Film Notes: Romo got fooled by Jets

Tony Romo has to be more aware, while Cam Newton had already improved

Originally Published: September 16, 2011
By Gary Horton | Scouts Inc.
After breaking down the film, Scouts Inc. gives its take on what to watch in the NFL this weekend:

What was Tony Romo thinking?
His huge interception to Darrelle Revis late in the Sunday night game should never have been thrown. Romo ran a bootleg right, which gave him only half the field to work with and effectively only one receiver, Dez Bryant, to target. His thought must have been to either throw a jump ball to Bryant, or a quick out or back-shoulder throw, with Revis in one-on-one coverage. Problem was, the safety broke to the perimeter in a Cover 2 look, and that gave Revis the ability to freelance because he knew he had help over the top. Revis baited Romo, first undercutting the route before drifting back as he released the ball, much like Ty Law used to do to Peyton Manning. Once the safety broke to the outside and freed Revis to gamble, Romo should have known that he had no chance and thrown the ball away or run to the sideline.
Gary Horton spent 10 years in the NFL as a scout and another 10 years at the college level as an assistant coach and recruiter. He is the founder and most seasoned member of the Scouts Inc. staff, and his extensive experience at all levels of football make him an excellent talent evaluator.