Week 1 Preseason Analysis
That’s right boys and girls; I am back with my post-game analysis like I have done on these message boards for many years. I have been doing these since 1998 on the old TSN message boards – when there were no moderators and security devices. People got to post garbage without having to identify themselves. Those were the days.
Most of the time, I will only give analysis on games that I have seen through and through. I missed out on Week 1 last season due to Hurricane Katrina. Regardless, people seem to enjoy them, so here I go.
I know it is only the first pre-season game, but I cannot help but be enthused overall by what went on in the Emerald City last evening. Was it a perfect game? Not on your life. There was plenty to be happy about never the less.
I’ll go straight to Tony Romo. I am very happy for him in the regards that he finally got a chance to show what he is capable of. From what I saw, I am convinced that he has proven enough to be a very viable back-up quarterback in case Bledsoe should get injured.
What made me believe Romo is a legitimate NFL quarterback?
Romo went into a fairly hostile environment and made all sorts of plays. The environment was hostile enough to force several false starts against the first string defense.
However, what really raised my eyebrows were the tough deep-out throws to Hurd, Crayton, and especially those two to Rector. Throwing the deep-out well signifies arm strength. Romo threw them beautifully to the correct shoulder (something Quincy Carter rarely did and Jason Garrett couldn’t do at all).
Romo’s pocket presence was excellent also (something that Henson lacks a little bit and Hutchison never had at all).
I guess what I am saying is that Romo is the best young quarterback hopeful to play in Dallas since ……. dare I say ……. Aikman.
However, I am on the side that believes that the only way Romo sees regular season action is via injury to Drew Bledsoe. There is NO WAY Bill and Jerry makes a serious run for the Super Bowl (i.e. getting Owens & Vanderjaqt), and throws a young quarterback out there who’s only play in the regular season is a kneel-down.
There was more to this game than Romo (believe it or not).
The offensive line still needs to get it in gear. It really was nice to see Colombo out there, as well as Peterman and Proctor.
Yes, I will acknowledge that the run blocking suffered, but I do see a ray of hope. How many of you saw 8-9 men in the box last night? It was almost every play. This can further partially explain the good day put in by Romo. Seattle definitely played more against the run than they did against the pass.
What I am saying is, put 8-9 men in the box with Owens and Glenn out there and see what happens?
I do envision more running lanes for Jones, Barber and Thompson once #81 is on the field.
I can certainly understand the caution by many of the posters. It is warranted at this time. I choose to be a little more optimistic.
Oh Boy!!! This just in folks. Dallas is loaded at linebacker. Maybe one of the reasons Carpenter was brought inside was due to the emergence of Ellis and Junior Glymph? Of course, the book is still out on Glymph, but there is no denying Ellis.
So Dallas has Ware, Burnett, Ellis, Glymph, and Singleton on the outside, and Ayodele, Carpenter, James, Shanle, Boiman, and Hoyte on the inside.
The pressure on the quarterback, for the most part, was pretty good. The only thing that bugged me about the defense was they blew too many 3rd and longs.
We will see how this defense does on Reggie Bush next week.
Watkins was excellent as a gunner. Most of Suisham’s kickoffs went beyond the 5-yard line. McBriar’s punt through the end zone pissed many of us off (and Big Bill). Skyler Green I thought did well on punt returns. I really liked how Green was disciplined enough NOT to back up on the 10-yard line and let the punt sail over his head. That just happened to be a great bounce for the Seahawks. Most of the time, that ball goes into the end zone. Green made some pretty nice moves on his 11 and 19-yard returns.
Final Analysis: This team does appear to be better than last year, but it is still to early to truly know.