McClain Hot in Obscure Yet Important Stat

McClain Hot in Obscure Yet Important Stat

Jay Adams

Published January 10, 2013 at 5:13 PM

I’m a big fan of the fellas over at ProFootballFocus.com, and if you haven’t checked them out, please do. Plenty of great information over there if you can’t get enough stats.

The site published its 32 Observations about the divisional round of the playoffs and presented a doozy of a stat when it comes to Falcons cornerback Robert McClain.

Here’s what PFF.com said as one of their observations:

Slot cornerback Robert McClain has allowed 0.82 Yards per Coverage Snap when lining up in the slot, which is fourth-lowest for all cornerbacks with at least 100 slot coverage snaps.

OK, OK. I know there’s a lot to digest there. But let’s break it down. When McClain lines up at nickelback and the ball is thrown to the receiver he’s covering, he’s given up an average of just .82 yards. Yes, that’s point-82, meaning less than 1 yard.

“It’s being in the right position, but also the defensive call,” McClain said when asked to put his finger on how he’s done well in that stat. “It’s not just me. It’s everybody overall that’s helping me. Asante (Samuel) might call something to put me in a good position, or a defensive lineman might make a great play on the quarterback where I’m in great position to make a play on the ball or something like that. I’m using my ability to go out there and play hard and play every play, and it’s also our total defense overall.”

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