Today, CBS Sports President Sean McManus stepped up to defend Tony Romo while shedding light on some intriguing backstage details during an interview with Chris “Mad Dog” Russo on SiriusXM on Thursday.
When Russo inquired whether Sunday’s Chiefs-Niners Super Bowl is a pivotal moment for Romo to silence his critics, McManus provided some insights.
“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 remarked.
“I think if people really listen to Tony, and he’s not your traditional analyst. He’s more of a fan. He gets excited. We sometimes advise 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 Nantz and Romo and Tracy [Wolfson].
“When social media starts to turn, it really turns and it almost becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. The people who really like Tony tend not to tweet. It’s mostly the negative. You get two tweets and then people pile on.”
While Romo’s enthusiasm initially endeared him to viewers, toning down the hyperbole could certainly aid his cause, as McManus acknowledged they sometimes counsel Tony to dial it back.