The Pro Football Hall of Fame needs to open their doors to Drew Pearson

It’s been 29 seasons since Drew Pearson last played for the Dallas Cowboys. That means 24 years ago he should have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. For whatever reasons, the voters feel that Pearson is not worthy to have his bust sitting in Canton with the rest of the best of the best from the NFL.

Drew Pearson was signed by the Cowboys in 1973 as an undrafted free agent. He went on to become one of the best wide receivers in Cowboys history and as far as this fan is concerned he was one of the best in NFL history. In his very first playoff game in 1973 he scored on an 83 yard touchdown pass from Roger Staubach to seal a victory against the Rams, 27-16. That was the start of many clutch plays from Pearson who earned the nickname Mr. Clutch.

Pearson’s most famous play came in the 1975 playoff game in Minnesota. With the Cowboys losing to the Vikings 14-10, Pearson caught a last second 50 yard touchdown pass from Roger Staubach to win the game 17-14. The pass became known as the “Hail Mary”.

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Other famous plays from Pearson included his game winning 50 yard touchdown pass from backup quarterback Clint Longley on Thanksgiving in 1974 to beat the Redskins, 24-23. Then in a 1980 playoff game in Atlanta the Cowboys were losing to the Falcons 27-17 with only a few minutes left in the fourth quarter. It was Pearson who caught two late touchdown passes from quarterback Danny White to win the game 30-27.

It was also Pearson who could have made everyone forget about Dwight Clark’s famous touchdown grab in the 1981 NFC Championship game. Danny White saw Pearson streaking across midfield and connected with him. If it wasn’t for a fingertip tackle by 49ers cornerback Eric Wright, Pearson would have scored the winning touchdown that day and sent the Cowboys to Super Bowl XVI.

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Drew Pearson’s career came to an end in March of 1984 when he fell asleep while driving and got into a horrible car accident. The accident killed his brother and forced Pearson to retire due to internal injuries. Although Pearson had to retire early he still had become one of the best receivers in the NFL and his career numbers show that he should be in the Hall of Fame.

Regular Season, 1973-1983

Receptions, 489

Yards, 7,822

TDs, 48

Postseason, 22 games

Receptions, 67

Yards, 1,105

TDs, 8

Here are some other accomplishments for Drew Pearson during his career with the Cowboys.

3 – Pro Bowl selections in 1974, 1976 and 1977

3 – First team All-Pro selections in 1974, 1976 and 1977

1 – Second team All-Pro selection in 1975

4 – First team All-NFC selections in 1974 through 1977

1 – Second team All-NFC selection in 1978

3 – Super Bowl appearances in 1975, 1977 and 1978

1 – Super Bowl Championship in 1977

2 – 1,000 yard seasons in 1974 and 1979

Selected to the NFL 1970’s All-Decade Team

Some say that many Cowboys from the 1970’s, including Pearson are not in the Hall of Fame due to the Cowboys losing both Super Bowls they played against the Steelers in 1975 and 1978. Pearson’s career numbers are far better than Steelers wide receiver Lynn Swann when it comes to receptions and yards, but  Swann was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2001. Pearson hasn’t even been a finalist in the Hall of Fame selection process.

So I plead to the Hall of Fame voters. It’s not too late to correct your mistake. Drew Pearson has waited far too long to take his place in the Hall of Fame. He is one of the all time great wide receivers in the NFL. Pearson needs to be with his teammates in Canton like Roger Staubach, Randy White, Tony Dorsett, Mel Renfro and  Rayfield Wright and of course his head coach Tom Landry. Do the right thing and vote Drew Pearson in.

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Several Options On The Table For Boys As Free Agency Looms

With free agency fast approaching, the Cowboys will have several avenues available to them, despite being in the tightest salary cap situation in recent years.  Though their cap number will severely limit their pursuit of any big time free agents, there are still handful of names that would make a great deal of sense for the Cowboys when free agency finally gets underway.  If they can find a few new additions via free agency, it will really enhance their ability to take the “best player available” approach in the draft.  So let’s look at a few names that the ‘Boys could pursue when the market opens.

Any free agent from the Chicago Bears defense

I have to imagine that there are several players from Chicago’s defense that will not be returning in 2013.  Additionally, I think most of those players that will be available from Rod Marinelli’s defensive unit in 2012 could come at a reasonable price, with their former defensive coordinator now in charge of the Dallas Cowboys defensive line.

