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    TwoMinuteWarning.com Shutdown Cornerbacks
    In baseball you'll often find that great pitchers can tame the top sluggers in a showdown. Likewise, in the NFL, the top cover corners can take on even the best pro football wideouts and keep them contained. Which cornerback dyanamic duos were able to clamp down on the starting Wide Receivers the best in 2002?

    Measuring an individual player's contributions in football is very difficult. Unlike many team sports where the players have very isolated actions, in football everything that happens is connected to a whole host of the participants. This is particularly true for defensive players, and the numbers we are about to present are admittedly imperfect gauges of the true talents of the specific corners listed. A cornerback is dependent on a good pass rush, a solid rushing defense to set up predictable passing downs, sound coaching schemes, even the offensive performance of his team. Then of course the officials can have some influence too!

    All this is to say that cornerbacks on different teams have different "degrees of difficulty" to their roles.

    Nonetheless, the following statistics show how teams defensed the starting/top two wide receivers of the opposing team throughout the season. All plays where a pass was directed to one of the two "prime target" WR's is counted, with such things as a defensive pass interference call counting as a "completed" pass for the appropriate yardage to fully reflect what took place.

    Cornerback Shutdown Duos - 2002 Regular Season
    Team
    Primary CB's
    Comp.
    Att.
    C%
    Yards
    Avg.
    TD
    INT
    Rating
    Tampa Bay
    Kelly
    Barber
    118
    243
    48.6%
    1461
    6.0
    7
    14
    53.2
    Green Bay
    McKenzie
    Williams
    147
    268
    54.9%
    1790
    6.7
    9
    14
    65.0
    Pittsburgh
    Scott
    Washington
    166
    294
    56.5%
    2024
    6.9
    8
    11
    71.3
    Washington
    Smoot
    Bailey
    122
    237
    51.5%
    1704
    7.2
    8
    8
    72.1
    Tennessee
    Dyson
    Rolle
    156
    273
    57.1%
    1937
    7.1
    11
    13
    72.9
    San Francisco
    Plummer
    Webster
    150
    265
    56.6%
    1859
    7.0
    12
    12
    74.7
    Carolina
    Cousin
    Howard
    123
    239
    51.5%
    1760
    7.4
    12
    10
    75.0
    New England
    Law
    Smith
    150
    264
    56.8%
    1654
    6.3
    11
    9
    75.2
    New York Jets
    Abraham
    Beasley
    136
    232
    58.6%
    1610
    6.9
    8
    9
    75.2
    Atlanta
    Ambrose
    Buchanan
    147
    259
    56.8%
    2160
    8.3
    13
    14
    78.3
    New York Giants
    Allen
    Peterson
    149
    267
    55.8%
    1768
    6.6
    12
    8
    78.7
    Miami
    Surtain
    Madison
    143
    252
    56.7%
    1738
    6.9
    13
    10
    78.8
    Philadelphia
    Vincent
    Taylor
    139
    243
    57.2%
    1730
    7.1
    11
    9
    79.1
    New Orleans
    Irvin
    Thomas
    152
    264
    57.6%
    1943
    7.4
    14
    11
    81.0
    Oakland
    Woodson
    James
    169
    279
    60.6%
    2111
    7.6
    9
    9
    81.4
    Seattle
    Springs
    Lucas
    145
    252
    57.5%
    1734
    6.9
    10
    5
    83.7
    Indianapolis
    Harris
    Macklin
    126
    211
    59.7%
    1521
    7.2
    8
    5
    84.6
    Buffalo
    Winfield
    Clements
    137
    251
    54.6%
    1787
    7.1
    12
    5
    84.9
    Jacksonville
    Bryant
    Craft
    133
    234
    56.8%
    1731
    7.4
    12
    7
    84.9
    Cleveland
    Fuller
    McCutcheon
    119
    229
    52.0%
    1631
    7.1
    15
    6
    86.0
    Baltimore
    McAlister
    Baxter
    161
    251
    64.1%
    1930
    7.7
    8
    7
    86.6
    Kansas City
    Warfield
    Bartee
    184
    299
    61.5%
    2394
    8.0
    12
    9
    87.6
    Chicago
    Azumah
    McQuarters
    151
    251
    60.2%
    1872
    7.5
    11
    5
    89.6
    Dallas
    Ross
    Edwards
    175
    285
    61.4%
    2209
    7.8
    14
    8
    90.2
    Houston
    Glenn
    Coleman
    141
    254
    55.5%
    1870
    7.4
    14
    4
    90.8
    Denver
    O'Neal
    Walker
    150
    244
    61.5%
    1841
    7.5
    9
    3
    91.9
    Arizona
    Starks
    Barrett
    154
    247
    62.3%
    2145
    8.7
    14
    10
    92.2
    Detroit
    Cash
    Lyght
    182
    295
    61.7%
    2388
    8.1
    11
    5
    92.6
    St.Louis
    Fisher
    Bly
    115
    201
    57.2%
    1777
    8.8
    9
    4
    93.2
    Minnesota
    Chavous
    Kelly
    164
    265
    61.9%
    2427
    9.2
    19
    10
    100.0
    San Diego
    Molden
    Jammer
    176
    282
    62.4%
    2490
    8.8
    15
    5
    101.2
    Cincinnati
    Burris
    Hawkins
    168
    253
    66.4%
    2179
    8.6
    18
    8
    103.8


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