Let us start by saying, we count ourselves fans of former Cowboys’ cornerback Everson Walls. The guy is a legend, one of the better cover-corners in the history of the game--really, he should probably be a Hall of Famer.
But from where we’re standing, his analysis of Cowboys’ quarterback Tony Romo in a recent appearance on ESPN Radio 103.3 FM was a little, uh, off the mark. A little nonsensical. Something you might expect from a casual and bitter fan rather than a man well-versed in the ins and outs of NFL football. For starters, there’s the revival of the “Jessica Simpson made Tony Romo bad at football” theory.
"The Jessica Simpson crap that came up, it really seemed to affect his game,” Walls said, beating a long-dead horse. “And afterwards the injuries started to come and then all of a sudden there became, around the league, this rumor out there, that Romo has a lot of tells in his game, and he hasn't been able to remedy those tells in his game.”
Just what Walls means when he discusses these “tells” we’re not sure. But citing Jessica Simpson--Romo's ex-girlfriend of over three years ago--in an argument over Romo’s merits as an NFL quarterback, that’s just crazy. That’s like making the argument, as some did, inexplicably, last year, that Jon Kitna would be a better option for Dallas. But Walls wouldn’t go that far, would he?
"That's when you start to say, 'OK who's going to be best for the Cowboys?' Is it Romo because of his premature popularity ... or are you going to go with a guy like Kitna?” Walls said. “Kitna was a pleasant surprise last year.”
It should be noted that Walls might be biased here, as he and Jon Kitna are around the same age. Aside from that, we can’t imagine why he’d even hint at the idea--Romo already owns the Cowboys’ career record for games with over 300 yards passing with 25 (nearly double Troy Aikman’s total). He’s a three-time Pro Bowler. He has the fourth best career quarterback rating in the history of the NFL with 95.5. So, say what you will about Romo, the guy produces, right?
"Romo's ability to lead this team has been questioned all around the league,” Walls continued. “The fact that he is in the position to step up means that he has been knocked down a couple of pegs. I'm not anti-Romo as much as I am about pro-production."
But... Alright, we give up.
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