Originally Posted by thunderkyss
If being on a team with two quality cbs should not be held against Wilson, then being on a team without a quality DB & LBs that struggle in coverage should not be held against Kareem.
We see Kareem now, without the suspect play around him & he appears to be a quality player. We really don't know what Kareem would've looked like with quality players around him as a rookie.
Personally, I find it difficult to say the Smithiak assessment was wrong in light of the Frank Bush defense he was working in.
How the players around Kareem execute has nothing to do with the flaws that Kareem exhibited. So that really would have little to do with the conversation you guys are having. Other players did not make it difficult for Kareem to turn around and find the ball. Other player did not effect his ability to open his hips better nor his ability to open up to the receiver when running with them.
These are basic cornerback techniques that Kareem did not exhibit as well as he does now. That's development from possibly coaching and just working on technique from field study and practice. It has nothing to do with others around him other than they may have assisted in coaching him up. There is a reason it is stated that corners are on an island.