Former WWE superstar “Stone Cold” Steve Austin doesn’t think that Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has what it takes to play well in clutch moments. And that’s the bottom line, 'cause Stone Cold said so.
In a weekend interview with 105.3 the Fan in Dallas, Texas, Austin spoke out about 33-year-old Romo’s propensity to struggle in clutch situations. However, the Texas Rattlesnake used much harsher language to make his point. “My problem with Dallas is I think Tony Romo is a damn good quarterback, but he s--- the bed at the most inopportune times. So when I look for leadership, I can’t say that Tony Romo is the clear-cut leader,” Austin told the Fan.
Austin may have a point. Since taking over the Cowboys’ starting quarterback job in 2006, Romo has routinely underperformed when his team has needed him most. The most recent example occurred last season, when Romo tossed three interceptions in a week 17 matchup against the Washington Redskins, causing the Cowboys to finish the season with an 8-8 record and miss the playoffs.
According to Austin, Romo’s struggles are more of a mental concern than a physical one. During his interview with the Fan, the 48-year-old purveyor of the “Stone Cold Stunner” encouraged the Cowboys quarterback to “do some brain work.”
"I just read in the newspaper that he was going to spend more Peyton Manning-like time in the film room. Now this is, what, six, eight years into his career (he's entering his tenth year),” Austin said. “He shoulda been doin' that from the get-go. So I think he's finally understanding what the game is about. He's inherently accurate, he's got a quick release, he doesn't have the strongest arm in the world, but he can damn-sure throw it. So he just needs to do some brain work."
While Austin is a self-professed fan of Jerry Jones, he also speculated that the Cowboys owner should leave the team’s personnel decisions to someone else. “Jerry Jones? Love the guy,” Austin told the Fan. “But you’ve got to let someone else make some of the decisions. I think Jerry Jones is caught up a little too close to it.” Still, “Stone Cold” isn’t ready to abandon the Cowboys just yet. “If the Cowboys can get their s--- straight, I could say I’m a true Cowboys fan,” Austin said.