Why Did Eagles Change Coverage On Calvin “Megatron” Johnson?BREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News, Secondary Monday, October 15th, 2012
The Eagles defensive unit outsmarted themselves yesterday. During most of the game, Eagles cornerbacks Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie were playing very well.
Asomugha played his best game of the year and he had done a magnificent job on the Lions number one weapon Calvin “Megatron” Johnson. Asomugha was shadowing Johnson all over the field with help over the top from a safety. For three quarters he totally locked down Johnson, but for some reason they decided to change their game plan in the fourth quarter and in overtime.
“The plan was that I would be on him most of the game, and then every now and then we’d switch it just so they don’t think they figured out what we’re doing,” Asomugha said. “It just so happened that we didn’t really switch it until the fourth quarter.”
Why would you change a game plan that was working against arguably the best wide receiver in the NFL?
DRC is a better pure cover corner than Asomugha, but I’m not talking about against a guy like Johnson who is too strong for DRC. If Johnson is outside, I think DRC’s speed and quickness would allow him to do a good job against Johnson, but in the slot DRC isn’t as effective because he can’t rely on his catch up speed on those shorter throws from the quarterback to the slot position. If you get beat inside like DRC has been known to do in the slot, there’s no way his speed can make up the difference fast to knock the ball down.
Johnson beat DRC on a key play in overtime. He gave him a good fake inside and came back outside for what was an easy completion
Still I can’t hang this loss as much on the coverage as on the defensive line, which failed to register a single sack in the last three games. Jason Babin, Trent Cole and Cullen Jenkins are paid to put pressure on the quarterback. They didn’t do their job yesterday.
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