Boom or Bust: Trust in Tony Romo
Has Tony Romo become the answer in Dallas?
Should Tom Coughlin be fired?
Is Jim Caldwell the coach of the year?
Will the Ravens and Jets seal the deal?
We break it down in our
Schein 9 boom or bust style…
1. The Cowboys should trust in Romo
I think something pretty special has happened in Dallas this
year and we need to seize the moment and acknowledge it.
Tony Romo has become the team leader of the ‘Boys, guiding
them back to the playoffs, winning big games in tough spots in
For all of the critics screaming one year ago, I don’t hear
or see enough credit directed toward the Dallas quarterback.
Romo played excellent football in New Orleans and Washington
to give Dallas a spot in the playoffs. He’s done a nice job all
year showing improvement protecting the football. That’s a big and
And it all started in the offseason after last year’s
When we talked on Sirius NFL Radio this Tuesday, he didn’t
mention T.O. or even Jessica Simpson by name, but he did reference
less distractions compared to a season ago. And Romo also added
that he thought the Cowboys were, “a little better and a little
healthier now than they were last year”. And I agree.
But the turning point was truly in February.
Romo said, “We decided as a group in February that we were
going to do what it takes, do it the Cowboy way. We were going to
be united and committed. We were going to hold each other
accountable. We were going to perfect the little things, the
details. We would get in early and stay late, put in the extra
time. It’s allowed us to grind out wins.”
That’s great stuff. And he’s right. And Jerry Jones’ decision
to make this Wade Phillips’ and Tony Romo’s team turned out to be
Romo cited 3 turning point games of the season; winning in
overtime in Kansas City when they were 2-2, beating the Eagles in
Philadelphia after how the season ended last year, and the huge win
in New Orleans.
Roy Williams made some comments before the first Eagles game
and Romo defused them. Roy Williams is speaking now and nobody even
And while he went out of his way to praise the coaches, the
defense and other players on offense, let me give Romo the credit
for having an excellent season. He stayed out of the limelight and
Us Weekly. His sole priority was getting the Cowboys in to
the playoffs and advancing in the tournament and it showed. Winning
matters to Tony Romo.
Dallas has a chance to win a division on Sunday and could
even get the No. 2 seed if things break right. Regardless of the
outcome this weekend, it’s been a heck of a turnaround and you have
to trust in Romo.
2. Wade Phillips should be fired if Dallas doesn’t win a
This is a total
Now, a win on Sunday against Philly would go a long way
— but even if the Cowboys lose, Phillips should come back
regardless of what happens in the playoffs. He did a very good job
in a pressure-packed situation. And Dallas has a lot of young stars
on defense, like Mike Jenkins and Jay Ratliff, who Phillips has
developed. Making the playoffs, in my opinion, should ensure a
return to Big D.
And that’s not to say Dallas won’t win in January, as I think
they will be a very difficult out. John Madden told me on Sirius
NFL Radio that he thinks Dallas will be a very dangerous team in
3. Philly is the Super Bowl favorite in the NFC
I wrote it two weeks ago. I’ll say it again, even with the
bad news that center Jamaal Jackson is out. It’s a
And I still believe this is the case even if Philly loses on
Sunday in Dallas. And I think Dallas will win.
But the NFC has become an offensive conference and Philly can
rack up the points with Donovan McNabb, DeSean Jackson, Brent Celek
and company. And the defense has great cornerbacks and is very
I love the Saints, but right now Philly is a bit better. I
really respect Arizona and Green Bay and think both are capable of
big runs, but Philly is too complete.
4. The Vikings will lose the first playoff game they play
I told you last week the Vikings couldn’t survive Favre vs.
The problems, evident on Monday Night Football against the
defunct Bears, run ever deeper than a quarterback/coach
Jared Allen couldn’t beat Chris Williams. Antoine Winfield is
clearly not 100 percent. The team badly misses E.J. Henderson. The
offensive line is a mess. Adrian Peterson can’t hold onto the ball.
I’ll take whoever the Vikings play in round 1 of the playoffs
to win. And if they somehow get the bye, they will lose in round 2.
5. Tom Coughlin should be on the hot seat
What is this, amateur hour? That’s a
General manager Jerry Reese gets more blame than the head
coach, whiffing on three defensive pickups via free agency in the
offseason. He overpaid for backups in Chris Canty and Michael
Boley, who flopped as starters. I’m still waiting for Rocky Bernard
to make a play. And I begged Reese to keep Brandon Jacobs focused
by franchising him, not giving him a long-term deal. Bill Sheridan
held this team back and will be replaced immediately as defensive
The Giants’ season was very disappointing. Go ahead and blame
Coughlin for the Week 16 no-show. But have some perspective.
Coughlin is still a great coach.
6. Same Old Jets – Cincy wins this weekend
B-U-S-T, bust, bust, bust!
In theory, the Jets, who started 3-0, haven’t dealt well with
success all season long. But it doesn’t sound like Carson Palmer is
going to play much this Sunday night. J.T. O’Sullivan doesn’t stand
a chance against the Jets defense.
The Jets will make the playoffs.
7. The Raiders will upset Baltimore
It makes you pause as Oakland has knocked off Philly, Cincy,
Pittsburgh and Denver this year.
But it’s a
The Ravens are the vastly superior team with too much to play
for. I think Oakland will compete hard and it will be a game, but
too much Joe Flacco, Ray Rice and Haloti Ngata for Oakland to deal
8. Tony Gonzalez was the biggest Pro Bowl snub
Actually, Brent Celek not making it was a bigger deal. So
this is a
Here’s my six pack of snubs…
Antonie Bethea and David Harris are on my first team All-Pro
roster, which combines NFC and AFC. They should’ve been Pro Bowl
Thomas Jones deserved it over Ray Rice.
Matt Schaub had a better year than Tom Brady.
Chris Kemoeatu is superior to Alan Faneca.
What does London Fletcher have to make a Pro Bowl!?
9. Jim Caldwell is the coach of the year
I killed him on FOXsports.com on Tuesday. I killed him on
Jets Postgame Live and Loud Mouths on SNY Sunday and Monday. I
interviewed Caldwell and killed him on Sirius NFL Radio on Monday
and continued to kill him for pulling his starters all week long.
Preseason, I didn’t pick Indy to make the playoffs. Tony
Dungy is a Hall of Famer. I didn’t know how Caldwell would fare.
This team played with heart, passion, and toughness under Caldwell.
The Colts played their best in the 4th quarter under Caldwell. The
decision to eschew perfection was goofy and perhaps an all-time
gaffe. But I can’t let it cloud my judgment when voting.