I have to admit. When I heard that the two favorites for being in Super Bowl XLV were going to be Dallas and the New York Jets, I was in disbelief. I wanted to call the sportsbook that posted that and asked them if they had bumped their heads. I realize there are a lot of Cowboy fans, and probably millions of Jet fans that are hoping that this will be somewhat Cinderella-esque as the season plays out. But I still have to ask. What on earth was Las Vegas thinking?
Granted, there are a number of givens. Romo is getting ready to play in his fifth season, the fourth in a row where he was the starting quarterback going into the first week of the season. Some of you may not remember but Romo took over for Drew Bledsoe in the 7th week of the 2006 season when he started the second half of a game against the NY Giants. He has continued to show signs of being a prominent NFL quarterback. However, his quest usually gets derailed because of his inconsistencies on the field.
In addition to this, he’s already had a throwing shoulder issue that the media is trying to cover up by saying that this is normal for this time of the year. Yeah, you keep believing that while I sell you my beach front property in Phoenix. More critically, their esteemed rookie, Dez Bryant is out at least 4 to 6 weeks now with a high ankle sprain. Dallas put a lot of stock in this kid and we already have a harbinger about the future.
Now for the Jets. They have improved greatly while the rest of the teams in the AFC’s Eastern Division have either degraded or floundered in that limbo of not knowing what direction they are going in. After all, just look at Buffalo. They invested in Terrell Owens for a season. How dumb was that? New England is not the power house they once were, while it is highly speculative that Buffalo and Miami will do any better than last year.
So I can understand that the Jets are being picked to head up one of the weakest divisions in the NFL – AFC or NFC. Besides that, I’m just not that impressed with their Southern California flash-in-the-pan Mark Sanchez. You might think that I’m being rough on second year quarterbacks (or quarterbacks in general), but you have to be a field general at that position if you want to impress me and earn my respect. Trust me. Where quarterbacks are concerned today, there are very few in the league that is the caliber that the Elways, Favres, and Marinos were.
Here’s something else to think about. When was the last time that you can remember a Sophomore year quarterback winning the Super Bowl? It was Ben Roethlisberger who started in the 2004 season and won Super Bowl XL in 2006. Prior to that it was Joe Montana back in 1983. So I don’t have a lot of faith in the Jets winning Super Bowl XLV as Las Vegas has predicted. They may get there, but they better hope that their road through the playoffs to the Super Bowl is paved with contenders that aren’t any better than the other three teams in their division.
Finally, Dallas was stupid in the draft – pure and simple. They needed their first round pick to be someone in the secondary, especially at cornerback, or on the front offensive line to protect Romo so that he doesn’t get clobbered in nearly every game like he did last year. But what did Jerry do? He insured that Dallas, once again would choke and self-destruct if they got into the playoffs. I have issues with their coaching staff as well but I’m not going to get into that and run my mouth more than I already have. That would just hurt Cowboys fan’s feelings even more.
On a closing note, all I can tell you is that I wouldn’t put a lot of faith in both of those teams being in the Super Bowl at the same time this coming February. However, should it turn out as predicted, I would much rather see Dallas win than the overrated Jets.