Tony Romo on Why Bill Belichick is Best Football Mind He's Ever Been Around

(WEEI) -- Tony Romo has been around a ton of football people over the years, not only as a player but now as an analyst for CBS where he meets with coaches and players each and every week.

But according to him, no one compares to Bill Belichick.

In an interview with sister station 105.3 "The Fan" in Dallas, Romo explained why and noted just how good his gameplans were against the Chiefs and Rams.

“From a football mind standpoint, I really don’t know that I have met anybody really that close," Romo said. "He’s rare. A lot of times I will ask coaches and other people certain questions that I know are probably a little bit difficult, but it kind of shows me real quick whether or not they have answers. ... Bill Belichick, he’s not going to go into a game feeling like we don’t have answers, and when I say that, everyone says he’s going to take away what you do best, they think he’s going to double-team the opponents best player — I’m like, ‘No, you have to understand, he’s taking away the inside run, while he’s taking away the inside receivers -- Antonio Brown, or someone.' It’s like, they know he’s going to take away Antonio Brown, but he takes away multiple things and he does it differently the next time he plays you from different looks.

“What he did in the Super Bowl was really one of the great — him and Brian Flores — one of the greatest defensive performances I have ever seen in football. And really in the AFC title game. He went to Kansas City and in that first half, Kansas City couldn’t do anything. These two offenses, you saw what happened when these two teams played (each other). These two are great offensive units with very good systems, but what he did was really, really impressive. 

“When I am around him I learn. That is really a joy when you can really learn something more about football with people around. When you have people who can teach you the game after you have been studying it for 15-20 years, that is a joy. I have honestly learned every time I am around him. He’s really, really special."

Romo also noted his ability to take chances is what separates him from other great coaches.

“He genuinely is not scared to go outside the box," he said. "And I find in the NFL very few teams vary from what they do. So what he does then is he drafts people that he believes can adapt from week-to-week.”

Listen to the full interview below (Belichick stuff starts at 23:05).