With that being said, obviously the big ticket name from Chicago’s defense is Henry Melton.  Though highly unlikely, if the Cowboys could find some way to bring Melton to Dallas, the interior defensive line could be solidified quickly.  Because Melton is guaranteed a monster deal somewhere, I don’t think it is realistic for him to land in Dallas; however, with the Rod Marinelli connection, anything is possible.

Several other names that could be interested and easily lured to the Cowboys include Israel Idonije, Nick Roach, and D.J. Moore.  Idonije has been a solid and versatile member of the Bears defensive line for several years, and at 32 years old, he could be reunited with Marinelli at a decent bargain.

One interesting name to keep in mind is Brian Urlacher.  Being at the tail end of his career, it is hard to see the Bears signing him back to any sort of lucrative deal.  At the right price, I could see the Cowboys trying to bring him in to play a backup role behind Sean Lee.  The Cowboys have had a bit of luck with bringing in iconic linebackers at the end of their careers before (Zach Thomas, Keith Brooking).  The difference with Thomas and Brooking was that they were still expected to start and perform at a high level.  With Lee the obvious starter at middle linebacker, it could make sense to have Urlacher as a backup and role player in different sub-packages.

Keep an eye on these names and others from the Chicago Bears defense; chances are, at least one of them will be courted by the Cowboys at the behest of Coach Marinelli.

 

Dwight Freeney, Defensive End – Indianapolis Colts

Fresh off of being informed that he would not be resigned today, Dwight Freeney will be looking for a new home in 2013.  Freeney flourished in the Colts’ 4-3 scheme for years, mostly under Tony Dungy.  But as the Colts started the transition to the 3-4 under Chuck Pagano in 2012, Freeney was left without a real spot in the scheme.  Too small to play end in the 3-4, and without enough lateral quickness to play outside linebacker, Freeney will be looking to join a team that is running the scheme he flourished in.  Who better than the Cowboys?  With Anthony Spencer’s status uncertain, Freeney could slide into Spencer’s vacated end spot opposite Demarcus Ware.  He may be a shadow of his former self, but if he is put back into his element at end in possibly a situational pass rushing role, he may still be able to produce some decent numbers for the Cowboys.  Again, this is assuming that he can be signed to a bargain deal that makes sense.  Also remember the Tony Dungy-Rod Marinelli-Monte Kiffin connection from Tampa Bay.  Though Freeney has never played under Marinelli or Kiffin, it may be safe to assume that he is the prototypical player at his position that the two will covet for their unit in Dallas.

 

Leroy Hill, Outside Linebacker – Seattle Seahawks

We heard news this week about Monte Kiffin telling his players to study the way the Seattle Seahawks play their defense.  It would seem to make some sense that he would welcome one of their former players to his unit in Dallas.  Leroy Hill has had a decent career in Seattle as a linebacker, starting close to 100 games since 2005.  Though his play has declined recently, he could be a decent addition to a Cowboys linebacking corps that is trying to find who to plug in at weakside linebacker.  At age 30, it’s safe to assume Hill can probably be had for a bargain price.  Also remember that Pete Carroll and Monte Kiffin have a past together, so it would not surprise me if Kiffin makes a few calls to Carroll regarding Hill or any other Seahawk defender that will be available in free agency.

 

Jason Garrett finally speaks, but what exactly did he say?

Please raise your hand if you feel better about the Cowboys after hearing Jason Garrett’s press conference yesterday? I can tell you that I raised my hand many times while Garrett was speaking, but it was only to scratch my head because I had no idea what he was talking about 99% of the time. I actually feel worse about the direction of the Cowboys now than I did before the press conference. Garrett speaking reminded me of the movie Billy Madison after Adam Sandler’s little speech to the school. The principal then said…

Mr. Madison, what you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

That’s how I feel about Jason Garrett at this point. I thought maybe it was just me being too critical so I watched the press conference again, but I came away with the same feelings. This team is filled with contradictions from the owner to the coaches, but yet they want us fans to buy into what they are selling. This team may want everyone to believe they have a direction, but I just don’t see it. I wrote down some notes as I listened to Garrett yesterday. These are not exact questions or answers from the press conference. I’m simply paraphrasing and this is what I came away with.

– Garrett thought the coaches that were let go did a great while with the Cowboys and he has an immense amount of respect for them, but then said he wanted to hire really, really good football coaches.  What does that say about the coaches that were let go and about the amount of respect Garrett had for them while they were doing a great job for the Cowboys? It just doesn’t make sense to me.

– Asked why the Cowboys went with a new receivers coach and running backs coach, Garrett said that they had an opportunity to make a change. What does that mean?

