Tony Romo's New Extension Does Not Sit Well With Donovan McNabb (Audio)







Donovan McNabb took issue with Tony Romo's new contract extension, despite winning one playoff game with the Dallas Cowboys.

Donovan McNabb took issue with Tony Romo’s new contract extension, despite winning one playoff game with the Dallas Cowboys.

As counterparts on teams in the NFC East division, Donovan McNabb and Tony Romo always duked it out against each other on the field.

And ever since the Philadelphia Eagles traded McNabb away three Easters ago, all he’s done is make himself look worse on a couple of other teams – including another NFC East team, the Washington Redskins.

Meanwhile, Romo is still the quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys, and thanks to a new deal reached late this afternoon, it will remain that way until at least the end of the current decade. Both parties agreed to a six-year extension, at $108 million, with just over half of the money – $55 million – guaranteed.

This definitely ticked off now-NFL Network analyst McNabb, who was so flustered, he messed up the details in his initial tweet, which was retweeted 10,000 times within an hour.

By the way, Romo’s lone playoff win – yeah, it came against the Eagles, with McNabb at quarterback. Yikes.

You know who thinks the Cowboys and Romo should have waited a few more days? NBC Sports Radio. Could you imagine if this deal went down right in the middle of the debut of his new afternoon drive show with Mark Malone, “Under Center”? Instead of dispensing his vitriol at Romo via Twitter, he would have voiced his displeasure on the air on NBCSR, in a sound byte that would have certainly generated some buzz for the new network, if not the neophyte afternoon drive show.

In the meantime, I’m sure McNabb, owner of nine playoff victories with the Eagles in his NFL career, will have something to say about Romo’s extension on tonight’s edition of “NFL Total Access” on NFL Network; he’s been appearing on the program all week.

Or will he save it for his new radio platform on Monday?

And will his new radio show last on NBC Sports Radio as long as that 5-year, $78 million deal McNabb signed with the Redskins, just weeks before he was eventually benched and later cut by the club?

And the show debuts on April Fool’s Day, of all days? You got to be kidding me.

UPDATE: McNabb conveniently was a guest on Erik Kuselias’ final evening show until he inherits morning drive next week. According to No. 5, he thought the Cowboys should have invested more money in the players around Romo, as opposed to Romo himself. Click here to listen.

Tony Romo Puts Down NFL Network's "Top 100 Players" Lists – On NFL Network

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo responded to his finishing 91st on the network's most recent "Top 100 Players" list. "I don't even put my stock into any of that stuff," said Romo, who likened the list to "a couple of guys (that) throw numbers around." Peyton Manning also made this year's list at No. 50, despite being inactive the previous season.

Since 2010, NFL Network has been presenting an annual ten-part special based on a list of the “Top 100 Players” according to votes from active NFL players. The yearly foray into discovering which NFL players are the best based on their peers doubles as multiple programming content opportunities for NFLN, mostly during the period between the NFL Draft and the start of training camps. For instance, while a “Top 100” countdown is in progress during the ten-week period, you’ll notice that the “NFL Total Access” crew will devote a segment or two to the list, either speculating how high a player would rank or how many players at a particular position would make the list, or reaction to the player rankings unveiled in the most recent installment.

You can bet your bottom dollar that “NFL AM,” the network’s new morning show which debuts in one week, will be in full swing debating the “Top 100 Players Of 2013” list next spring.

And has anyone noticed how each year, right after the countdown wraps up in late June or early July, there’s an all-day “Top 100 Players” marathon on the Fourth of July?

Like I said: multiple programming content opportunities.

Opportunities that even arise weeks after the complete list has been revealed.

On Friday, July 20, “NFL Total Access” conducted an interview with Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, via satellite from South Lake Tahoe, NV, where he would be participating in a golf tournament. And suffice it to say, over one-third of this three-minute interview focused on how Romo ranked on the “Top 100 Players Of 2012” list: out of thirteen quarterbacks that made this year’s list, Romo was ranked 91st overall, leading only Broncos-cum-Jets QB Tim Tebow (95) among other players at his position.

What would ensue would be somewhat of an awkward moment akin to “The Simpsons” or “Family Guy” mocking the FOX network.

