Today, on ESPN’s NFL page, they are discussing the topic of which coach/quarterback combo is under the most pressure this year. Naturally, the Cowboys’ coach and signal caller are up for nomination. There is even a poll, and, as of this morning, Romo and Garrett have received over half of roughly 22,000 votes. They are soundly beating the likes of Chad Henne and Tony Sparano, Alex Smith and Jim Harbaugh, and Matt Schaub and Gary Kubiak. I have come to the conclusion that this is some sort of farce.
As I pointed out last week, Romo belongs in an elite company of NFL quarterbacks. He was a legitimate MVP candidate in 2007. He has two NFC East titles. Contrary to a overwhelmingly popular belief, he has won a playoff game before. To list him in the same company as Chad Henne and Alex Smith is an absolute insult. And, to say he is under more pressure of losing his job than either one of those guys is, well, just dumb.
As far as Jason Garrett, he has eight games under his belt and Jerry clearly loves him. He’s been grooming him as the next head coach since 2007. It’s going to take a really, really bad season for Jerry to give up on him after twenty-four games. On the other hand, Gary Kubiak and Tony Sparano will be fired if their teams don’t make the playoffs.
It’s not that Garrett is under more pressure than these other coaches; it’s just that, as the HC of the Cowboys, he has to take a whole lot more crap from the media. Either way, neither him nor Romo should appear anywhere on that poll. The chances of the two of them being back with the Cowboys in 2012 far exceed those of so many other NFL coach/quarterback combos.
Dan Graziano, who writes for ESPN’s NFC East blog, had a good take on the question. It’s definitely worth a read.
What do you think? Are Garrett and Romo on the hot seat?