THIS WEEK’S INSIDE THE NFL ON SHOWTIME®:
COWBOYS QB TONY ROMO CONFRONTS WARREN SAPP ON
HIS WEEK 1 COMMENTS & PROVIDES INJURY UPDATE
On His Mindset Before Re-entering the 49ers Game with Broken Ribs…
Romo: “I just don’t want to be sitting here on Monday or Tuesday thinking that we’re 0-2”
NEW YORK (Sept. 21, 2011) – Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo surprises the formidable foursome on this week’s edition of INSIDE THE NFL—tonight, Sept. 21 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME— to discuss his rib and lung injuries as well as his late-game heroics against the 49ers just one week after Warren Sapp declared that Romo “was not made for the big stage.” Also on the injury front, Cris Collinsworth and Phil Simms discuss the best way to keep Michael Vick healthy.
Insider Michael Lombardi reports on an NFL memorandum issued earlier today regarding players faking injuries and the potential for a very long season in Kansas City.
(On his mindset before returning to Sunday’s game after suffering the injury)
ROMO: “The biggest thing going through my brain was just, ‘You just don’t want to go 0-2 in the NFL.’ That, really, is just such a hole to be in. It’s so hard to come out of. That was really the thing that kept going through my brain…If I can do anything here. I just don’t want to be sitting here on Monday or Tuesday thinking that we’re 0-2.”
ROMO: “Criticism comes with playing this position. Warren has some, obviously, skins on the wall so he’s able to say different things. And you have to accept that. As a quarterback, I did. I played poorly and I did two things that cost us a football game in the first week.”
(On his lung/rib injury and his ability to play on Monday night)
ROMO: “On the rib side, just breathing, sometimes, is harder than I want it to be. I know that… If it’s a pain related thing, it sucks but you can usually play. Either you can go out and move around or you can’t. If it’s an in-between thing, usually you end up playing. It’s football season and usually football players play football during football season.”
(On Sapp’s comment that his daughter could cover Hines Ward)
ROMO: “I wonder is Mercedes Sapp can run a 4.3, 4.4 40[-yard dash].
Sapp softened on Romo after Week 2 but was less forgiving of the Steelers.
SAPP: “By playing the Sisters of the Blind Seahawks, now that rights the ship in Pittsburgh? [Troy Polamalu] is still dragging the wagon. Who is there to cover on the Seattle Seahawks, Cris? You would start at receiver for them right now. Where were [the Steelers] last season? The pinnacle, the Super Bowl. They lost that. This group of players is coming down. It’s over.”
(On players faking injury to slow down the game)
LOMBARDI: The league, this week, sent out a memorandum to all 32 teams basically saying we’re not going to tolerate that. The league is going to look at it. They are going to bring a player in. They are going to interview him. They’re going to interrogate him. And they are going to say [to the teams], ‘Hey, if he is lying, you are fined and the player is fined.’”
(On the Chiefs slow start)
LOMBARDI: “There has been discomfort in Kansas City going back to last year when we reported that there was some friction between Todd Haley, the coach, and Scott Pioli, the general manager. And that’s kind of continued on. It’s going to be a difficult year, obviously, for them to win more than two games. They’ll be in the Andrew Luck sweepstakes for sure. This is going to be a long season.”
(On Michael Vick after taking punishment in the pocket last week)
COLLINSWORTH: “The question has become, ‘Is he safer in the pocket or is he safer playing like Mike Vick, the old Mike Vick, dropping back and scrambling around and making plays?’ Because some of the huge hits that he is taking now are coming from blitzes and standing in the pocket and getting surprised by some of the contact where you usually don’t see him take that kind hit (when he scrambles).”
SIMMS: “Can you change [Vick]? He is what he is. Andy Reid says [the Eagles] don’t try to change him or the way he plays. Let him go.”
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