The Seattle Seahawks have inspired teams to rethink the common laws of football.
The out of the box thinking the Seahawks use have brought them a team of the future so to speak. The Denver Bronco are using some of their philosophy and going out and acquiring bigger corners.
The NFL is less about small quick twitch corners that get out muscled by the 6'5 receivers now roaming the field. John Elway picked up Dominique Cromartie-Rodgers with that in mind.
The 6'2, 190 pound corner has the size and range needed to guard basketball players running around as receivers. According to Mike Klis of the Denver Post, the Broncos are making a concerted effort to get bigger, starting with their defensive backs. Klis writes:
'The Broncos, who signed 6-foot-2 Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie in free agency to be their right cornerback.
And they hope to find the next "Night Train" Lane during the April 25-27 draft. Know this: The Broncos will draft a cornerback, running back and defensive lineman in the first three rounds. Maybe in that order.
And when the Broncos scour the tape of draft-eligible cornerbacks, they will pay close attention to players 6-feet or taller.
The Seahawks showed the Broncos the way.
Sherman is 6-3 and 195 pounds. He's a rare blend of size and man-to-man coverage skills, but he's not that rare in Seattle. Playing the other corner is Browner, who has corner-outfielder size (6-4, 221) and nine interceptions in the past two seasons.'
Coach Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks explains:
"I believe you have to be committed to it," Seattle coach Pete Carroll said at the NFL meetings in Phoenix last week. "I've been committed to it since N.C. State a million years ago (more accurately, 1980). It's just hard to find guys. We've been fortunate to find two guys in the same lifetime who play together."
"What it does bring is, if you're a bump-and-run team, what the tall guys do is they create a bigger obstacle for the wide receivers to get around. That manipulation at the line of scrimmage is what you want as a defensive player, to slow the opportunity for a receiver to get downfield."