Boubacar Cissoko; great corner, or greatest corner? He was
consistantly lining up against a receiver who looked like he had at
least 6 inches and 40 pounds on him, was playing press
coverage (!!!!!!) and dominating*. He likes to hit people and aid
in run support (I'm looking at you Morgan "Slide Tackle" Trent). On the
4th and 1 he pressed the much larger receiver, didn't let him get off the
line and after he made the catch wrapped him up and brought him down, solo (!!!!!), short of the first down giving us a shot to drive down the field
and win the game.
I already love this kid because I am sick of seeing Morgan Trent with
his (fake) 4.3 speed playing 7 yards off the line and immediately backpedaling
after the snap, essentially giving opposing teams the hitch, (I mean
seriously, how many times did Toledo get us on those 5-7 yard hitch and
comeback patterns) which in turn forces Trent to rely on his ability to
make tackles after the catch (see: slide tackle). If you're going to play corner at this level and especially at the next, you have to press.
I know he might not trust the safety help but Trent really only gets
beat when he is in zone coverage, he is at his best man to man. We have
the horses at corner to line up man to man on every down, and we just
can't trust the linebackers and safetys when everyone is in zone (as
proven by the play on the field) so maybe we should drop the zone for
the corners, have them line up man to man on every down and save the
zone looks for safetys and linebackers only.**
Hopefully DWar isn't too banged up because a nickel formation with Boo
Boo, Trent, and DWar would be amazing, and might eliminate some of the
problems we've been having with slot receivers. How many times has
combination Stevie Brown/John Thompson/Zone coverage allowed slot receivers to run
absolutely wild on our D (EX: 1. Arrelious Benn every time he was in
the slot was wide open. 2. Crazy dred dude on Miami. 10 catches. 3. #1
on TOLEDO! seriously that dude had 20 catches! 20!). 4. Slot receiver
for Utah had 7 catches.) The slot guy always seems to be the one who
makes those big catches on first and 3rd down that either move the
chains or put them in 2nd and 3rd and manageable.
Any thoughts on this?
*Except on one run play where said receiver exploded Boo Boo sending him flying 5 yards through the air.
**WARNING: I am absolutely full of shit.