Originally Posted by 76Texan
Actually, I had provided many of those answers, but it seems that you missed them.
A few are as followed:
1. On the Steve Smith play, it was an outside release, so basically, the CB is on his own.
Kareem jammed the receiver and turned to run with him.
Smith put a hand on Jackson's helmet to push him away (we both know that it was offensive PI.)
Kareem continued to follow the receiver and made the tackle.
What else do you think he can do?
2. On the Galloway's play, the ball was caught on the hashmarks.
If there was a safety in the middle, that play can never happen (but the Texans played with 10 men onthe field.)
Galloway knew that if he ran straight for the ball, Jackson would be right there to put a hit on him so he ran a little bit to the inside and leaped up to the outside and make the catch over his outsie shoulder.
Kareem was in striking distance to the receiver.
Receivers and db's tussle and hand fight all the time. Again, Kareem is going to have to start winning more of those battles.
Hopefully he will learn how to combat some of that stuff with more experience.
And I'm not saying Kareem was never in play making distance. What I'm saying is that too often he wasn't.
Kareem gave up a lot of big plays.
I think when you are defending Kareem you are going against peoples views of what they expect from a first round corner.
You don't expect them to look as bad as often as Kareem did. Pointing out that others made mistakes around him doesnt change that fact.
Even if we concede that some of the plays where he looked bad were primarily someone else's fault, he still has a lot of other bad plays.