Host Andrew Siciliano prefaced soliciting Romo’s reaction to his ranking by playing video of NFLN analyst Marshall Faulk’s reaction to Romo’s ranking, originally broadcast on April 28: “I’m tough on Tony Romo. I believe that when I watch this guy play, the skill set that he has, the talent that he is, he’s sometimes disappointing. But to say that he’s number… (looks down, reads the ranking on the list) 91 of the top 100 players of our league is just doing him a discredit. I mean, this guy is, is, is really darn good.”

Siciliano: “Are you offended? Number 91?”

Romo: “No, I mean… The reality of that, I talked to [Cowboys tight end] Jason Witten, [Cowboys wide receiver] Miles Austin, about five other guys, and I was like, ‘Who votes on this stuff? I thought it was the players.’ And I didn’t vote, Jason didn’t vote, Miles didn’t vote, so… I don’t even put my stock into any of that stuff, it’s just… you get a couple of guys, and, you know, they throw numbers around… That stuff changes every year, anyway. You go and you win a Super Bowl, you go and play well, you know, that stuff just takes care of itself. It always goes by what you did the last season.”

It was at that point that Siciliano wrapped up the “Top 100 Players” content opportunity portion of the interview by noting that Giants quarterback Eli Manning, whose team did win the Super Bowl earlier this year, ranked 31st overall.

Oddly, Siciliano neglected to mention that Manning didn’t even make the list in 2011.

Based on Romo’s comments, though, it sounds like he’s more or less mocking the whole “Top 100 Players” routine in general. I would love to be a fly on the wall in the NFLN producers’ room upon Romo effectively trashing the “Top 100” list as “a couple of guys” that “throw numbers around.” Last I checked, the list was based on votes from more than just “a couple of guys.”

Of course, the fact that Romo admitted that several Cowboys players, himself included, failed to cast their votes for the 2012 version of the “Top 100 Players” list explains why Romo’s 91st place ranking this year was lower than his position on last year’s list (72nd), despite missing over half of the previous season due to a collarbone injury. So, in Romo’s own case, at least, his ranking did not necessarily fall in line with “what you did the last season.”

Then again, one of the thirteen quarterbacks that made the “Top 100 Players Of 2012” list, Peyton Manning, finished right in the middle at No. 50, despite not playing a single snap the previous season due to a neck injury. Maybe Manning’s peers’ votes are based on respect, or perhaps a testament to how bad his Colts team performed as a result of him being on the sidelines. But when your brother wins a Super Bowl, and is only positioned nineteen spots ahead of you on the list that year, something probably doesn’t add up.

Hence one of the reasons this list is put out each year: it’s fodder for debate – debate that will largely take place on NFL Network’s studio shows, even with the players themselves.

Indeed, when NFLN approached Giants defensive end Justin Tuck for his thoughts on his quarterback’s placement on this year’s “Top 100” list following his leading the team to a Super Bowl victory, he dismissed it as “a joke.”

Don’t be surprised if Manning himself is inquired about his ranking on the list, should he make his first appearance on “NFL AM” or “NFL Total Access” after earning his second Super Bowl ring.

And don’t be surprised if Eli Manning shares the same stance as his teammate Justin Tuck – as well as his divisional counterpart, Tony Romo.

Our advice to NFL Network staffers if Eli also writes off your “Top 100 Players” list as “a couple of guys throwing numbers around”: Don’t have a cow, man.

Third Time's A Charm: Giants, Cowboys To Kickoff 2012 NFL Season, Play Third NBC Game In Nine Months

The NFL has announced that the Dallas Cowboys will square off against the New York Giants in the 2012 season "kickoff game" on Wednesday, September 5. This will be the third time in a row that these teams will be playing on NBC, and the third year in a row that the Cowboys will open their season on NBC.

A month ago, we told you that the 2012 NFL season would be kicking off on a Wednesday night. And, of course, it would involve the world champion New York Giants.

Now, we know who the first opponent in the Giants’ defense of their 2011-12 championship will be. It’s a familiar one. And it is a division rival.

