Oh, the things you read about on twitter. I was had tweetdeck up while writing an article that I was going to have go up today. Instead the at piece will go up tomorrow. I look up and see that Amani Toomer, a former New York Giants receiver, was on Sirius NFL Radio, saying how Tony Romo is better than Eli Manning. Yes he’s now an NFL analyst and is paid to give his opinions as well he should, but really? I thought we were done with people taking shots at Eli.
I think Amani’s statement might have had more validity going into last season, when Eli was coming off probably his worst season since he was a rookie. But after the way Eli has come through in the clutch time after time last season, and how Romo had his share of meltdowns in clutch situations, can you really make that argument? It’s not like Romo is a terrible quarterback. He’s definitely in the top 15 quarterbacks in the league, and probably in the top 10. No way is Eli below him.
Prime example number one of why Eli is better is the game this past November. With the Giants down 34-22 with 5:41 to go, Eli lead the team down to take the lead and the Giants won the game on Jason Pierre-Paul’s blocked field goal. Romo missed a wide open Miles Austin on a 3rd and 5 with 2:25 to go which gave the Giants a chance.
In the last game of the season, with the division on the line, Eli torched the Cowboy defense for 346 yards and 3 TD’s. Romo threw for 289 2 TD’s 1 INT and sacked six times. Romo in the fourth quarter actually had his best statistical numbers last season in the fourth quarter. However, he had so many turnovers in clutch situations, like the Giants game and the season opener versus the New York Jets.
One of the more puzzling parts is that usually guys who played together stick up for each other once they become broadcasters. Maybe Amani likes Romo better, but I’ll take Eli over him every day and twice on Sunday.