Originally Posted by El-Gonzo Jackson
Exactly!! Zone defense is not covering an area.....as much as covering the WR in that area. Ike normally matches up on the opponents best WR in that zone and does a good job at denying them the ball.
If anybody watched Steelers games this year and didnt see Keenan Lewis as somebody that challenged and broke up passes....then they were not paying attention.
Attached is a link that shows Lewis was #2 in the NFL in passes defended with 23. http://www.sportingcharts.com/nfl/st...defended/2012/
So he had 4 more passes defended than Asante Samuel, but Samuel had 3 more INT's. Samuel has a 3 year $18.5mil contract. So $6 million plus is the market price and the fact that Lewis will command $6-8million a season contract is just the reality, so deal with it.
Two more points to add to your post:
1. In XXX, Larry Brown had two INTs... and Deion had ZERO.
2. Sometimes, teams avoid players (eg teams never even tried to throw at Deion)... which meant less INTs.
INTs are not the end-all be-all.