Every interception is different, it takes a lot of team work to pressure the QB into making a bad throw or decision, or sometimes it just takes one great play from a great CB. The AFC West has very rich defenses, every team boasts a high end pass rusher but most of them also have one or more great CBs. So I looked into the interceptions these guys had and I wanted to point out how sometimes it's team work and luck, and how sometimes great players do great things, using the corners of the AFC West for examples.
Casey Hayward, Chargers, League leader in interceptions with 7
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Front: 4-down lineman rush stacked to the right, Melvin Ingram is isolated with RT Donald Stephenson, the throw comes out before he has any effect on the play. Joey Bosa in lined out wide right but stunts the opposite A-gap, while both tackles take up the Center, LG and LT. Bosa ultimately comes the closest but the throw comes out quick enough before he effects the throw.
Coverage: The Chargers were in Dime (6 DBs) with two high safeties, while the Corners and LB were in man coverage. Casey Hayward was covering Demaryius Thomas who was lined up in the slot closest to the OL, DT ran a seam which Hayward would take the overtop and outside away while the safety covered the inside. The pass was actually intended for WR Jordan Norwood who was covered by CB Randall Evans, lined out furthest left Norwood beat Evans cleanly on a 5-yard In-route, the ball hits Norwood’s hands and pops back up. Hayward, who covered DTs up and outside was perfectly positioned to receive the tip ball. With every receiver running either a streak or an In to the right, no player was in position to stop Hayward as he waltzes 30 yards into the endzone.
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Front: The Chargers are blitzing with 7 in the box with both LBs in the A-Gap, one of them, Josh Perry, blitzes and is picked up by TJ Yeldon who keeps him away but collapses the pocket slightly, the other LB Manti Te’o pulls back into coverage and bottles up TE Julius Thomas who ran some form of In-slant, S Dwight Lowery was also on the coverage. DE Jeremiah Attaochu can’t bend the corner enough to really make Bortles step up, it’s DT #63 who I genuinely can’t identify who comes the closest, he’s beaten by the RG originally before disengaging when Bortles does step up, he does appear to make Bortles uncomfortable but doesn’t get a hit.
Coverage: The Chargers are in Nickel (5 DBs) with one high safety and in man coverage. WR Marquise Lee is split out wide left covered by Casey Hayward. Lee runs a poor route of what again seems to be an In/slant, Hayward sticks to him across the field while an errant pass comes too far behind allowing Hayward to easily swat it, he instead manages to pop it back himself as he fell, S Jahleel Addae dives for the ball as well but whiffs possibly purposely as the ball fell back to Hayward. This play showed great coverage and ball skills by Hayward.
Marcus Peters, Chiefs
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Front: We don’t get a great view of what happens but the Chiefs only send a four man rush on 2nd & Goal, Tamba Hali rushes the edge freely while the RT seems to block the DT instead, Fitzpatrick steps up in time while Hali just gets a hand on him. The DT who took on the RT gets free when the tackle realizes he needed to block Hali, the DT then manages to get an open shot at Fitzpatrick after he was forced to step up. Allen Bailey and Dontari Poe took on the C, LG and LT. Fitzpatrick was under pressure most of the ball which made him force a pass.
Coverage: The Chiefs were in Nickel (5 DBs) with no high safeties. The LBs seemed to have a responsibility for the flat where the RB went and a middle of field zone, possibly acting as a robber. Marcus Peters was covering Brandon Marshall who was split out wide right, he ran a dig (deep in) which allowed Peters to pass him off to the safety after he took away the outside. The pass was intended for Quincy Enunwu who was split right in the slot, he tried to run a slant but was contested well by Steven Nelson. When Fitzpatrick was getting pressured he was the closest option and since he turned around, had a decent chance to make a possession catch, the pass was too high and both players got a hand on it, it ultimately popped up and back directly to where Peters was waiting for it.
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Front: The Chiefs would send a LB blitz, 6 players would rush the QB giving each player a 1-on-1 when the RB stayed to block. The Jets picked this up enough, while Fitzpatrick would be pushed not hit, the pocket effectively was crushed pressuring him. It appears it’s Dee Ford, Allen Bailey and Tamba Hali who would get the closest, while Derrick Johnson and Daniel Sorenson’s pass rush failed they attempted to swat the pass. In the end they pressured the QB into a quicker throw but did not directly affect the pass.
Coverage: The Chiefs appear to be in Dime coverage with one high safety, Eric Berry, while the SS Daniel Sorenson blitzes. Marcus Peters is covering WR Jalin Marshall who is split out wide right, he attempts to run a deep dig or curl. In off coverage, the pressure gets to Fitzpatrick quick enough to force a throw, Peters is able to read and react quickly and beat Marshall to the reception point quickly, making an aggressive interception. This is something Peters is able to do a lot, waiting for the pass to come to him as he positions himself so he can beat the receiver to the pass. Peters shows great positioning in off zone coverage as well as amazing ball skills.
Chris Harris Jr, Broncos
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Front: One 3rd & 5, the Broncos blitz 6, when the RB runs a wheel route instead of pass protecting it gives the Broncos a free blitzer. While the right side of the line handled it well it left LT Donald Penn in an impossible situation, blocking both Antonio Smith and Shane Ray, he ends up picking up Ray while Smith comes the closest to hitting Carr. TJ Ward’s blitz also came close, he, Smith and Ray all bring pressure, forcing Carr to throw early and off his back foot.
Coverage: The Broncos are in Nickel (5 DBs) with all three CBs in off coverage while both safeties are in the box. The Raiders WRs Seth Roberts and Amari Cooper run crossing routes past each other and the pass amazingly manages to go past both of them without looking. Chris Harris Jr was covering Seth Roberts in the slot while Cooper was covered by Aqib Talib. The crossing route concept worked, Aqib Talib could not wade through traffic and cover Cooper who would have had plenty of space to run, the pass was likely going to him. Since most traffic was on the other side Harris Jr. was behind Roberts but was in position to take an angle to tackle him near the 1st down marker, since the pass was intended for Cooper which went right past him, the ball went directly to Chris Harris Jr was had full momentum toward the end zone.
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Front: The Broncos are showing blitz with 5 guys on the LOS, all 5 do rush. Jared Crick attempts to stunt inside while Demarcus Ware and Von Miller get a 1-on-1s, Miller was chipped by the second TE. The pass came out rather quickly so none of the pass rush gets close enough to force the throw, just cause minor pressure.
Coverage: Chris Harris Jr and Aqib Talib were the only CBs in while TJ Ward was in the box, Darian Stewart was the single high safety. The Panthers had 2 TEs and a RB forcing the Broncos to stack the box with 8, the idea was to give Kelvin Benjamin and open slant which does work, Harris Jr simply seems to run with him step for step. 5’10 CB doesn’t give the 6’5 Benjamin any leverage, he contests the pass at the attack point perfectly popping up the ball, he dove for it while protected it from the ground, perfect coverage combined with incredible ball skills.
Submitted June 02, 2017 at 09:55AM by DTHFootball
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