The Cotchery mismatch factor Dan Leberfeld
With all the attention Braylon Edwards and Santonio Holmes are getting on the outside, this is setting up exceedingly favorable match-ups from opposing defenses.
This manifested itself quite a bit in the Jets win over New England in the second round of the playoffs.
“Your average safety plays safety because he doesn’t have the feet to play corner,” Edwards said. “So, [Jerricho] worked [safety Patrick Chung] at the line of scrimmage, and when he worked him, he got open and he cleared himself on the in-cut. And when he caught it, he just kept running (on the 58-yard reception) to daylight.
“When you put [Cotchery] in the slot on a guy who doesn’t have cornerback feet, you’re in trouble. He’s going to get open, it’s just a matter of do the linebackers drop and rotate to him or does Mark see him. That’s all it really comes down to.”