I have been studying Tony Romo since he was at Eastern Illinois. I know his mannerism, footwork, throwing motion, and arm strength almost as well as I know my family. Something is off.
My biggest concern entering this season outside ofÂ the pass rush was how well this OL would be able to pass protect. As I predicted, it’s God awful. Tony Romo is on course for a career high sack season following 7 in just two games: this has him on course forÂ at least 50.
If you combine that sack count with all of theÂ hits he has taken following his second back surgery, the outlook for the season is negative outcome, not good. It will be a miracle if he makes it until mid season. With three first round picks on the OL this should be impossible. As I stated in my scouting report on Travis Frederick, he is a solid run blocker, but he lacks the upper body strength and technique toÂ fend off NFL pass rushersÂ and contain in pass protection.
Zack Martin was a tackle who never played guard before. There is a big difference between blocking college level defensive ends and NFL DT’s. Don’t even get me started on why Doug Free still has a job. His technique is GOD AWFUL. Ronald Leary has a degenerative knee condition and it shows when he tries to anchor. At the end of the day it’s only week two and Tony Romo is off.
You can buy in to all of theÂ hypeÂ that cameÂ out of Valley Ranch about this OL, but the truth is, they are one dimensional. I have been impressedÂ with the run blocking and DeMarco Murray has been stellar, but…. Yes there is always a but when it comes to Murray because we never know how long he will stay healthy. With Randle being banged up already the depth at RB is looking pretty scarce. Dunbar has been looking great, but… There is always a but when it comes to Dunbar because he is a finesse back and doesn’t have the size and power Murray does to run between the tackles.
InÂ the pass first modern NFL you can’t allow your offense to beÂ one dimensional. The lingering question becomes: how long will Murray be able to handle this type of workÂ load? I have been screaming from the roof tops that the Cowboys need to run the ball more, but…. The but is you can’t go from one extreme to the other. A successful offense is able to attack through the air and run the ball when they need to.
I am here to tell you that Tony Romo looks to beÂ about 50-60%. His awareness just isn’t there and he is not seeing the hots. His arm strength is off and I have questions about his accuracy. I am the biggest Tony Romo fan on the planet, but…. It is what it is and I am worried. It appears to me that he is dopedÂ up on pain meds and being the tough SOB he is, taking one for the team. How long can he continue to take this abuse? Do you trust Brandon WeedenÂ to lead this team? I sure as hell don’t. Much like Mickey Spagnola wrote recently, if there is one player this team can’t afford to lose, it’s Tony Romo.
I saw this coming and this is why I was hell bentÂ on drafting Jimmy GarrapoloÂ this year. Unlike Jerry Jones, Bill BelichickÂ always has a plan. He also has an eye for good quarterbacks. Despite having Mallet, he drafted Jimmy knowing Brady is getting long in the tooth. I was screaming for Kellen Moore a couple yearsÂ ago because I knew that sooner or later all of the hits would take their toll, but….. Jerry didn’t have a plan.
Moore boasted a 108 passer rating, had zero picks and completed 68.6% of his passes this pre season. Coach Caldwell said he has Moxie,Â poise and excellent touch on the ball. The Dallas Cowboys Offensive coordinatorÂ Scott Linehan said while in Detroit that Moore was the smartest QB he had ever been around, but…. Jerry Jones had no vision nor desireÂ to groom a QB for the future and when Kyle Orton refused to play for him, he ran out and grabbed a guy who couldn’t keep a job with the Browns who haven’t had a franchise QB since Bernie Kosar! Ouch!
If there is one way I have always been able to tell that Tony isn’t healthy, it’s when he isn’t smiling. Especially on the sidelines and it’s obvious the Cowboys have the game in the bag. When the camera zooms in on him on the field it’s as obvious as the day is long that he is in some serious pain. I would love to be optimistic about this season, but… At this point all we can do is plan for the worst and hope for the best. If the offensive brain trust doesn’t grasp the concept of using the short passing game more as an extension to the running game by utilizing weapons like Beasley and Witten more to help keep Murray healthy, it will be all over but the crying for Tony Romo. Enough said.