Originally Posted by HOU-TEX
Yes, he does. There might be an exception or two, but for the most part, he's 100% better at locating the ball.
He had darn near perfect coverage on the long ball the other night. The ball was thrown perfectly. And, he did turn his head. The ball was just out of his reach
This...People don't understand how difficult it is for a cb to turn, locate & make a play on the ball. Can't blast him for something 98% of the leagues cb's can't do consistently.
In coverage...man coverage specifically, cb's are taught to read the WR's. only look back & locate the ball in the air when the WR looks back &/or they raise their hands for the catch b/c it lets them know that the ball is coming.
WR coaches know this. So they
in turn train their WR's to look back for the ball and only raise their hands at the last possible second to give the cb as little time as possible to locate the ball & react.
All told if everything is clicking for the offense as it should, it's probably about .05 -1 seconds (2 seconds for deep balls) that a cb has to turn, locate the ball in the air and react to make a play if possible...extremely difficult. This is 1 of the main reasons the back shoulder throw is so hard to defend.
There are other factors that come into play, but this is the overriding thing to fight against.
Truthfully, Revis is the only guy who can do it equally well in zone & man coverage.