Co-Hosting on Sirius XM NFL Radio’s Movin’ the Chains Thursday afternoon, former Giants WR Amani Toomer and Host Tim Ryan took a call from a fan asking who they thought would win the NFC East.
The former Giant was quick with an answer and said that he thought the Cowboys had the best chance:
“I’m thinking the Cowboys, I just think that they” Tim Ryan butts in and says “That’s sacrilegious!” Amani continues with “It really is, but you know, you gotta call it like you see it, and I just feel that the Cowboys, who were one game away from going [to the playoffs] last year. Hopefully they get Dez Bryant back and healthy this year for the whole year, and Miles Austin, those two guys together can really… they haven’t played alot together because of the injury situation”
He then dives in to the Quarterback situation in the NFC East and it’s not one that many might have expected:
“and Tony Romo, who’s probably, if you look at him statistically, he’s probably the best QB in the NFC East. I mean, you look at Eli Manning and what he does in the fourth quarter, But when you look at consistency, and talk about 31 touchdowns and only ten interceptions, that guy can play.” said Toomer ”All the Cowboy fans that are out there saying that he can’t play and saying they don’t like him, you gotta really look at what you’re getting. You can’t replace a guy like that because he is a top, upper-echelon quarterback, and I just don’t see why he’s getting blamed for all these things that really aren’t his fault.”
Tim Ryan chimes in and says “I agree with everything you just said, with the exception of the best quarterback in the NFC East. If I started a team and I had to get one of the QB’s in the East tomorrow, it would be Eli Manning.”
Amani comes back with “Yeah, Okay, Alright.. That’s fair, that’s fair but I’m talking about for me, if I wanted a guy that is gonna throw less interceptions and be more productive with a higher completion percentage, I’m gonna go with Tony Romo.”
Tim Ryan: “I wanna guy that’s droppin dimes in crunch time”
Toomer: “Yeah.. thats.. uh.. at cruch time he’s not as good as Eli, but every other time, he’s pretty darn good.”
The talks continued throughout the show, and there were plenty of Giants fans that called in and spoke their minds on Amani’s take. The conversation on Sirius XM then went National, and many other analysts and broadcasters voiced their opinions.
Mike Freeman of CBSSports tweeted this shortly after:
If you believe Romo is better than Eli, you need to reevaluate your football knowledge.
— mike freeman (@realfreemancbs) July 5, 2012
Freeman wasn’t the only one to weigh in on the situation either, as it was a topic of discussion on Twitter all night, and it has continued into this morning. For four hours on The Morning Kickoff this morning, in which Amani Toomer was Co-Hosting with Ross Tucker, they took four hours of phone calls on the discussion. Giants fans haven’t had the same reaction as Toomer, and for one of the All-Time Great Giants, they fans seem to be a bit upset with him.
Now for me, I’d take Eli Manning as well, but the numbers don’t lie. Tony Romo is a pretty solid quarterback and if he can improve just a little bit – Amani may be right, the Cowboys may finally get over that hump and win in the playoffs.
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