These were supposed to better days for the Cowboys, Browns and Raiders, with
None of it has come to pass.
In reality, the NFL couldn't care less that Romo has cute dimples, a nice story and starlets lined up ready to accompany him to Los Cabos. The league doesn't care that Quinn is an Ohio native with washboard abs who played for Jesus' team in college and likes to take pictures with his shirt off. And on Sundays, what does it matter what Russell ever did on Saturdays?
Can you say
The Cowboys' loss at Denver last Sunday might as well have been January in Seattle or a home playoff game against the Giants. Romo missed targets. He hung receivers out over the middle. He dropped opportunities, threw interceptions, and when it finally was time to make a game-winning play, he threw to his fourth-best receiver, who happened to be covered by maybe the league's best cornerback in
But weren't Romo's dimples
The more pertinent question should be, has any player regressed more than Romo? It's as if he and the Cowboys' spin machine keep wanting us to believe he's the next Favre, when he's clearly not even close. He's gone from a nearly 65 percent completion rate, more than 4,000 yards passing and a nearly 2-to-1 touchdown to ratio in 2007 to consistent flops in the clutch, a 1-to-1 TD to interception ratio and what could be 20 fewer touchdown passes than his best year. He's beginning to play at times this season the way he's ended previous ones. With a thud.
Romo's leadership and commitment have been questioned by no less respected Cowboys than
At least Cleveland fans can rejoice in the Browns' moving on from Quinn. For those who bought into the hype, Quinn should be the next
Frankly, Mangini is right on this one. Quinn is more the second coming of
Sometimes, the best thing to do is cut ties with flopping quarterbacks, but the tease of so much physical ability can sway opinion down a losing path. That's where the Raiders are with Russell. Mention his name and "big game" in the same sentence and you're probably still just talking about his college days at LSU.
The Raiders/Russell situation is clearly beyond repair. Raiders assistant
And while none of Russell's obvious shortcomings can be overlooked, they would be less intolerable if he actually produced, even just occasionally. But he hasn't. Russell's "best" game by far this year came Sunday in Houston, but that's sort of like calling Episode 3 the best of
That's sort of the way the season is shaping up in Oakland, Cleveland and perhaps even Dallas.