It was a rough start for Cowboys quarterback Matt Cassel on Saturday night against the Jets.
On Dallas’s second drive of the game, Cassel dropped back to pass on second and long, and lost his balance as he pump-faked into the left flat, avoiding what would likely have been an interception as Jets corner Buster Skrine jumped the route. But by the time Cassel re-oriented himself in the pocket, the Jets’ pass rush had caught up, and despite his best efforts to dispose of the football, the wayward sideline throw wound up in the hands of New York cornerback Darrelle Revis.
Adding insult to injury, no receiver was in Revis’s vicinity, prompting an intentional grounding call. What’s more, the Cowboys also had an ineligible man downfield.
Predictably, both penalties were declined.
The struggling Cassel was benched for Kellen Moore shortly afterward.
- Jeremy Woo