Some passing thoughts from this past Sunday’s football action:
-Obviously a big win for the Cowboys. I was hoping their D would perform better against the struggling Giants offense. They let them move the ball too easily, and would have been in much worse shape if not for a couple of red zone stops. The offense was good. Romo looked solid, if not stellar, which I liked. If he can help the Cowboys win even when he’s not looking like the best QB ever (because of playing against bad D) they ‘Boys are in good shape.
-I didn’t know that in Bill Parcells’s two SB winning season, he switched kickers mid-season in both. Thanks to Len Pasquarelli for that nugget. I like what that means.
-The clock management on both sides of the ball was pretty bad. I don’t know why the Giants left any time on the clock at the end of the game. And what bothers me even more, being a Cowboys fan, was why the ‘Boys called a timeout to stop the clock with 6 seconds left. A field goal takes 5 seconds. By experience (the same thing happened at the end of the first half, same mistake, twice in one game. Come on), and by rule (according to Troy Aikman, calling the game). So why stop the clock for a game-winning field goal, only to leave 1 second on the clock, and have to kick off? Why take that chance? Why not run it down to 4, then call timeout, and let the clock expire as the ball passes the uprights? And worse yet, what if you miss? Then there’s time for one play from scrimmage? Am I the only one that finds this ridiculous?
-Finally, I don’t think I can emphasize how terrible Rex Grossman has been lately. 6/19, 34 yards 3 ints. The Bears, even with their amazing D, can’t win with that kind of production from the QB spot. Maybe in the regular season, when they depend on their Defense to outscore their Offense, and they can expect crappy teams to turn the ball over and give them scoring opportunities, but that won’t happen in the playoffs. And before you go all “Trent Dilfer in 2000” on me, Grossman is playing a lot, a LOT, worse than Dilfer did that year.