One thing annoying me about the emphasis on contact past 5 yards is the overreacting from DBs and defensive coaches. Here is a sample of their cries (emphasis mine): So these guys are complaining because Marvin is such a good route runner that they can't cover him without clawing, grabbing and mauling? Oh, they're lives are so hard because Randy Moss is 6'4", blazing fast, can jump out the roof and catch whatever floats his way? Well, tough luck. If you can't cover Marvin's precise routes, then study more film and work on your technique. Or double team him. But it is ridiculous to depend upon rule bending and "grey areas" as the basis of your coverage technique. The reason this new emphasis was made is because these guys were abusing these grey areas instead of just becomming better technicians or the coaches becomming better schemers. The NFL is basically reversing what were de facto interpretation changes favoring DBs due to bigger, faster, stronger receivers like Moss, Owens, Boston, Andre Johnson, etc. The problem is that what was once allowed to deal with athletic freaks like Moss was allowed to be use against technicians like Harrisson. Not every CB is Deion, so just shut up and get some double team help. I think the Miami DBs have the best take on this so far (from same article): In other words, corners who have real talent and technique will still play tight man coverage, all the pretenders are just gonna have to get saftey help.