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Bobby’s Thoughts on the Midway Point and Predictions for the Rest of the Season

November 7, 2009

– The New York Jets will not be making the playoffs this year, losing at home to the Dolphins last week is a huge blow, knocking the Jets down to 4-4 instead of 5-3. Their remaining schedule is tough enough to prevent them from getting in (they’ll basically have to go 7-1 or at the very least 6-2 just to get a Wildcard spot). Sorry, Rex Ryan, the Jets aren’t going to the Super Bowl this year. Although I do expect to see a Sports Center clip of Ryan saying something crazy in a post-game news conference later this year.

– The Denver Broncos will not have a second half collapse like the Jets had last year, although they may end up with a record not quite as impressive as their current 6-1 record.

– What happened to Brandon Jacobs? It seemed like the media have totally forgotten about him and maybe for good reason. He has just under 4 yards a carry, just 2 TD’s and seems to be getting less carries as the weeks go by and is on pace for just over 1,000 yards, which isn’t that impressive really.

– Speaking of the Giants, they are not making the playoffs unless the Cowboys and Eagles implode, which could happen.

– The Cardinals have a relatively easy schedule the rest of the way, look for them to finish 9-7 or 10-6 which will be more than good enough to win the NFC West. Of course the Cardinals could easily end up 7-9 and miss the playoffs all together, this team is fairly unpredictable, but they do have an easier road than their closest competitor, the 49ers.

– If I were Jim Zorn I’d kick Dan Snyder in the nuts. Yeah, he’d get fired and possibly arrested, but wouldn’t it be worth it? The chances of Zorn being succesful in Washington with Snyder as owner is about the same as being successful as a  head coach in Oakland with Al Davis as owner. It just ain’t happening.

– If I were Philip Rivers I’d kick Norv Turner in the nuts. Yeah, he’s get fined and probably traded, but wouldn’t that be good for Rivers? Having Norv Turner as your head coach means you’re not going to get to the Super Bowl. Ever.

– Speaking of Rivers and the Chargers, I see San Diego fighting tough through the second half of the season, but it won’t be enough. With games against Philly, the Giants, Denver, Dallas and Cincy, I see the Chargers finishing 8-8 or 9-7 and just missing that last playoff spot (that spot is going to the Texans, who will make their first playoff appearance in franchise history).

– The Green Bay Packers are clearly at least a year away from being one of the better teams in the NFL as last week against the Vikings showed. They may make it into the playoffs but they’re not doing any damage if they get there this season. O-line needs to be improved, defense is still adjusting to a new 3-4 scheme, young players are still learning their roles, WR’s need to be more consistent. They may be really good next year, though. I will however have to change my Super Bowl prediction.

– What ever happened to Terrell Owens? Oh, that’s right, he went off to play for the Buffalo Bills which is like the NFL equivalant of being sent off to a Siberian prison. The less I have to hear of him, the better.

– Remember when former KC head coach Dick Vermeil said it was time for RB Larry Johnson to take the diapers off? It was true and funny then and it’s still funny now! And Johnson still needs to take those damn diapers off!! I think it might be too late actually.

– It’s almost like the defending SB champs the Steelers aren’t even playing this year, everyone is talking about the Saints, Colts, the Pats, the struggling Giants, the Ravens beating the Broncos. The Steelers are just quietly flying under the radar. The Monday night game in Denver could be bigger than a lot of people realize. If Denver wins, it could help them regain momentum and a possible #2 seed in the playoffs, but if Pittsburgh wins they in fact could end up with the #2 seed considering the relatively easy schedule they have the rest of the way. Huge game.

– If I were the Browns I’d consider firing Eric Mangini at the end of the season. I don’t see anything that he does that helps this team.

– The officiating in this league has continued to be a joke this year. I’ve given up posting weekly officiating posts. Just not worth it.

– You can just tell the media wants to jump back on the Cowboys bandwagon, but they’re a little scared. I’d be scared too with Tony Romo at QB and Wade Philips as head coach.

