Either way, it isn't anything I am going to lose sleep over. Cassel's INT was 100X worse, and yet he had a decent game. You just can't tell anything from two passes, especially when one was pretty good and the other wasn't.
Jennings was open too on that INT by Ponder.
Let's not get too worked up about preseason game number 1. We all know Ponder is soft (ref. 2012 playoffs, aforementioned quote), so of course he doesn't care how much work he gets in. It was a bad throw, we'll see a couple a game from him this year. Let's just hope the other teams drop them on a consistent basis.
Let's put some things to rest.
First of all, while Jennings (and even more so Rudolph) were open, Ponder did not have a throwing lane to either of them. Here is a screen shot of the play just as Ponder is starting his throw.
As you can see, Darryl Sharpton was blitzing untouched from the QBs left. The position of the LB would have made it difficult if not impossible for Ponder to see any of the receivers to his blind side.
Ponder recognized the blitz, as did Simpson. Simpson broke into a slant behind the defender and Ponder threw the ball to where he thought Simpson would be. Either Ponder led Simpson a bit too much or Simpson was a bit late, or probably both. Luckily timing is something that can be improved upon.
BTW if you watch the play, Rudolph also reacts when he sees the blitz by freezing open and waiting for a dump off, but I don't think that Ponder could have gotten him the ball either.
In the end it is what it is. It was an INT. It wasn't necessarily a bad throw or even a bad decision. Instead I would say that it was good defense. So can let's hop off the "hate everything just because it is Ponder" bus. I am surprised that nobody is talking about the duck of an INT that Cassel threw. THAT was a horrible decision AND throw, and yet it doesn't even get a mention...
We have had two full offseasons with Ponder & Simpson working together plus 13 regular season games & every practice in between. Yes folks, they practice during the week. If Ponders timing still isn't on with Simpson after all that, then I can't imagine how much more time that's going to take.
With that said, then I guess we better extend Ponder's contract now, since he's going to need until 2015 or 2016 to get his timing right with Patterson.