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Joe Theismann: ‘Tony Romo isn’t a very good quarterback’

Tony Romo is easily one of the most inconsistent quarterbacks in football. There are times when he looks like a Hall of Famer and others when he doesn’t appear to be in the top 25 at his position. Following his most recent stinker, a five-interception loss to the Bears on Monday night, former NFL quarterback Joe Theismann said we all just need to accept that Romo isn’t good.

“Soon or later we have to come to the realization that Tony isn’t a very good quarterback,” Theismann told Brady & Lang on Sportsnet 590 The Fan Tuesday, according to the Dallas Morning News. “He throws interceptions that (make) you shake your head. If it’s all the wide receivers’ fault then maybe he should get some new wide receivers, or they need to come up with some new route combinations that guys can understand.

“What hit me last night is, Tony isn’t really that good. Just because he wears a star on his helmet — we all think that people who are Dallas Cowboys, ‘ooh they’re wonderful and ooh they’re terrific, ooh they’re the next Roger Staubach’ or whatever the heck they want to say. They’re full of bologna.”

Theismann alluded to the fact that Romo has had a lot bad games. He also pointed out that he overthrew Miles Austin and Dez Bryant on what should have been easy touchdowns against Chicago.

“You can say, ‘well, everybody has a bad game.’ Tony has too many bad games,” Theismann continued. “Tony Romo is not a very good quarterback. Somebody has to say it so I just did. He should be a lot better, or the reputation he’s carried should have him play a lot better.”

This is the same Theismann who said Peyton Manning will never play football again, so it’s up to you to decide if his opinion is valuable or not. From a skill standpoint, Troy Aikman said he believes Romo is better than him and will eventually win a Super Bowl. As one Giants defensive lineman pointed out, that will depend on Tony’s ability to make plays in the clutch — something he has rarely done throughout his career.

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/K5LY3O7W73SROOTRRHRIFZSO3I MANUEL RODRIGUEZ

    I have to agree wtih Theismannn on this one. Romo has been too inconsistent for the past 6 years. He consistently takes 1 step forward and then takes 10 steps back. He is not the worst quarterback in the NFL but his inconsistent play and his inability to take his team deep into the playoffs, nevermind the superbowl has earned him the Choker tag. Each year NFL fans and especially Cowboys fans expect for this to be his year and Romo consistently lets them down. The Cowboys dont need new wide receivers they need a new QB.

  • Cowboysfan2

    Leave Tony Romo alone…………he is is not the only one who is not inconsistent with football but at least he gives his best at every game…………… this more than i can say about other teams in the NFL……….I would not be surprise if they pulled a big surprise for the other teams..now leave him alone and go after someone else………like TO

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NUQORXJUGEDCYLPELUPT5CJLVE Antonio

    Tony Romo is a Jerry Jones project , Dallas won’t ever win anything until they both gone!!!!!!!!!!! I am a die hard cowboy fan , but i am sick of them both .

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/S44UB42BEFYYMUUXX4UCTFVCSA christy

    I think that Joe Theismann is right Tont Romo is getting worse not better and he is making the rest of the team suffer. Dallas can do well, but they need someone who can consisitantly throw the ball to them-no-t trying to be mean just stating the reality of the situation

  • http://www.facebook.com/ken.reid.908 Ken Reid

    Thanks for saying the obvious Joe!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/QVGRXAZ5RYHO5W6VYWE3ZBBZAU terry

    Im sorry,but He is right,and you can’t keep playing,or paying a quarterback that can’t win you football games,there is too much talent around him to not win.No he isn’t the only problem,the biggest problem is jerry jones,and jason garret,the one who wont bench him,and the coach that only calls basic plays.I have been,and will continue to be a Cowboy for life,but I’m tired of going through the same hope that this is our year,year after year.Dont the Cowboys get it,romo didn’t come from a school that molded him,and he doesn’t have the winners attitude needed to play the position.It’s time to give kyle orton a chance,and draft a quarteback for the future. POINT BLANK !

  • Comet1

    Joe Theismann is so correct.  You really think Tony Bono will get them to a superbowl.  you all are dreaming it will never happen.  He makes dum mistake like he did Monday night.  He is not a leader to this team.  A great QB is a team leader and he is not that and never will be that.  New QB is what is need and it should have been done long ago!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000746209792 Rodney Pulliam

    he’s worst than Danny White, atleast Danny would get you to playoff and lose every year in the NFC championship. now that’s 2 losses that will come back to bite us at the end of the season.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VWVNNJXIOPVR7FN2LHGSAXFIQ4 Common Sense

    Ok, Joe, if you know so much; how come you didn’t say anything about the defense.  I should say the fact the cowboys had no defense.  Also last year it was the defense that lost most of the games.  Furthermore, a whole team loses not just one player.  So Joe, I think your hating after all you are a Cowboy nemisis and looking for somewhere to dog on them.  I agree he has not been consistent, but neither has the team.  Especially some of those dropped passes and bounced passes.  The current 88 should be 87.8 cause in the last game he didn’t look like Drew Pearson or Michael Irvin.  So answer me something if Tony is so bad why is it he is about to pass all Cowboy quarterback stats?  He probably already passed yours.  So what does that make you?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/7BWFOKKGANQHKOMAUTWUCEVZPA rhonda

    funny how Peyton can through for four pics and its not his fault or noone says anything but when Romo does it he gets bashed!!! Everyone has a bad week and to his defense he didn’t have much help Monday nite either! So let’s see how the rest of the season plays out before we bash Romo!

  • peteywheat

    Joe get a grip,is it your job to talk trash? That is one way to get your name in print. GO AWAY

  • White_Hog

    Say……..Steve get your facts straight
    You said…..
    This is the same Theismann who said Peyton Manning will never play football again,

    so did hundreds other sports people

    here is what Joe said……

    “I hope (Manning) does come back, but I would say right now on this show, I don’t think Peyton Manning will be back in a uniform to play football, for his health and for his safety,” said Theismann.

