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Was sort of proud of my Romo sniglets from last weekend, though I have a feeling they are not going to take off in the Cowboys blogsphere….
But that won’t stop me from trying a few more. This one was from YoMick: Romo Sapien. The definitions must be endless. I just can’t think of one.
I can, however, come up with yet another sniglet: Romoribund. Something to do with being near a state of death. But, of course, that state is not Romo’s fault, and it is a bit premature. A loss to the Cardinals and it won’t be.
Dallas quarterback Tony Romo looked busy yesterday afternoon, continuing to write the first major chapter of his NFL story two weeks after ditching the headset and clipboard for the Cowboys’ starting job.
With 31 seconds left and the game tied at 19, Romo looked the part of a savvy veteran, putting his team in position to steal a road win against the Washington Redskins. Taking over at his 39-yard line after Nick Novak’s missed field goal attempt, Romo showed poise while moving Dallas into field goal range with a 28-yard strike to tight end Jason Witten, who ran free through the heart of the defense.
And then Mike Vanderjagt lined up for a field goal to win the game. And then Marc Columbo didn’t block Troy Vincent, making us tear our insides out….
Yes, I’m getting over it.
The game upset me, too. Yes because we lost, but because I wanted more! I wanted to see OT. These two teams played their hearts and souls out and were neck and neck all afternoon. I wanted to see another quarter. You knew whoever had the ball first, at least I just had that guy feeling, would NOT score first. Sad to see it end on one of those game breaking calls that can go either way. Was it a 15 yarder or a 5 yarder facemask? Who knows. It’s a judgement thing.
You wanted to see OT? Are you ill? If nothing else, remember to spell judgment without the “e”!
Really miss embedding more of these videos, but this will have to do. Here are a few clips available through ESPN:
Bill Parcells press conference from 11/6:
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I spent a bit too much time today arguing about who should take the blame for the Washington disaster. There’s so much blame that needs to go around, I’m not so sure right now that it matters. And I’m supposed to run a less-than-serious blog, at least according to tag line. Dammit.
Anyway, several fans want to defend Bill Parcells by saying that it is his players and not his coaching that is causing the losses. I’ve spent time as a blind optimist (believing that the Cowboys would somehow turn around their season in 1986, with Steve Pelleur at quarterback) and as an apologist (defending Barry Switzer in 1997, even as the team was crumbling around him). I guess I don’t have that in me any more. My response:
Chan Gailey had plenty of team losses. In fact, most of his losses couldn’t be blamed on coaching but rather on lack of execution. He made more playoff appearances in Dallas than Parcells has (2 to 1), yet he was shown the door. And he did it with an aging Aikman, Smith et al. If you are only permitted to criticize the head coach when it’s the COACHING and not the PLAYERS, then why didn’t he remain head coach?
By the nature of the position, head coaches are always judged on how their players perform. And yes, they get too much blame when they lose and too much credit when they win, but that comes with the territory. Tony Dungy’s teams lose in the playoffs, yet he is the one who gets a bad reputation for his team’s failures come postseason– and Jon Gruden has a ring from Tampa Bay that he received for coaching Dungy’s players. Marty Schottenheimer has suffered the same fate– he has a better winning percentage than Parcells (191-126-1 to 167-127-1) but doesn’t have the two rings. Why doesn’t he have the two rings? Because of letdowns by his players (Cleveland in the 1980s), not because of his coaching. Does anyone put Schottenheimer in the same category as Parcells? Not too many people.
So now Parcells is above criticism for his 29-27 record in Dallas? Some of us are now idiots for thinking that maybe, four years later, we might want to look at the head coach as part of the problem for those 27 losses? In most instances, the head coach would take some, or much more than some, of the blame for 11 penalties and 153 yards in penalties in a single game. Dave Campo certainly did in his day. But not Parcells, because he is above all of this.
I don’t know if I’m right, but I suspect that one could easily find 50 coaches who have been fired for team performances as mediocre as what we’ve seen from the Cowboys since 2003. In the past four seasons, the Cowboys have had two winning streaks of longer than two games. Here is a quick look:
2003: A five-game winning streak gave the Cowboys a 5-1 record. They were shut out by Tampa Bay 16-0 in the seventh game. Dallas had two more two-game streaks that year and finished 10-6.
