Originally Posted by Eskimo
I know many on this board have been highly critical of Tony Romo and Jason Garrett. They have been critical about offensive results and interceptions over the course of this season. I've often thought that the major problem was the OL and have thought so since 2009. Today's games with Rodgers facing the Giants and Brees facing the 49ers shows how great QBs can be pressured into mistakes and not put up points when they don't get adequate protection. Nothing I saw from either of the games today was atypical for almost any Cowboys game this season.
[View Full Quote]No offense is going to accomplish much in the passing or running game if the OL lacks adequate talent. They don't have to be All-Pro although that does help. They do have to give the QB time to go through a couple reads and they do have to give enough time for the defense to have to respect the whole route tree instead of being able to aggressively jump the first move or overplay short routes. If you can't do it opposing DCs will make mincemeat of your gameplan no matter how effective it is.
The biggest difference I saw between Romo and Rodgers/Brees is that Romo consistently brings this team back once Garrett's playcalling is no longer a factor in the hurry-up.
Rodgers in particular, had nothing after the Packers got way behind and I consider him the best QB in the league over the past 3 years.
I've been saying it since 2006, Romo IS an elite QB but he has no pass protection, no time to wait for his receivers to get open, stupid receivers who can't read defenses, and no running game to speak of.
When Murray was healthy and we did have a consistent running game Romo was fabulous! I'd have to look at the numbers but my recollection is that Romo's stats were outstanding when Murray was healthy. Without a running game to keep defenses from keying on Romo he has no time to throw and is running for his life on most plays.
Rodgers, Brady, Brees, both Mannings, Ryan, Shaub, etc. all look terrible on those rare occasions when they face the kind pressure Romo faces nearly every game.
As I was watching the Saints game I kept thinking "now Brees knows what Tony goes through every week". Rodgers usually plays better than he did last night because he is very mobile and can make plays on the move but when they are coming straight up the gut at you there is no chance to make a play. Welcome to Tony's world Aaron.
If Jerry Jones knew anything about the GAME of football, instead of just the BUSINESS of football, he would know that the game is won and lost in the trenches. Our new CBs, who I really like, have NOT improved the pass rush nor have they created the turnovers we were all hoping for. Those things happen up front first. We need DLs than can put pressure on the QB up the middle and not allow him to simple step into the pocket to avoid the OLBs.
On offense, it is the O-Line that wins games, not WRs. I like Dez Bryant's talent but he is not winning games for us and our O-Line, or lack thereof, is LOSING games. Our RBs, outside of Murray, need the O-Line to open holes for them. I believe Felix Jones would tear it up if he played behind a quality O-Line, but he is not as physical as Murray and can't break tackles him him.
I hope one of two things happens this offseason (assuming Jerry isn't going to go away like I pray):
1: We go all out to get the best available OLs and DLs (in that order) to fix the major holes on this team.
2: Tony Romo refuses to resign with us and goes to a team with a real O-Line. This guy IS the real deal and could show it more with a real team.
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