  • kristopher goode

    Defense is ranked #1 in league!

  • kristopher goode

    I am a Dallas Cowboy fan.  But what does Joe saying Manning will never play again have to do with Tony not being a good QB?????  NOTHING!  People are taking up for a QB who does ONE thing consistently, and that’s make BAD plays.  One game he’s a good QB, then the next 3 games he is AWFUL!  I’ve been ready to get rid of him for about 3 years now.  He has proven he is NOT a “learning” QB.  He does not learn from mistakes.  Romo….your contract negotations stopped because Jerry is evaluating your season!  Good luck with your next team because you will not be with Dallas…P.S. take Miles Austin and Dez Bryant with you!

  • White_Hog

    Who do you think is the greatest quarterback in Cowboy history?Don Meredith0.7% Roger Staubach26.1% Danny White0.4% Troy Aikman38.5% Tony Romo34.2%Aikman won three Super Bowls and 11 of his first 13 playoff games. Now that’s spectacular. Remember the last three games when he wasn’t surrounded by Hall of Famers in their prime? Seven interceptions, one touchdown and a QB rating that sat below the Mendoza line.Should I say more?He may break all stats like Dan Marino, but never win a Super Bowl

  • Tony Aguilar

    I’m a Dallas Cowboy Fan,  Joe Thiesman is correct. Tony Romo SUCKS BAD! He is inconsistent and a terrible Quarterback and leader. His teams suffers from his lack of all the skills needed to lead a team to the Superbowl. Jerry needs to jump off the balcony of his private viewing box because of him and his ownership/general manager style the cowboys will go another 15 years without a superbowl chance. Garret is just a puppet, no more, he was Aikman’s backup and that is all hea will ever be a backup to Jerry now.

  • pjeetty

    tony had a bad game, a real bad game! garret tries too hard to be an offensive  genius but he needs to stick to what works!  but with no O line means no time to throw and no running lanes! tonys a good QB, not a great one. but you dont need one to win a superbowl (trent dilfer)! joe is just trying to stir the pot, hes a freaking redskin. and about tony overthrowing those guys is crap, brady threw a few bad passes in the SB towards wesker and hes a god to espn! which most of yall get your info about the game,they anti cowboys anyways! cowboys4life

  • timessquare100

    Sucks bad? lol…this really doesn’t deserve a reply but.. if Romo Sucks bad?  What what is Micheal Vick, Phillip Rivers, Flaco and about 89 percent of the other quarterbacks?  Only a casual fan or somebody who doesn’t know anything about football would say something like that.

  • timessquare100

    Romo will pass Theismann in touchdown passes this year. Romo currently sits at 154 as compared to Theismann’s 160.  By next season he will pass Theismann in passing yards.  Romo is 2nd in all time passer rating only behind Aaron Rodgers and his numbers are 49 wins to 32 loses and has thrown for 154 TDs to 80 Int, so his TD to INT radio is almost 2:1.  He has made 3 Pro Bowls to Theismanns 2.  He plays for a media hound owner who’s also his GM and a coach who doesn’t run the ball. A patch work offensive line that has him doing his Barry Sanders routine spinning and ducking just trying to survive.   Before this year he has had no help from his defense.  One receiver is a walking hamstring injury and the other can’t even learn the dam playbook.  Are you kidding me? This is a freakin circus, and TR is the only reason the Cowboys even have a slight chance every season.  Is he great? No, but only about 7 QBs in the entire world are.  Romo is a good QB and he gives Dallas a chance to win, if you can’t see that then go watch some Tennis b/c you have no idea what your looking at when you watch Football.

  • mtcowboyfan

    What the he#$ has theismann ever done but make L>Taylor amore of a household name. Taylor should have broken his mouth,that always was more dangerous that his play.He’s both a has been and a never was.

  • mtcowboyfan

    theismann just intervuewing for his new job at msnbc. Throw garbage out and see how many people really think he knows what hes talking about. He would fit rite into the lame stream media

  • mtcowboyfan

    and Aikman said Romo might be a better QB than he was.  I would take Aikmans word before this hater

  • mtcowboyfan

    Next it will be ron jokewarski jumping on the bash Romo bandwagon,another has been,never was.

  • slick539

    I often wonder just how many  more Super Bowls would have been won by the Cowboys had Jerry Jones kept Jimmy Johnson. The only reason they won under Switzer is it was a Jimmy Johnson team. But all in all, Romeo makes my day, I love the way he plays……..LOL

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000147534370 Walter Richard

    Agreed: Romo will pass Theismann in touchdown passes this year. Romo currently
    sits at 154 as compared to Theismann’s 160.  By next season he will pass
    Theismann in passing yards.  Romo is 2nd in all time passer rating only
    behind Aaron Rodgers and his numbers are 49 wins to 32 loses and has
    thrown for 154 TDs to 80 Int, so his TD to INT radio is almost 2:1.  He
    has made 3 Pro Bowls to Theismanns 2.  He plays for a media hound owner
    who’s also his GM and a coach who doesn’t run the ball. A patch work
    offensive line that has him doing his Barry Sanders routine spinning and
    ducking just trying to survive.   Before this year he has had no help
    from his defense.  One receiver is a walking hamstring injury and the
    other can’t even learn the dam playbook.  Are you kidding me? This is a
    freakin circus, and TR is the only reason the Cowboys even have a slight
    chance every season.  Is he great? No, but only about 7 QBs in the
    entire world are.  Romo is a good QB and he gives Dallas a chance to
    win, if you can’t see that then go watch some Tennis b/c you have no
    idea what your looking at when you watch Football.