Dallas Cowboys’ QB Tony Romo: You Hate Him Because You’re Told To

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Dec 9, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) on the sidelines during the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Think about it. No, really take a moment to think about it. Do you truly know why you hate Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback Tony Romo? Maybe you have a valid reason, but, what are the actual odds that you do? Slim. Not just any slim, either. Ally McBeal slim.

I know what you’re feeling right now. I can almost smell your disdain as you read this. How dare anyone challenge your hate for this man? Quite the contrary, actually. This isn’t to challenge how you feel about the lightning rod of a quarterback, Tony Romo. This article is to point out that, simply put, there’s a great chance that you hate him by brilliant media design. Not by your own devices.

Let’s begin by assessing fact versus fiction, or, rather fact versus perception. It’s been said often that perception is reality. Although I personally don’t subscribe to that fallacy, many people do. So let’s begin there, shall we? I should also point out that this article is not a defense of Cowboys’ QB Tony Romo, but, rather a look into the apparent agenda in place to villainize him without merit or probable cause.

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  • David Jordan

    Good article. I wish people would get off the man. He can’t do it by himself. His stats are better than Aikman’s but Troy had a Hall of Famer toting the ball, another one catching it and a top ranked defense. Romo has none of these. One day when the general manager is replaced, maybe the Cowboys will get back to winning on a regular basis.

    • trinity

      No it’s not all on Romo, but you are simply crazy if you think he doesn’t deserve his share of the blame. The defense is bad. And yet because of a talented offense, the cowboys are usually still in position to win a lot of games. Which only makes Tony Romos late game interceptions that much worse. He is nothing but a talented loser, and you guys aren’t winning a damn thing with him under center.

      • David Jordan

        Scoring 48 points and losing is his fault. Scoring 35 points and losing is his fault. Have you ever watched a football game? One man does not win or lose games. Nice try though.

  • true cowboys fan

    Amen they say to love the haters well i say to hell with the haters Tony Romo will get his ring sooner rather then later GO COWBOYS True Cowboys Fan for Life ! !

    • trinity

      Hahahahahahaha. Oh, he’ll get a ring huh? Forget the fact that he’s spent nearly a decade failing and is now old, it’s still going to happen right? Lol you are delusional. At this point, Romo is what he is. A talented guy who lacks mental toughness. He has not won you a damn thing, and he WILL NOT win you a damn thing. Have fun going 8-8 yet again.

      • David

        LOL at not mentally tough. You are an idiot. He is one of the highest rated qb’s of all time and even more so in the 4th quarter. Go spend some time with your imganiary girlfriend. Let me guess, you think Trent Dilfer, Brad Johnson, Mark Rypien and Jeff Hostettler are all great qb’s right???

        • trinity

          Lol all those late game meltdowns are just blips on the radar huh? How about his December record? Hahaha who gives a shit about his passer rating. This game is about winning. And we both know he is not. Or maybe you’re a delusional idiot who actually thinks this guy is elite. Lol you make me laugh.

          • David

            Hey assclown, there is 21 other starters that need to be good to win in the NFL. Or is it the qb that only matters. Like I said you are an idiot. Whats funny is you spend your time in a Cowboys blog. I guess your sorry teams blog is worthless so you come in here..

          • trinity

            Lol as a cowboys fan, you would certainly be the authority on worthless David. Hahaha. And yes it is a team game. And the quarterback position is most important. Prepare yourself for yet another 8-8 season in which Romo puts up nice stats, fails in December, and misses the playoffs yet again. LMAO

          • David

            Nothing is funnier than a lonely bitch like you coming into a Cowboys blog to flap his pathetic lonely gums..

  • Old Frog

    I don’t hate Romo and he does have great statistics but in my mind he seems to miss opportunities or make mistakes in the fourth quarter with the game on the line…a lot. Whether it’s bad throws or poor decisions there is a reason why his detractors have coined the term “Romoed”. When we are ahead or slightly behind with 5 minutes left in the game I cringe everytime he passes because for whatever reason, I have been conditioned to expect him to throw an interception and lose the game. Maybe it’s not his fault but I can’t help myself.

    • Cowboy 22

      Your view of Romo in the 4th quarter is exactly what this article is about. False perception. Romo excels in the 4th quarter, more than any other QB since 2006. I cringe in the 4th quarter because of game management. Garrett. Good or bad Romo gets us to that point in the game to begin with. With a decent defense and running game” sky’s the limit. Hopefully we get to see it soon.

