I first want to start by saying, though I haven't posted or even commented in a while, I'm here reading voraciously everyday. I've always enjoyed sponging as much info as possible, and that often leaves little time to participate otherwise. However, the recent Romo developments have left me a little inspired. Seems there is a nagging question that keeps popping up in my mind. That question being...What made Tony throw 'em? And, I'm not so much speaking of these latest Lion INTs'. Just one of those actually. Another one is the Revis INT in the Jets game.
Now, to arrive at why these 2 picks in particular, I'll have to yet again re-hash some of the "Romistakes" as our illustrious 5Blings likes to call them. Reason being, I want to point out what does and what doesn't bug me about some of them. The first one I'll mention is the Seahawks snap fumble playoff game. It killed me, yes, but in regards to Romo directly, it didn't bug me much. The ball was slick as owl dung. A problem the NFL apparently new would have to be addressed eventually beforehand. So for me, this wasn't a 'what was he thinking" moment concerning Romo.
Another one? That frigid Sunday night in Pittsburgh ( it was Sunday night, wasn't it?) The INT that sealed our fate? Witten went inside instead of outside as Romo expected and as Witten should have. Hence, the "my bad" tapping of the chest that Witten was seen motioning just after. So again, for me, not a "what was he thinking" moment. One more I'll bring up is the Giants game. This one is particularly significant for me, in that it wasn't that last INT that so many people mention that concerned me. With that, there were 8 defenders in coverage on 4th down and wait til next year, with only 4 receivers in the route......Tony had to try something! Also, there were many pivotal moments in which sadly Tonys' teammates let him down. No, the events that bugged me in that game were in the next to last possession in which Tony scrambled to his right well outside the tackle box and took a sack rather than flip the ball over to the water boy on the sideline. And if I'm not mistaken, (I'm gettin' old, the memory gets a little fuzzy) he did this twice! Cost us precious time/timeouts and yardage with the game down to the nitty gritty. This was a definite "what was he thinking" moment. Painfully enough, I seem to recall Miles breaking loose behind his defender on one of those plays with no one around him. Still not sure if Tony didn't see him in time, or if it just developed too late.
Which, finally brings me to the Jets Revis and Lions Carpenter ( he's still grinnin" aint he) INTs'. On both of these, there was NOTHING! Tony took the snap, stared down his receiver and threw it. The Bobby pick in particular, the primary defender had the receiver blanketed, no window present at all, even by NFL standards. Forget not seeing Bobby underneath. Could he even see his own receiver?! As for the slant attempt to Robinson, that's on Robinson. It's bang bang, the WR has to be at that spot or an INT is what a QB gets....any QB. The back foot throw intended for Witten? Tony certainly should have made the better decision to not try it upon realizing his mechanics were compromised, however I think he truly believed he could get the throw there. In fact I'm betting most times, he would. It happens like that...sometimes you just don't get it done. The play was there, he tried it, he failed. I don't think of this as "what was he thinking" because of that.
In the interest of candor I want to say I don't really recall a lot of "what was he thinking" moments from Tony. Not saying they don't exist.... just I don't remember them. Like I said, I'm getting old. However, I'm sure many of you can factually recall many of them. And, I invite you to remind me. For, it's those very events I believe these 2 questions have to be answered by Garrett, Tony, Wade Wilson....somebody, to get Tony to a championship, elite level QB. Indeed, "What was he thinking?" What Made Tony Throw 'Em?