Every season for every team, good or bad ones, involve close games where the outcome can be swung in either direction by one or two plays. Inherently, some measure of 'luck', either good or bad, becomes a factor in outcomes. A team that wins a championship, however, has been great consistently enough to mitigate the influence of luck on the team. At some point, a team that is in a championship game has done enough good things consistently to have the fluke label discarded.
The Tyree catch came on 3rd down. Sure, 3rd and long. But the Giants would've gone for it on 4th and the outcome may have been the same. Plaxico still had to shake Hobbs, (I think it was Hobbs) and haul in that beautiful rainbow. But the game was still not over. Webster had to break up that long pass to Moss on the next series, which I think was one of the most athletic plays of the game by a single player, and often gets overlooked for it's importance. Alford still has to make the sack on Brady.
Brady scoffed at Plaxico's prediction saying the Pats would score only 17 points. Plax ended up giving the Pats too much credit. You can't say a Super Bowl winning team is a fluke... they went on the road and physically put a pounding on teams that were supposed to be superior to them. Then they literally stopped the highest scoring offense in NFL history in their tracks. The Giants deserved that Super Bowl win.
Back to the Cowboys, just as Super Bowl winning teams have been consistently great enough to shake a fluke label, Romo has been just as consistent in choking games away. All this talk about Witten, Bryant (a terrific WR, for sure), and Miles Austin... it doesn't matter if your QB can not out play the other team's guy. Here's Marcellus Bennett calling for Jon Kitna to start over Romo. JON KITNA! The Cowboys do have some championship pieces, but you can say that about most teams, year after year. They do not have a championship caliber QB, and that is the most important piece in deciding the fate of a team. And the second is defense. The Cowboys do not have a good defense. They have Ware and Ratliff. Bradie James is pretty good, too. Newman is aging and is probably best served as a nickel corner these days. Mike Jenkins is a knucklehead. He has some talent, but he's not an upper echelon corner. Ask the '09 Giants if you can win with a bad secondary.
As far as our MLB situation you have mentioned... I don't remember our MLB covering tight ends very often. Besides, in the game that you guys won against us last year, Witten had 1 catch for 7 yards. You should want Bryant and Austin to get the ball a lot more than Witten. More often that not, it's going to be one of our talented safeties though or Michael Boley who covers Witten. While Witten is a rare talent that can win most matchups with just about anybody, it's not like I'm scared of him dominating us, either. We have a good defense and a good coordinator that can scheme. We have talented corners, good safeties, and a spectacular pass rush. The Cowboys fall short in that comparison in every regard. The linebacker situation is unsettled. But in our defense, linebackers are much less critical than in your team's defense. We play a LOT of 4-2-5. Boley gets a lot of criticism on this board and elsewhere, but he's a very good coverage linebacker and he has not been the problem on this team the last couple of seasons. We could upgrade our MLB position, for sure, but we just drafted a guy who was extremely productive in the Big Ten, Greg Jones out of Michigan State. He may be the answer, maybe not. But this is not a make or break position in our defense. With the talent we have up front and in the secondary, we just need a guy there who's going to be good enough, we don't need a perennial pro bowler there.
It's kind of funny to me that a Cowboys' fan would come here and talk smack after recent seasons they've had, last year in particular. They've seemingly been the preseason favorite, paper champs every year, and then they go out and fail to meet expectations. Maybe it's time to stop crowing in the preseason, you think?
jim, no offense, but can we all get the crib notes next time?
about the fluke, refer to my post to fish above, and the rest of the 13 or so pages of debate. your points have been shared by your counterparts, and already commented on.
first, kitna is a good qb. he's no chump. he could start on half the teams in the league. not to mention he benefitted from better play from his teammates than romo had.
second, bennett isn't calling for him to start. he's saying there should be competition at the position.
third, he also says 'romo is awesome'
fourth, romo was clearly not the problem in the implosion.
i agree with bennett btw. why should any player feel like they've solidified their position before the season has started.
competition brings better play from everyone. maybe elisha would show some improvement if he had a little competition in tc. or a real qb coach for that matter.
we've discussed in another thread what kind of qb is required to win the big game. as it turns out it's not 'championship caliber'
more important is defense, good coaching, and taking care of the football.
granted, our defense was horrible last year. i'll chalk that up to wade and the team implosion.
a team doesn't just drop from 2nd ranked defense to 31st in a year, when the core players are the same.
wade lost the team in the offseason, imo.
with wade our defense gave up 209 points in our first six losses. without wade we gave 184 pts in the final 8 games vs much better teams.
your safeties did most of the te work. that's specifically because you don't have a decent mlb. that's also the reason you play a lot of 4-2-5.
that's also the reason peyton manning and aaron rodgers tore you a new ass.
fewell's schemes are not good. they're dated and do not work against the better qb's. wether or not he's a good coach is debateable.
greg jones huh? good luck with that.
the 'recent seasons' we've had are two playoff qualifiers in 4 years. same as the gints.
any fan who doesn't talk up his team in preseason, does not believe in said team. period.
please, summarize your next posts