If one were to simply look at the box score from Sunday’s game between the Arizona Cardinals and Minnesota Vikings, they would assume John Skelton had a good game. The Cardinals quarterback only threw one interception while maintaining a good completion percentage to go along with a touchdown. Not a bad day at all.
But, if they look past the stats and watch the replay of the game, they would see poor decision making from a quarterback struggling under pressure.
“I thought it was little more on Skelton this week,” ESPN NFL analyst Ron Jaworski told Arizona Sports 620’s Burns and Gambo.
Jaworski specifically criticized Skelton for his interception to start the third quarter, which saw Vikings safety Harrison Smith return it for a touchdown.
“They brought the safety down, in what we call a lurk coverage, he lines up right behind the middle linebacker so you have to see him coming down,” said Jaworski. “It’s obvious what they’re trying to do. The coverage has three defenders in the middle of the field and he tries to squeeze it into three defenders. You can’t make that kind of play.”