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Wednesday, June 9, 2010
A failed attempt to monitor Texans' CBs

By Paul Kuharsky

HOUSTON -- So I went into Wednesday’s Houston Texans OTA session with a grand plan. With a system of pluses and minuses, I was going to really hone in on the cornerbacks and come out with a sense of what they have, who’s doing well and who’s not.

It didn’t really work out and I thought about scraping it and not mentioning it to you at all. Except that maybe in how it panned out can illustrate a bit about watching a practice.

First off, I had a rough guideline. A break up or a pick was certainly going to be a plus, as was the right brand of well-covered completion. A missed chance or a receiver who had too much space as the ball arrived would be a minus. Much of it was going to be subjective, as I wasn’t going to know the precise responsibilities of coverages being played. It would be a simple eye test.

So in seven-on-seven and team periods, I focused almost exclusively on the corners and scored them this way:

Not much of a revealing scorecard, I know. I think corners in general take too much heat -- a lot of people seem to think no passes should be completed. In an OTA it’s even more common to have passes completed on you as there is no real rush and plays usually continue after a rusher would have sacked the quarterback. I expected to award more minuses than pluses, and more scoring overall.

But on this day, I thought the offense regularly threw passes that were more on safeties and linebackers than corners. Later, a good share of the team periods were 4:00 drills when runs are featured as the offense attempts to milk clock and I wasn't scoring run support.

I asked Gary Kubiak if I should read anything into the fact the corners didn’t seem to be challenged a lot. He said not really, that there was a lot of cover-2 work and if that dictated balls in the middle or check downs to the flanks it wasn’t by some grand design for the day.

So there’s that. I’m sure you’ll let me know if I should have chosen the spike the whole idea.

Here are some other observations.