2004: Dallas won back-to-back games twice all year. On two occasions, the Cowboys had three-game losing streaks. Record: 6-10.
2005: The Cowboys won back-to-back games over Philadelphia and New York, but then lost to Seattle on the road. Dallas won three straight games after that to improve to 7-3. But the Cowboys lost three of the next four, and finished the season 9-7.
2006: Dallas won back-to-back games over the Redskins and Titans, but has since alternated losses and wins.
So there it is. We are 3 ½ years into the Parcells Era, and the Cowboys are still an undisciplined .500 team. A trip to the playoffs remains possible but it’s less than 50-50 right now that this team makes it. Five NFC teams are above the .500 mark. Four more are tied with the Cowboys at 4-4.
You look at the way Julius Jones and Marion Barber are running, the potential of the receiving corps that Romo is just starting to tap into, a defense with five first-round picks in the lineup, the presence of Vanderjagt and Mat McBriar, which should be the best kicker-punter combination of the NFL … and it still adds up to 4-4.
This team isn’t playing to its capabilities. Parcells is doing nothing to show why he commands the salary of an elite coach.
Bill Parcells is discouraged by the Dallas Cowboys’ mediocre first half of the season and frustrated by the team’s penalty difficulties.
That doesn’t even cover Terrell Owens’ end zone antics.
A day after the Cowboys lost to the Washington Redskins 22-19 in a wild final few seconds, Parcells labored over the mistakes that left Dallas one of five teams in the NFC with a .500 record.
Parcells, who was 5-3 at the midway point during his first three years in Dallas, said Monday he is discouraged the Cowboys are not entering the season’s second half in better position.
“We’ve got to get going and put some things in sequence or we’re going to wind up being average to below average,” he said.
It’s okay, Bill. We’re getting used to it.
Let’s hear from Frank Luksa, with whom I would never argue:
This one went to the top of the list of novelty defeats for the Cowboys. As someone who’s seen almost all previous 317 regular-season and playoff losses in franchise history, I find one word to describe what happened Sunday in Washington.
There’s another word for the 318th, too. Disgusting.
In a performance worthy of ridicule and scorn, the Cowboys made a miraculous U-turn from apparent victory to ludicrous defeat. How did they do it? By turning sunshine into total eclipse and losing a game after the game had ended.
. . .
The game-closing sequence deserved its place in franchise infamy, but I suggest the opening series impacted the outcome almost as much. I refer to the Cowboys first play to follow the Redskins being repulsed without scoring on six plays from inside the Dallas 4-yard line.
Julius Jones was trapped for safety trying to punch out from the 1-yard line. Ahead 6-5 minutes later, Parcells consulted a two-point conversion chart, went for a pair, and missed. TV analyst/former quarterback Troy Aikman correctly objected that it was too early for that gamble.
So add it: two points donated on a safety and another lost by not kicking an extra point. Three points were not only the losing margin but they dictated how the game played to conclusion.
The euphoria from last week’s 35-14 shelling of Carolina has been muted. An earlier 27-10 victory over Washington is now devalued. Whatever self-confidence existed has ebbed. Doubts sprout that even 1-7 Arizona can be subdued.
A 4-4 record speaks of stagnation, and the way it’s been fashioned reveals a team that too often mangles the play that separates winner from loser. It’s a team beats itself as often as the opponent does. Sunday’s humiliation confirmed the trend.
The Cowboys can extend mild suspense over their eventual finish by snapping a four-game losing streak in Arizona on Sunday. Anything less and the Cowboys become more of an irrelevant muddle.
Unlike the distinguished Mr. Luksa, I’m becoming a bit less of a fan of Mr. Spagnola. Here is a clip from today’s post:
As I suspected on the 15-yard facemask call on Kyle Kosier, he basically brushed against the facemask, never really holding or yanking for any length of time, meaning that should have been a five-yard penalty. Heck, next time, he should just grab the facemask and absolutely yank him to the ground. That would have been at about the 20, thus giving Washington the ball at its own 35 with one play to go. Big deal. Also, did you realize the only “skill” people on the field capable of dealing with Sean Taylor’s speed after the block were Witten, holder Tony Romo and deep snapper L.P. Ladouceur? All the rest were linemen it seemed.
Um, it was the field goal team. Since when does any team put skill people, other than the holder and perhaps a couple of tight ends, on the field goal team? I’m losing faith in you, Mick!
