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

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."

CBS Sports Writer

Ryan Wilson has been an NFL writer for CBS Sports since June 2011, and he's covered five Super Bowls in that time. Ryan previously worked at AOL's FanHouse from start to finish, and Football Outsiders... Full Bio

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