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Favre on Romo's style: 'It gets him in trouble but he's a heckuva player'

By Ryan Wilson | CBSSports.com

Brett Favre weighs in on Tony Romo, risk-taker. (USATSI)
Brett Favre, who is currently the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Oak Grove High School (Miss.), but it best known for his 20-year gunslingin' career with the Packers, Jets and Vikings, appeared on NFL Network Sunday to weigh in on another gunslinger: Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.

Two weeks ago, Romo threw for 506 yards and 5 touchdowns against the Broncos … and lost. Mostly because of Dallas' no-show defense, but also due to Romo's late-game interception that set up the Broncos' winning field goal.

So does one of the biggest risk-takers in NFL history think Romo takes too many chances?

After a long pause that included pursed lips and a furrowed brow, Favre finally said, "Yes and no."

"I mean, I'm sitting here and I could be talking about myself," he continued. "I think it's his style of play. Right or wrong, it's his style of play; I think [he's] a player who has versatility, can win with his feet -- he's not a zone-read type of guy, but he can makes plays with his feet -- can buy a lot of time and extend the plays. And we see him do that all the time.

"When that's kind of your style of play, you stick with it … and sometimes it gets you in trouble," said Favre. … "And he makes tremendous plays. A lot plays that would've never happened had he not been the quarterback.

"I'm just kind of guessing the mentality a player like that has -- or I had," Favre continued. "For example, we played against Kurt [Warner] in the playoffs. The Rams were an outstanding team, scoring a lot of points. I think I threw six picks in that game. And my mindset going into that game was 'I have to outscore them.' Yeah, check-downs are good, but they're slowly going to be gaining points while I'm checking it down. So you have to take some chances. At least I felt that way.

"Then you take risks that sometimes work, sometimes don't. So I think the game, the scenario, those things dictate how you play, along with your style. … For example, if [Romo's] defense is stout and they're not giving up [many] points a game, his mentality may change a little bit. 'I don't have to take as many risks. I can take a lot more check-downs and be a lot more conservative.'

"I think it's his style of play and I think it's a good one. It gets him in trouble sometimes but he's a heckuva player."

In related news, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones not only agrees, he thinks Romo is "the best in the business in the fourth quarter."

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