Serving as a speaker at an Athletics Luncheon at SMU in Dallas, Favre addressed several ideas regarding quarterback play and Tony Romo in particular. Favre was quoted several times by the Dallas Morning News.
"It’s the ultimate team sport," said Favre... "I think it’s misleading to say that a quarterback has wins and losses and say he was a part of one playoff victory. I think there are a lot of factors that go into the success of not only Tony Romo but any player. Just what little bit I’ve watched the last couple of years, it seems like they were a little bit in disarray offensively. I thought he did a good job, from what I saw, of managing and making plays.
"Does that get you in trouble sometimes when you try to do too much? Sure it does. But I think I’d rather have a guy who’s willing to take those chances."
Of course, as someone who was known as the ultimate gunslinger QB, and who along with the all-time record for career touchdown passes (508) holds the all-time records for career interceptions (336) and sacks (525) it is understandable that he would feel this way.
However, Favre also shed some light onto why he thinks Romo feels the need to try to to do too much, and what the Cowboys can do to give Romo the opportunity to pull in the reigns and play a little closer to the vest.
"I like the way he plays," Favre said. "I think there’s times that he’s made plays or decisions that were bad. But I think based on how the team has played or the way that the game has gone, for the most part, has kind of dictated the way his decision-making has played into it.
"I guess the way for me to explain it would be that if the Cowboys offense is going according to plan, say you’re up by 14, or you’re never out of it and your running game is OK, and you know where everyone is going to line up and you know what you’re going to get out of your defense, then I think he would probably play less recklessly. I think it just kind of falls in line with how maybe the season or the game goes."
Coming from a guy who played with varying levels of talent on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball throughout his career, it is reasonable to believe that he knows the types of things that would run through the mind of a quarterback in Romo's position.
So, depending on how you view a former player like Favre as an evaluator, these should be encouraging words for fans. A guy who has proven he knew what it would take to get to the top, believes that Romo has those traits, and that if he can get the right group surrounding him, he could take the next step and lead a deep playoff run.