Joe Theismann has Tony Romo squarely in his sights. The former Washington Redskins quarterback-turned-TV analyst shared his unfiltered thoughts on the embattled Dallas Cowboys QB on NFL.com:
“He doesn’t understand how to play the quarterback position. Somebody had to say it, and I just said it. Tony, you have to start proving to everyone you understand football. You’re doing things that Pop Warner kids would get benched for.”
Just in case you would wonder whether Theismann really meant what he said or if he might think about it and throttle back, he added the following declaration to go along with the indictment:
“I think the Cowboys seriously have to start looking to the future. We’ve seen Romo do a lot of different things, and he was very courageous with the ribs (which were broken in Week 2), but this game was unforgivable, at this level or even on a college level.”
Many Cowboys fans have screamed exactly those same sentiments, but it smarts more when it is flung from the lips of a hated Redskin.
But then here is former Dallas Cowboys great Deion Sanders pulling no punches and landing one hay-maker after another on Romo‘s exposed chin:
“Sooner or later, we’ve just got to quit guessing and assuming that this guy is the guy to get you over the hump, and say, ‘You know what? This guy is always going to be great statistically, but he’s not that guy that can take you to where you want to go.’ And that’s the Super Bowl.” Sanders said Sunday on NFL Network. “I’m sick and tired of it. I am. …
“Dallas Cowboys fans are sick of it. We had (Romo) on our shoulders last week. ‘Oh, Tony, he’s our king!’ But now we want to stone him. I’m serious, that’s the way (fans) feel about him because you can’t trust him. I like him. Statistically, he’s great, but you can’t trust him.”
Granted, as an analyst, Deion makes a great shut-down corner, but still…a former Cowboy and Hall of Famer taking such shots at the Cowboys quarterback on national TV?
Add a current NFL member of the Washington Redskins to the merry band of Romo bashers. In a day when pregame and post-game interactions between teams look like school dances with all the hugs and love between the combatants, tight end Christ Cooley has no warm feelings for Tony Romo:
“It’s so good,” Cooley said. “… It’s amazing, amazing to watch him choke like that. I’m just saying, I’m up 24 points in the third quarter, if I’m the head coach, I feel like I could probably just take a knee for the rest of the game, punt it away and there’s no way that Detroit’s going to drive on you that many times. The only way you’re going to give up that many points is turnovers, right? It’s hilarious to watch him throw pick sixes, too, back to back. I loved it.”
So much for player solidarity and all that. Guess Tony can scratch Cooley off his dance card during the next post-game love-in.
And so much for Tony Romo getting the benefit of the doubt. He has but one way to shut up the critics, prove this unlikely trio wrong and avoid future roasting by players, former players, fans and pundits: He has to win big now and in the postseason. Nothing else will do.
Here’s hoping Romo can somehow make Theismann, Sanders and Cooley look like the Moe, Larry and Curly of football opinions.