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Retired New York Giants WR Amani Toomer: Tony Romo a Better Quarterback than Eli Manning

July 5th, 2012 at 4:11 PM
By Dan Benton

With a significant amount of attention again being paid to retired New York Giants running back Tiki Barber in recent days, it was actually his former teammate, wide receiver Amani Toomer, who stole the show on Thursday. While appearing on Sirius XM radio, Toomer said he believes Dallas Cowboys signal caller Tony Romo is a better quarterback than Eli Manning.

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"Tony Romo is probably the best quarterback in the NFC East," Toomer said. "When you talk about consistency … that guy can play. He's a top upper-echelon quarterback."

Take a moment and allow that to sink in.

If fans are unable to forgive Barber, who has since taken a step back and praised Manning, the reaction to Toomer's latest comments are sure to be drastically worse. And given Eli's tremendous success in clutch situations compared to Romo's routine failures when facing the same pressures, it's hard to understand Toomer's logic … or lack thereof. Then, of course, there are the Super Bowl rings and MVP's.

In recent months, Toomer has made it a habit to say headline-grabbing things and that habit is now becoming a pattern.

Back in mid-March, Toomer got into a vicious and personal Twitter exchange with tight end Jeremy Shockey, calling him a bad teammate and worse person. Then, in early May, Toomer made it a point to criticize yet another former teammate, this time quarterback Kurt Warner, saying his opinions about the violence of football was an attempt to "trash the game."

Perhaps it would be in Toomer's best interest to heed his own advice and "keep his opinions to himself."

But we digress. The Romo/Manning argument is old and tired at this point, and quite frankly, it's clearly one-sided. Taking nothing away from a talented Tony Romo, he's not on the same level as Eli Manning and anyone who truly believes he is, well … let's just say they don't belong debating sports with the grown ups.

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40 Responses to “Retired New York Giants WR Amani Toomer: Tony Romo a Better Quarterback than Eli Manning”

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  1.  alexia10 says:

    You know what? After reading this, my only thought was, “What a shame.” Bye bye Toomer. You are officially a tool.

  2.  Levito says:

    Heresy! Blasphemy!
    Seriously though, did he give any reasoning for his logic? I’d love to hear what it is about Romo that Toomer sees as better? Romo throws for more TDs, generally, but that’s about it. It certainly isn’t Romo’s durability, performance in the clutch, post-season winning percentage or anything tangible.

  3.  fanfor55years says:

    You have to take what Amani say with a grain of salt. He was very bitter about his last years with the Giants. He thought they pushed him aside for Burress and felt that he should have remained “The Man” toward whom Eli looked first on every play. And he most definitely did not like that he, who was always a class act, was overrun by a guy like Burress who missed dozens of position meetings, practiced only when he felt like it, and still was the biggest target come Game Day. This is just the latest in a number of sort of snarky comments he has made about his former team. I really don’t care what he thinks about quarterbacks any more than I care what Jaworski thinks (a guy who actually played the position but still has his head up his rear). I liked Amani as a player and always will. I hope he doesn’t completely burn the bridge.

    This is completely off-topic, but I had a big argument with a very knowledgeable fellow Giants fan over our barbecued dinners last night. He remains quite unhappy that Reese has not brought in “an elite linebacker” in all these years of drafting and signing free agents. He wants us to have an equivalent to what the Niners have at their second level of the defense.

    Personally, I think we are now in GREAT shape at linebacker. We have a large number of very good players, four of whom could prove elite (Kiwi, Williams, Rivers and Herzlich at full health) and one of whom has certainly become Pro Bowl caliber (Boley). More important, we have a group that Fewell can make use of for a variety of types of packages depending upon situation. It is the DEPTH of solid players at that position that excites me. While we may not be able to match San Francisco with our first three linebackers, we don’t really have to because we are capable of putting out a better defensive line and defensive backfield than are they. And, just as critically, we can run a group of as many as eight linebackers into a game if we like (really, in most games, only six will dress) that will allow us to match up quite well to the down-and-distance and stage of the game circumstances. That is a luxury that I think very few teams will have. I think linebackers have become a significant positive for this defense, a far cry from the case just a few years ago.

    •  Paul Tierney says:

      I think your right in that JR should not have gone out and signed a big name linebacker. In today’s NFL, you need to know what you can spend money on and where you should rely on low risk/ high reward players. With the NFL’s evolution into a passing league, its important to have a great defensive line and secondary. While it would be nice to have great LB core as well, their importance has been devalued as many successful teams do not run the ball as much. The position does not mean as much as it once did. JR knows that, and he has spent the team’s money wisely in other positions, while still picking up some great young, athletic players to man the linebacking core.

      That being said, if we see more teams going to the two TE sets that the Patriots have been using lately, we could see teams place more emphasis on the LB position again. The NFL is constantly changing and evolving, but right now LB and even RB are just not where most teams should be spending their money.

