May 21, 2013; Irving, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) talks with receiver Dez Bryant (88) and quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson during organized team activities at Dallas Cowboys Headquarters. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

So…Tony Romo Doesn’t Sound Like A Leader?

Dec 16, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) throws a pass during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Cowboys Stadium. The Cowboys beat the Steelers 27-24 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

This past week, Dallas Cowboy’s $108 million QB, Tony Romo finally talked with the media.  He spoke for a few minutes, answering questions about the cyst he had removed, when he’s going to start practicing, about how the rookies looked, about putting in Peyton Manning time and who’s calling the plays.  Romo answered those questions the same way he always has since he became the starting QB for the Dallas Cowboys – assertive, diplomatic, a little sarcastic and, mostly, vague.

Romo sounded like the Cowboy’s spokesman, but did he sound like a leader?

Apparently, a few members of the sports media were hoping to here a brand new Tony Romo.  They were hoping for something in his tone, or how he spoke about his involvement in the game planning.  Something that would sound more befitting of $108 million or at least what a leader sounds like to them.  But, alas, he sounded like the same old Romo.

I listened to Tony Romo’s conversation with the press and, before that, some of his interaction with the coaches and players at the Cowboys OTA’s.  Looked like he was advising and directing players and consulting with coaches, you know, like a team leader would.  Also looked like everyone was listening to him, no issue of due respect.  To me, just a fan, he sounded like a veteran QB, confident in his role as the starter and leader of the team.  Sure, as I said before, he wasn’t direct with the sports media, coming off vague and he spoke in ‘we’ instead of ‘I’, but Romo always has.

Nothing new for Tony Romo, except there was a little more serious determination in his voice.  That, and he mentioned that he worked on improving his mechanics this offseason, like he always does, and that he’s going to work individually with his players to improve their connection (which was seriously lacking last year).  Romo also said he isn’t an ‘average’ QB and the Dallas Cowboys aren’t an ‘average’ team.  That was good enough for me – for now, especially that last part about not being average.  For Romo, that’s down right boastful and good for him.

To me, actions speak louder than words.  I’d rather Tony Romo be a leader, than just sound like one.

In one article recently, it was suggested that Romo should be more like Pittsburgh Steelers QB, Ben Roethlisberger.  Not for Big Ben’s QB skills (which I could understand, like Romo – but more successful – Big Ben is one of the last of the ‘gunslingers’), but for how he conducts himself.  Really?,  The guy who was suspended for 4 games by NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell, for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy?  That and I’ve met Ben, at a night club of all places, and let me tell you, he’s an ass.  Anyway, my personal beliefs aside, who cares if Big Ben ‘sounds’ like the leader of his team.  Whats the point of comparing them in that way?  I don’t really care about the Steelers. I’m a Dallas Cowboys fan.

It’s not important who’s calling the plays.  It’s not important that Tony Romo isn’t saying the right things to the media.  It’s not important, no matter what Cowboy’s owner, Jerry Jones says, that Romo be like Peyton Manning.  The only thing that is important is winning, making a playoff run, with Romo leading them.  Actions speak louder than words.

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  • Ronald W. Jones

    I guess that’s all Cowboy fans have to cling to this year.. if… “Tony will be at Valley Ranch from 7am till 6pm all over the place….and more time and more presence…..extra time on the job beyond the norm…. Patyon Manning type time in the job.” Put down your golf clubs and get serious Tony….you’re an NFL QB!
    I’m shocked…back in 2007 nobody seemed to care then Romo went to Cabo during the first round play-off bye week. When he should have been IN DALLAS studying possible play-off opponents game film…then the NYG came to town and whipped our collective butts. Now it’s 6 years later…and Jerrah finally catches up. Shocking!

    • Artie

      I can understand how you feel, but wasn’t Jason Witten also in Cabo? Yet no one questions Witten’s commitment for going. I may be wrong there, but if he was, why aren’t we roasting Witten for that too? What about Patrick Crayton’s play in that game? Just as so many bash the Romosapiens for being blind or clinging to any positives about him, it’s just as easy to see that the Romo haters have blinders on as well.

      • Juanito Juanito

        and clayton wasnt in cabo

        • Cowboyfan7764

          No Crayton Wasn’t in Cabo but he did Drop Key Pass that he would of Walked into the end zone with UNTOUCHED!! Romo put the Ball right into his Hands and he CHOKED and had he not dropped that Perfect Pass from Romo we could of won that game and the Score wouldn’t of been 21-17 and instead 24-21 Cowboys and who knows guys we could of won that Super Bowl that year and NOT the G Girls!!!

  • Siggy

    Comparing Ben to Romo is like comparing a Porsche to a Pinto. Romo is a choke artist. Always has been. Always will be.

    • Juanito Juanito

      you are damn wrong, ben is a choke artist too, but with the diferense that ben have a good defense to give back the ball fast, and romo play in a bad team with bad defense

  • JoeDaBeast

    That and I’ve met Ben, at a night club of all places, and let me tell you, he’s an ass

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  • Juanito Juanito

    all that jerry jones said is dumb and doesnt have a clue about football

  • ghostofakid

    The biggest disadvantage that Romo has is that Jerry Jones owns the team,. Considering what has happened since he has been gone, it has become obvious that Jimmy Johnson worked a miracle.

  • ctcowboy1968

    Ben is/was an alcoholic and rapist. It is disgusting to suggest that anyone be like him.
    It is ridiculous to expect anyone to be different than what they are. Don’t expect him to present a different face to the media. He should be saying “we” and not “I”. That’s how a team leader speaks. Yes, Tony has a been a team leader for years now. He does teach and push the other O players. Tony wants to win more than anyone on this team. It leaves him taking on more than he should. And yes he does make stupid plays at the worst times. Who else is stepping up to get it done?
    Yes, it does matter who is calling the plays. It should be Tony. He has played in this system his whole career. He knows it better than anyone. JG sucks, so he diffinitely should not be calling the plays.
    Tony wants to just win. JJ only wants to win his way for his own glorification.