There is no middle ground for Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo. Each week, he is either being loaded down with effusive praise or being run out of town.
After Romo's collapse against the New York Jets in Week 1, NFL analysts portrayed his late struggles as being emblematic of his entire career. But then a gritty performance against the 49ers, in which he led Dallas to an amazing comeback victory after suffering a punctured lung and cracked ribs, had those same doubters calling him a hero. Paeans to Romo's courage continued to be sung after he played through pain in a narrow win over Washington in Week 3. However, the roller coaster dipped during Week 4 when Romo received plenty of the blame for Dallas' epic implosion against the Lions.
Other NFL players are keenly aware of the hyperbolic nature of media coverage, especially as it pertains to quarterbacks. But that doesn't mean that they feel sympathy for Romo. In fact, Washington Redskins tight end Chris Cooley admits that he laughs at the struggles of the Dallas quarterback. If anything, the grief that Romo receives only makes Cooley find even more joy in the losses of his rival.
“I was watching the scoreboard in St. Louis, and I didn’t see that they’d lost really until the end, I thought they blew them out so I kind of stopped paying attention. It’s amazing, amazing to watch him choke like that," he said in an interview on the LaVar and Dukes show on Tuesday.
Cooley went on to say that it's "hilarious to watch [Romo] throw pick sixes."
Convinced that the Cowboys' coaching staff should have never put Romo in a position to throw those interceptions, Cooley offered a critique Dallas' play-calling against the Lions.
"I’m up 24 points in the third quarter, if I’m the head coach, I feel like I could probably just take a knee for the rest of the game, punt it away and there’s no way that Detroit’s gonna drive on you that many times," he said. "The only way you’re gonna give up that many points is turnovers, right?"
Former Cowboys great Deon Sanders is among those losing faith in Romo. Sanders recently questioned whether Romo is capable of leading Dallas to the Super Bowl, saying that "sooner or later we've just got to quit guessing and assuming that this guy is the guy to get you over the hump."