I actually thought the most interesting part of the night was when Chad asked if there was a miss in the engine too. Tony hadn't even mentioned that to that point. So it was a good catch. But I think there was little he could control about the whole issue. They did what they could.
That being said, to me he didn't sound like an outsider. I've thought about it, having the option to listen to other drivers in the time Tony was hurt, and I've found that Tony is not in the least bit chatty. In fact he's so quiet I can't listen to other drivers because they talk to much. I think to Tony it's about your actions, not words. He has input and the only response is for you to make the changes necessary. I'm not sure he even needs a cheerleader outside of Bob.
I'm giving him a chance, something that hardly any Smoke fans give his CC. I'm giving 2014 a chance to develop and come around. I think Tony's comeback will not be as spectacular as some would like, but I believe he will be competitive and win his customary one race this year and thus make the Chase. Will he win it all? I don't know, the next few weeks will tell.