      • Old Frog

        I hear ya. I give Romo a ton of credit for the number of times he’s come from behind and made the game close in the fourth quarter but I still cringe when he’s passing for the win in the final minutes. I never had those feelings with Aikman or Staubach at the helm. I always expected them to win the game. I’m happy when Romo pulls it off and gets the win but like I said, I’ve been conditioned to expect him to find a way to blow it. Can’t explain it. I always gave Aikman and Staubach a pass when they made mistakes but something is different about my perception and feelings towards Romo. Maybe it’s the media. Maybe it’s the way I watch the game. Maybe it’s Romo.

      • trinity

        He “excels”? In fourth quarters? How about in December when it’s time to get his team into the playoffs? He fails miserably. The defense plays a part as well, but to act like Romo doesn’t deserve his share of blame is simply laughable

  • SmartThinking

    Two points: 1) there are players who are all-world in practice but can’t perform as well in real games. I place Romo in that category. He plays well against weaker or mediocre teams where his numbers are outstanding. But, placed in a game against better players and stingier defenses, he can’t get the job done; 2) if he had a better defense or a better offense, he’d be better — really? I contend that Romo’s street ball, off the game plan style has cost this team so many games I’ve lost count. And, although an offensive line would drive the ball further down the field and buy him more time to make decisions, there’s no proof he still wouldn’t go off the game plan.

    Romo makes poor decisions. That’s his problem. Put him in a better offense and against a better defense, those poor decisions will still show up because that’s Romo’s nature.

    • truefan

      So your saying all the times Romo played hurt while we were behind in the game and rally us back to win the game for us is not accountable get real man Romo is a great QB that loves the game yes he makes mistakes but we all do just give are boy a chance he’ll pull through for us I’ll bet some ducketts on that

      • SmartThinking

        Playing hurt is part of the game and should not be used as an excuse no matter who is playing.

        Romo is a great QB who loves the game? I love the game. Does that make me a great QB?

        Give Romo a chance? Three back-to-back 8-8 seasons and several losing seasons before that plus one, count em, one play-off post-season visit in about eight or nine seasons is a,lot more of a chance than most other QB’s in this game get in an entire career. Exhibit A: Look at Smith for SF. He is a very good QB and got traded to KC because he lost just one big game and got branded a loser. Using that metric, I wonder what SF calls Romo?

        Romo does not make good decisions under pressure. That’s a fact. More so a fact than he should be the Dallas QB just because he loves the game.

        • truefan

          I see where you’re coming from my heart has been broke many times just as yours I’m sure but you have to think does the bad out wiegh the good with Romo I don’t think so his passer rating is sky high and as far as his mobility when under pressure well you should already know he’s very allusive with a strong arm and I believe all the blame should not hang on his shoulders its a unit and team effort our defense sucked last year I believe he did what he could to stay in games he wants to succeed and take our team to the super bowl for that he has my support and he will give us a fighting chance anytime and anyone we play and you can’t deny that

          • SmartThinking

            Please refer back to my number two point in my original post.

        • dd

          This is so obvious with anyone with Eyes. The guy is likable and plays hurt which is very admirable, but he’s just not a Winner. Maybe its the coaching, but I don’t ever see him winning a Superbowl.

      • trinity

        Romo is a nothing but a talented loser. This franchise has gone absolutely nowhere with him leading the charge, because he is mentally weak. Have fun watching his great numbers be wasted by late game interceptions again this year.

  • Bee™

    The only complaint I have about this article is that it wasn’t published sooner. The masses give this ONE QB a hard time. I can’t think of any other athlete in the NFL that receives as much scrutiny as Romo does. So much pressure is placed on him because he can’t do it all. Somehow… he does. His mistakes are magnified but when he succeeds, he’s overlooked. It’s amazing. Considering he’s coming back from a surgert, I can only imagine the antagonizing comments that await him. But I believe he’s gonna come back better than before.

    Go, Romo!

  • MBGILL

    “Stats are for losers.” – Bill Belichick

    Its all about W’s and championships.

    • trinity

      PREACH!! lol I agree with you 100%. Tony Romo is a loser. His stats makes him a talented loser, but a loser nonetheless.

      • truefan

        Its a team effort not all on him go Cowboys

        • valleymade

          Idiot Cowboys haters,Romo is one of the best qb,how many qb out there with worst records than 8-8,maybe ppl hate cause he a elite Mexican Qb

  • Krupinsky

    The only thing I really disagree with is the blanket assertion that this is everyone at ESPN’s fault. This past season, more than any other, the main media has really layed off of Romo. Hell, Mike and Mike had a running joke based around blaming Romo for things that weren’t his fault. Sports Illustrated ran a cover story on Romo, which is essentially the exact same message as this article.

    If anything, the constant ragging on the media and blaming them for everything is similar to the problem with Romo: it’s mainly not true.

