Possibly the most sickening part of this weekend’s slate of NFL Conference Championship Games, besides the less-than-stellar refereeing, was actually what came after the game.
After making a career of perpetual mediocrity with the Dallas Cowboys, the oft-injured QB Tony Romo took his talents to the broadcast booth with CBS in 2017.
Since then, he’s gained a reputation for being able to predict the next play or make the quarterback’s next read before the ball is out.
Frankly, people have gone absolutely GAGA for Romo calling the game in this manner, despite the fact that most past or present quarterbacks could make the same reads and calls.
This reached a breaking point on Sunday night during the AFC Championship game, where Romo was able to call the majority of plays during the final drives of the game by the New England Patriots.
Since then, people have gone absolutely NUTS for Romo:
Thankfully, I found some that felt the same as me, that many other quarterbacks around the league could do the same thing, taking much of the shine off of his “performance”:
I’m with Knott: I’m laughing at how many people are blown away by Romo’s “prowess.”
To say that he’s deserving of a head coaching job for “predicting” plays is absolutely ridiculous.
Here’s the truth on Romo: no one has ever broadcast a game like he has before. I assume that before CBS allowed Romo from walk off the field straight into their broadcast booth, they told their announcers to call the game, and not get caught up in the nuances of the game, as to appeal to a larger, widespread audience.
While guys like Phil Simms and Troy Aikman (as much as that pains me to say) worked to make sure they would appeal to their audience, Romo was allowed to do something that was probably discouraged previously.
However, Simms and Aikman can do the SAME THING that Romo has done: simply making reads above the field before the ball is snapped.
I did find one point about Romo’s broadcasting skills that I agreed with:
While I’m willing to concede that Romo and Nantz seem to have chemistry and he’s able to work in his takes and predictions skillfully around the play-by-play, it’s still not worthy of the crazy amount of praise Romo has received.
To ensure this is not just a hit piece on Romo, I think it is worth noting that not every player is able to walk off the field and go straight to the booth and have success.
Romo’s longtime teammate TE Jason Witten has struggled mightily in his first year in broadcasting. That in itself shows that Romo has broadcasting talent, however overblown it may be.
In my opinion, people need to come back down to Earth after Sunday night’s broadcast. His talents aren’t anything that people around the league haven’t seen before.
I mean, there is a reason Romo had a measly two playoff wins in his career.