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TV Experts Crucify Cowboys Romo; Give 0-5 Eli A Giant Pass

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It can’t be personality-based. Eli’s privileged and pedigreed; Romo’s an undrafted underdog. Eli petulantly threatened to sit out the season if the San Diego Chargers drafted him No. 1 overall in 2004; Romo got a $10,000 signing bonus out of Eastern Illinois and was glad to get it. Eli controversially supplanted future HOF quarterback Kurt Warner his rookie season; Romo spent three years fighting for a roster spot. Eli was born to it, winning the genetic lottery; Romo beat the odds, coming from nowhere.


Oct 6, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) reacts after throwing an interception in the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles during the game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

What exactly do the TV geniuses love about Eli Manning?  It’s that he’s clutch, right? Is it his career 77.0 passer rating in December, when the games really count? (Romo’s is 89.3.) Is it his 100.3 career passer rating in four January starts? That sounds clutch. (Romo’s is 106.5 in three January starts.)

Nope. Eli gets a pass because of the 17 points he scratched together in Super Bowl XLII. The Giants rode a red-hot four-man pass rush to a ring, holding the most prolific scoring offense in the history of the league to just 14 points. Eli won the MVP, of course. Trent Dilfer is still seething.

Truth is, Eli has two rings, and two Superbowl MVP trophies, but he didn’t have to score more than 18 points to win either of them. Curiously enough, in Eli’s 11 playoff starts, the Giants have lost every game in which the opponent scored just 21 points or more.

That’s a quarterback who puts his team on his back when it counts, and deserves a pass at 0-5 with 12 picks? Slavish expert devotion aside, it’s hard not to feel for the guy this year. He’s trying is guts out every down, but without the elite pass rush flustering opponents, without the reliable running attack to take the pressure off the passing game, and without the big fellas up front to create a comfortable pocket, Eli just isn’t good enough to make a difference.

Listening to the TV experts on Monday as they crushed Romo and coddled Eli, it’s clearer than ever that for years they’ve held Romo to a ridiculously higher standard than Eli.

Now that we’ve all seen what happens when Eli tries to carry a bad team, I guess maybe they’re right to…

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  • Isaac Rodriguez

    Well written and well researched!

  • Doc Neaves

    About damn time somebody said it! Now shout it from the rooftops! We’ve got the greatest quarterback in history, and we’ve wasted him with no o-line, no receivers, and no defense. Hopefully, we’ve finally got it together in those areas this year, and we’ll be in the bowl!!!

    • Brady101

      Yeppers very true..

  • JTracker

    Amen brother!
    This is what I’ve been saying for years. Finally a sports writer with some cajones!!!!

  • JTracker

    John Bankston you get my first and last 2 tumbs up!

  • disqus_kLJwdEdnOL

    Good article by somebody who realizes football is a team game. Rich Eisen of the NFL Network tweeted about Romo choking in games. It seems that even the self-professed experts love to hate Romo and the Cowboys so much that they make fools of themselves by the way they analyze games.

    • Brady101

      Yes sir you are sooooo right. Its turned alleged analysis into personal attacks…..for no other rational than it’s Tony Romo…The NFL network is so pathetic. .with exception of Kurt Warner, he calls it as it should be, without biases.. the rest like Sapp, Deion Sanders.bash Romo on a daily basis…Hopefully Romo will have his day..

      The problem is Romo needs to win out or else he still gets it in the shorts and still labeled as a choker.. He is im a no win situation..

  • Miles Myers

    Superbowls. Eli has two. Romo has rarely seen the playoffs. End of comparison.

    • Kyle L.

      Super Bowls are the most overused stat when comparing individual QBs. If it weren’t for 2 incredible plays by receivers, Eli doesn’t a single ring or MVP trophy. And that’s just it. Eli had teammates who made plays to get him there where it’s always on Romo to be perfect because he’s never had teammates to help him when Romo needed it. You say Super Bowls are the only stat that matters right? Career Passer Rating, career completion percentage, TDs .etc, none of those matter, only Super Bowls? So I guess that means Eli is a better QB than Dan Marino since Marino never won a SB. Trent Dilfer has a ring, I guess he’s better than Marino too. Brad Johnson? Yup he’s better than Marino was too. When comparing QBs, only using the Super Bowl argument is laughable and foolish

      • jayhwk01

        Great response. Could not agree more.

  • ed

    That’s what Romo fans are sick of. For years every time the geniuses give Tony a french uppercut, they give Eli a big slobbery kiss.

  • Th3Bill

    AMEN! I’ve been able to give a hearty laugh at my NY Giants fan friends these first 5 weeks as they piss and moan about the way that Eli has played. I keep telling them “Now, Eli knows what it’s been like to be Tony Romo over the last 3 years….NO OL, unhealthy/ineffective running backs, and terrible D”. This season, our team is showing that with a good OL and some good RBs, we’re bringing big O to good ol D.

    I’m a lifetime Cowboys fan, and a Tony Romo fan. He’s been an absolute warrior for this team since he started in the 2006 season and has played through injuries that send other QBs running for the bench (ala Phi QB Vick). Has he made some poor decisions at times? Sure….every QB in the league does at one time or another. Has he given us plenty of late game chances only to have them squandered by the D? ABSOLUTELY.

    This past week was another example…we had 11 guys on the field on Defense that apparently didn’t understand that while it sounded counter-intuitive, Denver needed to be allowed into the end zone on that 3rd down play…Sean Lee, Ware, or someone on that group should have realized that if they did get the 1st and didn’t score, it was game over, grab the guy and PULL him into the end zone. At least then, we would have had another chance to score. Instead, they all were high five-ing when they made the stop short of the goal line….OOPS…yeah…game over…DOH!

    We also had a questionable call by Garrett. Late in 4th, 2nd and goal from 6, we stop the run for 0 gain, but there is a hold. Rather than realizing that not taking the penalty leaves Denver with only 2 downs and 6 yards to work with, thus bottling up their speedy players and giving less space to have to cover. Instead, we back them up to the 16, give them more space to work with ad THREE downs. We all know how well that turned out.

    Either of those mistakes by the D/Coach could have changed the outcome

  • Brady101

    You nailed it…….Romo has carried most of his teams on his bacld….while other QB’S get a pass. Joe Flacco tosses 5 int’s and gets a pass….

    I guarantee you that if Romo left the Cowboys right now teams would be lining up to sign him…