Aqib Talib, Chris Harris Jr.
Apparently the offseason is ranking season in the NFL.
With free agency and the draft in the rearview mirror, and training camps still a few weeks away, it seems every football media outlet is coming out with a variety of rankings and lists to pass the downtime.
NFL.com recently gave retired cornerback Ike Taylor, a 12-year vet who won two Super Bowls with the Pittsburgh Steelers, the task of putting together a list of the league’s top five cornerback tandems.
Even a casual football fan would not be surprised to find the Denver Broncos on top of Taylor’s list. Continue reading
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If all you’re working with is a TV, a late-night recap show and some basic stats, you may encounter the same methodical flaws in grading a football team’s defensive backfield as you would in grading a baseball team’s outfield.
For the most part, we notice DBs and outfielders when they make a really good play (an interception, a diving catch, a TD-saving tackle, a rocket-like throw) and when they make a really bad play (getting burned for a TD, making an error, committing pass interference, misplaying a ball in the field). Without looking at all the angles and some more advanced stats, it’s easy to lose appreciation for the underrated yet crucial act of being in the right place at the right time. When done right, it makes an effective defense look kind of boring. Which makes a defensive coordinator sleep well at night. Continue reading
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Six secondary standouts from the football weekend:
Desmond King, CB, Iowa (NCAA): As a unit, the Hawkeyes’ defense thwarted 19th-ranked Wisconsin in a 10-6 upset victory on Saturday, Iowa’s first win over a ranked opponent in 10 tries. As an individual, the junior King was the standout with nine tackles, two interceptions and two pass breakups.
Janoris Jenkins, CB, Rams (NFL): Odell Beckham Jr. almost recreated his famous one-handed catch in the Giants’ win over the Bills on Sunday, but he landed out of bounds. Which means the best catch of the NFL’s Week 4 that counted was Jenkins’ end-zone interception of Arizona QB Carson Palmer in which he trapped the ball against the back of his helmet — similar to David Tyree’s famous Super Bowl snag. Jenkins added five tackles and two pass breakups in the Rams’ 24-22 victory, handing the high-powered Cards their first loss of the season. Continue reading