As the saying goes, “If you can talk the talk, you can walk the walk”. However, one former player has decided to turn the phrase upside down and surprise everybody.
A certain Tony Romo decided to try his luck as a commentator alongside Jim Nantz on CBS after an impressive playing career as the Cowboys QB – and you know what, he is actually great – if not one of the best to have been brought to our screens in recent years.
Tony Romo is so unique/strange/unusual as a color man. It puts a flood of fellow analysts on total blast. He is the chosen one. Awaken.
— Marc Sessler (@MarcSesslerNFL) October 20, 2017
Many had expected the 37-year-old to leave Jerry World only to join another team in a last ditch effort to reach a Super Bowl, but that’s just not the case. The Houston Texans were a heavily linked option and now the Green Bay Packers are desperate for someone to lead their offense, showing that his talent on the field is still desired by many, however, it appears he has made a different career for himself.
Romo is a breath of fresh air
A lot of sports fans like to criticise the announcers, such as the pairing of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman on NFL on Fox or Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth on Sunday Night Football on NBC, however, the addition of the former Dallas Cowboys quarterback to CBS has been refreshing.
When Romo calls a game, it has a different appeal to it than what many are used to. He sounds like a sports fan, who obviously has an untold amount of knowledge and play calling, which he has become physic with as a viewer rather than a player. Plus he will always speak his mind, which many fans enjoy.
The former quarterback goes beyond the play by dissecting what the on-field QB will be looking at doing from the line of scrimmage, something other announcers have been unable, or unwilling, considering most analysts are former QB’s. Then he hones in on the offense should they be unable to complete a play.
He is not soft on the quarterbacks should a mistake be made, with him repeatedly calling them out when they make errors, whether it be before or after the snap. He continuously did it with Andy Dalton during the Week 3 Green Bay Packers and Cincinnati Bengals match.
His honesty is refreshing for many, as he does not appear to be impartial in his calling – seemingly routing for the offense on each play – whilst also just showing off a high amount of enthusiasm and his love of talking football.
Lets not forget the dude only retired at the end of last season, so of course he will attract criticism on his broadcasting skills that can be considered legitimate gripes. Such as his unpolished way, his forgetfulness that not everyone knows the rules as well as he may, and he sometimes steps on Nantz’s toes when commentating as well (although some people might like that).
All those criticisms will come to an end as he continues in his role as a lead analyst, but we are still in the first leg of the season, so lets give the former Cowboy his due, before it becomes too late and he turns out to be the same as Aikman and Collinsworth – just a bit jaded.
We are lucky to have him.
From what I've heard so far, Romo sounds like he's been in the booth for years.
— Nick Eatman (@nickeatman) September 10, 2017