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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: Apr 29, 2007
Posted on: October 4, 2011 3:00 pm

Deion Sanders has had about enough of Tony Romo

Hate to admit this, but Deion is correct in that Romo is not going to win a Super Bowl but is good-great for your fantasy team. Cowboy fan since 77' and my BC Bulldogs start Romo proudly at quarterback. Would rather take another superbowl for the Cowboys but not going to happen with Romo at the starting helm.

Since: Sep 7, 2009
Posted on: October 4, 2011 2:49 pm

Deion Sanders has had about enough of Tony Romo

If they give up on Romo he will go somewhere else and rock it out.  For once I can say Detroit doesnt need him but he will get it together really soon I believe but its probably hard to tell that to a cowboys fan.  Im a detroit fan so ive had to endure so much more so no sympathy here my friends.

Since: Oct 4, 2011
Posted on: October 4, 2011 2:14 pm

Deion Sanders has had about enough of Tony Romo

Go Giants?  While I am a Cowboys fan, I will agree that the NFC East is between the Giants and Redskins this season, but only because of the fact that the two most talented teams in the division cant get it together, being Philly and Dallas.  Dallas's team is strong with the exception of the most integral position on offense.  If you cant admit that, then it just proves your ignorance of football in general.  And the Giants themselves are a testament to the fact that "banged up" shouldnt slow you down in the NFL.  With their defense flat out decimated they have still gotten off to a good start. 

Since: Oct 5, 2007
Posted on: October 4, 2011 1:15 pm

Deion Sanders has had about enough of Tony Romo

I think we're all tired of hearing it as well. Note to Cowboy fans - the rest of your team isn't that great either. You'd rather have Kitna or a rookie come in? give me a freakin break. All I hear on NFL radio is cryin ass dallas fans whining about their QB. Never mind their star WR is hurt and their "2nd" stud is banged up.. that has nothing to do with it right? Stop, please. Spare us.


Since: Dec 13, 2007
Posted on: October 4, 2011 1:12 pm

Deion Sanders has had about enough of Tony Romo

A bigger choking loser I have never seen.
Well, you didn't list your favorite football team so judging by your other teams I'd go as far to guess it's the Eagles.  Donovan McNabb.  That wasn't too hard was it?

Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: October 4, 2011 12:51 pm

Deion Sanders has had about enough of Tony Romo

Choke, cough, choke, burp. choke, gag, choke, choke, choke, flat line.
Anyone that has choked as often as this guy has to have died by now. A bigger choking loser I have never seen. Anyone who is ignorant enough to defend this guy who does nothing but put up numbers against bad teams and in the blowout games should stick to watching pro wrestling. 

Since: Apr 26, 2007
Posted on: October 4, 2011 12:33 pm

Deion Sanders has had about enough of Tony Romo

I have had enough of Dieon Sanders. Everytime I watch NFL Network with him, Warren Sapp, and Michael Irvin I either turn it off or throw up. I am tired of hearing all 3 talking over Fran Charles or whomever is hosting. Sapp is constantly laughing like he is still on the wacky weed. Irvin sits there and mumbles his jibberish and cannot even understand him. And Sanders talks loud just to get his center of attention like he always does. He is such a fake. Claims to be a devout Christian. I have never seen a Christian dump water on a reporter. Never seen a Christian boast a touchdown return like he did back in the day. Never seen a Christian be about greed and money like he did with his contract demands. If Romo was playing elsewhere besides Dallas, none of this would be news.

Since: Jan 7, 2007
Posted on: October 4, 2011 12:32 pm

Deion Sanders has had about enough of Tony Romo

Even though Deion is currently a flying fairy on TV commercials he hits the mark with not trusting Romo.  

How can you trust a guy that's thrown 3 pick 6's this year while not getting hit?    In each case the pass did not need to thrown.   In each case Dallas was way ahead.    Nobody on the Cowboys can trust this kind of "friendly" fire.

Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: October 4, 2011 12:23 pm

Deion Sanders has had about enough of Tony Romo

poor play calling. Also it looked like the second (if i recall correctly) looked like the corner jumped the wr a bit and was more aggressive than the receiver so not all on Romo on that one. Even the best qbs sometimes rely on their wideouts to win balls. Hey buddy, come to the ball!

Since: May 31, 2007
Posted on: October 4, 2011 12:10 pm

Deion Sanders has had about enough of Tony Romo

Romo shmomo.... I'm wondering what the heck the offensive coordinator was thinking.  Why in the world is he calling plays to throw the ball all over the field when you're up 24 in the second half?  Why aren't they running the ball to eat up some clock and shorten the game?  It's not as if the Cowboys have a bad run game.  I know it's vogue to point fingers at Romo, but that whole second half was full of poor situational game management from the entire coaching staff.

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