The way the NFL is played, Tony Romo is the league MVP. Or Andrew Luck. Or Tom Brady. Aaron Rodgers. Peyton Manning. Etc. These days, it is a waste of an MVP vote for anybody who is not a quarterback.
Teams cannot survive without their QBs, but can live without anybody else. This includes DeMarco Murray, who is having an MVP season with the great misfortune of playing in a league that now simply worships quarterbacks.
As we all saw last week when the Cowboys played the Arizona Cardinals, the MVP of this team is Ramiro Romo until he retires, or his back explodes into 1,000 pieces.
Since 2001, the NFL MVP has been a QB all but three times. The other three were running backs Adrian Peterson, LaDainian Tomlinson and Shaun Alexander.
Unless Murray breaks Eric Dickerson’s single season NFL rushing record, he should not be the NFL MVP. If Murray breaks the record, hand him the trophy.
What Murray should be is the NFL’s offensive player of the year.
In Romo’s first game back since he suffered a pair of fractures in his back, he threw three TD passes in the Cowboys’ 31-17 win against the Jacksonville Jaguars in London, England.
One game after facing eight and nine-man fronts and failing to reach 100 yards for the first time this season, Murray rushed 19 times for 100 yards against the Jags. He may have been able to do this had backup QB Brandon Weeden played, but with Romo the Jags had to honor the pass and it created additional breathing room for Murray.
Nothing should take away from Murray’s sensational season, but unlike Peterson when he won the MVP award despite the presence of no real threat at quarterback, the man needs his Romo.
Murray has rushed for 1,133 yards this season, and is on pace for 2,014 yards. That would give him the fourth highest total in NFL history, behind Dickerson, Peterson, Jamal Lewis and Barry Sanders.
If the league was not so heavily weighted for the QB, making a case for Murray would be easy. But we have seen this team without Romo, and how it affected Murray.
Murray is the league’s most dynamic offensive player this season, but only QBs can be MVPs.
The single biggest reason the Cowboys snapped their two-game losing streak is the Jacksonville Jaguars.
As good as rookie QB Blake Bortles will be, he is still a rookie and his team stinks.
The Jaguars are 1-9 for a reason. The Cowboys handed the Jags a few reasons to stick around this game, and every time the “home” team took a pass.
There was some stupid report floating 20 players violated a curfew check on … who cares? The Cowboys were playing the Jaguars, in London. Jerry Jones denied the report, which again – who cares?
Let them stay out until 5 a.m.; they weren’t losing this game even if they were all drunk during the game.
The Twitter world was irate with Coach Process’ decision not to rest Tony Romo, DeMarco Murray and Dez Bryant in the fourth quarter when the final outcome was decided. Can’t disagree.
There was no reason to play Romo, who clearly is not 100 percent. At this point, Romo is a bubble wrap player – unwrap him as needed.
The Cowboys are not the same without him, and when there is a chance to put him on the bench there is no reason to put him in harm’s way.
The same can be said of Murray, whom it would appear the Cowboys will make no special effort for him to try to break Eric Dickerson’s NFL single season rushing record.
If there isn’t a need, don’t play either one.
Playing a rookie passer really helps, but defensive tackle Henry Melton is looking like the Henry Melton who was a Pro Bowler with the Bears.
Melton was credited with only one tackle, for a loss, but over the past month he is increasingly visible on the interior. He is good against the run, and anything he provides against the passer is a bonus.
Melton came to the Cowboys on a one-year deal, and the way he is playing he will sign an extension.
Not sure how/why the Jaguars ever let him go in the redzone, but Jason Witten remains one of the very best at what he does for his ability to find a hole in a defense.
That and his best buddy, Romo, just knows where the man is going to be at all times.
Despite the fact Romo missed Witten badly earlier in the game, late in the first quarter on a 3rd-andgoal from the Jaguars two, a scrambling Romo found Witten open in the end zone for a the Cowboys’ first touchdown.
Witten finished with five catches for 33 yards againt the Jags. He is on pace for his worst statistical season since he was a rookie when he caught 35 passes.
If things continue to go as they are, Witten will finish with 60 receptions for 708 yards. For a lot of tightends, that’s pretty good. For Witten, it’s career worst.
He’s not Justin Durant, or Rolando McClain, but rookie fourth round pick Anthony Hitchens is doing a nice job of getting to the ball in a timely manner. He led the Cowboys in tackles with nine, and had one hit on Bortles, and one stop on a fourth down run in the third quarter.
Playing without Durant is not ideal, but on Sunday the Cowboys also played without McClain and there was no massive drop.
Durant, who is out for the year with a torn bicep, is likely not returning to the team next season. Hitchens may be a decent replacement.
UP NEXT: The Cowboy have a bye, and then travel to New York to play the New York football Giants for a Sunday Night game on Nov. 23. The Giants stink. The Cowboys defeated the Giants by 10 on Oct. 19 at Jerry World, which was the second in New York’s current four-game losing streak.
The Giants, who lost 38-17 at Seattle on Sunday, are 3-6 and have all of the characteristics of a team that will change coaches in the offseason.
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