3 Ways I Know A CB Is Frustrated- Kurt Warner

3 Ways I Know A CB Is Frustrated- Kurt Warner

Say what you want about his durability, his place among the elite, his battle with Eli Manning and the one that is sure to come with Matt Leinart. When he has been healthy Kurt Warner has frustrated d-linemen, d-coordinators, safeties, linebackers, and especially, cornerbacks. Warner tells CardinalInsider.com how he knows he's winning the battle.

1)  The way they respond after a play.  I always watch the CB's response to
someone having success against them.  You may get
a frustrated body gesture, you see them try to add a little something extra
at the end of the play, or you may see them push a
teammate, kick the ball or pound the ground.
 
You can see the frustration begin to build and you try to take advantage of
it.  By that I mean, a cornerback, when frustrated,
responds in one of two ways: they either get over-aggressive or they get
over-conservative.  So as you see the frustration
mounting you try to take advantage of them by throwing short passes on them
(if they have become conservative), which leads to
more frustration to the point they know they can't stop you.  Or you attack
their over-aggressiveness by hitting them with a double-
move route (hitch-n-go, slant-n-go, etc...) -- thus their frustration is
used as a detriment.  (The key is to know the CB well enough
to know how they deal with frustration).
 
2)  The second way you see frustration is by seeing a corner playing
completely different than they normally would.  There are
some corners who feel more comfortable in press coverage, but when mentally
frustrated you see them begin to play a softer
technique, which usually they aren't as good at, leading to more frustration
on their part.  There are some corners who like to play
tight coverage, but they don't like to jam the receiver.  They normally will
just play tight and try to run side-by-side with the
receiver.  Then when they get frustrated, they allow their emotions to flow
and they try and beat up the receiver at the line of
scrimmage.  As you would guess, with them never playing this technique, they
aren't very successful with it and it leads to more
success.
 
3)  A third way I see frustration in corners is when they start to get into
verbal/physical confrontations with my receiver.  For
instance, when we have completed a big play on a CB and my receiver makes a
comment to someone who would normally let it
go, the CB immediately begins to retaliate (physically or verbally), showing
they are being taken out of their game and now you
can take advantage of it.
 
These things are not things I go into games looking for, but there are times
that they show up and you can use them to your
advantage.  The only problem lies in knowing the CB well enough to know how
they are going to respond in a certain situation,
because if you don't, it can work against you.
 
I can't think of too many times where I overworked a DB in the course of a
game.  Because, as always, you have to be selective in
attacking someone, because anyone in this league is good enough to beat you
if you give them enough chances.
 

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