"(Tony Romo is) a phenomenal, cool quarterback," Witten told the Abilene Reporter-News. "He's an elite quarterback. But until we win the big game, the criticism is going to come. â¦ He was up there among the top five in quarterbacks this year. That's just the way it goes. You can't cry about it. I just hope the fans know what a good player he is."
The vast majority do not.
We've analyzed Romo to death on this site. His role as fan-base whipping boy is a tired act. When the quarterback throws 31 touchdowns to 10 interceptions, but the team stumbles to an 8-8 finish, the entire roster is asking for deeper inspection.
Manning's situation is unique. He's played his career under the steady regime of Tom Coughlin and benefits from a defense that's been known to shift into superhuman-mode late in the season. None of this takes away from what Manning has done, but the Dallas Cowboys haven't found a way to become the New York Giants. Blaming Romo for this is a farce.