[tags] Dallas Cowboys, Bill Parcells [/tags]
Last week, I submitted a post wondering if the sequence of plays in the third and fourth quarter of the Carolina game, which resulted in a Dallas win, would be a sequence to remember this season. It only took a week for a second sequence to leave us wondering where the heck this team is going, now that it is at 4-4.
We begin with the Redskins facing a 3rd-and-3 from the Dallas 28 with less than a minute to play…:
[tags] Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins, Highlights [/tags]
I’m trying to avoid using a string of profanities on here… this highlight clip may be too much to handle. It’s the NFL’s highlights, and you will need RealPlayer to watch it.
LANDOVER, Md. – The Cowboys had several chances to complete their sweep of the Washington Redskins, but Redskins kicker Nick Novak made good on his own second chance.
Novak drilled a 47-yard field goal on the last play of the game to lift Washington to an improbable 22-19 win over the Cowboys.
Novak missed a field goal attempt with 31 seconds left, giving the Cowboys good field position at their own 39. Quarterback Tony Romo set the Cowboys up for a potential game-winning field goal by Mike Vanderjagt, which was blocked and returned by Washington. The Redskins got great field position because of a facemask penalty, and Novak kicked the game-winner.
In his second start, Romo didn’t waste time breaking a halftime tie. He connected with Patrick Crayton for 48 yards, then found Terrell Owens in the end zone five plays later for a 4-yard score to put Dallas ahead, 19-12.
Owens nearly gave Dallas a two-touchdown lead later in the third quarter, but he dropped a sure touchdown after beating two Redskins defenders deep. The Cowboys ended up punting, and the Redskins tied the game at 19-19 on the next series after drawing a costly pass interference penalty on safety Roy Williams.
The Cowboys will travel to Arizona next Sunday to face the Cardinals in the final leg of their three-game road trip.
It can’t get any worse than this. Simply can’t. If you missed it, here is a nutshell: Washington missed a 48-yard kick with 35 seconds left. Dallas drove the ball to the Washington 17 and lined up for the kick. Vanderjagt’s kick was blocked by Troy Vincent, and Sean Taylor returned it 30 yards. Kyle Kosier was called for a facemask penalty, giving the Redskins the ball on the Dallas 29. Said Washington kicker nailed a 47-yarder to give the Redskins a 22-19 win. I’ll keep this PG-13 and yell FECK!!!
Care to see how it looked on paper?
Washington Redskins at 03:41
1-10-WAS45 (3:41) C.Portis right end to WAS 48 for 3 yards (G.Ellis).
2-7-WAS48 (3:03) M.Brunell pass short left to M.Sellers to WAS 48 for no gain (D.Ware).
3-7-WAS48 (2:32) (Shotgun) M.Brunell pass short middle to J.Thrash to DAL 35 for 17 yards (R.Williams).
1-10-DAL35 (2:00) C.Portis right tackle to DAL 32 for 3 yards (A.Ayodele).
2-7-DAL32 (1:27) C.Portis left end to DAL 28 for 4 yards (C.Canty).
3-3-DAL28 (:47) C.Portis up the middle to DAL 31 for -3 yards (R.Williams).
4-6-DAL31 (:35) (Field Goal formation) N.Novak 49 yard field goal is No Good, Wide Right, Center-E.Albright, Holder-D.Frost.
Dallas Cowboys at 00:31
1-10-DAL39 (:31) T.Romo pass short right to A.Fasano ran ob at 50 for 11 yards.
1-10-50 (:25) (Shotgun) T.Romo pass short left to T.Owens to WAS 45 for 5 yards (K.Wright).
2-5-WAS45 (:18) (Shotgun) T.Romo pass incomplete deep middle to J.Witten.
3-5-WAS45 (:13) (Shotgun) T.Romo pass deep middle to J.Witten to WAS 17 for 28 yards (A.Archuleta).
1-10-WAS17 (:06) M.Vanderjagt 35 yard field goal is BLOCKED (T.Vincent), Center-L.Ladouceur, Holder-T.Romo, RECOVERED by WAS-S.Taylor at WAS 26. S.Taylor to DAL 44 for 30 yards (J.Witten).
PENALTY on DAL-K.Kosier, Face Mask (15 Yards), 15 yards, enforced at DAL 44.
