Richard Sherman wasn’t a fan of the Cover-0 call that caused the New York Jets to lose their 12th straight game on Sunday.
If you’re not familiar with what happened on Sunday, let me fill you in. The Jets were just seconds away from grabbing their first win of the season against the Las Vegas Raiders. The Raiders had the ball at midfield with no timeouts left and Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams inexplicably called a blitz with no safety help over the top.
Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs ran past Jets cornerback Lamar Jackson and caught a perfect pass from Derek Carr, winning the game for the Raiders.
— NFL (@NFL) December 6, 2020
The call was so bad that the Jets were falsely accused of tanking. Even an average Madden player knows you’re just supposed to spam the “Prevent” defense with a million deep safeties and make it to the end of the game.
In an interview with Pro Football Focus, Sherman broke down why it was such an insanely bad playcall, a call so exasperating that Williams was promptly fired by Adam Gase on Monday following the game.
“It’s just lazy football,” Sherman said. “You’re literally putting everybody in the hardest position you can put, you know? Nothing but space and opportunity and if they pick up your blitz and these receivers can do whatever they want, they have the full field to deal with.”
That’s essentially exactly what happened on the play. Carr had to step up in the pocket a little bit, but look at the positions of the Raiders blockers in relation to the Jets rushers just before Carr launched the ball deep to Ruggs.