Tag:Tony Romo
Posted on: November 21, 2010 12:39 pm

Casserly: 'No exceptions to Rooney Rule' for Boys

Posted by Will Brinson

Jerry Jones is already pretty excited about Jason Garrett's potential as the future full-time head coach of the Dallas Cowboys.

So much so that, he's seeking an exemption for the Rooney Rule (which requires teams to interview minority candidates before hiring a coach) in order to simply lock Garrett in. However, according to CBS Sports Charley Casserly, the league will not grant that exemption.

"I talked to the league," Casserly said on Inside the NFL. "No exceptions for Dallas or any other team with the Rooney Rule. In other words, the job has to be open at the end of the season and a minority candidate has to be interviewed."

Casserly also made an interesting point about Garrett, saying he's "re-instituted mandatory weigh-in's and fines for players that don't meet their weight on a weekly basis."

This attitude is a stark contrast to the way Wade Phillips ran things in Dallas, and if the Cowboys keep winning, it probably means that Jones will do whatever he needs to in order to make Garrett his full-time head coach (which probably means we could have an awkward "courtesy interview" of a minority candidate at some point).

This is also likely why Jones wants Tony Romo to have a shot at returning in 2010 -- that gives Garrett a better chance to win and solidify himself as the front-runner for the position of head coach.

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Posted on: November 21, 2010 12:27 pm
Edited on: November 21, 2010 6:13 pm

Could Tony Romo return for the end of 2010?

Posted by Will Brinson

After Tony Romo's serious shoulder injury against the Giants, it was just kind of presumed that he wouldn't play again in 2010.

After all, the Cowboys weren't going to the playoffs (the season is still safe from saving) and making sure Romo is 100 percent for 2011 had to be considered the team's number one goal.

But Chris Mortensen reported on ESPN this morning that Romo will have "new X-rays within 24 hours" with the presumptive goal being trying to get him back for the latter end of the 2010 season.

There's a VERY interesting dynamic here, because Jerry Jones has to consider the safety of Romo, but also wants to give his would-be coach-in-waiting Jason Garrett the best possible opportunity to win.

As good as Jon Kitna was against the Giants, clearly Romo's a better option -- what will be interesting is how Jones weighs the importance of helping Garrett save his job vs. the long-term health of his franchise quarterback.

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Posted on: November 15, 2010 7:46 pm

Hot Routes 11.15.10: Week 10 boxscore tidbits

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

-With his concussion suffered early during the Sunday night game, the streak of consecutive games made with at least one catch ended for Steelers WR Hines Ward. It ends at 186, the third-best streak in NFL history.

-Ravens K Billy Cundiff blasted three touchbacks Sunday. That gives him 25 on the season (a 58.1 percent success rate on his kickoffs), the top mark in the NFL. He’s already destroyed the club record (15 by Matt Stovall in 2007).

-Cowboys WR Dez Bryant had three catches for 104 yards, the most he’s ever produced in his career. Since Jon Kitna replaced the injured Tony Romo at QB four games ago, Bryant has 23 catches for 328 yards and four touchdowns.

-Seahawks WR Mike Williams had 11 catches for a career-high 145 yards in Seattle’s win against the Cardinals. He did it with a broken finger suffered in practice four days earlier.

-Chiefs QB Matt Cassel threw for 469 yards, the second-highest single-game total in Kansas City history (Elvis Grbac had 504 yards in 2000). The Chiefs still lost.

-For the first time since 1941, two brothers are NFL punters at the same time. Kansas City’s Dustin Colquitt faced Denver’s Britton Colquitt on Sunday, and Dustin’s average (43.3 yards) beat Britton’s average (41.0). The Chiefs still lost.

-When Manny Pacquiao destroyed Antonio Margarito in a unanimous decision in Dallas on Saturday, it was his second win of the year at Cowboys Stadium (he beat Joshua Clottey there in March). The Cowboys, meanwhile, have only one win at home this season.

-Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski caught five passes for 72 yards and three touchdowns in helping beat the Steelers. Which was a marked improvement over last week when he dropped passes, muffed up a kickoff return and fumbled deep in Browns territory to help hand Cleveland the win.

-Of the 50 passes tossed by Atlanta’s Matt Ryan, more than half (27) were targeted for either Roddy White or Michael Jenkins.

-From 2007-09, Bengals RB Cedric Benson combined for only three fumbles. This season alone, he’s got three.

-For the first time this season, Jets RB Shonn Greene outgained LaDainian Tomlinson on the ground. Greene had 72 yards on 20 carries, while Tomlinson carried the ball 18 times for 57 yards.

-The Jets dominated the time of possession vs. Cleveland (47:08 to 27:36) but needed until the very end of overtime to squeak out the win.

