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Trent Dilfer: Romo Can Learn From Eli

After defeating the 49ers Sunday, Eli Manning is set to play in his second Super Bowl

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Trent Dilfer: Romo Can Learn From Eli

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Former NFL quarterback and current ESPN analyst believes Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback Tony Romo has what it takes to be great, but if the Cowboys hope to win with Romo, they’ll have to do a better job of filling out his supporting cast.

For the purpose of his argument, Dilfer cited the case of Eli Manning, who is often compared to Romo for obvious reasons but (unlike Romo, of course) is set to play in his second Super Bowl--saying that, not only is Manning a good example of a quarterback who has thrived when given the chance, but as one that Romo could learn from in terms of weathering early struggles.

"I think Eli has definitely gotten more help from his friends, meaning his teammates, than Tony got this year, but Eli has also done an incredible job of weathering some early‑season storms and playing his best quarterback when the Giants have needed him to," Dilfer said, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "I think Tony can learn a lot from kind of how Eli handled the early years, and I think Tony has.

“I think Eli's just steady, calm composure, his not getting caught up in the hype, has really allowed him to ascend into‑‑I guess the term we use now is an elite group of quarterbacks. Tony has greatness in him. I think when you talk to other people that really play the quarterback position, and I see it, as well, there's a few guys that really have incredible greatness in them, and Tony is one of them.”

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