True, especially since he was a 1st round pick in a draft where many thought he was a luxury BPA selection (myself included in that).CharVike wrote: ↑Mon Feb 03, 2020 11:41 amHe did catch it at least. I've seen plenty of interceptions even closer than the 30 not returned all the way. Outside of that he didn't show much his rookie year. This year was a waste for him. I watched Carl Lee sit around for years before the light went on. Regardless of all that he needs to be a starter this year and perform well. It's in our best interest for that to happen.VikingLord wrote: ↑Mon Feb 03, 2020 9:22 am
It was an impact play, but if you watch it again you see the QB throw it right to him. It was a terrible throw by the QB. Maybe caused by pressure but I don't remember for sure, but definitely not a ball where Hughes had to show anticipation or great awareness. He was basically the receiver on the play, and the pick was on like the 30 yard line of the opponent, so it was darn near impossible for him not to score on that play.
Since then I've seen nothing from him when he's been healthy.
Still, he's got to step it up. His coverage has to tighten up and he's got to make plays on the ball. The Vikings CBs were terrible at making plays on the ball all year. I can't recall the last time I saw them suck so completely across the board despite often having solid position. It was almost like they were coached not to swipe at the ball or do anything that could draw a flag, but rather just be close enough to discourage the QB from attempting the throw. If that is the case it didn't work.
For as much as the Vikings have invested in the defensive secondary in recent drafts, this last season was a HUGE disappointment. I see lots of mocks that have the Vikings taking yet another CB in Round 1. I don't think that should be necessary, nor do I think that solves the immediate issue. If I am Zimmer I fire the DB coach and find someone else while retaining the guys who I think can improve with better coaching. I do that mainly because the team has greater immediate needs on the OL and interior DL where the draft might be able to produce some help.