- Todd Archer, ESPN Staff Writer
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IRVING, Texas -- Joe Theismann is among the most hated opponents for Dallas Cowboys fans for his years as the quarterback of the Washington Redskins. A new generation of fans might add Theismann to the most-hated list after his comments about Tony Romo to a radio show Tuesday.
“Sooner or later we have to come to the realization Tony isn’t a very good quarterback,” Theismann said on the Brady & Lang show on Sportsnet 590 The Fan.
Romo tied his career high with five interceptions in Monday’s loss to Chicago.
Theisman had four four-interceptions games in his career and his only five-pick game came in the 1985 season opener during a 44-14 loss to the Cowboys.
"What hit me (Monday night) is, Tony isn't really that good," Theismann said. "Just because he wears a star on his helmet, we all think that people who are Dallas Cowboys, 'Ooh they're wonderful,’ and ‘Ooh they're terrific, ooh they're the next Roger Staubach' or whatever the heck they want to say. They're full of bologna. Tony makes bad decisions with the football. And I'll tell you something else; he missed two wide open touchdowns last night that nobody's talking about. Forget about the five interceptions. He misses Miles Austin and Dez Bryant with easy touchdown throws, and he airmails the ball over their heads.
"You can say, 'Well, everybody has a bad game.' Tony has too many bad games. Tony Romo is not a very good quarterback. Somebody has to say it so I just did. He should be a lot better or the reputation he's carried should have him play a lot better."
Romo’s 78.5 passer rating this season is higher than Theismann’s for a career (77.4). Different eras of the game with different rules are a big reason why but Theismann had 160 touchdowns and 138 interceptions in his career to go with 25,206 yards.
Romo has 154 touchdowns and 80 picks with 21,982 yards passing.
The Cowboys quarterback wasn’t Theismann’s only target. He took on owner and general manager Jerry Jones, too.
"It took him five years too long to change the offensive line, which isn't very good,” Theismann said. “It took him three years too long to change his secondary. He'll do the same thing again. This is what happens when you're not a football guy. You have to ask yourself, 'Is the owner holding back this football team with football decisions?' And I think yes.
"I think you have a couple issues in Dallas. No. 1, I think you have a team, they think they're pretty good. They're not. No. 2, their quarterback thinks he's pretty good. He's really not. No. 3, their owner is their general manager and he doesn't make good decisions from a personnel standpoint."
Theismann later apologized to Jones for his criticism of the Cowboys owner in an interview on ESPN (clip above) but just slightly upgraded his opinion of Romo, calling him an average quarterback.
"I guess my expectation of Tony is really high," Theismann told ESPN, "and right now he's average."