Shanahan knows Romo can get rid of tag

October, 9, 2013
10/09/13
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IRVING, Texas -- After Sunday’s 51-48 loss to the Denver Broncos, Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones invoked John Elway’s name when he was asked about whether Tony Romo's career will be remembered more for critical errors than huge success.

“They will until he wins the Super Bowl,” Jones said. “The guy standing over on the other sideline or up in the box, John Elway, had those things said about him his entire career.”

Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan was Elway’s quarterbacks coach and later his head coach and heard the can’t-win-the-big-game talk about Elway. The Broncos went to three Super Bowls with Elway as quarterback and lost before winning Super Bowls XXXII and XXXIII.

“That’s everybody’s goal to win the Super Bowl, and unless you do it, you’re always going to have people second-guessing yourself, and John had that as well,” Shanahan said. “When he did win the two in his last couple of years back to back, that quickly goes away. Until you do it, you’re always going to have that tag.”

Shanahan has been a Romo fan for a long time. He tried to sign Romo as an undrafted free agent in 2003 with the Broncos, but not even his Eastern Illinois pedigree and a larger signing bonus could sway the quarterback.

He was quick to subtly point out that team’s win Super Bowls, which Elway did after Terrell Davis arrived, giving the Broncos a great running game.

“I think the people that see Tony practice every day and the teammates know what he can do. But you do it as a team,” Shanahan said. “Everybody’s got to do it together. I know when I was with John going into the 15th, 16th year, you had the same people saying that he couldn’t do it throughout his whole career and then when he does it, everybody’s, ‘Ah, well, we knew he could do it.’ It’s the same old thing. You’ve just got to fight through it. You can’t listen to the critics and you’ve got to believe in yourself. And I’m sure that’s what Tony’s doing.”

Todd Archer

ESPN Dallas Cowboys reporter

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