Originally Posted by 76Texan
Somewhere fifteen yards or so beyond the LOS, Hopkins turned to look at the ball. It looks to me like he was selling the CB an intermediate route. This is the normal break where the receiver can either go inside or outside.
The CB bought it too; he turned and looked at the ball.
Undoubtedly, in doing so, he lost some speed and got beat as Hopkins only one thought in mind, and that was going deep.
IMO, this is why it doesn't pay for the DB to try to locate the ball when he doesn't have the route "secured" yet.
I rather have our DB play the ball everytime for a couple of reasons :
1) If the pass is under thrown you give yourself a chance for an int or at least a PD.
2) If under thrown you eliminate yourself from PI.
If it's a perfectly thrown pass like the Hopkins then you pretty much screw anyway. Tip your hat to them and force them to do it again.
Being a great defensive team means forcing the offense to play a perfect game to beat you. If the QB is having issues with his accuracy then you don't bail them out with pass interference. (Looking at you, Kareem Jackson.)