Sunday, November 05, 2006

Thar's a Football Game

So, Tony Romo is the new Drew Bledsoe? This is a move that I'm still not sure was the correct one. He did do well against the Panthers - but then, that was the Panthers. Sure, he's more mobile than Drew, but will that really make the difference when they play against a good team? The quarterback wouldn't have to be so mobile if the offensive line defended the pocket and gave the QB time. There have been many teams in the history of the NFL that have won Superbowls with a QB that didn't have the mobility of a younger man. We're trading experience for mobility, patience for the naivete of youth. Sometimes it is better the devil you know than the one you don't. I still say mobile or not, if the offensive line cannot protect the pocket, it doesn't matter who is the QB. You know that the Redskins are going to hit Tony with everything they have - blitz will be the name of the game. And they'll get to him, the pocket will collapse and he'll be forced to make bad decisions. He doesn't know any better. I expect him to do well today - the Redskins have a worse record than we do, but I'm going to reserve judgement until I see him play against a good team - like the Eagles.

Bad news - Terry Glenn may not be in the game today. Might not matter though if Gregg Williams blitz strategy works.

Oh, and the avatar? Whenever you see me in the PJ's with the teddy bear - it's an indication that I'm not well. Still fighting this cold thing, but I think I'm starting to win.

24 comments:

Scott said...

I have to disagree with you on this one Bailey. The fact is that the line needs a slippery quarterback in order to suceed. That's the hand we have been dealt. When the pressure comes to Drew Bledsoe, he makes mistakes, and he supposedly has all that experience that should prevent him from doing so. At least with Romo, there is a chance that right now he will suceed because he can scramble, and he spreads the ball around to our receivers. It's no coincidence that Jason Witten had his first productive day of the season when Romo started. Oh yeah, so did the twenty five million dollar man. Romo has made mistakes, but no more than Bledsoe--but at least he is young and there is a hope that those mistakes are just the first year jitters. He played well against Carolina, and that is not a slouch defense. That was Julius Peppers that Columbo held for no sacks all day. It seems to me that the line played up to Romo, telling me that they favor him as their quarterback. Romo has been here for four years. His time has come.

Kelly Parra said...

Glad the cold is getting better, Bailey! =D

Scott said...

Of course I reserve the right to take that back after the Skins game. I might be wearing my Quincy-Carter-covered glasses here, but I think Tony might just have that intangible quality that makes for a great quarterback. Cross your fingers Bailey. We need a young guy at our helm to have any chance whatsoever at having a durable team over the next five to ten years. Bledsoe can't play much longer anyway, and frankly, the folks here in New England are telling me they told me so, that Bledsoe can take you only so far before he gives it away with interceptions. I argued that he was doing well, but this season has proved them out blaringly and painfully so.

I don't know about you, but I'm very excited about the possibilities here. Before, I was thinking we were a quarterback shy of a six pack. Next years draft, with the success of Romo, could really cement our next Dynasty.

Just please stick with us Bill!

Bailey Stewart said...

I'm still reserving judgement until they play a team that's really good - like the Eagles, Indianpolis or NE. And if what you say is true, that the line played up for Romo - then I do blame the line for the losses, not Bledsoe. We'll see. I really truely want to be wrong about this.

Bailey Stewart said...

Thanks Kelly.

Bailey Stewart said...

That's what's bothering me - I know that Drew is nearing the end of his career, but I wish that Tuna had given Romo a little more playing time. I do believe that he's our QB for the future, I'm just not 100% totally convinced that this is the year. Let him play the rest of the season - that will get him ready for next year. I just don't see a "winning" season this year with him at the helm. But then again, my head is fogged with cold medications, so what do I know?

And I don't believe we would have gotten where we are, with the draft picks and trades that we've acquired, without Bledsoe. And I'm pretty sure that Romo would not have progressed to this point without an experienced QB to sit behind. That's what Drew contributed to the team - that's what most young QB's need, to study with someone as experienced as a veteran. So I'm pleased with Bledsoe, New England can say what he wants. I think that the other inexperienced QBs that we've had failed because of that "mentor" system. Bledsoe gave us time to build without driving us into the basement doing it.

Rene said...

I agree with Scott. You need a QB that can move around. And one that can take some punishment. Not knocking Bledsoe, but he is getting old and can't move with the same agility. Plus, the hits affect him more.

But what does T.O. say? LOL

Bailey Stewart said...

Well, since T.O. and Romo are making connections, I'd say he's okay with it. LOL

Marty said...

HEY! I'd argue with you about the Panthers if you weren't so darn...right, lol! Feel better :)

Bailey Stewart said...

Marty - LOL

Well, Romo sure made a difference all right. I think Bledsoe could have done just as well. The problem, I repeat, is the offensive line, not the QB. Dropped passes, collapsing pockets, etc. Penalties. Until we get these things addressed, Roy Williams could be the QB and it wouldn't make any difference. The Redskins. Come on guys. And can we do something about Vandermissit? I know, the last one wasn't his fault. But really.

Carol said...

Glad you are starting to feel better. :)

Bailey Stewart said...

Carol - I'm not sure now. LOL

Toni Anderson said...

8X

Joely Sue Burkhart said...

Ugh, hope you're feeling better! I'm safe and sound in Dallas, somewhere downtown. I can see skyline from my room (always loved that green building). If activities allow this week, I'll try to give you a call!

Brandy said...

Sorry to hear you are still feeling the effects of the cold. Hope you kick it's butt soon!

Scott said...

They would have feasted on Bledsoe's bones. It was a tough loss, but we killed ourselves and not the other way around. We have discipline issues, and have to learn to control the penalties. Otherwise we were large and in charge. Too bad we didn't go for the extra point, huh? Or that TO dropped that TD pass, or that Fasano slipped without gaining the big yards towards the end. I see a team on the verge of breaking it open. Can we do it in time to win a wild card berth? Who knows. Next up: Arizona. Do not overlook that one. I saw them hand it to Chicago for most of a game.

Bailey Stewart said...

It doesn't matter who the QB is as long as the team gives the games away. That's all I'm saying - a change in QB is not going to fix the problems.

Susie said...

I'm with you on the Bledsoe/Romo switch. In watching the highlights, Drew's problem was an offensive line that didn't do their job.

Bailey Stewart said...

Thank you Susan. *gg*

Susie said...

ggrrr... The name's Susie. Whether you're feeling better or not, it doesn't keep you from being a smart a$$.

Love ya.

Bailey Stewart said...

Oh good grief, I could have sworn the blogger alert said Susan - I didn't read it here, just on my email. Sorry. I have a cold ... be gentle with me.

Susie said...

You're forgiven. Be sure to get out and vote. would you be interested in attending the Dallas County Democratic Party Election Night Vicotry Party tonight? The candidate I've been working for (the sign in your yard) has a suite. I'll come get you if you'd like to join me.

Susie said...

victory... duh

Bailey Stewart said...

Hmmm, thanks, but not tonight. I'm still a little squeamish about coming into this house at night when there's nobody here. I'll get over it, just not yet. My boss is supposed to try to give me daytime hours - I wish he'd call me and let me know when to come in this week - obviously not yesterday or today. Sheesh.