Every week, I hope to bring you a quick Q&A with someone who covers the
RS: It's difficult to predict if he will be able to bounce back because it's impossible to forecast how the players around him will perform. In order to do well, Romo needs adequate protection, his receivers to catch the ball and a functional running game that will prevent defenses from attacking him at will. At times, he hasn't had any of the above.
To answer your second question, I think the Cowboys will try to rely on tailback
MV: The Ravens were interested in
RS: For a number of reasons, Bryant hasn't developed into the superstar many thought he'd become. First and foremost, he isn't always disciplined. He tends to run sloppy routes and isn't always in the spot where he needs to be when the ball is thrown in his vicinity. He also has had problems with his stamina.
At times last season, he became more ineffective as the game progressed. The coaches say his endurance has improved this year. But at the same time his hands, which have been generally reliable, have failed him in 2012. He has four drops. Only four players in the
MV: The offseason additions of
RS: Of course, there are concerns. Boldin and Smith are a potent receiver tandem and the Ravens lead the NFL with 26 completions of 20 yards are more. The Cowboys’ secondary will be challenged. But Claiborne and Carr shouldn’t be overwhelmed. After all, they held their own against the
MV: How helpful has this bye week been for the Cowboys from a health standpoint, and do you expect
RS: The bye week came at an opportune time. It does look like both Anthony Spencer and Jay Ratliff will play. That’s a very positive development for the defense. Spencer, who missed the loss to the Bears with a strained pectoral muscle, leads the team in quarterback pressures with nine despite the fact he has played in only three games. Ratliff, meanwhile, is a four-time Pro Bowler who did not play in the first four games after suffering a high-ankle sprain Aug. 25. When he has been on the field, he has made a major impact. He often occupies multiple blockers, freeing up other defenders to make plays. He should provide inside linebackers