Corners....Please Tuck The Ball Away

Jordan HagelContributor IJanuary 11, 2010

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 10:  Ed Reed #20 of the Baltimore Ravens intercepts a pass in the first quarter against the New England Patriots during the 2010 AFC wild-card playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 10, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Ravens won 33-14. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Whats up with corner backs these days? As I watched Ed Reed intercept Tom Brady and run with the ball, I was not surprised to see him running with the ball in one hand. All corner backs do it. But why?

Is it because offensive players cant strip? Is is because they feel like they can pitch the ball 2 times easier?(as Ed Reed did) Or is it because they are simply not able to tuck the ball away?  I guess you could look at Adrian Peterson and say he tucks the ball away and fumbles, but then again he gets a lot more "touches" than any corner back in this league.

But I will forever wonder why a corner back cant just, simply tuck the ball under their armpit and run with the ball, normally.  Is it that hard? One of these days someone will fumble the ball in a critical situation, and the INT will be for nothing more than a first down going back the other way. 

My hat goes off to Ed Reed and all the other amazing corners in this league who can pick off a Quarterback.  But please, don't ruin it by fumbling because you ran with the ball flawlessly in one hand.  I mean, even Madden the game has noticed(corners run that way after a pick). Some may think its sweet, I think its careless. One of these days you'll end up as the #1 video on Chris Berman's "COME ON MAN"