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  1. Zaxor

    Zaxor Virtus Mille Scuta

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    Déjà Drew

    Special season for Cowboys? Not with Bledsoe at QB
    Posted: Monday September 11, 2006 7:17PM; Updated: Tuesday September 12, 2006 12:44AM

    It might just have been the season opener, but the Dallas Cowboys' 24-17 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday played out like a typical Drew Bledsoe season.

    There was the opening flash of greatness. He completed five of six passes for 89 yards and led the Cowboys on two scoring drives to take a 10-0 lead. It was the sort of efficiency he had shown while leading the Cowboys to an undefeated preseason. Unfortunately for him and the team, regular-season games require starters to play the entire 60 game.

    So Bledsoe continued, completing only seven of his next 22 passes, throwing two interceptions and getting sacked twice as the Jaguars took a 24-10 lead -- 14 of their points coming off Bledsoe interceptions. In typical Bledsoe fashion, he temporarily turned things around, silencing his critics and showing his potential, going 3-for-3 for 79 yards and a touchdown on his next drive, before ultimately falling short, throwing a quick interception with a chance to tie the game at the end.

    None of this should have come as a surprise to anyone. The story arcs in Bledsoe seasons are as cookie cutter as most romantic comedies. Anyone shocked by the outcomes is probably equally perplexed by the endings of The Wedding Singer and There's Something About Mary.

    Ask any fan of the Patriots or Bills about Bledsoe, and you'll hear the same thing. He is a good quarterback, not a great quarterback. The problem for the Cowboys is they think they have a potentially great team this season if everything falls into place. That won't be possible if Bledsoe's passes continue to fall in the wrong places.

    Not only did Bledsoe throw three crucial interceptions and continue to show the mobility of a three-toed sloth in the pocket, but he simply misread more plays than a 14-year quarterback should, overthrowing and underthrowing wide-open receivers, including Terrell Owens on a couple of potentially big plays.

    Bledsoe is still better than most quarterbacks in the league, but he isn't the right quarterback for the Cowboys this season. And it's becoming increasingly clear that it's only a matter of time before that job goes to Tony Romo.

    Romo has already been hailed as the future quarterback of the Cowboys by owner Jerry Jones, who gave the fourth-year player a two-year, $3.9 million contract, which included a $2 million signing bonus, before this season began. "I think it's a real indication that the Cowboys are, at this juncture, looking to Tony as it pertains to the future," Jones said at the time. "I think Tony has played enough to establish that now and gain the confidence of everybody involved, his teammates."

    Although Romo has yet to throw a regular-season pass, he has shown enough confidence in the pocket and enough athleticism outside of it during practices and the preseason to remind some of another young upstart who ended up replacing Bledsoe and leading his team to the Super Bowl. Now, any comparisons between Romo and Tom Brady are ridiculous until the 26-year-old steps on the field, but who's to say they won't start making sense once he does? Who's to say Romo won't jump-start the Cowboys and start making plays Bledsoe can't while cutting back on the mistakes that have been the veteran's trademark?

    After all, we all know how the Bledsoe story will finish, so why not take a chance on a new script while you still have a chance to rewrite the ending?
  2. Cbz40

    Cbz40 The Grand Poobah

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    Morning Zaxor. Thanks for the food for thought this morning. Excellent post.
  3. MichaelWinicki

    MichaelWinicki "You want some?" Staff Member

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    Drew had better get himself straightened out pretty quick or he'll be on the bench.

    His challenge is that Greg Williams knows him all too well and knows how to stop him.
  4. Cbz40

    Cbz40 The Grand Poobah

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    As it should be. Good Morning Michael
  5. Cowchips

    Cowchips New Member

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    Drew's real challenge will be to get on the same page with TO. If they didn't have timing issues, the Cowboys win last Sunday's game 30-17 and we aren't having the Drew-bashing because of interceptions, we are praising his 350yd, 3 touchdown performance. Bledsoe said he's never had a TO before (huge with speed) and timing would be a factor.

    Said another way, TO not playing in the preseason is showing up as Drew being ineffective in the regular season.
  6. Jarv

    Jarv Loud pipes saves lives.

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    So the 3 INT's are now TO's fault ?

