It was a rough day for Texas football fans on Sunday. The last pass thrown by Tony Romo was an interception that set up a game-winning field goal for the Denver Broncos, and the first pass thrown by Matt Schaub was an interception that the 49ers returned for a touchdown, which set the tone for Houston’s 34-3 prime-time loss in San Francisco.
Beyond the fact that the two quarterbacks threw interceptions on back-to-back pass attempts, their days actually had little in common: Schaub completed just over half of his passes for 173 yards, no touchdowns, and three interceptions, while Romo went 25 of 36 for 506 yards and five touchdowns, resulting in an historic game (only five other quarterbacks have thrown for 500 yards and five touchdowns in a game before).
Still, that didn’t stop the reactions to both Texas quarterbacks from being equally vitriolic. The flavor was a little different—Texans fans, who’ve watched an elite defense suffer by its association with an offense that gives up points every single game, are angry, while Cowboys fans, who’ve seen Romo interceptions cost them countless games throughout the years, are more jaded—but there are a whole lot of NFL football fans throughout the state of Texas right now who have a lot of unkind things to say about the men who quarterback their teams.
And where do those fans feel especially emboldened to make their disgust with the passers known? Twitter, naturally. Here’s a sampling of the responses to Schaub’s night.
Three times as many fans cast a vote of no-confidence in Schaub as endorsed him in the informal ESPN Twitter poll, and it’s no surprise—at his best, Schaub’s only ever been pretty good, and now that he looks like a liability, the hope that there might be a pretty good T.J. Yates waiting is awfully appealing.
So it’s no surprise to see that Texans fans are comfortable taking to Twitter to assail that their starter. But it is a little surprising to see Cowboys fans do the same with Tony Romo. Romo’s career day was one bad pass shy of flawless—he posted a better quarterback rating than the opposing Peyton Manning, the future Hall Of Fame Broncos quarterback who’s in the midst of a career-best season—but when you’re Tony Romo, that one bad pass is all anyone ever wants to talk about.
Romo did have his defenders, but they were mostly in relation to the battle of the I-45 corridor: Cowboys fans may be pissed at Tony Romo, but they’re even more pissed at the Texans fans who see Romo’s ongoing turnover struggles as a reason to gloat. Still, the final tweet below seems to sums up how most fans of both teams feel right now: