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Deion Sanders has had about enough of Tony Romo

Posted on: October 4, 2011 11:19 am
Deion Sanders likes Tony Romo but says 'you can't trust him.' (Getty Images)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Deion Sanders is an analyst for the NFL Network, and he's a former Cowboy, too, so it stands to reason that he'd have some thoughts on his former team. He's previously weighed in on wide receiver Dez Bryant, his one-time mentee, and after what transpired at the Jerry Dome Sunday against the Lions, Sanders spoke frankly about everybody's favorite punching bag, quarterback Tony Romo.

"I don’t understand this guy. Just when you want to believe in him, heroic effort, came back against San Francisco, they said punctured lung and everything," Sanders said during the NFL Network's Sunday night wrap-up show. "And we praised him, we said, 'Yeah, he’s that leader, he’s their guy.' And then you come and do this. What are you thinking? Sooner or later we’ve just got to quit guessing and assuming that this guy’s 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."

Sounds familiar because it's what we hear every season with Romo, a top-10 NFL quarterback who goes through stretches (usually at the worst possible moments) where he looks like he's never thrown a football.

Still, despite his wildly inconsistent play from one week to the next, we didn't single him out in the latest edition of Coach Killers for one reason: defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, who can't blame sore ribs or a punctured lung for his decision to not double-cover Calvin Johnson on the game's most important play.

And if Romo apologists are looking to dispel the notion that the Cowboys' quarterback is solely responsible for Sunday's loss, Grantland's Bill Barnwell offers a helping hand.

"Go watch those [Romo interceptions] again. It's one thing when a quarterback makes a terrible throw to the sideline and it gets jumped by an eager defender. That's a throw that invites a pick-six. The two interceptions that were returned for scores were both disappointing throws, but neither of them were totally on Romo. And if you watch the returns, you'll note that Bobby Carpenter and Chris Houston run through virtually the entire Cowboys offense en route to the score. …There's nothing about those interceptions that forced the Cowboys to avoid making tackles, and assigning Romo all of the blame for those plays because the Cowboys didn't tackle is beyond unfair."

Okay, so it wasn't all Romo's fault, but none of his 10 teammates made him throw the ball in those situations.

Perhaps it's time for the Cowboys offense to devote some practice time to tackling would-be interceptors. It's unconventional, yes, but Romo's going to throw picks so it only makes since to be prepared. Either way, to hear Sanders tell it, the torch-and-pitchfork crowd is mobilizing.

"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."

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Since: Oct 11, 2009
Posted on: October 4, 2011 6:15 pm

Deion Sanders has had about enough of Tony Romo

Felix Jones is like a Reggie Bush running back.  Dallas needs a running back that mow over linemen and plant linebackers in the ground.  Someone like Hillis, Redman, etc.
Plus once Miles comes back, they should be better.

Since: Oct 28, 2006
Posted on: October 4, 2011 6:09 pm

Deion Sanders has had about enough of Tony Romo

Also, every QB in the game today will end up being that teams most prolific passer because all the offenses are geared toward throwing. Up until a few years ago there weren't more then a couple 4000 yard passers, today the guy serving beer in the stands has a shot at it.

Since: Oct 28, 2006
Posted on: October 4, 2011 6:06 pm

Deion Sanders has had about enough of Tony Romo

I'd like to see what Romo can do with healthy WR's, an o-line, and an actual running game. Felix Jones as your main back? C'mon! He's an o.k. platoon guy but they need a back that can carry the load. If they ever manage to put a team around him they might stand a chance. Stop saying the Cowboys have a shot at the Super Bowl every offseason and realize that they're a 8-8 team. He's still better than Orton.

Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: October 4, 2011 5:38 pm

Deion Sanders has had about enough of Tony Romo

sorry go romo go the eagles are not my favorite football team. don't know where you came up with that one genius. their fat coach is the closest thing to Romo even though he does not play. I bet the games so my favorite team changes to where my money is at because you cannot bet without obectivity and expext to win.

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: October 4, 2011 4:26 pm

Deion Sanders has had about enough of Tony Romo

Tell us something that we don't already know. The only people who are frustrated and shocked with Romo's performance are the Cowboys fans and the NFL sport analyst, Deion included of course, that praise Romo when he does good and bash him when he plays poorly. What a great fans the Cowboys have, lol. Now watch, when they come back from their bye week and somehow finds a way to beat the Patsies, all the Cowboys fans and Deion and Irving will change their tune once again about Romo as how great of a qb he is and how he will lead them to the promise land. What a joke.

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: October 4, 2011 4:08 pm

Deion Sanders has had about enough of Tony Romo

You are a complete PLUG.

The most prolific passer in Cowboys history. His career is far from over.

Keep in mind he has had some bad coaches. Tom Brady, Brees, Rothlesburger, Rodgers have had good coaching...

Speaking of Tom Brady, 4 picks against the Bills to cost the Pats the game. Is he a choke artist?

Romo has a more recent playoff win, than the magnificent Tom Brady. Yes thats right. Is Brady a choker?

You are a typical Cowboys hater, so keep watching and agreeing with ESPN, the media, and go watch your fucking team and your fucking quarterback play perfect football.

It took a while for Qb's like Elway, Manning, etc. to win a Championship. This guy has all of the tools.

If they make one run to the Superbowl he would have a winning playoff record.

Jerry Jones, blah blah, Tony Romo, blah blah, Dez this, Dez that....We are fucking used to it, even when they were the best team in football.

Chooches like you are the ones that should be watching Wrestling.

You watch ESPN and think you know football.


Since: Nov 13, 2009
Posted on: October 4, 2011 4:04 pm

Deion Sanders has had about enough of Tony Romo

@BigDaddyPump, excellent statement.  Definitely agree with what you said.  Sanders claims to profess the name of Christ, but yet, his character resembles worldly demeanor.  "Prime Time" is nothing but a boasting, obnoxious, egotistic individual who's always looking to get attention.  He's no true Christian, that's for sure.      

Since: Nov 13, 2009
Posted on: October 4, 2011 3:58 pm

Deion Sanders has had about enough of Tony Romo  I agree that Sanders' statement merits for some annoying opinion.  And yes, Primetime's marketing campaign with DirectTV as a butterfly, fairy or whatever he is informing consumers to purchase NFL Sunday Ticket is dumb.  

Since: Dec 31, 2007
Posted on: October 4, 2011 3:34 pm

Deion Sanders has had about enough of Tony Romo

had enough of sanders all these years, especially now with his little butterfly wings telling us we should have nfl sunday ticket on directv

Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: October 4, 2011 3:11 pm

Deion Sanders has had about enough of Tony Romo

As far as Deion goes, he is no longer affiliated with Dallas, so his opinion means nothing more than any other fan including myself. 

As far as Romo is concerned, there's enough blame to go around between him and Garrett.  First, the playcalling was horrific.  We were averaging about 4 yards per carry on Sunday and we should have been trying to run the ball to kill clock.  If you're going to call pass plays, keep it conservative with screen passes and checkdowns to the RB's.  Force the Lions to make plays on offense to come back, and force them to do it with the clock running. 

Secondly, if the playcalling is going to be awful as it was Sunday, then Romo as a veteran has to use his head and be smarter.  Even if there is a pass play to a WR out in the flat, he has to make sure he is WIDE OPEN or throw the damn ball away.  Or check it down to Witten or a RB.  Our defense was playing lights out Sunday, and you have to rely on them in the 2nd half to close it out.  Like I said, there's enough blame between Garrett and Romo.

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