When Cromartie took over as the number one cornerback last season, many of us were concerned. Antonio’s career to date had been littered with inconsistency. Bad beats were there to equal any great play he ever made. However, to his credit, he became full-time “Good Cro” and led the defensive backfield, and it barely missed a beat after Revis went down.
Now Darrelle is gone, leaving the leadership role to Cromartie, and Cromartie, to his credit, is embracing his role:
I don’t know about making me feel good (laughing). I’m just going along with it, honestly. I love what I’m doing and trying to be the leader that I am, and just going out and having fun basically.
OK, maybe not “embracing”. He seems to be enjoying it, which is causing him to do a good job at it. And that, is a great sign for this defense. He has a good feel for the entire defense, which is the sign of an adept leader. Here is what he had to say yesterday on the defense as a whole:
I think honestly we’re coming together pretty well. I think, you know when you add our front seven, the physicality of what our front seven is doing, I think we’re probably going to have one of the best front sevens. We added a guy, Sheldon Richardson, who’s coming out here and playing tremendously. So you got a dominant guy in Muhammad (Wilkerson) and also in Quinton (Coples). So you just look forward to that and hopefully we can get to the quarterback and make him throw bad throws.
His role has not gone unnoticed. Here is Kyle Wilson talking about Cro as a leader:
He has definitely taken over the leadership role and I will say he is doing everything he should be doing. (He’s) taking control of the group, speaking to us, holding us accountable, and we’re holding him accountable too. So he’s taken everybody under his wing to make sure that we are performing the way we want to perform to be a dominant defense and we take a lot of leadership definitely in the secondary so we’re definitely taking everything from him.
This is a great job out of Cromartie. It will only help our defense.