Originally Posted by Bulls on Parade
Kareem Jackson has all the tools to become an All Pro and one of the better young corners in the league, but he is consistently caught with frustrating pass interference penalties because he's not turning around his head and playing the ball. There were a couple scoring drives by Baltimore just because of Kareem Jackson not playing smart.
We keep saying that his problem is not turning for the ball. Both instances this past Sunday, he looked at the ball.
The first, I think the problem was that he arm barred the receiver several steps before the ball got there, before he turned. That is pass interference. It's not going to get corrected if we're not identifying the right problem. I hope Van Joseph understands the call..... I'm sure he does.
The second one, he turned & looked for the ball, but his right hand was pulling down on the receiver's left arm.... that is pass interference as well.
Both are not about playing stupid, it's lack of confidence. The arm bar because he lacks the confidence to run step for step with the receiver. The second because he lacked confidence in finding the ball, or outjumping the receiver.
I'm a Kj fan, but year 4, he should have those things worked out.
FYI: I'd rather make the referee throw that flag than give up a TD, which both of those would have been, so they may very well have been smart plays... other than the fact that he was beat.