Joe Theisman Wrong in Criticism of Dallas Cowboys' Tony Romo and Jerry Jones

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Joe Theisman Wrong in Criticism of Dallas Cowboys' Tony Romo and Jerry Jones
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Former Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann.

There’s a reason why you don’t see very much of former Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann on television anymore. Much like his recent assessment of Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, he just isn’t a very good NFL analyst.

Yes, the Cowboys caused Theismann a ton of grief during his playing days. But well over thirty years after the fact, Theismann’s ego still hasn’t recovered. You would think that it was Dallas' defensive stud Harvey Martin or Ed “Too Tall” Jones that almost snapped Theismann’s leg off back on November 18th 1985!

I guess Lawrence Taylor and Harry Carson of New York Giants fame are off the hook.

Theismann took aim at Tony Romo following Dallas’ blowout loss to the Chicago Bears last Monday night in Arlington, Texas. Romo matched a career-high in interceptions, but only the casual or emotional fan would put all of those pics squarely on him.

Yes, here was Theismann attacking Romo while only briefly mentioning that if his receivers don’t know the routes (obviously Dez Bryant does not), then new routes should be designed for their benefit.  If this is true, then perhaps head coach and miserable offensive coordinator Jason Garrett should be in charge of fixing this issue.

Theismann mentioned nothing of Garrett that I saw.

So the most I can gather is that Theismann thinks that the playbook is Romo’s fault.

Sure it is.

Now, Theismann did finally hit on another area that I agreed with, despite the fact that it only made Theismann look a lot dumber.

Joe Theismann's final play as a professional quarterback.

Theismann mentions the fact that owner and, most importantly, general manager Jerry Jones has been years late in changing the offensive line and the secondary. This is probably true, and I also agree with Theismann’s assessment that these are the things that happen when decisions are made by an executive that is not a football guy.

Then again, if Theismann’s logic is true, which it is, then it makes no sense to drop the hammer on Romo, does it?

A quarterback is only as good as his offensive line allows him to be. Despite porous blocking over the last three seasons and a few injuries that have cost him playing time, Romo has performed pretty well.

See, Theismann had some guys known as “Hogs” and one called “The Diesel”. That offensive line and great ground attack is what allowed Theismann to enjoy the success that he did and to fault another quarterback who clearly doesn’t have those advantages is probably why what you’ll hear most from Theismann is his passionate endorsement of prostate medication.

Need I point of the differences between Garrett and Hall of Fame head coach Joe Gibbs?

I think not.

But I will point this out: Romo, perhaps by Halloween and in his tenth season as a pro, will probably pass Theismann in touchdown passes. Romo currently sits at 154 as compared to Theismann’s 160.

Barring a dramatic turnaround by the Dallas offensive line, Romo will have to probably wait until next season to pass Theismann in yards passing with the former Redskin sitting at 25,206.

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Cross-dressing Washington Redskins fan honors the "Hogs".

And check this out: Romo already has more Pro Bowl appearances (3) than Theismann’s paltry two.

But Romo is not a very good quarterback, right?

You think Romo, with 80 interceptions, will ever reach Theismann’s 138?

I doubt it, although it could happen.

Theismann is eclipsed by pretty much every Dallas quarterback to hold the position down for more than two seasons and we’ll go ahead and leave Quincy Carter off that list.

Yes, Joe. You are better than Quincy Carter.

Now go sell some more prostate medication.  

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