Cowboyz1 Posted November 27, 2009 Share Posted November 27, 2009 (edited) Well here we go. We made it thought the short week and I must say I am quite proud of the way these boys handled the Raiders and I am quite pleased at the way they corralled the Skins this past Sunday. However, enough with the tune ups, play time is over, these next five games are were the rubber meets the road. This isn't for the casual fan or Cowboy haters. It's for those who bleed stars and dream of the days that made America's team, America's team. It's for those with hearts scared from bitter defeat yet calloused over ready for another run. It's for us Homers that want to know, could this be the year? To be honest, I wasn't sure what to make of this 8-3 record. Now I can throw out a bunch of stats showing how well Romo is doing this year compared to the rest of the league, with 300 games numbers, wins and losses as a starter and Austin's this and Witten's that. I can also throw out how the Defense is stingy, with points allowed, pressures and what not. I can even point to Wade's 30-13 record with the Cowboys..blah blah blah. It all sounds promising. What I want to know is this. Can they do it when it has to be done? Is there magic in the air? Has Romo matured enough to take the next step? For that matter has the team matured enough? Evidence, I want evidence. I want to feel like they're ready. So I look at the key components to winning big. 1. QB, do we have a clutch QB that when he has to make a play he does? Does he have that "we are not going to lose this game fellas" fire in his eye's when he looks at the guys in the huddle? Well, I have seen him throw 5 picks in a game and find a way to win, that was huge, cause mentally, I can't say I have seen that in a QB since, well, Farve. I have seen him play hurt and still find a way. I have seen his spirit crushed, ego dismantled and pride decimated, yet he still fights on and says I will get better. And he did. He is elusive enough to make a guy miss yet poised enough to find the open receiver just after a guy tried to pluck his head off. In his third year now I have watched him learn that he doesn't have to do it all himself, protect the football while running and take the sack when nothings there and trust his defense to get him the ball back. I count one bonehand throw this year and not one careless fumble. In the past I would curse him saying "tuck the bankety blank ball when you scramble" geezz and that was when he didn't fumble and actually got the first down. Now I don't see him run without the ball tucked firmly in his ribs. I see growth and accuracy. I see grit and I see wisdom in this kid. So Check, I want to believe he is ready to take the next step. He has already broken more records for a Cowboys QB then I can rattle off here so it's believable that he has what it takes. 2. RB do we have the running game to get the tough yards when they have to be gotten? Well there is no question in my mind the three backs we have can get the job done. No question. Barber, Felix and Choice could quite possibly be the best running back trio in the league. Tash, Smash and Dash have all the skills combined to be Emmitt incarnate. So Check 3. Defense, do we have the men to put the D in defense? I suppose I should break this down a bit. Dline, can they stop the run? I should say so. Between Olshansky, Spears, Bowen, and Ratliff they have the horses to tangle with any O line. Ratliff is having as great a season as any 3-4 nose in the business. Backers, James and Brooking are all over the field and play with fire. Ware and Spenc can bring it off the edges. No question we can bring pressure. Secondary, Jenkins is a baller, Newman is Newman and Scandrick is scrapy. Safety play has been very solid as I don't remember the last time they were beaten deep. But there is a question mark here. Can these youngsters step up their level of play with it all on the line? I just can't put a check mark here because I haven't seen them do it yet. I know the pressure helps but not enough picks to tell me they know exactly what they're doing out there all the time. Yeah their braking up the balls but with the kinds of pressure we're bringing there should be more INTs Right? 4. Coaching, no matter what people say about big games lost under Wade and such, there is no question that Wade knows what he is doing. The team loves him and plays hard for him. No he is not JJ or Parcells but he knows how to coach football and what tells me that is how the team adjusts during games, especially on defense. He dials up the right changes on D when teams get something going then all of a sudden it stops. That's good coaching. He is more in the style of Dungy, who lets his players play but prepares them well. His coaching style needs leaders on the field though, like Dungy had in Manning and B. Sanders. Am I saying Romo is Manning, NO but can he play to a Manning level at some point, I believe he can. 5. Special teams- Joe D has the special teams playing lights out. This is one of the best special teams unit in the biz. This unit is playing better than I have seen in years for the Cowboys. When Crayton is running punts back for touchdowns, the defenders must be either on the ground or blocked up period, check that, on the ground. I am a little concerned about Folk but he has been money in a pitch. So special teams Check! 6. O line can these five horsemen protect Romo and own the line of scrimmage. From what I have seen, they have been pretty solid. It also helps that Bennett and Witten are such good blockers. O line is solid. Check 7. WR's do we have enough playmakers at wide out that can make the impossible play. Well here again, I just don't quite know what to think here. I mean Austin has been out of his mind, then Sam Hurdish, then out of his mind. Roy is a good WR but just hasn't clicked yet. Witten is Witten. I have seen teams do it with less so I have to say they have to be good enough. So Check. Lastly, the intangibles, killer instinct, game management smarts, like getting a free 5 yards while a slow a$$ defender is running off the field or jumping back into a defender to draw the PI. I saw Romo miss an opportunity for getting 5 twice so far, now maybe it just wasn't possible at the time. I also saw Austin with a chance to get a sure PI call but didn't. I'm just saying these are the things that Championship ball clubs know how to do. So what say you Cowboy Homers, are you on the fence, don't think they have what it takes, or are you all in, like me, ready to get your heart broke one more time for a chance to shout at the top of your lungs, the Cowboys are, dare I say "Champions"..........Again. We're about to see some serious football. Just look at this schedule. It's a widow maker. It will surely either make a champion or break one. Sun, Dec 6 @ New York Giants (must win, got to break their backs and a win here would do it) Sun, Dec 13 SAN DIEGO (at least it's at home) Sat, Dec 19 @ New Orleans(super soft schedule, not sure who they are yet) Sun, Dec 27 @ Washington (W can't lose this one unless we have won the previous three) Sun, Jan 3 PHILADELPHIA (may mean everything, may mean nothing) See ya in Decemba If your not a die hard Boys fan, that was 3 minutes your never going to get back! Edited November 27, 2009 by Cowboyz1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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