    My god you ARE a moron. I’m shocked that you know how to turn a PC on….
    Tony romo holds the dallas cowboys single season record for passing yards and TD’s. How much more simple can i make that stat for you???
    It is clearly typed in english, a class that I suspect you failed. Try again mouth breather.

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