-Since his big coming-out party in Week 2 (17 carries, nine catches, 232 total yards, three TDs), Lions rookie RB Jahvid Best hasn’t scored a TD and has gained more than 50 yards on the ground just one time. On Sunday, he had 17 carries for 35 yards.

-Even with four players throwing the ball Sunday (Chad Pennington, Chad Henne, Tyler Thigpen and Brandon Marshall) the final passing stats for Miami were pretty good. The four combined to complete 24 of 37 passes for 323 yards, two touchdowns, one INT and a passer rating of 99.3.

-This is a stat that will make Pete Prisco gnash his teeth. In the past two games, Jaguars QB David Garrard has completed 41 of 52 passes for 602 yards, six touchdowns and zero interceptions. Two weeks ago, his passer rating was 157.8. On Sunday, it was 134.1.

-Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe caught 13 passes for 186 yards and two scores. Much of that production, though, came in garbage time when the game was already lost.

-Mike Goodson became the first Panthers RB to rush for at least 100 yards this season. Not Jonathan Stewart, not DeAngelo Williams. Mike Goodson.

-Buccaneers RB LaGarrette Blount has only played in six games this season. In his past four, he’s rushed 65 times for 329 yards and three touchdowns.

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Posted on: October 31, 2010 5:20 pm

Maybe Jerry Jones should fire Phillips

Jerry Jones continues to say he won't fire Wade Phillips during the season. Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Earlier today, we brought you the Top Ten Halloween costumes in the NFL this year. Coming in at No. 4 was Wade Phillips, who we thought should dress up like Bernie Lomax from “Weekend at Bernie’s,” because, for all intents and purposes, he’s a dead coach walking.

After Dallas fell 35-17 at home to a mediocre-at-best Jaguars squad today, owner Jerry Jones might have to rethink his policy about not cutting loose a coach during the middle of the season. Perhaps, he should make sure Bernie Lomax/Wade Phillips doesn’t return next week for a sequel of an absolutely dreadful performance by the Cowboys.

They didn’t show any heart. They didn’t show any desire. They didn’t show much of anything.

QB Jon Kitna, replacing the injured Tony Romo, tried hard and completed 34 of 49 passes for 379 yards and a touchdown (he’s the first Cowboys QB not named Romo to throw for more than 300 yards since Drew Bledsoe did it five years ago). But first three of his four interceptions were the result of drops by his own receivers – one apiece by RB Felix Jones, WR Roy Williams and WR Miles Austin – and destroyed Dallas’ chances on offense.

Defensively, the Cowboys couldn’t stop QB David Garrard, who was a ridiculous 17 of 21 for 260 yards and four touchdowns, and RB Maurice Jones-Drew (27 carries, 135 yards). And you had to love the final Jacksonville TD of the game, a naked bootleg off the play-action fake in which Garrard just kind of strolled into the end zone to put his team up by 25 points.

So, if we’re blaming somebody for Dallas’ putrid effort, who do we point the finger at?

Unless you’re in the locker room, who really knows? But I know who will take the blame and who will lose his job because of it. That’d be Wade Phillips.

This is what Boomer Esiason had to say on the NFL Today before the 1 p.m. games began:

“What happened last week (a 41-35 Cowboys loss to the Giants) lays at the feet of one, Wade Phillips. I'm sorry, that is the reality of this business. If you ask me, if they don't turn it around now, I think it's a foregone conclusion that Wade Phillips will be out of a job by the time the season end rolls around.”

At this point, Phillips would be lucky to hang around that long.

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Posted on: October 30, 2010 1:21 pm
Edited on: October 30, 2010 1:25 pm

Week 8 injury report analysis Part I

Posted by Andy Benoit

Broncos @ 49ers

The Broncos kept LB Wesley Woodyard, LB Robert Ayers, CB Perrish Cox, S Darcel McBath and DE Kevin Vickerson back home in The States for this one. The absence of these five players is a serious blow to Denver’s defensive depth. At least S Brian Dawkins (knee) and CB Andre Goodman (quad) are probable. Both sat out last week’s debacle against Oakland.

Considering both of these teams have a bye next week, is it even worth it for the Broncos to play Dawkins and Goodman this week against a 49ers passing attack that is without starting QB Alex Smith (shoulder) and relying on a somewhat hobbled Vernon Davis (questionable; ankle)?

Because the Broncos love to sling the ball, it’s worth noting that Niners CB Tarell Brown (back) is doubtful and CB Nate Clements (ankle) is probable.

