Tony Romo ripped by former Cowboys Deion Sanders, Michael Irvin

Tony Romo answers questions after the Cowboys' season-ending loss to the Redskins.
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The Dallas Cowboys had another mediocre season, losing to the Washington Redskins on Sunday night with a playoff berth on the line. Former Cowboys Deion Sanders and Michael Irvin, now analysts for the NFL Network, had some strong words for Tony Romo, whose tenure as the Cowboys’ quarterback has been disappointing.

In his career, Romo is now 1-6 for the Cowboys with the playoffs on the line.

“[Cowboys owner] Jerry Jones said it earlier, if you’re not in the playoffs, it’s not a successful season,” Irvin said. “I’m never going to say 8-8 is a success, not a guy who holds three rings. Playing hard is good. Winning is better. You watch all these guys, Robert Griffin III, Eli Manning, Michael Vick -- these are top quarterbacks, drafted in top spots, they know and feel like they belong in that situation. Tony Romo is the only undrafted QB in the East and sometimes, in those moments, he feels like, ‘I have to prove to everybody I belong here,’ and tries to do so much and that gets him into trouble.”

Sanders was equally hard on Romo.

“How many times are we going to sit here as fans and say, ‘Here we go again?’ ” Sanders said. “I love to win at all costs. 1-6 in elimination games, that’s telling me something is not getting better around here. The kind of person I am, I need to jump off and try to correct this thing.... I can’t put this one thing all on Tony. But Tony brings me to the same situation at the conclusion of every year. Take a picture, this date, and see if we’re playing the same picture next year. We always think it’s going to get better, but it’s the same-old same-old.”



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