• Tony Romo Looked Really Sore on INFL

    Tony Romo made a guest appearance on Inside the NFL tonight, mostly to bust Warren Sapp's chops for getting on him after the Jets game, but there is no question he is hurting. During the interview he was listing to the left to take some pressure off of those ribs and he seemed to labor a bit trying to breathe. I thought I was just seeing things until he tried to get out of his chair after the interview. He slowly got to his feet, was still tilted to his left, and was clearly in pain.

    I try not to go too over the top with what I say so that when I do say something is great or courageous I have a little credibility. I thought Romo's performance against the 49ers was both. I also think it will give him a different standing on his team. Tough quarterbacks are a must in the NFL, but when they show extraordinary courage AND lead their team to a come-from-behind win in the process, that puts them in a different light in the locker room. Will that be the moment we look back on in Romo's career where he becomes the Marino or Elway of the Cowboys? Only time will tell, but it certainly didn't hurt, other than his ribs.

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    1. NickMykita's Avatar
      I give great props to Romo for playing through a cracked rib. I've never had that happen to me, and I never want it to happen, because of all the horror stories I hear about the pain. I'm sure he gained respect not just from his own team, but from guys all around the league.

      On another note, I'm not sure Romo would want to be labeled the "Marino of the Cowboys". That would imply he racks up great numbers and has a nice highlight reel, but he never wins a championship. I'm sure he's aspiring for something closer to Elway (or to keep it in the Dallas zip code, Troy Aikman).
    1. Dave Lapham's Avatar
      There is no question Tony Romo's John Wayne-like performance will have an impact on his teammates. They will know he will always give them everything he has and more. He showed himself to be both physically tough and tough-minded. His performance vs. the 49ers will become urban legend right away with fans. It is total reality with those that count most, his teammates.
    1. BuckeyeRidley's Avatar
      I watched that during the 9 PM ET airing on Showtime and Loved how Cris playfully heckled QBKILLA! LOL Warren did work to play it cool.

      That injury is not a joke from what I've understood and that after it happens----the worst pain is yet to come. I hope it will get better soon, can play soon [let alone Week Three] and be effective. I say he goes Week Three and will be fine.
    1. Curtis's Avatar
      Romo's teammates will definitely step up to another level for him. Leadership in the locker room has been an issue of debate recently with the Cowboys, and Tony just earned the proverbial stripes.
    1. RSConn5's Avatar
      I don't think Romo is playing this Sunday. A punctured lung is far too serious to mess around with and it isn't something the trainers can manage with extra padding or a cortisone shot like the rib. One good hit and Romo could be out for quite a while if his lung fully collapses and then Dallas could be looking at a repeat of 2010. I would rather be trying to dig out of a 1-3 hole after the bye week with Romo healthy as opposed to risking losing him for an extended period of time because we want to be 2-1.
    1. mikesteelnation1's Avatar
      Much respect for Romos play this past week in light of his condition. Playing super hurt ingratitates his team mates to his toughness. They can never question his toughness. On the other hand it makes cutler and his nfc champ game look like soft sally just quit.

      BTW cutler had that same look in the 4th quarter of the previous saints game. He gave up. He was scared of being hit.

      God help him when he plays an elite front 7 with legit rushers.

      11 sacks with bottom half of the league front 7's and no top 10 pass rushers. Going to be super ugly when he does... Pretty sure I've seen posts about his spleen when this happens. I agree with them 100%...

      Shame on martz for getting cutler killed. He's on pace for 88 sacks and the worst is yet to come...
    1. RSConn5's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by mikesteelnation1 View Post
      Much respect for Romos play this past week in light of his condition. Playing super hurt ingratitates his team mates to his toughness. They can never question his toughness. On the other hand it makes cutler and his nfc champ game look like soft sally just quit.

      BTW cutler had that same look in the 4th quarter of the previous saints game. He gave up. He was scared of being hit.

      God help him when he plays an elite front 7 with legit rushers.

      11 sacks with bottom half of the league front 7's and no top 10 pass rushers. Going to be super ugly when he does... Pretty sure I've seen posts about his spleen when this happens. I agree with them 100%...

      Shame on martz for getting cutler killed. He's on pace for 88 sacks and the worst is yet to come...
      I'm pretty sure that Cutler had a pretty severe torn MCL in that NFC Championship so i don't think he just quit. Everyone questioned his toughness and leadership afterwards but part of being a leader is putting the team first by admitting that he could hurt the team if he tried to play and that the backup probably gives them a better chance to win. I know everyone points to Philip Rivers playing on a partially torn ACL in 2007 and it was gutsy and an admirable effort but i remember Rivers playing like absolute crap in that game.
    1. Pruitt's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by mikesteelnation1 View Post

      Shame on martz for getting cutler killed. He's on pace for 88 sacks and the worst is yet to come...
      Why does Mike Martz keep getting jobs in the NFL?

      Since leaving St. Louis none of his teams have had an offence ranked higher than 19th. True, he's been on some pretty bad teams, but clearly, his system only works if you have Hall of Famers at Tackle, Quarterback, Wide receiver and Running Back.
    1. iwatt's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by mikesteelnation1 View Post
      BTW cutler had that same look in the 4th quarter of the previous saints game. He gave up. He was scared of being hit.
      I wouldn't say he gave up. I'd say the fact that he didn't even have 3 seconds to stand there, and Martz doesn't like his QBs audibling on the line to runs left him with little else to do but short dump off or being hit.

      What's Cutler supposed to do: ignore his coach? Look happy that he's going to get hit again?

      Martz is singlehandedly killing Chicago again, and the fact of the matter is that his replacement is right there coaching his OL. Martz does one thing very well: design routes to cut open pass defenses. But everybody knows that already, and know how to beat it: hit his QB before the routes develop, since he doesn't allow them to audible or improvise. He likes his puppets.
    1. Cris Collinsworth's Avatar
      Styles have to blend and they may not be the case in Chicago. Under Martz, Warner was a quick release guy who wanted receivers out, Cutler is more of a play action and protection guy who wants time to see it. That is not what Martz has done in the past. I think Martz will change starting this week.
    1. iwatt's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Cris Collinsworth View Post
      Styles have to blend and they may not be the case in Chicago. Under Martz, Warner was a quick release guy who wanted receivers out,
      And he had Orlando Pace.
    1. Polishguy00's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by iwatt View Post
      And he had Orlando Pace.
      But we did, too.... 5 years too late.
    1. iwatt's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Polishguy00 View Post
      But we did, too.... 5 years too late.
      It called itself Orlando Pace, but I'm hip to these alien body snatchers now!
    1. edave's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Dave Lapham View Post
      There is no question Tony Romo's John Wayne-like performance will have an impact on his teammates. They will know he will always give them everything he has and more. He showed himself to be both physically tough and tough-minded. His performance vs. the 49ers will become urban legend right away with fans. It is total reality with those that count most, his teammates.
      Watching the iNFL episode this evening, I was awestruck. The post interview footage makes an impression.

      There was some discussion this week about injuries (and the faking thereof) which led to the inevitable story about players paying attention to the injury lists.

      Am I wrong to hope he won't play this week just for his own future?
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