Is It Time for the Detroit Lions to Bench Chris Houston?

November 27, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

To borrow the famous saying, "Houston, we have a problem."
That would be Chris Houston, whose unreliability in coverage has created quite the quandary for the Detroit Lions.
The veteran cornerback had his latest rough outing against Tampa Bay. Mike Glennon exploited Houston's soft coverage on Tiquan Underwood for a downfield completion, which Houston exacerbated with a weak tackling effort that made it appear as if he thought he was playing intramural flag football on some college green. 
Let's look at that play in more depth. 
This is a standard formation, with Houston aligned in off-man coverage on Underwood with a 10-yard cushion. Safety Louis Delmas is shaded to that side, offering the potential to help on the play.
Off the snap, Underwood runs a vertical route without a lot of deception; he takes off as fast as he can for the first 15 yards of his route. It's not a particularly good pattern as the receiver is gradually veering inside. ...

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