Through the years I have frequently argued that interceptions have little value in judging the play of cornerbacks. Never has one game proven that point than last night’s loss to the Denver Broncos.
Jets cornerback Pierre Desir registered a pair of interceptions in the game, one of which he returned for a touchdown. Neither of the interceptions were the result of him executing a coverage. Both were horrible misfired by Brett Rypien with no receiver in the area. Yes, the first one required a nice toe top to stay in bounds, and the second was accompanied by a touchdown return. Still, Desir’s interceptions were more a case of right place, right time than the result of anything he did particularly well.
When Desir was called on to cover, things were ugly. He allowed a 48 yard touchdown in coverage to Jerry Jeudy where he simply allowed Jeudy to take the ball away from him. He subsequently allowed a 40 yard completion to Tim Patrick on a third down play and a touchdown to Patrick later in the game. Desir eventually gave massive cushions that conceded first downs when Denver wanted them.
The interceptions were nice, but they did not compensate for a brutal coverage performance. For that, Pierre Desir gets my Week 4 anti-game ball.
Who gets yours?