Originally posted by verb1der:
Speed isn't everything to me. I like decent speed and bigger size in cornerbacks to compete with today's bigger WRs.
For instance, last season's Seahawks/Falcons playoff game, White & Julio Jones were both held under 100yds by Seattle DBs. The following week 49ers DBs gave up 282 total yards to the same two WRs.
If those guys start getting called for illegal contact, you're going to feel differently, because receivers are going to be blowing by them right and left. I think you'll also see more teams bunching receivers and criss-crossing at the line so that the big corners can't get a hand on them. Speed is still the main thing with corners. The only reason they've been able to get away with 4.5 and 4.6 speed is all that holding. And, Harbaugh isn't the only one complaining about it anymore. Mike Smith will also be showing the NFL footage this off season of the way they played them in the playoffs. They basically mug receivers and grab them all the way down the field. They do it almost every play almost daring the refs to call it every play. The idea is that if you just keep doing it, the refs feel they can't keep calling it, so they don't even start. It's a strategy and I don't think it's going to work forever.