Exactly. And it wasn't even the size difference that was the biggest problem. It wasn't even that often that he just gave up a jump ball because a WR was taller than him. When he had to cover a receiver for more than a couple seconds he'd get turned around, lost, and completely out of position. He just doesn't have the ability to cover a WR on the outside. Too much space for him.
like against miami last season: 7 of 7 receptions for 125 yards and a touchdown when targeted. tannehill was watching out for wallace singled up on munnerlyn and fed him the ball when he saw it.
He really might have been a one read quarterback his rookie season. I watched a bunch of his games in 2012 and it seemed like he would hit his back foot on his drop and the ball would be out of his hands instantly. Lots of screens and dink and dunk stuff. His short range accuracy was really, really good so that kind of West Coast system fit him like a glove. The Redskins also had a monster rushing attack to lean on that season too.
I agree with most of what you're saying, but I think I disagree with your main point.
If we're comparing apples to apples, Norman playing on the outside vs Captain playing on the outside, as bad as he was at it Norman was still better than Captain. Captain was the worst starting CB I've ever seen in a Panthers uniform, and that's including Norman. Norman hasn't really spent much time in the Nickel, so we can't really compare their performance there. But Capt was a good Nickel.
in 2011, a year where captain started on the outside in all the games but one, he gave up the 4th highest QB rating when thrown at in the league. it's just a fact that when he's lined up on number one receivers, particularly big ones, he gets picked on.
You know how in the old days, when a horse would break it's leg, the cowboy would put it down out of mercy? We need the Huddle equivalent of that for a few select posters. It would be the humane thing to do.
charlottepanther been unapologetically stupid about a number of topics for years now
the texans had watt-one of the most all-around dominant defensive players i've ever seen-on their defense in 2013 and still went 2-14
usually if you take a crap team and put an out of this world player on it things are probably still going to be terrible unless that guy is a quarterback. and even then it takes a confluence of things to make that work.
Captain Munnerlyn is another cornerback who came into his own in 2013. He was always a solid special teams contributor, but his play at corner finally lived up to expectations this year. His overall grade is a culmination of his balanced play. He graded positively in all phases; penalties, coverage and in run support. Despite being a little undersized, his +4.8 run grade tops anyone in this Top 10.
With Carolina being pretty close to being capped out and having the task of trying to resign Greg Hardy, Munnerlyn could be playing for a new team next year.
if we're doing the PFF thing now munnerlyn is grading out at a +2.8 in minnesota this season with all but three of his starts coming on the outside which is a pretty significant drop off from 2013 where he was also playing more nickel per the same accounting system.
norman is giving up a passer rating of 58 this season starting on the outside full time whereas munnerlyn is giving up 105.1. munnerlyn gave up 85.6 in 2013 again when he was playing more nickel than this season.
he wouldn't be the best DB on this team. at best it's a wash and even then you have to consider that you're comparing a full time outside CB to a player who's gotten starts at nickel and went up against slot receivers.