Number 37 Chris Johnson: The Raiders Rodney Dangerfield
Talk about a lack of respect. First you get disrespected by NFL refs with a personal foul for intercepting one of the league's best QB's in a most extraordinary fashion, then dropping to your knees in reverence to God for an incredible gift(In Houston). Now you've got rabid Oakland Raiders fans calling for your head as the unsung hero for the best CB duo in the league.
Yeah I said it. I'd take Nnamdi and CJ over ANY CB combo in the league, are you kidding me? CJ is 6-1" with wide receiver hands and natural instincts. He gets thrown at 85% of the game, while Nnamdi stays on his vacation Island under the most incompetent, un-imaginative coaching staff in the league. You've got to be more aggressive with CBs like these.
Chris Johnson did get beat more this year than the previous year as the Raiders second shutdown corner (He actually had a BETTER season than Nnamdi in '08) But I would attribute that to more the Raiders incessant will to becoming a trendy zone Cover 2 team.
I understand that most Raider "fans" of today aren't that smart. They don't know that in a Cover 2 that you are basically assigned to cover NOBODY. And a veteran QB will then proceed to destroy that weak mess. So often times when you see a cornerback get "beat", its probably because the lame coach called a g*y ass zone and allowed the receiver to run to that predictably open spot in the "zone."
The "zone" is what the Raiders run when its late in the game, take opening night against the Chargers for example. When you are yelling at the t.v. "somebody cover that guy" because the running back is coming out of the backfield untouched with 20 yards of open space before anyone can touch him, and the opposing team is marching down the field like a homecoming band all because Chris Johnson is covering an area instead of Darren Sproles, and Nnamdi is sipping Pina Coladas on the other side. Get it?
Chris Johnson is a Man's CB. Not one of those dwarfish variety of speedy CBs who get bullied by receivers over 5'7". (see Deangelo Hall)The Raiders are a MAN defense and always have been. Im sick of all the criticisms of such as if playing a zone is somehow better than Manning up and being responsible for your guy. Don't get me wrong, its good to disguise coverages, but the Raiders BASE D is a 4-3 Man up Defense and Chris Johnson is a stud.
It's already bad enough they run a ZBS. What a disgrace. The Raiders secondary is a strength and does not need to be tampered with.
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