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Ken Palmer

Ken Palmer

Authored three books on the Giants and has covered the Giants for the past 15 years for The Giant Insider.

Romo is Cowboys' achilles heel


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.

By Ken Palmer  |  September 14, 2010; 12:35 AM ET  | Category:  Dallas Cowboys , New York Giants , Philadelphia Eagles , Washington Redskins Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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First of all the author is a Giant fan posing as a Redskins writer -- of course he's gonna bash America's team. Romo is the Cowboy's Achilles heel like this schmuck (Palmer) is a Pulitzer prize winning author. Give it up. You are Never, Ever, Ever, gonna matter or amount to anything you incompetent buffoon.

Posted by: abumoham99 | September 14, 2010 12:23 AM

The author is a Giants fan posing as a Redskins writer? Dude, maybe you should actually read this stuff before commenting, or at the very least, understand what you read.

Did you not notice the little section about the author above the body of the article? "Author Ken Palmer. Authored three books on the Giants and has covered the Giants for the past 15 years for The Giant Insider."

Exactly how is this guy trying to pass himself off as a secret Redskins writer? I knew Cowboys fans were dumb, but I guess they have gotten even dumber than I thought possible.

Posted by: josetucson | September 14, 2010 8:14 AM

The Giant's Own, Mr. Palmer, could easily say the same things about Eli Manning, who's inconsistencies and bonehead plays have been overcome by his team time and time again.

That play at the end of the first half is so overblown. Every team has a play that they would love to have back in a season. Romo wasn't to blame for the false starts, holding penalties, fumble, and missed extra point. In fact, he and Austin were the only Cowboys on offense that seemed to want to win. If he scored that TD at the end, we wouldn't be talking about this at all.

Posted by: Chigliak | September 14, 2010 8:49 AM

Romo is not the main problem. JERRY JONES is the problem. Without Jerry Jones you wouldn't have Wade Phillips. Without Jerry Jones it's questionable you would have Romo. Yes Romo can make some bone-headed plays. But Dallas is an extremely talented team. They just don't have any discipline (penalties are proof of this). That starts at the top. Jerry Jones won't relinquish control, therefore he has a yes-man for a coach. Place all the blame on Jones, the rest of the organization is a reflection of him.

Posted by: hodedofome | September 14, 2010 11:17 AM

Hey JoseTucson, there is something called dramatic sarcasm - clearly a white trash racist like yourself from AZ wouldn't understand as they teach that in secondary school.

Posted by: abumoham99 | September 14, 2010 11:50 AM

"The Giant's Own, Mr. Palmer, could easily say the same things about Eli Manning, who's inconsistencies and bonehead plays have been overcome by his team time and time again."

Can you say "Super Bowl Win"? It's a big difference.

Posted by: mrodifer | September 14, 2010 12:10 PM

Re: Mrodifer

Can you say "Super Bowl Win"?

Can you say Plaxico Burress? Or, can he catch passes in prison?

Posted by: soloman5000 | September 15, 2010 10:12 AM

RE mrodifer: "Can you say Super Bowl win" merely backs up the contention that lack of discipline (coaching) is the root problem for the Cowboys. Remember when the Giants won the Super Bowl, it was the Cowboys who had them beaten in the playoffs, but only for two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties that led to the two Giants touchdowns. Without those dumb penalties, there would not have been a super bowl win for the Giants. Problem with the boys is not Romo. He is totally shackled by the play calling of Jason Garret, who is the shill of management. I remember the offensive minded free wheeling Romo who played for Bill Parcells. Parcells was not afraid to let him play.

Posted by: docjoyer | September 15, 2010 12:06 PM

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