Jefferson explained to the Cardinals’ website what was going through his head on this play: “I want the quarterback to think I’m manned up on the tight end, since I’d been manned up on him most of the game. (Kaepernick) is going to check the call first, so I’m waiting. I don’t want to move. I want to show that I’m still playing man.”
In other words, he’s waiting for Kaepernick to read the defense and make his protections or audibles before he even thinks about moving, or giving up his intentions.
As the Cards’ website points out, Acho is also “coy, feigning blitz before dropping into coverage.” You can see Acho on the right — he’s in a forward leaning stance, and it does look like he’s prepping to rush the passer. “A lot of times,” said Acho, “offenses will look at your stances, so you never want to make it obvious when you’re blitzing. I try to use the same stance in everything I do. There were some plays when I was the dropper and some plays when I was the rusher. I think that helped. ”
“By no means can we put the blame on Kirk for this one,” Redskins Coach Jay Gruden said. “This was a total team debacle.”
Cousins, who was making his second start this season in place of the injured Robert Griffin, completed 19-of-33 passes for 257 yards while effectively ending the game in the second half with four interceptions. Cousins came into the game with five touchdowns against one pick, but showed his inexperience against the talented Giants secondary.
The former Michigan State star was sacked twice but hit four times, facing pressure behind a battered offensive line. On his last interception, Cousins was hit as he released the ball, allowing Antrel Rolle to catch what amounted to a lazy fly ball. Colt McCoy came in for the last possession before time expired.
Cousins admitted to pressing for a big play as the contest wore on, especially once Washington began to fall behind by a considerable margin.