Washington Redskins at 00:00
1-10-DAL29 (:00) N.Novak 47 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-E.Albright, Holder-D.Frost.
DAL 19 WAS 22, Plays: 1 Yards: 0 Possession: 0:00.
There were some good aspects of this game. Romo looked solid and drove the team to what should have been a game-winning kick. And Julius Jones and Marion Barber ran very well. That’s the only good I’ll acknowledge right now.
Can we blame Terrell Owens for any of this? I’d say that’s fair. With 4:14 left in the third, Romo threw long to Owens over the middle, and the star of stars dropped the f–king pass. It would have given Dallas a 26-12 lead. Instead, Washington got the ball back and scored on its next drive to tie the game. Owens can laugh and sleep all he wants.
Things certainly didn’t start well for the Cowboys. The Redskins began the game with a 17-play drive down to the Dallas 1. The Cowboys stopped Washington on 4th and goal from the one, but on the next play, Julius Jones was stopped in the end zone for a safety. The Redskins increased the lead to 5-0 on the next drive. The Cowboys finally answered on the first drive of the second quarter when Tony Romo hit Terry Glenn on a 10-yard pass. Bill Parcells went for two, but the attempt failed.
Washington fumbled on the next drive, and Dallas recovered. A 12-play, 45-yard drive resulted in a Dallas field goal. But the Redskins responded when Clinton Portis ran around left end on a 38-yard touchdown. Romo had an impressive drive in the final two minutes, and the Cowboys tied the game.
Total yards: Dallas 184, Washington 198
Rushing: Dallas 58, Washington 80
Passing: Dallas 126, Washington 118
Romo: 12/18, 126 yards 1 TD, 0 INT
Jones: 11 att., 48 yards.
Owens 4 rec., 58 yards.
Portis has 66 yards on 15 carries, though 38 came on one play.
I mentioned in a previous post that the forums are now using the term “Romosexual,” whatever it is supposed to mean. I’m a bit too conservative to use that term in sentence (other than the one I just wrote), but I do have Roget A to Z and an even larger dictionary. So in the spirit of the timeless classic “Not Necessarily the News,” I figured now was the time to revive an old tradition: Romo Sniglets.
What do you mean you’ve never heard of sniglets? Never heard of Not Necessarily the News? Oh, sure, and I bet you’ve never heard of 1st & 10! You know, 1st & 10? Delta Burke as Diana Barrow? Clayton Landey as Diana’s nephew, Roger? O.J. Simpson as T.D. Parker in the second season? Aw, c’mon people!
Romophobic: An antonym of Romosexual.
Romatrimony: The signing of Romo to a multi-year deal prior to his being named starter several weeks later.
Romeliorate: Improvement of Romo’s skills to the point that Romo unseats the incumbent 14-year veteran.
Romoan: The act of lamenting that Romo did not start all season.
Romob: A general description of Romo’s 100,000 brand new fans.
Romogul: The guy who bought rights to www.tonyromo.com and then sought to sell it for $25,000.
Romoxie: Romo being Romo.
Romollify: The calming effect that Romo seems to have on the Cowboys offense, which either needed calming or needed a fire underneath them.
Romollycoddle: The act of being overprotective of Romo from any form of criticism.
Romoratorium: The general prohibition against criticism of Tony Romo (see also Romollycoddle).
Romomentum: A one-game winning streak with the new starting quarterback.
Romemento: Something that reminds you of Romo’s performance against Carolina. You may not wish to share your Romomento with others (see also Romosexual)
Romonolithic: Early name for the Romo statue that may well appear outside of the new Cowboys stadium.
Romotif: The dominant theme of the season; i.e., “We need Romo!” “Romo will lead us to the Super Bowl!” “Romo is Brady’s twin brother!” “We’re not afraid of the term Romosexual!”
Vic Carucci was a bit more positive about the Cowboys this week:
Can Tony Romo make it 2-0 as a starter when he leads the Dallas Cowboys against divisional rival Washington?
Romo was surprisingly impressive in his NFL starting debut against Carolina in Week 8. He looked poised and comfortable. He made good decisions and threw the ball well. He brought greater mobility and a quicker release than the Cowboys had at quarterback with Drew Bledsoe. Perhaps the most impressive aspect of Romo’s outing was that he succeeded against the Panthers, who have some of the more talented defensive players in the NFL, even if they don’t always perform that way.