  • trinity

    No, we don’t hate him because we’re told to. We hate him because we have eyes. And our eyes see a guy who fails miserably in the biggest moments. Our eyes see a guy who puts up great play (most of the time) September through October, then disappears in December. A guy who is very talented, but with no mental toughness to speak of. A guy who is a top 10 playmaker, but also a bottom 5 mistake maker. The Dallas cowboys being bad is certainly not all Tony Romo’s fault. But anyone who doesn’t feel that he plays a big part in it is simply delusional. Tony Romo is a loser. And for those of you who say he is not, you need to ask yourself what you’re really saying. This game is about winning. Especially at the quarterback position, and it’s that simple. For all the great numbers Romo puts up, he has a grand total of ONE playoff victory on his resume. The guy is a loser. A talented loser, but without a doubt a loser. For those of you who says he is elite, what you are really saying is “winning doesn’t matter. He puts on a good show and he has great numbers. Playoff wins aren’t necessary”. Sound familiar? It should. If you feel that way, you are no different than the man who has doomed this franchise with his willingness to accept and reward mediocrity, one Jerry Jones.

    • truefan

      No mental toughness really come on man. Someone that can bring our to back and win with a puncture lung and broken ribs and then a herniated disk in his back I don’t care what anyone says that guy is tough in all traits I don’t see any other QB doing that

      • trinity

        That’s physical toughness not mental toughness. Do you know why I say that? Because he played through all those injuries just to throw interceptions at the worst possible time. The guy is what he is. A loser.

        • truefan

          Have you ever worked hurt or played hurt there is a lot of mental to go with that and I believe he plays that way because he wants to win and wants us as fans to believe in him I know he’s the guy that’s going to take us to a super bowl like I said before do you see any other QB playing hurt like that hell no he’s a great QB and its sad because even he does get are championship you Romo haters are still going to down grade him but don’t worry he’ll get are trophy GO Cowboys

          • trinity

            Hahahahaha! Oh, he’ll win one for you huh? And what makes you so confident? His ONE playoff victory in EIGHT entire years? Tony Romo is on the back end of his career. If he doesn’t have that mental factor now, he will never have it. Open your eyes to reality.

          • truefan

            How can you say that he’s on the back end of his career when he doesn’t look like he’s lost a step just remember you can hate all you want but when it comes time to game time you can’t count them out and that’s anyone they play because of the combination with Romo we had the worst defense in the league last year and still he was part of us keeping our head above water could of been a lot worse but because of Romo let me say again Because of Romo we still had a chance

          • trinity

            8-8 last year, failed in a do or die final game. 8-8 the year before that, failed in a do or die game, 8-8 the year before THAT, failed in a do or die final game, and 6-10 before that, of course failing to get to the playoffs… That’s what you call keeping your head above water? LMAO just like a cowboys fans. More than willing to accept MEDIOCRITY and a complete joke and laughingstock to the league. Have fun watching Romo fail yet again this season :).

          • truefan

            Like I said its a team effort and when you have all your star players hurt that’s what happens you have disappointing seasons but Romo is one of the top QBs in the league and he has more heart then any of them and plays with passion at least we know he’s for the team and not for the money. I take it you must be a Raiders fan or giants fan sure ain’t no cowboys fan

          • David Jordan

            Romo was on the bench after back surgery in the do or die game. That was Orton. Nice try though.

          • trinity

            He was there for all other games in which he led them to 8-7, and he was there the year before when they went 8-8 and failed in the do or die, and ditto for the year before that year. Nice try though.

          • David Jordan

            trinity said “8-8 last year, failed in a do or die final game.” Your words, not mine.

        • Safwan

          I mean romo did come back from a punctured lung to lead a 14 point 4th comeback against niners in 2011…romo did lead a 9 point 7 minute comeback vs the bengals last year…romo did throw a game winning td on 4th and ten to keep the season alive this past year..romo does lead the league in game winning drives and 4th q comebacks since 2011…but you can choose to ignore all that because he has made some mistake that every qb does except he’s romo so he’s automatically a loser. Idiot.

          • trinity

            8 years. 1 playoff victory. Excellent play in September, disappears in December. Keep all the stats. They don’t mean a damn thing if he’s throwing late game interceptions when the games matters most. Yes he is a loser. Why? Because he hasn’t won. Have fun sucking again this year. Idiot.

          • smh

            Makes 0 sense, you can’t just say “ROMO ONLY HAS 1 PLAYOFF WIN”. Why do people forget that this is a team game? This isn’t madden, Romo isn’t holding a joystick making every players decision. Maybe you forgot the 07 playoff game when Crayton dropped a pass that smacked his hands. Or maybe in 09 when the Vikings manhandled that offensive line….. Nope… let’s just blame Romo for everything.

