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DeAngelo Hall made another big play but too often looked lost in coverage.
Be afraid, be very afraid, because this pass defense looks ready to get worse every week. One of the biggest issues is that too many defensive backs often appear confused in coverage.
Corner DeAngelo Hall summed up this issue. The opportunistic veteran made another big play, returning an early interception for the score.
However, for most of the day, Hall looked lost. On one play in the first quarter he actually appeared unsure about what type of coverage he was executing.
Hall was over premier wideout Calvin Johnson. He began the play by pressing the star flanker, before releasing him in what looked like zone coverage.
Yet Hall then turned and saw no help on Johnson and had to try and chase him down in man coverage. Needless to say, Johnson produced another big gain.
There was similar confusion on rookie tight end Joseph Fauria's touchdown reception in the second quarter. Outside linebacker Brian Orakpo took Fauria in man coverage.
As they entered the end zone, Orakpo appeared to have help from Meriweather. But the safety then inexplicably drifted away from the play.
Where he was going only he knows, because they were certainly no other Detroit receivers near Meriweather.
These kind of coverage breakdowns have become too familiar already this season.