No, I think they are very important. VERY. Just trying to put things into perspective. The question is what are they important for? Are they important so you can row a lot? Well, of course you want to progress and be as strong as possible on any exercise, but do you do rows just so you can be good at rowing? Or is rowing part of an overall balanced plan to be strong? And what is your way of showing that strength?
Anyway, all that aside I meant to respond to this:
I think I'm going to just have to man up and throw my ego aside when I do rows. Drop some weight and do the reps right. Well, I have some work to do I guess....
Absolutely. That's the bottom line, IMO. Don't be so greedy and take the time.