– Garrett said that he is really excited about all the new coaches and has an immense amount of respect for them. That doesn’t mean a whole lot considering he said the same thing about the old coaches.

– Garrett was asked if he initiated the coaching changes and had the final say on the staff. He answered that is was a collective decision. So the answer was no he did not.

– How much did Jerry Jones impatience factor into the coaching changes? Garrett never gave a straight answer.

– Will Bill Callahan call plays this coming season? Garrett said that they would work through the “mechanics”. Garrett said that particular word a lot, but I really don’t understand what he means.

– When will a decision be made as far as a play caller? Garrett never gave a straight answer.

– What are the “mechanics” of finding a play caller and for calling plays? Garrett said he won’t get into details. Seriously? Why?

– Garrett also said a few times that the Cowboys would be playing a game in early August and that they would look to then to have the play calling set. As a team going through changes wouldn’t it be a good idea to have something as important as who is calling plays set well before August?

– Asked if Jerry Jones wanted Garrett calling plays? Garrett said to ask Jerry Jones.

– Garrett said that he trusts the “process”.

– When it came to talking about the new defense under Monte Kiffin and Rod Marinelli, Garrett just told stories about when they were all in Tampa Bay. He never got into the direction of the new defense and what to expect other than saying he was counting on more turnovers.

That was the press conference in a nutshell. A whole lot of nothing as far as this fan is concerned, but at the same time it lasted for close to an hour. At times I thought I was listening to Charlie Brown’s teacher speaking. To me Jason Garrett is just another one of Jerry Jones puppets. Maybe I’m wrong when I say this team has no direction. It’s just my opinion of course from what I read and what I hear. The Cowboys just seem to be a team lost and I don’t know if they will be able to find their way any time soon due to the structure of the team as it is currently.

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Are Cowboys fans hypnotized by Tony Romo?

Last year around this time I posted the article below. This year I decided to write it over again and put it out there. Of course I’m having a little bit of fun when it comes to my analogy of the situation, but it wasn’t met with much approval from fans. I remember being blasted by fans last year. I’m guessing this year won’t be much different.

Does anyone remember the 1988 John Carpenter movie called “They Live”? I have often thought there were many similarities with that movie, Tony Romo and his fans. It’s a story of a guy who stumbles across a pair of sunglasses that when worn wakes him from the trance he has been under and shows him exactly how the world is. For those without knowledge of the sunglasses, their world has been brain washed to live a certain way. The world is hypnotized by subliminal messages on things they would come across in everyday life. Things like magazines, newspapers, billboards, road signs and even television. To those without the sunglasses nothing was wrong and life was good, but what they didn’t know was that they were being controlled by a higher power. When this person stumbled across these sunglasses he saw what the world was really like. These sunglasses woke him up from his trance and as he looked through the sunglasses he saw what all those signs, billboards, magazines and newspapers really said. Messages like “obey”, “consume”, “watch TV”, “stay asleep”, “marry and reproduce”, “do no question authority” as well as other messages that had the whole world hypnotized. When it comes to Tony Romo it’s almost the same type of situation. People have been hypnotized since he became the quarterback of the Cowboys back in 2006. It’s as though people without these sunglasses have been brain washed into thinking things like “Romo for life”, “In Romo we trust”, “Romomania”, “he will lead us”, “America’s QB”, “All hail Romo”. Every magazine, every news article, every sign are all normal to Romo fans because they don’t know that they have been hypnotized into a Tony Romo world.

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I’ve probably heard every excuse in the book as to why Tony Romo has not led the Cowboys to a Super Bowl since becoming the starter during the 2006 season. Some believe it’s just not his time. Others believe that with a break here and there Romo would have a ring or two. I recently read that Tony Romo’s career completion percentage is higher than Eli Manning, Tom Brady and Troy Aikman. That may be true and he may have impressive regular season numbers for the most part, but as the Cowboys quarterback the team has made the playoffs three times and are 1-3 in those games, never going further than the second round. Manning, Brady and Aikman have eight Super Bowl rings between them. As each season passes with no Super Bowls and recently not even making the playoffs the excuses continue. It’s written time and time again that Cowboy fans must continue to believe in Romo. That he has the ability to become elite and get the Cowboys to the Super Bowl. But there comes a time when people have to be woken up from their dreams. Please put on the sunglasses and take a look around. I’m not saying it’s all Romo’s fault that the Cowboys have not reached a Super Bowl. But Romo’s history shows that the bigger the game, the worse he plays. There comes a time when the team needs to realize that they can’t go any further with certain players and that they need to move on. Can anyone say this team is any closer to a championship or even closer to competing for a championship now than they were five years ago? Also, why does it seem to be that when the Cowboys win games it’s all because of Romo and his ability to make things happen, but then when he plays bad in big games and makes horrible decisions, it’s because of everything around him, but not him?

