Sep 10, 2017; Nashville, TN, USA; NFL former quarterback Tony Romo in the booth during the Tennessee Titans game against the Oakland Raiders at Nissan Stadium.  Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Tony Romo has drawn rave reviews from many NFL fans during his first month calling NFL regular season games, but one legendary broadcaster has not been the slightest bit impressed with the former quarterback’s work.

Brent Musburger, who officially retired from calling games earlier this year to pursue a sports handicapping business, told the Vegas Stats & Information Network this week that he believes Romo is off to a terrible start.

“Tony, get off it,” Musburger said. “First of all, you’re intruding on your play-by-play man, Jim Nantz, whose just trying to give us the scene. We like to watch the game, OK? … The more years you spend away from the league, you’re gonna know less and less about the personnel that’s out on the field. So I’m blowing a ‘stop the hype’ right now.”

Romo and Nantz have sounded a bit more uncomfortable together than Nantz sounded with former broadcasting partner Phil Simms, but that was to be expected. There are going to be some growing pains for an ex-player who has no experience in the booth. One of the reasons CBS was so confident in offering Romo a huge role is that his work ethic is undeniable, so he should only be expected to get better.

Romo has shown off his insane football IQ by predicting plays before they happen, and fans seem to enjoy that. There are times when it could sound a bit arrogant, but, again, that’s something he can and will work on. For the most part, Romo has drawn rave reviews from viewers.

If Romo thought bulletin board material only existed as a motivator during his playing days, Musburger just showed him he was wrong.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.



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