Biggest Surprises of the Year (In a Good Way)

1. Denver Broncos (6-1) – This one is a no-brainer. New, inexperienced head coach, new QB, new coaching staff. No one picked them to start the season like this. So far, so good.

2. Indianapolis Colts (7-0) – No doubt some picked the Colts to do well, but sitting right now at 7-0 with a new head coach, no running game, questionable defense and injuries is pretty impressive and pretty surprising. I guess Peyton Manning is the MVP of the league.

3. Cincinnati Bengals (5-2) – I thought the Bengals would be tough this year, but most certaintly didn’t see them starting off 5-2. With a bend but don’t break defense and a new ball-control offense the Bengals are finding ways to win games this year. Marvin Lewis is having one of his best years as a head coach so far.

Biggest Surprises of the Year (In a Bad Way)

1. Tennessee Titans (1-6) – Another no-brainer, who would’ve thought the Titans would be 1-6 right now? No one. Losing Albert Haynesworth might’ve been a bigger blow to the team than previously thought.

2. Carolina Panthers (3-4) – Considering how good Carolina looked last year it’s pretty surprising to see them play this bad for most of the season this year. Maybe it’s time to find a new coach.

3. New York Giants (5-3) – The Giants have a winning record but considering how badly the team has played in the past month it’s a little surprising.

Super Bowl Prediction

Steelers/Saints

Bad Officiating Watch, Week 2

September 25, 2009

officials.signalsCincinnati vs. Green Bay – In the first half of the game, Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers scrambles out of the pocket towards the right sideline looking for a receiver downfield, Cincy’s  OLB,  Brandon Johnson closes in and ends up hitting Rodgers less than a split second after Rodgers gets rid of the ball. Roughing the passer. Un-frickin-believable. What does the NFL want Johnson to do in that situation? Simply let Rodgers throw the ball without being hurried? I honestly think that’s what they want, to open up offenses even more and make opposing defenses as soft as butter.

New York Giants vs. Dallas – On the Giants eventual game-winning drive late in the 4th quarter, the refs and NFL try their hardest to give the Cowboys a win in their first game ever in Cowboys Stadium. On the first play of the drive from their own 25, the Giants complete a 17 yard completion, BUT the refs call a holding call on Guard Rich Seubert, even though no holding took place, they also call tripping on WR Derek Hagan on the SAME PLAY. Replays showed that too was indeed a bogus call. I guess after that the refs said “Cowboys, it’s up to you now, we’ve done all we can to help you get an opening game win in your new stadium”. Final score Giants 33, Cowboys 31.

Pittsburgh vs. Chicago – I really wish there was a way fans could contact the NFL front office because this is getting out of control. Here we have some video of SS Tyrone Carter of the Steelers putting a vicious hit (which I guess isn’t allowed anymore in the NFL) on TE Greg Olsen of the Bears and dislodging the ball for an incomplete pass. Carter appears to lean with his helmet, BUT clearly hits with his shoulder and arms as the replays show. Still, I was shocked there was no penalty on the play, GOOD JOB, refs! However, Carter was fined $5,000 for the hit this week, EVEN THOUGH THERE WAS NO PENALTY ON THE PLAY. Fans everywhere this kind of ridiculousness is going to ruin the NFL, it’s already starting to.

Tony Dorsett Calls Out Tony Romo

September 24, 2009

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After Tony Romo‘s debacle against the Giants last Sunday night, Cowboys legend Tony Dorsett has called out Romo stating on Fox Radio “Well, for one thing, I don’t know why on God’s earth Tony Romo has been anointed a superstar in the National Football League.  Tony is very young in his career.  Not to say you can’t be young in your career and be a superstar because you’ve got one up there in Minnesota in Adrian Peterson. But the thing is this: you have a guy who hasn’t done much and quarterbacks in the National Football League, most of them go through this growing curve.  He hasn’t gone through that growing curve, but he was anointed this great player all of a sudden.  Now he’s having to live up to that. And obviously Tony has some deficiencies.”

