Originally Posted by Fiddler
Not necessarily. Giving up that cushion is about keeping the play in front of you. Watch the QB, watch the receiver. If it looks like a slant, drive on the ball. It could be an interception, or a highlight reel hit where the receiver can't pull the ball in because he's got a 200lb man running through him.
Folks around here used to get down right livid with richard smith b/c he'd always keep his cb's back with that 5+ yard cushion for the exact same reason you describe above. & Manning used to eat us alive with quick slants right in front of the cb all the way down the field. Then Smith would get desperate late in the game & put them in press man & we'd watch Faggins & god knows how many other scrubs we had playing for us then get beat over the top.
So while in theory i agree with you, Any decent qb is still going to complete those quick slants with that much cushion 7 out 10 times. If that's the percentage for qb's of schaub's caliber, how much more would you wager that elite qb's like rodgers would complete that pass? 8 out of 10? 9 out of 10?
KJ knows. Drew Brees & Lance Moore ate him alive with quick slants/whip routes in 2 seperate drives last year.