But it won’t be the Washington Redskins, who opened their season with the Giants for the previous two seasons.

Instead, it’ll be the Dallas Cowboys. That’s right: for an unprecedented third time in a row, the Giants and Cowboys will be playing a regular season game on NBC. Their first regular season matchup of 2011 was not until Week 14, with their Week 17 contest flexed into “Sunday Night Football” given the “win and you’re in” factor of the game.

And now, these teams will be playing the first NFL game to be played on a Wednesday night in 64 years.

So it shall be the Giants opening the 2012 season against a team they swept last year (Cowboys), as opposed to the Redskins, who despite their 6-10 record, managed to win both games against the Giants in 2011.

No matter how much apathy you might exhibit at this decision (and there’s been quite a few on my own Twitter timeline after the announcement was first made), it was the right decision.

Considering the Redskins were players (albeit not favorites, but on the radar) in the Peyton Manning sweepstakes, had the former Colts quarterback headed to the Nation’s Capital, you can bet that it would be the Redskins, and not the Cowboys, opening the 2012 season, for the simple fact that it would be Peyton, barring a setback in his neck surgery recovery, against his little brother Eli, who has now won twice as many Super Bowls as his older brother. Of course, playing against his brother was a factor in Peyton choosing to stay in the AFC, and joining the Broncos.

And while Robert Griffin III, expected to be drafted by the Redskins, is as dynamic as the scouts say he is, he probably wouldn’t generate as much ratings gold as Tony Romo and company would deliver when they clash with the G-Men, as evidenced by their January 1 “playoffs or bust” showdown.

As for the Cowboys on NBC, the magic number is 3: Not only will this be the third consecutive time their game against the Giants will be shown on the Peacock Network, but it’s the third year in a row that the Cowboys have opened their season with a game on NBC. They hosted the Redskins on “Sunday Night Football” in Week 1 in 2010, and traveled to the Meadowlands to face the Jets in Week 1 last year. The Cowboys would lose both of those games.

And the odds don’t appear to be in the Cowboys’ favor for this year’s opener: The Super Bowl champion is a perfect 8-0 in the season “kickoff game” dating back to 2004. Throw in the Redskins’ win over the Jets in 2003, and you have nine years in a row that the home team won the “kickoff game.” (The lone road win was in 2002 by the 49ers; the team on the losing end of that one just happened to be the Giants.)

Also, as Inside Football’s Patricia Traina reminds us, the Giants have an astounding 5-1 record on games played on Wednesdays, including a perfect 2-0 in season openers played on “hump day.” (Note that these games were played way back in the mid-’20’s and early ’30’s.) This will be the first Wednesday game for the Giants in 78 years. (Efforting to get the last time, if at all, the Cowboys played a Wednesday game…)

The rest of the NFL schedule is slated to be released in the third week of April, possibly April 18 – though prior to, the league may share the matchups for certain games such as the trio to be played on Thanksgiving – the night game to be played for the first time on NBC.

But not before the first Wednesday NFL game since the merger is to be played on NBC.

An Anom-Eli: Giants' Manning Among Notable Super Bowl XLVI Players Missing From NFL's "Top 100"

Eli Manning will be playing for his second Super Bowl victory. Not bad for a player who didn't even make the "Top 100 Players" list that came out the year before. In fairness, Tom Brady was ranked No. 1 overall on the list, which was also turned into a ten-hour event on NFL Network last year.

We are at the dawning of what is known as Super Bowl Week – the six-and-a-half-day pre-game to the Big Game, where any and all amounts of parallels are made for the teams contending in the Super Bowl, as well as their players, amid the large amounts of hype being dished out to hungry sports media scribes.

You’ve been hearing about the usual Super Bowl XLII comparisons.

You’ve been hearing about how Eli Manning could win his second Super Bowl championship, which would give him twice as many titles as his big brother, Peyton.

And you’ve been hearing about how Eli could be taking care of business at the site of this year’s Super Bowl, Lucas Oil Field – which just so happens to be the home football stadium of his big brother, Peyton (although Peyton’s renewal of that lease is currently up in the air at the moment – possibly about three months’ worth of moments – thereby creating another subplot for this year’s Super Bowl).

