Thursday, November 23, 2006
In praise of Tony Romo-erotic
The Cowboys are probably the second-best team in the NFC. One of Football Outsiders' precepts is, "Championship teams are generally defined by their ability to dominate inferior opponents, not their ability to win close games." This season, the Cowboys have a 27-10 victory over Washington, a 45-14 victory over Tennessee, a 34-6 victory over Houston, a 35-14 victory over Carolina, a 27-10 victory over Arizona, and now a 38-10 victory over Tampa Bay. They have the kind of offense that could go into Soldier Field in January and win (a mobile QB, a strong running game, athletic WRs).
Tony Romo is getting a lot of the credit, though to be fair, he's throwing to Terrell Owens, Terry Glenn, and Jason Witten, and handing off to Julius Jones and Marion Barber. He's got enough mobility to avoid a pass rush and enough arm strength and accuracy to get the ball downfield to WRs who are often very open. This might be a case where simply an average QB with some mobility can step in and benefit from the talent around him. But give him credit for thriving with the opportunity.
The Bears could cruise to a Super Bowl championship with an average victory margin in the playoffs of 20; they really could. They could also lose badly in any particular game in the playoffs if Sexy Rexy has one of his awful games and a versatile offense is able to move the ball against them. Dallas seems like the right team for the job.