Dallas Cowboys Mailbag:
I know Manning has a Super Bowl but he seems to have a lot like Tony Romo. Why does Romo get all the criticism and Manning gets a pass?
Thanks for the question Brian.
First of all, I think it’s pretty safe to say Peyton Manning does not get a free pass. He is always under extreme scrutiny because his postseason performance isn’t anything like his regular season performance. Despite winning one Championship, he has always been seen as someone who struggles in the postseason and the stats support that. On Sunday he had a chance to distance himself from the criticism but once again he fell short. Waaaaay short.
To compare him to Tony Romo is a bit of a stretch though. Romo is a very good quarterback. Top 10 in the league for sure. But Peyton is a top 5 – ALL TIME. Sure, Peyton has struggled in the postseason but Romo has barely even sniffed the postseason.
They are also play very different styles. Peyton is a timing based QB who thrives on accurate short passes. He wears a defense down and allows his receivers to do the work. He avoids spending unneeded time in the pocket and prides himself on his quick release.
Romo is more of a creator. He drops back and waits for plays to develop. His receivers run deeper routes and Romo often opts for the bigger play rather than the safe play (with the exception of last season when Romo played fairly conservatively).
Romo has no problem scrambling while Manning would much rather throw away and try again the next play. So really, their styles couldn’t be any more different.
They do share a trait for performing poorly in high-pressure games, as I’m sure you were alluding to in your question. I don’t think either player is a born loser or choke artist but I do feel their track record psychologically weighs on them.
Peyton has his ring so while his legacy may be damaged slightly, it’s largely in tact. Romo, on the other hand, needs to find significant postseason success to change his image. And time is running out.
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