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A Look At The Six Touchdown Allowed By New Steelers CB Brice McCain In 2013


This past week, the Pittsburgh Steelers signed former Houston Texans cornerback Brice McCain to a one-year contract and by now, you probably already know how bad of season he had in 2013. McCain allowed six touchdowns last season and below are breakdowns of all six of them.

The first touchdown allowed by McCain in 2013 came against the San Diego Chargers. In the gif below, you will see that the Texans are playing man coverage with McCain lined up in the slot against Chargers wide receiver Eddie Royal. Post snap, Royal gives a subtle fake and McCain tries to jam him, but fails to get his hands inside. Royal has the better position and easily runs away from McCain to the pylon for the easy score, as the area is cleared out by the Chargers outside receiver. Take a good look at this play as other teams certainly did as the season progressed.

The second touchdown allowed by McCain in 2013 came the following week against the Tennessee Titans and it’s somewhat similar to one he allowed against the Chargers. Once again, McCain is in the slot in man coverage. In all honesty, McCain has pretty good coverage on this play and it takes a perfect throw by Titans quarterback Jake Locker and great catch by wide receiver Kendall Wright to end in six.

In the Week 9 game against the Indianapolis Colts, McCain allowed his third touchdown catch of the season and this time it was to wide receiver T.Y. Hilton. Once again, McCain is in the slot in man coverage with no safety help. McCain’s job is to cut off the inside area of the field in hopes that the blitz gets home. He is a sitting duck, however, as the speedy Hilton easily runs away from him without really making much of a move. Still, the ball is thrown a bit behind Hilton and McCain is late getting his head around.

Against the Arizona Cardinals, McCain gave up an easy touchdown to wide receiver Andre Roberts, who had motioned from left to right pre snap. McCain’s aggressiveness to get under the rub of Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald makes him a sitting duck for an out and up wheel route by Roberts for the easy touchdown. Once again, the Texans defense is victimized by not having safety help.

This next touchdown allowed against the Oakland Raiders is real ugly as McCain is slow breaking on the football. Raiders wide receiver Rod Streater even appears to have to wait on the football, but McCain still can’t get there in time. He was still in his back pedal when Streater sinks his hps and breaks inside.

The last touchdown that McCain allowed in 2013 came in the Week 16 game against the Denver Broncos. On this play, McCain wants to prevent Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker from getting a free release outside. While trying to jam Decker, however, the Broncos wide receiver gets his hands inside for an easy push off. McCain stumbles to the ground as a result and Decker scores easily on a pass from quarterback Peyton Manning.

McCain was victimized quite a bit in 2013 in man coverage. In my opinion, he plays his best football in the slot with safety help. With the Steelers, McCain will certainly be a fourth or fifth cornerback if he makes the team with his primary role being on special teams.

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  • steeltown

    Ouch… awful… Lets just hope we select a stud early on and maybe get lucky and find good value on someone in the mid-late Rds because if McCain plays anywhere near this caliber in camp and preseason he wont be making the final roster

  • Chad H

    Nothing more than a camp body. Don’t see him making the final 53.

  • disqus_WrRvUyG2DA

    horrible why bother with this small corner. We need tall physical corners. We already have W.Gay

  • Austin Jackson

    Looks like a zone corner with average at best break to the ball. If only we ran a system where the CBs are taught to keep the play in front of them and tackle the catch…. Wait….

  • cencalsteeler

    special teams gunner, with a back up role at most.

  • SumnerYoung

    I’d love to draft a WR that can do what Decker did in the last GIF. You wanna jam me? Sit the f**k down, weakling cornerback!!

  • Steve

    LOL – McCain don’t have the speed to keep up with any of these WR’s. Did the Steelers study this guy before bringing him in? Know were desperate for an Ike replacement but this is a waste.

  • steeltown

    Actually McCain is really fast, ran a 4.33 at his pro day, he just seems awful at making adjustments and diagnosing plays and gets caught out of position

  • Steve

    Steel – There are differences in speed and some people know how to use it like Troy and some don’t like McCain.

  • John A Stewart

    This guy makes William Gay look like Dion Sanders

  • SumnerYoung

    He made Matt McGloin look like Joe Montana in GIF #5 too.

  • SumnerYoung

    I agree. What sticks out to me is that he has bad feet and bad instincts.

  • Steve

    How did the Steelers sign this guy with only $25,000 in cap space?

  • Rupert

    WOW!! Terrible…he stumbles on nearly every play. Horrible footwork, speed…I thought he was fast, and positioning. He won’t make the team.

  • bonairsfavoriteson

    Having ike is bad enough, having ike junior is desperation. we may redefine the definitation of bad in 2014,

  • Matt Manzo

    Nobody thinks he’s replacing Ike. He’s just a “let’s see if he can play special teams” guy and depth.

  • Matt Manzo

    At least he’s close on some of those. I’ve seen worse from more expensive CBs.

  • Nathan C

    Let’s give the guy a chance. These are the handful of plays out of hundreds that he happened to get beat for a touchdown. Let’s see him over a legitimate and non-handpicked sample size before passing judgment.

  • steeltown

    Update: 10/15/14

    My my my..how quickly things can change

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