During the Denver/Kansas City game, it was remarked that Manning gets the ball out in 2.5 seconds. Collinsworth expressed that Manning could bailout an offensive lineman when he gets caught short on a switch because the ball will come out so quickly. Romo has one of the quickest releases in the game and has been compared to Marino in the past with his speed to make the throw. So what's the difference? I believe Romo is intelligent enough to make plays like Manning, but something is holding the passing game back. That something is play design. While I believe Manning has a better set of receivers, the ones at Dallas are still good enough to find the separation to play that quick passing game. But the plays that Dallas runs are different from the ones run in Denver. Wherein Manning knows where the single coverage will be and can throw the ball before the rush, lately Romo has had to hold the ball longer. And with the offensive line of Dallas, that causes disruption. Again, as I have said in several threads recently, Dez is blanketed and the people designing the formations and plays are blissfully unaware, or incapable of creating sets that aid Dez in separation. The pick play, and fake pick play is a staple of the Denver offense and routinely they get people one on one. Even their most successful receivers can enjoy man-up because of play design. I believe the bunch set using two other receivers to pick for Dez and get him singled up, or motion would solve problems. But since this offense does not venture into that realm, it stands to reason the coaches are where the issues arise. I find this extremely obtuse of Garrett not understanding how to get his star receiver open. And this is where the problem lies with the passing game. I don't believe this is Romo. I believe this is Garrett. Yet, I see Romo throwing shorter routes to protect the ball. I personally believe this is because of games where he has thrown picks that could be conceived as costing the team the games. He is trying to protect the ball more, and this takes him out of what makes him Romo. If this is the case, then this too falls on Garrett. Because as being the OC, he should have a report established with Romo that would allow him to push Romo to risk more. If he does not, why not? Seven years should be enough to establish that. If he does and this is play selection, again Garrett should take the fall for this. ********************* There have been threads about Garrett's replacement, and while I have read the majority of the posts, I did not see one name I believe would be perfect for this team as a replacement for Opie. Jack Del Rio. During the Denver/ Kansas City game SS Duke Ihenacho taunted a WR of the Chiefs in the endzone creating a penalty - Unsportsnmanlike Conduct. This reset the downs and allowed KC to score a touchdown. Immediately after the called penalty Del Rio pulled Ihenacho until the series was done. Think Opie would do that? Del Rio is an edgy guy and has head coaching experience. This team - and by that I mean the players, and all the players - these guys need a kick in the pants. Del Rio is not ancient like Holmgren or some of the others you could name. He is not a milque-toast coach and understands the defense. That would open up the position for a real Offensive coordinator. I'm sure someone will toss out his credentials and suggest he didn't win it all at the last place he was the head coach. But he possesses a great understanding of the game and is an undeniable leader. And the underlined part is what the Dallas Cowboys do not have. Can he work with Jerry? Maybe not. And that is a shame. Because he fits the mold of what this team has sorely needed for the past half dozen years. Someone who creates a fear of losing because of what the head coach will do. ******** I have to wonder if Murray is on Garrett's shate list. He did not carry the ball much against the Saints, even though he seemed to gain yards. ******** I think it will be the Saints vs. either Denver or Indianapolis in the Super Bowl.