Jaguars CB Mike Harris Among Best in Yards Per Coverage Snap, Derek Cox Among Worst


November 4, 2012; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Detroit Lions running back Joique Bell (35) gets tackled by Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Mike Harris (20) during the first half of the game at EverBank Field. The Lions defeated the Jaguars 31-14. Mandatory Credit: Rob Foldy-USA TODAY Sports

Pro Football Focus has continued to shed more light on the Jacksonville Jaguars’ woes – and occasional successes – with their signature stats.  This time they took a look at the yards per coverage snap for the NFL’s cornerbacks.

The idea is pretty simple.  For every snap that a cornerback was in coverage, how many yards did he allow.  The elite players at cornerback were all crammed in under one yard allowed per coverage snap.  Among them, the Jags’ rookie CB Mike Harris.  Harris tied for 12th with .95 yards allowed per coverage snap.  Best in the league was oft-penalized St. Louis corner Bradley Fletcher with a mind-blowing .52 YPCS.

Harris is the beneficiary of only having been on the field for 276 coverage snaps, however this is still more than five other corners in the top 15 of YPCS.

The Jags’ “shutdown corner,” Derek Cox, was on the other end of the spectrum.  Cox finished in the bottom 15 with 1.68 YPCS. Cox is generally considered to be the best corner for the Jaguars and his 1.68 YPCS is not the be all, end all in coverage statistics.  Cox allowed the lowest opposing QB rating for the Jags when thrown against and only allowed 60.7% of passes thrown his way to result in a completion.  It is curious to see Cox this low on the list since he was very good in coverage.  It suggests that when Cox was beat, he was beat for more than other corners.

Worst in the league was Kansas City’s Stanford Routt with 2.2 YPCS.  No other Jaguar corner was in either the top or bottom 15.

– Luke N. Sims

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