Romo is Cowboys' achilles heel
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Are the Cowboys the most overrated team in the NFL? Well, is the sun going to come up tomorrow? A strong yes to both, even more so regarding the Cowboys, to be honest. The fact that several media outlets had Dallas as a legitimate Super Bowl contender was laughable from the get-go, let alone after they totally dropped the ball -and held the defensive end - in Washington.
As long as Tony Romo is at the helm of the 'Boys, they'll never win it all. Never. Ever. Ever. For as good as he's become - and he's definitely in the game's top third of QBs - he just doesn't have what it takes to bring it all home. Sure we're bringing up the past here, but remember the dropped extra point in Seattle in 2006? Of course you do. Well, superstars, even in their infancy, don't make enormous mistakes like that. That play is basically a microcosm of what Romo's career has been - solid play, even strong at times, ruined by a costly mistake. You're never out of a game against Dallas, as long as Romo is still in the contest.
But the Cowboys are still the Cowboys - so it's a lot easier to anoint them as a title contender than a team like, say, the Texans - even though Houston is probably a more talented bunch. And we didn't even get to the coach. You can rank the league's 32 head coaches right now and not find Wade Phillips on that list. For those scoring at home, he might not even make the top 40.
So, who had the Giants and Redskins in their office pools as the two teams that would be tied atop the NFC East after Week 1? Of course no one did. That's because the football world wouldn't allow you to. Not with the Cowboys in the same division. So what that they really don't warrant all the attention and hype? They're Dallas; surely they've earned it, right? What with all the playoff wins they've accumulated in the past decade or so.
Now I'm not going to be a total hypocrite here, as I did select Dallas to win the NFC East this season in my publication, The Giant Insider. But I explained that Dallas was going to win the division clearly by default, due to the lack of ability of the rest of the all-of-a-sudden watered down NFC East. And the selection was followed by the solid prediction that Dallas would do absolutely nothing once it reached the playoffs. Not a thing.
Every year a team or two comes out of nowhere and makes a run at the whole thing. Trying to figure out which team or two that will be is always fun, yet frustrating. It would be a lot easier just to pick the team that's supposed to be good and won't be. That would be the Dallas Cowboys and that would be an easy pick year after year after year.
September 14, 2010; 12:35 AM ET
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