Jaguars @ Cowboys

The Cowboys are likely without Tony Romo for the season, given that the team will almost certainly be eliminated from playoff contention once his shoulder heals. The Jags are getting THEIR quarterback, David Garrard, back after a 1 ½-game absence (concussion). How’s this for freaky: every quarterback that has replaced Garrard at some point this season has goL. Hall (US Presswire)tten injured. Luke McCown blew out his knee working relief duty in Week 1. Trent Edwards dinged his right thumb after Garrard suffered his concussion against the Titans. And now, last week’s starter, Todd Bouman, is questionable with a right finger injury.

Also questionable is Jaguars DE Jeremy Mincey (hand), who was just given the starting job ahead of disappointing former first-round pick Derrick Harvey (who should be listed as questionable each week with an iffy skill set).

Jacksonville’s interior defensive line should step up in this game. The Cowboys are still without left guard Kyle Kosier (ankle) and his backup Montrae Holland (groin). Phil Costa will start for them. Cornerback Terence Newman is expected to play despite sore ribs. Knowing Newman, though, he’ll come out of the game with a false injury scare at least twice.

Dolphins @ Bengals

Not a single player of consequence is listed on Miami’s injury report. For the Bengals, it’s the other way around. Essentially Cincy’s entire secondary is listed as questionable, with the exception of S Roy Williams, who is doubtful (knee), and CB Leon Hall, who is probable (hamstring). Hall missed Wednesday and Thursday’s workout. His counterpart, Johnathan Joseph (ankle), missed Wednesday and most of Thursday. Backup CB Morgan Trent also sat both days. And, oh yeah, nickelback Adam Jones was just placed on IR (neck). Considering the Bengals have next to no pass rush, the injuries in the defensive backfield are an extra major concern.

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Posted on: October 26, 2010 6:12 pm

Rolle says Giants are 'best team in the NFL'

Posted by Will Brinson

It was pretty clear following the Giants beatdown of the Dallas on Monday night that everyone was going to spend the week discussing Tony Romo's fractured left clavicle, and not necessarily how good the Giants were in a watered down NFC.

Fortunately for everyone involved, Antrel Rolle is here to remind you not to sleep on the G-Men. Since, you know, they're not just the cream of the crop in the NFC, but the NFL as well.

"I don’t think, I know it, we are the best team in the NFC," Rolle said during his weekly segment on WFAN. "Hey, we are the best team in the NFL and that’s hands down.

Rolle also added that the Giants defense "is the best defense in the business, no doubt about it."

Fortunately, there are statistics to tell us whether he's right or wrong -- he's not *technically* correct, since the Chargers are still the top defensive team in the NFL, but the Giants are a close second, giving up only 177.9 passing yards per game and 85.4 rushing. Lest you not like "average yardage," the Chargers (and Titans) are also ahead of New York in sacks, but only by one.

The Giants are good, and I said as much myself last night, but Rolle's probably better served letting the praise come to the Giants rather than seek it out -- they don't get a chance to prove themselves against an elite AFC team until it matters anyway.

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Posted on: October 26, 2010 5:09 pm
Edited on: October 26, 2010 5:11 pm

'Boys expect Romo to miss 6-8 weeks, no surgery

Posted by Will Brinson

Perhaps you've heard something about Tony Romo and his fractured left clavicle in the past 12 hours or so -- it's been mildly important news, considering that it signified the end of Dallas Cowboys football for 2010.

Or maybe not; the Cowboys appear to be on the optimistic end of science when it comes to Romo's recovery, as they issued a statement today indicating that Romo would miss "just" six to eight weeks and that he would not require surgery.

Much of the potential damage on a shoulder injury like Romo's is contingent on where exactly on the shoulder the injury occurs. Presumably, Romo's injury wasn't as bad as it initially seemed.

Still, the Cowboys only offered up an "estimated recovery time" -- medical timelines are almost never set in stone, and if Dallas doesn't win more games in the next six weeks than they did in their first six weeks, it's hard to fathom that the franchise would push Romo back onto the field just to make a run away from the top of the draft.

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Posted on: October 26, 2010 1:36 am
Edited on: October 26, 2010 1:37 am

The night they drove Old Dallas down

Posted by Will Brinson

It's pretty safe to say that you can bury the Dallas Cowboys hopes for a Super Bowl season in 2010 -- with Tony Romo's broken left clavicle keeping him out for up to a couple of months, it seems unlikely that Dallas can make a run

CBSSports.com's Michael Freeman, on location in Dallas, joined me on a postgame edition of the podcast to discuss whether or not it's time to give up on Dallas, if Wade Phillips is keeping his job, just how incredible an athlete Dez Bryant is, if the Giants are the best team in the NFC now, and whether or not Phillips cried at his press conference following the embarrassing home defeat to the Giants.

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