Originally Posted by Rey
Your idea if safety help is flawed.
Safety help doesn't mean you have your own personal protector over the top. He's going to take one route away and you just worry about the rest. No.
Often times a safety is looking at multiple routes. He supposed to position himself the best way possible to make a play on the ball. Good safeties do this more often than not by instincts, speed, film study ect. .
As a corner you can not always expect the safety to be right there over the top. It's just not going to happen that way. Sometimes the safety is doubling with you, but if he's just in a deep zone the he may not be right with you when the ball is thrown because he's looking at multiple things.
Too often if the safety wasn't with Jackson he got beat. That's not acceptable. You have to win some of those one on one battles.
CBs shade their coverage based on where they have help and IF they have help.
If a CB is getting safety help over the top, that means that he has to take away the underneath. If a CB is getting safety help on the inside, that means he has to take away the outside. If a CB is playing straight up man, he's got to be on the guy like glue.
Plays are designed to pull that safety in lots of different directions. But once the ball is in the air, the safety has to be able to respond and take care of his responsibilities.
In the play we're talking about, KJ had safety help to the inside and he played it that way. It wasn't his job to take away the inside.