Part of the apparent job requirement on ESPN’s First Take is to stir up debate and controversy. And a constant topic of debate are the Dallas Cowboys, and particularly the play of quarterback Tony Romo. On Friday, co-host Stephen A. Smith replied to Cowboys legend Roger Staubach recent statement that Romo is a top five quarterback, by saying it’s “ridiculous”.
“How many times are we going to do this? Tony Romo puts up great numbers. Tony Romo is an impressive regular season quarterback. Tony Romo is entering his eighth year as the starting quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys. He has one playoff victory. And over the course of that time, he has proven to be an accident waiting to happen. He is what he is.”
Smith, an admitted New York Giants fan, has always been critical of Romo and his lack of postseason success. On one hand he complements Romo during this debate. And with the other, slaps him in the face verbally.
“Tony Romo can play. He is no scrub. I understand it. But stop trying to make him out to be more than he is. Tony Romo is a quality, skilled quarterback in this league. But when you are talking about the quarterback position, the one thing that matters above all else, is whether or not you’re a winner. And that is the one thing we can definitively say we will never accuse Tony Romo of being…just yet.”
Here’s what Staubach told USA Today about the current Cowboys quarterback:
“I personally think that Tony is a top five quarterback in the National Football League…He hasn’t had the good fortune that Troy (Aikman) and I had, as far as the stronger teams. Those who really understand what happens on the football field, and what it takes to make a good team, know you have to have a good quarterback. But you have to have the other pieces, also. If you look at Tony’s record and what he’s done…statistics don’t tell the story totally, but he’s been fantastic. He’s made big plays. He’s had some rough finishes, but that’s where the fan’s expectations are very high for the Dallas Cowboys.”
The other First Take co-host, Skip Bayless, a self-proclaimed Dallas Cowboys fan, defended Staubach’s statements saying Romo is an underrated quarterback but agreed with Smith saying we need to see more postseason success from him. Both men agreed that the Cowboys should defeat the San Diego Chargers this weekend due to the Chargers’ offensive line issues.
Smith ended the Romo discussion by saying:
“I’ve got the Dallas Cowboys winning this game (Chargers) 28-24. But what I’m saying to you is that it won’t be necessarily because of Tony Romo because that was how we started off and that’s how we jump-started this debate. Roger Staubach talking about Tony Romo as a top five quarterback in this game. I don’t see how anybody could come to that conclusion based on what they’ve seen.”
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