In Week 9, Romo faces one of the worst pass defenses in the NFL. And he should have little problem consistently delivering the ball to Terrell Owens, Terry Glenn and Patrick Crayton, because they should have little problem consistently getting open.
The largest concern for Romo is pass protection. The Cowboys still struggle in that area, and the Redskins are capable of mounting a fairly solid pass rush. Look for Dallas’ offensive scheme to call for a tight end or running back to help in pass protection, at least in the early going until Romo gets into a rhythm and is able to get the offense moving and scoring. It is worth noting, though, that unlike the Panthers, the Redskins have been able to study the only videotape so far of Romo playing a full regular-season game, which is significantly different than his appearances in preseason outings when the Cowboys put none of their offense on display.
To wrap up, Big Shot Blurbs is thinking sweep:
The Cowboys needed a win over Carolina to gain back some confidence, to break in their new starting quarterback – and as Parcells said, to have a little fun again. But now that they’ve already beaten the best of their three consecutive road opponents, they have a golden opportunity to sweep the final two. They also don’t want to drop to 1-3 in the NFC East.
[tags] Dallas Cowboys, Tony Romo, Sniglets, Not Necessarily the News [/tags]
Couple of day-before items to note:
First, it appears that Santana Moss will probably miss tomorrow’s game against the Cowboys.
Washington Redskins receiver Santana Moss missed his sixth consecutive practice Nov. 3 with an injured left hamstring and isn’t expected to play against the Dallas Cowboys.
Asked whether he’d ruled out Moss for the game, Redskins coach Joe Gibbs said: “Yeah. Looks more and more like it will be hard to have him go.”
Moss has more yards receiving (435) than the other four wideouts on the roster combined (397). He was injured during Washington’s last game, a 36-22 loss at Indianapolis on Oct. 22, and hasn’t practiced since.
“You’re going to miss Santana. We all know that. We have to have other guys step up,” Gibbs said. “It’s why we have the guys we do at that position. Hopefully that will happen.”
Moss killed the Cowboys in last season’s game in Dallas but was held earlier this season to four catches for 69 yards.
And second, no word yet on whether Jason Campbell will see action tomorrow. According to the Washington Post, which compared the quarterback situation in Washington with the one in Dallas, Campbell has been waiting patiently.
At FedEx Field, fans have been screaming for Campbell to replace 36-year-old Mark Brunell, with the offense producing just 14 touchdowns in seven games. But Gibbs is not ready to make a change, and Campbell, 24, is slated to be the third quarterback again Sunday.
“I mostly try not to think about the other guys” who are starting quarterbacks at a young age, said Campbell, who starred at Auburn. “But one thing it does give you is a lot of confidence when those guys are out there doing their thing. And I feel like I could do the same thing — go out there and play with poise and just manage the game.”
Here is what Mickey Spagnola had to say about Tony Romo’s balls (yes, those balls):
Talking about what’s the biggest intangible he likes about Tony Romo, Bill Parcells about said the same thing Jimmy Johnson said way back in the summer of ‘89 about why he just wanted to rid himself of Steve Pelluer, who basically had started the past 2½ seasons before he got here. I remember standing outside by the weight room as clear as day when Johnson said Pelluer didn’t have big enough, well, male genitalia, for his liking to play quarterback. And I’ll be darn, there was Parcells on Thursday, saying about Romo, “He’s got . . . ,” mouthing the same word Johnson used (Hint: It begins with a B and ends with an S) since he knew he was live on radio, the PC guy that he is. “He’s taking his swings – not going up there with his bat on his shoulder.”
I feel the Pulizer coming on!
The Cowboys are 6-4 in the last 10 games played in Washington, including the last game ever played in RFK Stadium in 1996. Here is a quick look at those 10 games:
1996: Washington 37, Dallas 10
1997: Washington 21, Dallas 16
1998: Dallas 31, Washington 10
1999: Dallas 41, Washington 35 (OT)
2000: Dallas 27, Washington 21
2001: Dallas 20, Washington 14
2002: Washington 20, Dallas 14
2003: Dallas 27, Washington 0
2004: Dallas 21, Washington 18
2005: Washington 35, Dallas 7
Average score: Dallas 21.4, Washington 21.1
And just for fun, here are some highlights from the week 2 win over the Redskins:
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