Comment: He’s absolutely correct, except for the part about Romo being young, he’s 29, which isn’t exactly young in the NFL. But to be fair, this is only his fourth season as a starter so maybe that’s what Dorsett means? In any case, today’s sports media is by and large big on hype, short on substance. Tony Romo is a product of this kind of sports journalism, being praised and hyped countless times by the media but has little in the way of actual accomplishments to show for it apart from a great 2007 season and stats that fantasy football nerds everywhere probably love (although definitely not from the Giants game!).

To be considered a superstar QB, or even a great NFL QB you need to show up big in the big games, which Romo has consistently NOT done as a QB. Let’s take a look at some of his biggest games that he failed to deliver in.

In the 2006 Wildcard round of the playoffs, the Cowboys trail the Seattle Seahawks, 21-20 with 1:19 left in the game. The Cowboys have a chance to potentially win the game on a chip shot FG from the 1 yard line but Romo bobbles the hold and the FG is never attempted. After the game Romo commented, “I take responsibility for messing up at the end there. That’s my fault. I cost the Dallas Cowboys a playoff win, and it’s going to sit with me a long time. I don’t know if I have ever felt this low.” Little did Cowboys fans know that this would only be the beginning in a long line of Romo choke jobs in big games.

In the 2007 season the Cowboys rip through the regular season and secure the #1 seed in the NFC playoffs…Only to lose to the New York Giants in Dallas and become the first #1 NFC seed to lose in the dvisional round of the NFL playoffs since 1990, when the NFL expanded to 12 playoff teams. How did it happen? Well you can’t blame the Cowboys running game, which totaled over 150 yards of rushing, Marion Barber had 129 yards and almost a 5 yard average. Romo, on the other hand, completed just 50% of his passes and ended the game with a 64 QB rating. Trailing 21-17 and needing a TD in the fourth quarter, the Cowboys get the ball in great field position at the Giants 48 yard line after a punt with 1:50 left in the game. The Cowboys can then only drive 30 yards before Romo throws a game-ending INT. The loss cannot be totally blamed on Romo, obviously, but when the game was on the line Romo couldn’t deliver the goods.

In the 2008 season the Cowboys enter Pittsburgh with an 8-4 record and look poised to make a strong push late in the season and into the playoffs. The Steelers are feeling the same way about their team entering the game, it’s a BIG game. Late in the 4th quarter the Steelers tie up the game 13-13. The Cowboys get the ball back with 2 minutes left and a chance to drive down the field and kick a potential game-winning FG. What happens? Tony Romo, big game, big situation in the game, Uh Oh. On 2nd and 8, Romo attempts a pass to Jason Whitten that is intercepted by CB Deshea Townsend and returned for a TD. Final score 20-13 Steelers. You could definitely argue that this was a huge turning point in the Cowboys season as they went on to lose 2 of their last 3 before missing the playoffs this year. Romo’s number from this game – 19/36 210 yards, 1 TD 3 Int  44.9 QB rating. In the last two games the Cowboys lost – against the Ravens in Dallas – 24/45 252 yards, 2 TD/2 Int 66 QB rating. Against the Eagles – 21/39 183 yards 1 TD 3 Int 55.8 QB rating.

And here we are in the 2009 season and in a fairly important early divisional matchup against the Giants in Week 2, Tony Romo almost single-handedly loses a game in which the Cowboys had no business losing. Since the 2007 regular season ended, it’s almost like Tony Romo has progressively become a worse NFL QB.

My biggest criticism of Tony Romo is he doesn’t seem to have the heart or dogged determination that you need out of your QB if you’re going to win the big games. He hasn’t proven to be clutch in the big ones, quite the opposite actually, which is something you either have or don’t. It’s not something that can be taught, which might be the biggest concern for Cowboys fans. It’s not like he doesn’t have talent, but that’s only part of the equation.