On their 2nd possession (not including Felix Jones’ fumble on the opening kickoff), the Cowboys were driving and looking to close the gap on Seattle’s early 10-0 lead. Tony Romo proceeded to throw an interception to Brandon Browner, and they wasted the opportunity for more points. The announcing crew put the blame on Romo, but full blame for the interception, in this case, goes squarely to Dez Bryant.
Here’s the Cowboys’ formation. Miles Austin is lined up slot left. Dez Bryant is lined up wide left. Austin will run a quick 2 yard out, with Bryant running a slant. On the right side, Jason Witten, lined up in line as a TE, is running a 5 yard in:
Tony Romo does a 3-step drop and pump fakes right:
Dez Bryant sees the pump fake, thinks the ball is going elsewhere, and quits on the play (it’s difficult to see him quitting in still shots, so you’ll just have to trust me, or click here for video of the play):
Romo sees an open Jason Witten, so he fires. There is no way that Dez Bryant should still be anywhere near the vicinity of where Romo is delivering the pass. However, because Bryant quit on his route, Seahawks CB Brandon Browner leaves Bryant, steps in front of the pass, and is going the other way:
Dez Bryant has all the talent in the world, but plays like this are prime examples of why he is nowhere remotely close to the best of the best in the NFL.