5 Reasons Why Cowboys Won't Make the Playoffs

Greg RiotAnalyst ISeptember 22, 2009

The Dallas Cowboys are America’s team, but they didn't make it in anyones top ten Week 3 NFL Power Rankings. They also probably won’t make the playoffs this season and here is why:

5.) Schedule: They look like an .500 team so far, and they still have to play the Atlanta Falcons, the Seattle Seahawks, Green Bay Packers, San Diego Chargers and the New Orleans Saints as non divisional rivals, plus they are arguably in the most difficult division to beat this season.

4.) Division: All three division rivals had a unique history against the Cowboys. The Giants have already won at the Cowboys new stadium, I’ll bet the Skins and the Eagles are looking forward to getting a win there too.

3.) Wild Card Chase: As I mentioned before, their schedule is really tough and they already dropped a home game against the Giants. I think the Boys could be a wild card team (if they’re lucky). But to be honest, the NFC has some potentially big teams like the Falcons, Bears, Packers and the Seahawks all fighting for a wild card spot.

Some of the defensive units that will face the Cowboys this season love to blitz the quarterback and in my opinion the Dallas offensive line is one of the most overrated in the league. If Tony Romo is in a hurry every time he has to throw the football, Dallas could be in real trouble.

2.) Wade Phillips: In addition to being the head coach, Wade Phillips also took the defensive coordinator position this year. People say he’s too friendly to be in front of a squad like the Cowboys. He is not tough on his players and some of them has called him a “players’ coach”.

If you realize disciplined, hard, methodical coaches like Bill Parcells, Bill Belichick and Bill Cowher has been successful in the past decade, you might think a “players’ coach” is not the way to succeed.

1.) Tony Romo: In my opinion Tony Romo is one of the most enjoyable quarterbacks to watch on the NFL. He’s mobile, has a nice arm and can find some extra time with his legs so the receivers can get open.

However Romo has underachieved on the clutch. He has a 23-5 record from September to November, throwing 64 touchdowns and 24 interceptions. But when December and January came along his numbers dropped.

He had won only 5 games in that period and lost 10, plus he has thrown 16 touchdowns with 20 picks. Tony Romo's stats are my number one reason why the Cowboys won’t make the playoffs, on a potential wild card race you must be unfired at the end and the Boys won’t be, at least not this year.