Written by theMBIIIeffect
Last night, a friend of mine asked me to pick who would be playing in the Super Bowl.
It’s a tough pick any way you look at it and, chances are, I’ll be wrong.
There are, however, some things that won’t be so hard to predict. Especially within the Dallas Cowboys.
1. Marion Barber will run through somebody, Felix Jones will run past somebody and Tashard Choice will make somebody trying to tackle him miss: Marion Barber is healthy again and looking slimmer and faster than last season. Felix Jones is a pure speed guy and Tashard Choice falls somewhere in the middle. With offensive coordinator Jason Garrett under some close scrutiny after his dynamic offense became predictable last year, I imagine he’ll find a way to get the most out of all three backs.
2. Tony Romo will do something that will make you yell “NO! NO! NO!…..YES!!!”: Tony Romo likes to scramble around and create some time with his feet. More often than not, he can find an open receiver downfield or pick up a few yards by himself. But it’s still tough to watch Romo create plays (read: scramble around like a chicken with his head cut off then throw a pass, likely a duck, to an open receiver) and keep your lunch down.
3. Jason Witten and Martellus Bennett will catch plenty of touchdowns: When passing in the red zone, there is no better target than a good, reliable tight end. Jason Witten has been that guy for the past few seasons. With the emergence of Martellus Bennett, the Cowboys have two such tight ends. Jason Garrett has already implemented plenty of two tight end sets in training camp, so expect to see plenty of those used inside the twenty.
4. Gerald Sensabaugh will solve some of Dallas’ secondary problems: Free-agent signing Gerald Sensabaugh has looked good in the preseason, already better than current Bengals safety Roy Williams. There will be less of those “who the hell was supposed to be covering that guy” plays when the Cowboys are on defense.
5. DeMarcus Ware will earn a huge contract: The 11th overall pick of the 2005 NFL Draft has been the best defensive player for the Cowboys since his arrival Dallas. This is the last year of his rookie contract and negotiations are still ongoing with the Cowboys front office. Hopefully, DeMarcus Ware will still be wearing the star at the start of next season. But whether or not he’s a Cowboy in the fall of 2010, one thing is for sure: he’ll be getting paid a pretty penny to knock the stuffing out of quarterbacks.
There. Those are my five cowardly predictions for the 2009 Cowboys season.
Aw, heck. I’ll throw in a prediction that is a little more bold than those five.
BONUS BOLD PREDICTION: The Jerry-tron will not remain at 90 feet: This isn’t baseball. There should be no architectural differences in NFL stadiums that should cause players to alter their play. Roger Goodell won’t allow there to be a Green Monster in his league. At some point, during this season or after, Jerry Jones’ huge video board will be moved. Jones is so hesitant to move the Jerry-tron because he built his stadium within guidelines prescribed by the NFL and it would cost him an estimated $2 million to raise it. If the NFL ponies up cash to help him move the video board, expect Jones to play nice and raise the video board.