But because there can be no shortage of talking points for Super Bowl Week, allow me to throw another slab of red meat into the mix – by reverting to the “Top 100 Players Of 2011” list. You remember this list: It was compiled based on votes from actual NFL players, and doubled as a ten-hour event on NFL Network airing in the spring of 2011, culminating on Fourth of July Weekend – and had an NFL lockout continued, no doubt would have been repeated dozens upon dozens of times this past fall.

Of the top 100 players voted by their peers, 12 of them were quarterbacks, and of these dozen QB’s, only half of their respective teams qualified for the 2011-12 NFL playoffs.

Of course, Tom Brady was ranked number one; he was among five Patriots players (defensive tackle Vince Wilfork, 35; guard Logan Mankins, 39; wide receiver Wes Welker, 50; linebacker Jerod Mayo, 62) that made the list. And there were only three Giants players that qualified for the list, and all of them were ranked in the bottom half of the Top 100 (defensive end Justin Tuck, 60; safety Antrel Rolle, 68; guard Chris Snee, 77).

That’s not a misprint. Eli Manning, who owns more Lombardi trophies than over half of the other quarterbacks that made the Top 100 list, and is about to embark on his quest for yet another one, is absent from this list.

Granted, “The Top 100 Players Of 2011,” as its title indicates, is based on the performance of the previous season by players on the list therein: the 10-6 Giants, for which Eli Manning had a touchdown-interception radio of 31:25, failed to make the playoffs; meanwhile, quarterbacks representing four of the teams that qualified for the 2010-11 NFL playoffs – Bears, Chiefs and Seahawks, all of whom won their respective divisions, as well as the other NFL franchise in New York, the Jets – didn’t make the cut.

Heck, if you wanted any indication that this Top 100 list wasn’t based on this year, I can sum it up in two words: Donovan McNabb. Yep, when this list was compiled, he had come off of his lone season with the Washington Redskins – a season in which he had more interceptions (15) than touchdowns (14). Yet, he just cracked the list, coming in at number 100.

McNabb wouldn’t even complete 100 passes (94) in his short tenure with the Minnesota Vikings the following season.

Now, some have argued whether or not any of the canonical list of Top 10 lists and Top 100 lists and Top 500 lists compiled over the years, in fields ranging from sports to spores, render any value whatsoever.

However, to say that this “Top 100 Players Of 2011” list is meaningless, especially vis a vis the results and ensuing Super Bowl matchup of the 2011-12 season, would be an insult to the NFL players whose input made this list possible in the first place.

I mean, you can’t blame the NFL players for not foreseeing that just six of the twelve quarterbacks they decided on (Brady; Drew Brees, 9; Aaron Rodgers, 11; Ben Roethlisberger, 41; Matt Ryan, 52; Joe Flacco, 90) would advance to the playoffs the following year, let alone one of the three quarterbacks in the top ten (that would be Peyton Manning, ranked second overall) not even playing a single snap. Or that Michael Vick (number 20 on the list), Philip Rivers (26) and Tony Romo (72) would just miss the playoffs. Or that the Buccaneers, led by Josh Freeman (86), would end the 2011 campaign on a ten-game losing streak. Or that McNabb would have an even worse season that the year before.

This much is certain: Regardless of the outcome of Super Bowl XLVI, Eli Manning will be a lock to make the top 20, when the NFL players put together their “Top 100 Players Of 2012” list, should one be compiled.

You can also figure twice as many Giants players that made the list in 2011, would factor into the 2012 version.

And you can bet that when these players are asked to come up with those worthy of making the 2012 Top 100 list, and such lists for years to come, Donovan McNabb will not even cross any of their minds.

Oh, and you can also guarantee that Tim Tebow will be ranked pretty high on the list, as well.

Though, give the players credit: one of the quarterbacks playing in this year’s Super Bowl just happened to be named the number one player on the “Top 100 Players Of 2011” list. Not too shabby.

The other quarterback? Nowhere to be found.

And if said other quarterback wins Super Bowl XLVI? Well, forget about Peyton Manning and the future of the Indianapolis Colts – it’s time to flip the script on these lists.