When do the excuses stop? It’s time to put the sunglasses on and see Tony Romo for what he really is. He is a very good quarterback with some good stats, but maybe, just maybe he has also reached his potential. Maybe he is what he is and that’s all. It’s not a bad thing, but at the same time the Cowboys need to realize that maybe Romo can’t get them any further as their quarterback. Elite quarterbacks rise up when the games are most important and Tony Romo has yet to do this for the Cowboys. Since becoming the Cowboys starter Romo has said countless times that he will learn from his mistakes and become a better quarterback, but here we are seven years later and he is still making the same mistakes at the worst possible times.

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This all started back in 2006 when he stepped on the field against the Giants when he replaced Drew Bledsoe. He was new life for the Cowboys and a breath of fresh air. He was something different with his gunslinger type of play. He was fun to watch and he was winning games, which was when the brain washing started. We were led to believe that maybe Romo was the chosen one. Tony Romo could do no wrong as far as the fans were concerned. But maybe it had a lot to do with the fact that Cowboys fans were so desperate for a quarterback since Troy Aikman retired that they fell hard for Romo, me included. No one can be blamed for wanting to believe in Romo so much considering Cowboy’s fans had to suffer through quarterbacks like Quincy Carter, Ryan Leaf, Drew Henson, Chad Hutchinson and Vinny Testaverde after Aikman retired in 2000.

I was one of the biggest Tony Romo supporters around. I loved watching him play, I cheered for him and wore his jersey proud. I made excuses for him when he played badly and put him so high on a pedestal when he won that you would have thought I was talking about Joe Montana. But after the 2011 season even though he put up good numbers again, I began to think that maybe things weren’t as good as I thought they were. I put on those sunglasses and they woke me up from the trance I was under. I saw a good quarterback that has won some games, but has also lost many heartbreaking games, especially those games that were most important. I asked myself if Tony Romo was any better in 2012 than he was back in 2007. My answer was not really! Sure he throws for a lot of touchdowns and for a lot of yards, but as far as an elite player and a leader has he really improved any? It seems to be the same song every season when it comes to Tony Romo. All the shoulda, woulda and coulda’s when discussing Romo’s career with the Cowboys.

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Even though the sunglasses have broken the trance I’ve been under I also understand that Tony Romo is not going anywhere. He is the quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys. But what happens after the 2013 season if he puts together another decent season as far as numbers and once again fails to get the Cowboys to the next level? What happens if he continues to lose more games like he did against the Steelers and Eagles in 2008 and the Jets and Lions in 2011? As well as the last game of the 2011 season against the Giants with the division title on the line? What about his three interceptions in the last game this past season against the Redskins with the division title once again on the line? Rookies like Andrew Luck, Russell Wilson and RGIII have already led their teams to the playoffs as well as Colin Kaepernick who has led the 49ers to the Super Bowl. So many quarterbacks have raised their game in recent years while Cowboys fans continue to sit and wait for Romo to do the same. How many more seasons can the excuses continue with Romo not getting the Cowboys to the next level? He has proven time and time again that the bigger the game the worse he plays. Almost every season it seems like the Cowboys are one of the favorites, but then teams like the Giants, Steelers, Saints, and Packers and Ravens all rise up and become World Champions.

There is nothing wrong with change. There is nothing wrong with moving in another direction. The Packers moved on from Brett Favre, the Eagles moved on from Donovan McNabb and the Colts moved on from Peyton Manning.

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It feels good with the sunglasses on and to see things for what they really are, but at the same time it feels horrible knowing that nothing will be changing as the Cowboys and Tony Romo continue on their journey that will most likely lead to nowhere. I read an article recently that the Cowboys would be lost without Tony Romo. That is the kind of thing I’m talking about as far as being hypnotized. I don’t understand that thought process from fans. What has Romo done that would make anyone believe that the 2013 season will be any different for him than any other season with the Cowboys? I could understand the argument that teams like the Packers, Giants, Patriots, Saints, Ravens and Steelers would be lost without their quarterbacks because those quarterbacks have raised their level of play and have carried their teams to the next level. While so many people are talking about Romo doing that exact same thing, those others players have done it. Maybe it’s time for the Cowboys to start thinking about Romo’s replacement. Maybe it’s time to move on in a new direction.

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