I just read a quick exchange between Richard and DaBolts (h/t) about our would-be corner of the future. This got me to thinking, I wonder how Cromartie will bounce back next year. After the absolute meltdown against denver he hasn't been the same. The human psyche fascinates me. So I decided to try and put myself in his head. I think he's trying too hard. After all, this is the gentleman who said his goal is to have 15 interceptions this year. "Trying too hard?" one may ask, well let me use an analogy.
Anyone remember, when they were younger, combining corn starch and water? It's a fascinating experience. If you try to push really hard against the mixture with a stick or some such object the resistance is extreme. You can't do it. It's like stone. If you apply the slightest of traction the mixture gives like soft butter to a hot knife. In other words, it changes resistance based on how much force is being applied. If you relax and maybe ease off a little, you get better results.
This is what Ron Rivera (Boricua!) did when he took over the defense. He started slow. He wanted our guys to focus on the fundamentals and not try as hard; He wanted them to focus on the job at hand. Sometimes in life if you ease up you get more done. I remember many complaints that first week against Kansas City about our "vanilla" offense. Mr Rivera was bringing us back to the basics. Remember, one of the big complaints about Cotrell was that he had so much going on that nobody knew what to do; They were trying to do everything at once.
It seems that sometimes you get better results by calming down and not trying to do too much. If you try too hard, you become solid, immovable. You let it go you are better able to move and flow. Do what comes natural cro, which used to be intercepting the ball.