Broncos fans don’t need to be reminded how great our cornerback duo of Aqib Talib and Chris Harris Jr. is.
But when an NFL film guru wants to point it out - and use video examples - we’re not going to complain.
And even though Samuel Gold is a Seahawks fan, we give him big props for this breakdown of why a couple of former Kansas University Jayhawks who now find themselves on the same NFL team are premiere corners in the NFL.
“Harris is excellent at mirroring and anticipating what wide receivers are trying to do,” Gold notes. “He’s great in space by using quick footwork to attack receivers and take away their routes.”
For example, against DeAndre Hopkins on a stop and go route where the Texans receiver is hoping to beat Harris, CHJ doesn’t bite but watches his hips and makes coverage too tight for Brock Osweiler to make a play.
Against the Bengals, Gold notes how coverage from Harris on Brandon LaFell and Talib in the slot versus A.J. Green is so tight and so well done, it requires a scramble and miraculous play from Andy Dalton to “somehow make a play.”
Gold points out that Harris’ smaller size is sometimes a hindrance, noting the separation Kelvin Benjamin was able to get a few times during the Panthers game, including for a touchdown, but Harris’ intelligence on the routes allows him to overcome that much of the time.
On a different play against the Panthers, Harris recognized Cam Newton’s plans from the snap.
“His intelligence clearly shutdown this concept from the start and was rewarded with an interception for the Broncos defense,” Gold highlights. “Harris is an elite slot defender and has fluid hips to prevent separation.”
When it comes to Harris’ partner in crime, Talib’s larger frame and aggressive nature allow him to cover taller, longer receivers “using his physicality to track his opponent,” Gold states.
“He is very reactionary and does a fantastic job at breaking up routes and is excellent at coming off zone duties at correct time,” Gold says. “His footwork is tight and he knows how to plant and drive with minimal wasted steps.”
The entire breakdown is an excellent review of what they do well plus the few weaknesses they only rarely display.
And just for one more definitive statement on the duo’s superiority across the league, this is the production of some of the NFL’s premiere receivers when facing the No Fly Zone last season:
Kelvin Benjamin: 6/12, 91 yards, 1 TD
T.Y. Hilton: 4/11, 41 yards
A.J. Green: 8/11, 77 yards
Mike Evans: 5/11, 59 yards
“Julio freaking Jones”: 2/6, 29 yards
DeAndre Hopkins: 5/12, 36 yards
Amari Cooper (week 9): 4/8, 39 yards, 1 TD
Amari Cooper (week 17): 6/8, 56 yards
So, you know, pretty good.
Between Talib and Harris Jr., how few touchdowns do you think they’ll give up this season?
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