February 26, 2024

Sean McManus: Super Bowl is an “important game” for Tony Romo

Outgoing CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus addressed this week the incoming criticism of NFL analyst Tony Romo for Super Bowl LVIII. Whether warranted or not, it’s actual. And it raises the stakes for Romo.

“I do believe that because of some of the criticism, most of which I think is undeserved . . . I think it’s an important game for him no matter what,” McManus instructed Chris “Mad Dog” Russo of SiriusXM Mad Dog Radio, through Jimmy Traina of SI.com.

“I think if people really listen to Tony, and he’s not your meat-and-potatoes analyst,” McManus mentioned. “He’s more of a fan. He gets excited. We sometimes say to him, ‘Hey, calm down a little bit because you do get too into the game,’ which I think is a plus. But I think generally speaking, people really enjoy listening to [Jim] Nantz and Romo and Tracy [Wolfson].”

McManus believes the criticism is a results of groupthink, X model.

“When social media starts to turn, it really turns and it almost becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy,” McManus mentioned. “The people who really like Tony tend not to tweet. It’s mostly the negative. You get two tweets and then people pile on.”

In many respects, it’s a product of the platform. Still, Romo’s habits and vocal mannerisms are conducive to scrutiny. Sometimes, frankly, he doesn’t even end his sentences. Sometimes, he contradicts himself. Sometimes, it’s exhausting to comply with the purpose he’s making an attempt to make.

I don’t have an issue with him. I don’t assume he’s any completely different than he was when he began in 2017, and everybody cherished him. It’s a job that is conducive to sturdy opinions in each instructions. And McManus is proper; the individuals who like somebody on TV hardly ever take the time to share that with the world.

Still, sooner or later the criticism can’t be ignored by CBS. Especially with somebody like Greg Olsen now accessible, apparently, to depart Fox if provided one other community’s No. 1 spot. What if CBS decides to do to Romo what it did to Phil Simms when Romo was employed to switch Simms within the broadcast sales space? Would CBS transfer Romo to the studio, and provides Olsen the job?

Crazier issues have occurred in NFL media, and everybody’s contract on The NFL Today is up, aside from host James Brown, who just lately signed a brand new deal.