Fans and watchers were divided over CBS analyst Tony Romo’s remarks during the most recent NFL Wild Card round.
Even in occasions when Allen struggled, his compliments and seeming partiality towards Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers sparked criticism for what was believed to be bias.
Questionable Calls and Perceived Bias
During a heated play in which the Bills were debating an interception, Romo’s remarks were especially noteworthy. Jim Nantz, one of Romo’s co-commentators, noted that the ball might have touched the ground, but Romo was adamant that Allen would gain extra field time if Allen made an interception.
This fervent support for Allen—even in dubious circumstances—heightened the sense of Romo’s bias in favor of the Bills quarterback.
Romo’s Commentary Sparks Social Media Backlash
Social media users’ remarks following the game mostly criticized Romo for what they saw as his prejudice. Many fans called for his replacement, arguing that Tom Brady, who is set to join FOX, ought to take his place.
Fans questioned the impact of Romo’s seeming predilection on his objective analysis, which stoked doubts about fairness and impartiality.
Upcoming Game: Cause for Concern?
Fans are worried about Romo’s possible partiality as they look forward to the Bills versus Kansas City Chiefs Divisional round matchup. This game is a rematch of one in which Allen’s performance was praised by Romo during the regular season, in spite of an incomplete throw and a near sack. There is a chance, though, that Romo may show the same zeal for Allen and Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
As a former quarterback, Romo might not be being biased; rather, he might just be stating how much he admires excellent quarterback performance.