After Eli Manning hoisted the Lombardi for the second time in the last five years last February, most folks assumed that the Tony Romo vs. Manning argument to be pretty well settled in the younger Manning’s favor. But some still believe that Romo is the better quarterback, a group that is understandably small but one that includes, surprisingly, Manning’s former teammate Amani Toomer.
For clarity’s sake, it should be noted--as ESPN.com NFC East blogger Dan Graziano notes--that in the interview with Sirius XM NFL Radio, Toomer was responding to a question about Romo’s critics, and not really making an outright statement on who is better.
"Tony Romo is probably, if you look at it statistically, he's probably the best quarterback in the NFC East,” Toomer said, via ESPN.com. “I mean, look at Eli Manning and what he does in the fourth quarter, but you talk about consistency, you talk about 31 touchdowns and only 10 interceptions, that guy can play. And all the Cowboy fans out there that are saying he can't play, saying they don't like him, you've got to really look at what you're getting, because you can't replace a guy like that because he is a top, upper-echelon quarterback and I just don't see why he is getting blamed for all these things that kind of aren't his fault.
"For me, if I wanted a guy that is going to throw less interceptions and be more productive, higher completion percentage, I'm going to go with Tony Romo."
As we are, for the most part, of the belief that Romo is undervalued by a solid percentage of Cowboys’ fans, we agree with Toomer’s sentiment here. Then again, Manning has two rings. So no matter how elite his statistics, until Romo has at least one, it’ll be patently difficult to argue that he’s the “better” of the two.
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