Toomer, appearing on ESPN Radio with Michael Kay, said he researched the
stats beforehand and that they point to the Cowboy QB.
"I'm not dissing Eli," he told Kay. "It's more of an affirmation of Tony
and how good he is."
Toomer's argument is that Romo's stats are better and that Manning has been
on better teams with better support, hence his eight playoff wins (and two Super
Bowls) to Romo's one.
"Of course he's proved he can do it but he's proved that he could do it
within the function of a great team, a great organization, the same head coach
and he's been in the same system the entire time," he said of his
"I talked with Zach Thomas who played with Tony Romo under Wade Phillips and
he said it was a joke. They were listening to rap music before the practices.
They weren't focusing in at all. And what's Tony Romo going to do in that type
"There are a lot of advantages that Eli has had and I realize that he's taken
advantage of them but you've got to look at the numbers and how productive Tony
Romo has been over his entire career and you've got to match up the
In fact, Toomer took that a little further.
"I think you belittle the rest of the Giants by saying Eli's won eight
playoff games, Eli's won this," he said. "He has but he's been on some really
good teams that jelled well together on these playoff runs."
Toomer said he was ready to pile on Romo a couple of weeks ago, but was doing
some show prep for his SIRIUS radio show with Tom Ryan when he began to look at
"I was all set ... Romo's no good, he's a fourth-quarter choke and then I
started doing my job," he said. "I started looking at the numbers, I started
looking at the fourth quarter statistics. I started looking at the quarterback
rating and was shocked. I was shocked at how good Tony Romo's statistics really
were. This guy is very impressive."
Then, on Thursday his co-host, Tim Ryan, said that Manning was the best QB in
the NFC East and predicted that the Giants would win the division again.
"And I was like, 'wait a minute.' All this information I had gathered on Tony
Romo, I couldn't let him get away with it," Toomer said. "So I said, 'you know
what? Tony Romo could be statistically a better quarterback.'"
Kay asked Toomer if he had to pick either to win a game with, which QB he'd
pick. He said it was an unfair question because he played with Manning who is
No. 1 in his heart.
"I love Eli. I respect the hell out of him," he said. "But I've got to do my
job and go beyond what the perception is because perception doesn't go hand in
hand with the reality."
Kay asked Toomer if he understand the reaction of Giants fans who have lumped
him in with Tiki Barber, another Manning critic.
"I do and I love the Giants fans as well. I also have a job to do and I don't
think they'd want me to just sit up there and wave my Giants flag," he said. "I
don't think I'd have as much credibility on the national stage. I'm
trying to be as objective as I can and I hope Giants fans understand
"I loved being a Giant and I love Eli Manning. He was one of the best guys I
ever played with. He was the guy who after I got released by the Giants, he was
the only one who stepped up and gave me a phone call and told me how much he
appreciated my help to develop him as a quarterback."