A little exaggeration there, but not a lot. It is a two way street, if we had better play from our secondary and linebacker's, you would see more sacks and pressure applied. This has been our achilles heel on defense for a very long time, it's time the team and Marrdro start acknowledging it.
Chicago made it look real simple. Keep 8 into block, send out two receivers and wait until they hit the gap between the corner and linebacker/safety. More often than not, we will be late in the handoff and there will be a large gap for them to put the ball.
I do agree with Marrdro though on the CB play. Griffin does seem a bit slower than last year, but overall his play for his designated responsibility seems pretty good to me. There are many times where he has to cover multiple guys in his zone or go outside his zone to compensate from lack of help. Because he is the guy seen in the video frame when the receiver catches the ball he is the easy target to put the blame on. When is the last time you've seen a linebacker or safety help Griffen out on coverage? It's very rare.
And Cook has really picked up his game. He's been the one of the few bright spots on the team this year. When AW is in playing nickel, I am comfortable with the corners play. The safety play is atrocious though and should be the highest priority to address, especially if they are going to stay in a cover 2. Cover 2 is useless if you give up big plays, and we give up a bunch. This lays on the safeties.
NFL Videos: Hester gets it started
Watch. There's a camera on Griff the entire time. Are you telling me that looks fast? Or even close? Dude is slow, he cannot keep up. Don't even ask what he's doing at the end of hte play, jogging about 5 yards beside Hester.
Right, because you know the playcall,Quote:
You do realize he is supposed to keep to the outside on that and is supposed to rely on the S coming out of the cloud coverage to help.
Last I checked on a post, the corners job is to stay 5 yards outside of the receiver so if he gets hit in stride it's an easy TD. Riiiiiight.
Yep, because it was the DL that blew double coverage? The S is just as much, if not more to blame than Griff, but I am ABSOLUTELY saying Griff's slowness cost us that.Quote:
You want to hack on someone for that play, start with the DL that need help, the S that was sent to help and didn't get there cause he hesitated, but don't say that it is indicative of Griff being slow
No, he really hasn't.Quote:
He has run fine with bigger and better recievers this year,
Just because you line up on both sides does NOT mean you are fast. Just because I played a drive at DE in high school does not mean I'm strong enough to play lineman.Quote:
to the point he has been playing both sides.
I expect Griff to be able to stay witH Hester when asked to play man coverage. If he can't do that, he shouldn't be playing man coverage.Quote:
In short, Griff isn't our issue. He's a damn fine C2 CB. But hey, if your looking for him to stay with Hester like Revis could, I can see that, but Revis isn't a C2 CB now is he?
So now you're telling us that it's ok that our CB can't cover? It's not like he was close either, he was far behind, far outside, and simply too slow. Why didn't we put Cook on Hester? he kept up with Calvin Johnson pretty well.
You are simply lying to yourself if you keep saying Griff's knee surgeries haven't slowed him down. They absolutely have. He's look straight up bad in every game so far.
But since you spend the game watching line play, I suppose anything looks fast to you.
If they are going to ask Griffin to play more man coverage and take the receiver deep, then it's probably not going to work out. This is not the kind of corner he is, especially as he appears to have dropped a step after the knee surgeries...grab a Nnamdi if that is what you want. But don't ask Nnamdi to be a cover 2 corner because he will suck at it.
If you want a true cover 2 corner that plays the traditional CB zone and can play the run as well as the pass, then Cedric is pretty damned good.
This is an old argument on this forum, but we keep coming back to it because people expect corners to excel at 1x1 pass coverage and specialize in pass breakups and int's. Cedric has never been asked to be that type of corner since he's been in MN.
Boring as hell I know, but it is what this damned cover 2 is all about.
Find a safety or linebacker that can take care of their responsibility in pass coverage and you will find Cedric won't have to keep compensating for them.