The Good and the Bad Sides of Antonio Cromartie

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September 16, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie (31) takes the field before the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

The Jets defense is predicated on having excellent cornerbacks on the outside. Rex Ryan wants to bring pressure early, and often. They need to have great coverage on the outside in order to do so. We know who we have on the one side, Darrelle Revis. The best player on the team, maybe the best defensive player in the entire sport.

But then, we have Antonio Cromartie. Say a lot about Antonio Cromartie, but he too, is up there as one of the best athletes on the football team. He is that needed shutdown corner, when he is giving his best effort. When he isn’t, well, we have seen how he is when not giving his best effort. In two games this year already, we have seen the good, and the bad from Antonio Cromartie.

Let me show you what I mean. First we will take a look at the good, Antonio’s interception from the Buffalo game.

The pick took place in the 3rd quarter of the game week 1. Ryan Fitzpatrick is lined up in the shotgun, and Antonio Cromartie is line up against the receiver at the top of the screen. The intended target, David Nelson, is in the slot left, just below Cromartie on your screen.

Fast forward to the screen above. Fitzpatrick takes the snap, and is staring down David Nelson the entire way. The alert version of Antonio Cromartie sees this, and knows where the ball is going. As you see in the shot(although small), Cromartie breaks away from his man, and to the spot that the quarterback is going to make the throw to.

Cromartie breaks on the ball. Nelson has no chance. INT for Cromartie, TD for the Jets.

Turn the page for the bad Antonio Cromartie.

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