I don't mean to pick on Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk, but when he keeps saying incredibly stupid stuff, it's hard not to pick on him. And this? THIS IS STUPID.
I quote (oops, I forgot that football blogs use the royal "We"):. Here's Florio demonstrating that Royal We, to obscure the sheer insanity of his point:
With the Cowboys now at 1-5 and absent quarterback Tony Romo for six-to-eight weeks and possibly longer, conventional wisdom (and unconventional wisdom, and possibly conventional unwisdom) points to ongoing third-world performances from America's Team.
We're not sure we're ready to jump to that conclusion. With the expectations gone, the pressure has evaporated. The Cowboys can now go play football and not worry about the fact that they're supposed to be really good.
Let's assume a 9-7 is the minimum record needed to vie for the playoffs in the lackluster but parity-ridden NFC. That means the Cowboys have to go 8-2 over their last 10 games, with Jon Kitna at the helm. Does that not strike everyone as pure crazy pants talking?
But apparently, Mike Florio thinks, the question isn't about talent, but pressure on the QB, regardless of who the QB actually is! The Cowboys can kick back and relax, knowing that the expectations are reduced because of who their QB is, and therefore, they will play much better than they did when they had a problematic, but talented QB. This Dallas team will be better, under KITNA! That would be hilariously stupid commentary, and I'd laugh at it, if this dude weren't getting time on NBC on Sundays to explain in his expert tone of voice about what's going on in the NFL.
And lest anyone think I'm taking a quote out of context, it should be noted that the headline of the article I quote above was, "Don't count out the Cowboys just yet."
Let's be clear--count the Cowboys out. And I'd suggest that you can completely disregard anyone who suggests otherwise.