Cowboys Get Burned Throwing Hot

By Jack Sitt

An important rule to remember in the NFL is to never live off throwing hot passes . The Redskins defense brought pressure through the A gaps and B gaps the entire game, and Tony Romo continuously reacted by throwing hot routes. It cost him.

When a quarterback throws a hot pass, he is allowing a defender to get in untouched. The quarterback will be throwing with pressure in his face, and will therefore be prone to making an inaccurate throw. On Romo’s first interception, he throws hot and, as a result, makes an inaccurate throw to Kevin Ogletree.

When a quarterback throws hot, linebackers have the opportunity to undercut the hot routes. A quarterback can get fooled if a backer shows blitz, takes a step or two inward and then falls back in coverage. On Romo’s third interception, Rob Jackson fools Romo by showing blitz and then undercutting the flat route to Demarco Murray.

Romo and Garret should have been better prepared for the blitzes. They should have kept more blockers in and used more max protection looks to handle the blitzes. This would have both prevented the interceptions and gave Romo time to look down the field. Instead, they learned the consequences of throwing hot and will go home disappointed once again.

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