While most of Cowboys Nation was unified in celebration after yesterday’s big win over the Kansas City Chiefs, two members of the Cowboys fraternity were at odds. After Tony Romo made a fairly benign joke regarding Deion Sanders’ notorious tackling woes during his CBS broadcast, Sanders fired back on NFL Network with some direct shots at Romo’s lack of postseason success.
After Chiefs’ cornerback Marcus Peters appeared to duck under Ezekiel Elliott instead of going for a tackle, Romo jokingly compared him to Deion Sanders. While arguably the greatest cornerback of all time, Sanders was well-known for avoiding contact and taking the path of least resistance on tackles. Peters’ half-hearted dive when confronted with Zeke certainly reminded me of the Primetime I watched for many years.
Apparently Deion didn’t agree, though. At the least, he didn’t like being called out by Romo. Later on his NFL Network show, Sanders fired back at Romo in a clip that quickly went from funny to uncomfortable.
NYSportsCast on Twitter: “Tony Romo has to regret putting Deion Sanders on blast… #NFL #Cowboys https://t.co/m8oiMAkcKI / Twitter”
Tony Romo has to regret putting Deion Sanders on blast… #NFL #Cowboys https://t.co/m8oiMAkcKI
As you can see, Sanders wasted no time going at Romo’s playoff record and lack of championships. That he mentioned “burying the hatchet” suggests the two may have had some animosity in the past, likely regarding Deion’s consistent criticism during Romo’s time as the Cowboys’ quarterback. Deion was not only a strong critic but also, last year, strongly endorsed Dak Prescott and encouraged Romo to retire.
Romo’s joke may have been at Prime’s expense, but it was hardly a unique one. If Sanders isn’t used to hearing the cracks about his tackling by now, he’ll never be.
It’s a good thing Deion has that gold jacket, because apparently he’s got some pretty thin skin underneath it.