How the Seahawks Confused Romo and the Cowboys
What a horrible game to be forced to watch multiple times. I finished up all of my film study from the Cowboys-Seahawks game, and boy was it awful. At Dallas Morning News, I just posted a breakdown of Tony Romo’s interception and information on how I think Seattle tricked Romo throughout the game.
Down 10-0 in the middle of the first quarter, the Cowboys faced a 2nd and 10 at the Seahawks’ 24-yard line. Jason Garrett called for “12” personnel—one running back, two tight ends, and two receivers. Typically a run-oriented personnel package, the ‘Boys lined up in a Tight End Spread look.
The Seahawks initially lined up in a one-high safety alignment, but didn’t show blitz. Nonetheless, Tony Romo issued a “Kill” call, alerting the offense to “kill” the first play he called in the huddle and run the second one. Despite the fact that Seattle didn’t show blitz, Romo likely took the safety positioning as a sign that a blitz was coming.
Romo was correct, as Seattle blitzed their inside linebacker and strong safety. Once Romo saw the blitz, he immediately looked to throw hot to tight end John Phillips on the backside. The slant was unavailable, however, because the Seahawks dropped defensive end Chris Clemons into coverage.
Read it all at DMN.