          • trinity

            Ugh, stop whining. What are you saying? That none of it is on Romo? Hahahaha you are delusional.

        • Confused

          SF injured wins the game, Redskins injured wins the game, etc etc. What the hell are you talking about loses the game?

  • PaulTX

    He is the best worst QB I have ever seen.

  • Safwan

    AMEN. I love romo and it gets ridiculous when I try to explain to others who are stubborn. Romo hasn’t been an issue; no romo, no week 17 playoff chances.

  • Fan

    He still sucks!!!!! I don’t care what this article says. I’m a huge Cowboys fan and I know as long as we have Romo and Jerry Jones we won’t have another Super Bowl here in Dallas.

  • Ed

    Patrik, I was right with you there until you said he was a future Hall of Famer. Romo may have set Cowboys records but it would take much more to earn a precious 1800 cubic inches of bronze bust volume in Canton. For crying out loud, Haley still isn’t in… but that’s a discussion for a different day.

    Romo is a modern day Danny White until he proves otherwise. BTW, Danny was pretty good in his day… He just couldn’t get over that hump. Sound familiar?

  • dd

    i hate Romo because he’s a Choker. It’s great that he puts up nice numbers in the regular season, but the guy consistently fails in big games. We might be having a different discussion if Patrick Crayton had caught that easy pass in the playoff game against the Giants in 2008, but the fact is that Romo will never be a clutch QB. I also hate the comparison to Aikman. The game was different back then and Troy never had to throw the ball alot to win. Troy though was always at his best in the playoffs, the true measure of a great QB.

    My problem with the team is they should be in true rebuild mode and that means getting rid of Romo and his $20MM a year contract. If you are going to get rid of Ware , then get rid of this guy. Do we really need to go 8-8 this year again which would be considered a great year with this roster?

    • DJ_USMC_Ret

      Why not just turn in your cowboys fandom and pick another team to root for. Your idiocy knows no bounds. Romo is one of the best Quartbacks in the league. I was suprised we let Ware go, loved him, but in the last 2 years he was not playing like typica D Ware, he was a shell of himself. I hope he goes on to have a great season, I’m confident out defense will be leaps and bounds better than last year. Yes in spite of releasing D Ware.

      • dd

        You’re the idiot for thinking Romo is the one of the best QBS in the league. There’s at least 10 QBs I would rather have. I wonder how long you have actually rooted for this team and how many games you have actually watched. The Cowboys are in the state they are in now because of Jerry Jones and Romo’s contract. The guy has three straight 8-8 seasons.

        I only care about Winning in the playoffs and getting another Super bowl ring. I remember a time when I actually used to defend this guy, but there are way too many choke jobs to count. I’ll give you the most recent one which was the Packer game this year. 2 INT in the 4th Quarter. Instead of running the ball, the guy calls audibles and throws interceptions. Please open your eyes.

  • DJ_USMC_Ret

    First I’ll start by say I am a big time Tony Romo fan!!! Romo has his faults as all people do, but his plusses far outweigh the minuses. As Dallas fans we have been spoiled by having 2 HOF quarterbacks. Those quartebacks had something that Romo has never really had, a defense. Think about it. Staubach had the Doomsday defense, he didn’t have to put up massive numbers every game to win. It seems that Romo is in a scoring contest every week. Aikman had one of the best defenses in the league for his career. We had defenses back then that could actually win a game by themselves just about. Staubach and Aikman also had running backs that were the best in the game. You could count on them for 100 yards a game and not much of an injury concern either. What had Romo had at running back? A lot of pretty good complimentary backs that cannot carry the load themselves. Aikman and Staubach also had dominant offensive lines, something the Rome hasn’t been very familiaer with. I sould say Stabach would still be pretty good no matter the line, but that is just a hunch. Aikman would have been killed behind the Romo version of offensive lines. Remember Aikman wasn’t the most active quarterback. I’m amazed at how much Romo goes out and gives the Cowboys a chance to compete in every game and gives us a chance to win.
    I belive that the team will be better this year and our record will reflect that. I’m starting to see Garretts process come into focus. I like the players drafted under Garrett and am happy we are developing our own players rather than blowing a bunch of money on over priced free agents. Romom is a winner and with the team that is being developed around him the results will be there.

  • true cowboys fan

    GO COWBOYS ! ! COWBOYS Fan For Life True Cowboys Fan… NO IMITATORS !

  • casper

    Man tthis is wat I been saying. Give the guy sum respect if all u do is hope he dont win then ur a sorryass hater especially if u say ur a cowboys fan n u always hating on romo then go b a seahawks fan or sumthin cuz we dont need ur negative ass on our side. And when romo does come thru n gets us our 6th ring all u romo hatrs can kiss my ass