The life of an NFL starting quarterback isn't an easy one. Not only do you have to be the leader of your offense and the face of the franchise, but you have to deal with everyone with access to any type of media outlet dissecting every part of your game, personality and life.
When you are doing good, then life is good, but when you have a bad game, expect to hear it from everywhere. Such is the spot Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo finds himself in this week after tossing five interceptions in a lopsided 34-18 loss to the Chicago Bears on Monday night. Though it is debatable about who's to blame for all five of those INTs, one former star quarterback is pointing his finger right at Romo and he isn't sparing any criticism.
“Soonor or later we have to come to the realization that Tony isn't a very good quarterback," Joe Theismann said in an interview Tuesday on Sportsnet 590 The Fan. "He throws interceptions that 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."
"Just because he wears a star on his helmet — we all think that people who are Dallas Cowboys, 'Oh 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's, a Super Bowl winning quarterback himself during the time he played for the Washington Redskins, didn't let up on how he felt about Romo. He continued to spout his opinion, and his distaste, for the Cowboys QB.
"Tony makes bad decisions with the football. And I'll tell you something else: He missed two wide open touchdowns last night that nobody's talking about. Forget about the five interceptions — he misses Miles Austin and Dez Bryant with easy touchdown throws, and he air-mails the ball over their heads."
"You can say, 'well, everybody has a bad game.' Tony has too many bad games. 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."
Where there is truth to be found in Theismann's opinion, let's not forget that Romo has established himself as a reputable player. By the numbers, Romo is a three time pro-bowler and currently is the highest rated QB in Cowboys history. Considering that history includes names such as Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman, that isn't something to shake a stick at. He's also just 12 touchdowns shy of passing Aikman as the franchise leader.
Now if only he could translate all those numbers into playoff success.
And that's the rub. For all he's done during the regular season, the Cowboys have won just one playoff game since Romo took the starting job in 2006. That's why Theismann's opinion rings true, not because of the five interceptions but because of Romo's inability to achieve anything meaningful in the postseason.
If Romo wants to shut people up and prove himself, then he's going to have to do it in the playoffs. That's where careers are made, as well as reputations.
James LeBeau is a sports contributor for CraveOnline Sports and you can follow him on Twitter @JleBeau76 or subscribe on Facebook.com/CraveOnlineSports.
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