August 13, 2008 4:33 PM
Can Dallas handle weight of expectations?
If size matters, then the Dallas Cowboys certainly are big enough to win the Super Bowl.
America's Team lists 1,620 pounds worth of starting offensive linemen out to protect quarterback Tony Romo.
Left tackle Flozell Adams is 6-feet-7, 340 pounds. But Cousin Flo (not really, but wouldn't you want a cousin this big?) isn't the tallest or heaviest on the line.
Right tackle Marc Colombo is 6-8. Right guard Leonard Davis checks in at 354 pounds (give or take a salad and porterhouse) on the team's official Web site.
Center Andre Gurode (a former University of Colorado athlete) could use a couple of triple cheeseburgers, weighing in at a 'svelte' 316 pounds.
Super-sizing aside, the Cowboys are dealing with the weight (and wait) of heavy expectations to reach Super Bowl XLIII.
Barry Switzer wore the coaching headset for the Cowboys in 1995 when they won Super Bowl XXX. But America's Team hasn't posted a playoff win since 1996 -- a 40-15 win over the Minnesota Vikings.
Since that win, America's Team has lost in five straight playoff appearances under three different head coaches -- Bill Parcells (2003 and 2006) and former Broncos assistants Chan Gailey (1998-99) and Wade Phillips (2007).
And Brad Johnson, who was the Vikings quarterback in '96, is Romo's backup with the Cowboys.
So, for the record, I'm not hating on the Cowboys. Especially not when the Broncos are in our backyard. Super Bowl XXXIII in Miami seems like a long, long, long time ago for Denver.
Back to the Cowboys. They are one of the elite teams in the NFL. They are talented, confident and ridiculously huge. But I'm just pointing out a fact -- it's been some time now since America witnessed America's Team winning when it matters most, that being the postseason.
This could be the big season Cowboy Fan has been waiting on.