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Jason Witten sounds 'elite' siren on Tony Romo

When New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning labeled himself an "elite" quarterback last summer, few took him seriously. In the end, however, Eli was right.

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"(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. … 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.

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