It seems like everybody is hammering Tony Romo these days…
ESPN – “He is soft, and when the chips are down, he’s not the guy you want calling the signals.”
Fox Sports – “The more we see of him in a big spot, the more frightening he gets.”
SI.com – “Eli Manning and Ben Roethlisberger are not lookers, but they’re not chokers either.”
Fair or unfair?
Is it fair to chastise a player who has barely completed his second full season as a starter?
Even Ben and Eli were regarded as busts by many early in their careers, and each didn’t blossom until they had a few full seasons under their belt. Ben had 23 interceptions in his third full season, and Eli had 60 picks in his first three full seasons!
How does Tony Romo feel about the harsh critique of his play in the spotlight of a big December game?
“Well, I have only two Decembers,” Romo said of his time as a starter Wednesday. “This is my third one now. So I don’t know if you can really have anything … if I play about eight years and we stink in December every year, maybe we can talk about it. But the first year you are just kind of running around with your head cut off, you don’t really know what is going on. And I think we went 2-2 last year. People talk and they come up with stats and a few different things.”
Romo will have another chance to step up and redeem himself, and also quiet the doubters and the haters.
“Our backs are to the wall,” Romo said. “I think we are the last team in the playoffs right now if it ended today. So we control our own destiny and that is all you can ask for. We have different ups and downs throughout the season and now it is time to go and play the tough football that we are capable of playing.”
I hope for his sake, that he can get the job done and squash all this talk of him shrinking in the face of adversity. We need him to rise above all of this and deliver the Cowboys to the post season like we all know he can.