    That pass to Witten that was picked off was TO's fault ?

    TO was running to fast on the post that Drew underthrew was TO's fault.

    The bomb to Glen that was underthrown was TO's fault ?

    Bledsoe got hurt in the game, or re-agravated an injury from the pre-season. His fear of letting Romo see playing time cost our team. He was voted a TEAM captain, but he sure did not act like one. A captain does was best for the team, Drew was just thinking of himself.
  7. Sam I Am

    Sam I Am Unfriendly and Aloof!

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    Romo is still young and a bit wild. He will throw interceptions also. The question isn't will, but when. Bill knows the time is coming and he said he plans on playing Romo this season. I only wonder how exactly does he plan on doing it. I'm sure he doesn't plan on doing it with the game on the line. So, we had better hope we can keep t he pressure off Bledsoe long enough to get a good lead so that Romo can come in and get some regular season experience. Bledsoe's time as the Cowboys starter won't last beyond next season.
  8. Ashwynn

    Ashwynn Well-Known Member

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    I'll be way glad when we can all settle on a QB and go about our business.
  9. Zaxor

    Zaxor Virtus Mille Scuta

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    Thank you and a Good Morning to you kind Sir...:)
  10. Zaxor

    Zaxor Virtus Mille Scuta

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    Mr. Cowchips...I most certainly can see how not being in sync with "The Player" can affect certain throws but that still is not an excuse for the others.
  11. Zaxor

    Zaxor Virtus Mille Scuta

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    Well said my friend :)
  12. Jarv

    Jarv Loud pipes saves lives.

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    Just agreeing with your thread here, how are things overseas ? How do you see the games ?
  13. Zaxor

    Zaxor Virtus Mille Scuta

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    over the internet... it is the way of the future :)
  14. Coakleys Dad

    Coakleys Dad The Re-Birth has begun.

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    dont blame it on T.O., u have to get it to him for him to make a play, when youre jumping and flailing the ball out to your recievers that obviously isnt a T.O. training camp issue, so wats youre excuse for not hitting Witten in the flat, or JJ in stride down the sideline for a td? Oh....T.O... i see....:eek:
  15. Jarv

    Jarv Loud pipes saves lives.

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    Is that a drunk Kitty ?
  16. Zaxor

    Zaxor Virtus Mille Scuta

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    LOL:laugh2: it looks like it is worshipping the porcellan God doesn't it
  17. Cowchips

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    We will see. My point is that I think Bledsoe's been so focused on getting the timing down with TO that everything else is getting screwed up. It's my personal opinion but the answer is not to put in an untested guy that has never played against 1st string defenses. Romo would get crushed. Just ask JP Losman or Tom Brady.

    Losman is still trying to figure out which end is up and played horrible in this his 3rd season.

    Tom Brady won his first 2 superbowls only because the Pats had the best D and Special Teams in the league those years. Dallas would get crushed if they had to rely on Suissame and their defense turning the ball over. That is what you'll get from Romo, nothing more.

    Brady was very good in his last SB year but that took 4 years in the league.
  18. lspain1

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    I'm not ready to see Romo start. I do think Bledsoe's leash will get rapidly shorter if he doesn't improve this week.
  19. ringmaster

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    I can guarantee you one thing if he (Bledsoe), play lights out football this Sunday everyone will claim how great he is just watch.

    If the o-line hold up and the Cowboys o-line isn't dumb they know what their up against Sunday with Washington if they allow Bledsoe, with some ample time he will light up the Skins secondary based on what I saw last night.

    I don't think Bledsoe, will have two bad games in a row but some of these fans though are counting on it for the chants for Romo, to get louder.

    I think some fans forgot how sloppy and rainy it was in Jacksonville, hasn't it occured to anybody that most teams can't play good ball in the rain and the Cowboys are one of them.
  20. lspain1

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    I was at the game. Bledsoe was off target before the rain started falling. A couple of the INTs can not be ascribed to a wet ball. Drew demonstrated a combination of poor vision/awareness and poor judgement with throws that had no zip. The weather was not a good excuse for Bledsoe's arguably worst day in a Cowboys uniform. I'm not ready to throw him under the bus, but he had a bad day at the office and that's a fact.

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