  4.  wlubake says:

    Not to cut Toomer too much slack, because he knew what he was stepping in when he made this comment, but this is probably a tough comparison for him to be objective on. He likely compares what he sees of Romo now versus what he experienced playing with Eli years ago. That comparison might give Romo an edge. However, Eli is five times the QB that Toomer played with. It’s probably just hard for Amani to look at Eli today and not see the somewhat scatter-shot QB he played with back in 2007.

    •  JimStoll says:

      For years I thought we Giant fans were unjustifiably demeaning of Tony’s abilities. But overall, I think it is impossible to straight-faced argue that Romo is even in eli’s league, let alone better than he.
      Regardless of the 7-7 record through Week 14 last season, Eli himself was playing other-wordly. The team easily could have been 3-11 but for his 4th Q comebacks against Arizona, New England, Dallas and Buffalo.
      When Tony had the opportunity to come up big, he ultimately collapsed (Giants I)

      So whatever Amani is smoking he should put it out and clear his head.

  5.  yatittlefan says:

    Good Grief! If it was Amani’s intention to cause an uproar, he succeeded. I could care less, but ironically, a co-worker at work (and a good friend) who is a DIEHARD Cowboys fan who has spoken numerous unutterables about Eli Manning just said Amani’s comment is, “Absolute donkey crap!”

    Lol. C’mon, Amani. And that came from a Cowboys fan. You just might have committed career suicide a la Tiki. Bravo. You ****.

    •  ERICHONIUS says:

      Well some cowboy fans think less of romo than even the most hardline giants fans…

      •  yatittlefan says:

        Romo gets a lot of undue grief. But for Amani, of all people, to say that is…bizarre.

        My co-worker/ friend thinks Amani has a screw loose. He finds it very disengenuous. And there is nothing stranger than a Cowboys fan sticking up for Eli. But Amani has achieved it.

  6.  Grateful Giants says:

    Former NY Giants Linebacker Antonio Pierce proclaims that Chicken Wings are healthier than light bulbs.

  7.  ERICHONIUS says:

    Not a smart move by Toomer… but to be honest he is entitled to his opinion and it isn’t a ridiculous argument to make. I mean for an objective discussion, such as one between a Bears fan and a Dolphins fan, a good argument could be made for either QB.
    Really this is not as bad as Tiki’s transgressions. Toomer is just making a comparison, not a criticism. Tiki just went out, and for no apparent reason, blasted Eli. Then, for years, stuck to those criticisms despite increasing evidence to the contrary.
    Toomer’s criticisms of Shockey are in my opinion warranted, perhaps the wording is extreme, but overall Shockey WAS a bad teammate. Just look at the facts, Eli’s career took off just after Shockey went down in the 2007 season. The giants traded him after that season (when he acted like a child and refused to come out of the locker room during practice).

  8.  Chad Eldred says:

    I just don’t get Toomer. I’ve listened to him quite a bit when he pinch-hit as a guest host on Sirius. Most of the time he is articulate and insightful. Then he will intermittently sprinkle some ridiculous stuff in his commentaries that makes me question how bright he actually is. I can’t figure out if these comments are sincere, or if he is trying to generate some publicity with his incendiary remarks.

  9.  yatittlefan says:

    Amani has definitely put his foot in his mouth a few times. He thinks he’s being uncompromising, just tellin’ it like it is, but he comes off as an imbecile in those moments.

    Hope Toomer alters himself and grows into a decent sports commenter. Not just a shock jock who exploits his former team mates. Especially someone who helped him win a ring. Jeez.

  10.  fanfor55years says:

    I don’t know if some site like YouTube has old interviews with Amani in his last few years with the Giants (as you might discern, I am not a habitue of YouTube) but I’m telling you, if you are perceptive you will see the bitterness seeping through his seemingly bland remarks. I liked Amani. Still do. But he felt he was treated badly after having been the guy who did things right yet found himself shunted aside when a Golden Child (Burress) showed up, misbehaved as much as did Shockey (albeit in different ways), but was Eli’s primary target on Sundays. He wouldn’t accept that he had finally become a #2-#3 receiver after carrying the receiving corps on his back for years. And then came Hakeem Nicks, who was a natural coming right out of North Carolina, and inevitably the sad day that Jerry Reese had to tell him he wasn’t in their plans.

    That bitterness will take some time to dissipate. In the process he will say some stupid things that he might later regret. Pay that no mind. His words cannot diminish what Eli Manning has become. Look at it the right way: maybe Eli will take that as fuel with which to come out and prove something on September 5.

    •  yatittlefan says:

      Agree with you about the underlying bitterness. It’s too bad. Eli is such a decent fellow. Some think nothing of exploiting the guy to advance their career.

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