Originally Posted by Rey
I think you are making things too complicated. I disagree with your analysis of the play as well.
To me it looks like the lb didn't get deep enough and the safety had to come up and fill the void. He squeezes down on the crossing route and he let's Jackson "handle" the deep route.
Jackson just used poor technique and wasn't physically gifted enough to overcome it. He got roasted. Even if Eugene plays the deep route the middle crossing route is wide open because of the play fake and the lbs not busting his butt to get depth.
Rivers is a very good qb and be was going to find the open man.
Jackson still needs to be able to make a tackle or be in the vicinity to at least make a play on the receiver.
You are putting too much pressure on the safeties IMO. Their job is to help the corners when possible. Not completely bail them out. Otherwise, what exactly is the point of Kareem being out there?
I have put down all the situations you said (on this play).
I talked about the LB not getting depth, and about the shuffle techqniue.
I also said Jackson was unable to squeeze the route more to the inside.
I didn't let him off the hook.
I still maintain the two more important points however:
1. In cover 3, the safety cannot break before the ball is thrown unless he made a great read or the D had a drop-kick call on.
Otherwise, they would just have to bide their time ang give up the crossing route like the Chargers safety did, giving up a 17yd gain to JJ and a 33-yd gain to Casey.
Jammer was a #5 pick overall in 2003; why can't the Chargers let him alone to cover the deep route?
2. If there was a drop-kick call, Quin needed to head directly toward the play.
You are asking too much of Jackson in this instance even though you've seen how far Aso was from the play (he was even further away than Jackson.)
You've seen that Walter could have had a TD if the ball was thrown to a receiver on stride.
So why can't Aso man-up and make a tackle before the receiver crossed the goal line?
What was the use of him being out there?