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Steve Young: Romo Impressive As Playmaker, Struggles With Game Management

Young believes Romo is as good as anyone at making elite plays, but struggles as a game manager

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Steve Young: Romo Impressive As Playmaker, Struggles With Game Management

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Steve Young, the NFL Hall of Fame quarterback and (lately) ESPN football analyst, said recently that he believes Tony Romo has all the playmaking ability of the Drew Breeses and Tom Bradys of the world, but that Romo lacks the game management skills of these Super Bowl winners.

Young got on the topic during a conference call prior to the conference championship games this past weekend, when he was asked about the 49ers’ Alex Smith. His response quickly turned to the Dallas Cowboys quarterback, who may have had his best season (as Jason Garrett believes) in an otherwise deeply disappointing 2011 season for Cowboys fans.

 “The problem I have with the idea of game manager, it's definitely code for: ‘He can't play championship football.’ It's like calling someone a scrambler. That's code for: ‘He isn't a real quarterback,’” Young said, per the Fort Worth-Star Telegram. “The truth is, scrambling is a side light to it. It doesn't really have to define you. And game manager, that's 60 or 70 percent of the job. To my mind, Tony Romo, the 30 percent that's the extra-highest level, point-of-the-spear championship play that Drew and Tom and all those guys do, Tony does really well. But he struggles with more of the commodity, the game manager stuff.”

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