St. Louis Rams fans who shouted at Josh Gordy and Justin King from the privacy of their own couch all last season can take comfort in at least this: They appear to have been totally justified. According to the Football Outsiders' cornerback charts the Rams, beset by injuries to the secondary from the start of the 2011 season, gave significant time to two of the worst-performing cornerbacks in the NFL.â†µ
As the FO guys note, this isn't quite Gordy and King's fault—they were both depth guys who were forced into major roles because they were the only healthy bodies available for most of the season. But the numbers are still unpleasant. Gordy allowed a "successful" pass play—at least 45% of the needed years on first down, 60% on second, and 100% on third—a whopping 60% of the time, on 12.6 yards per pass.
Cortland Finnegan, take a good, long look at these numbers. Then please do the opposite of them—much like he did in 2011, when he was one of the best at these same metrics.â†µ