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Joseph gets Pro Bowl INT, plenty of grief

Posted by Nick Scurfield on January 30, 2012 – 3:54 pm

HONOLULU — Cornerback Johnathan Joseph provided the Texans’ highlight of the 2012 Pro Bowl with an interception of Cam Newton in the third quarter on Sunday at Aloha Stadium.

After the game, all Joseph – and his teammates – could talk about were the interceptions that he didn’t get.

“I expect more of him, because he dropped two of ‘em today, and he should’ve caught them,” defensive end Antonio Smith said. “If he wants to get his ninja sword, he must do that.”

Joseph finished his first-career Pro Bowl with two passes defensed, including one in the fourth quarter on a pass over the middle intended for Roddy White. Had he corralled it, he was likely bound for the end zone.

“He should’ve had another one, another interception for a touchdown,” Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips said after being asked about Joseph’s interception. “But he had a good game.”

Even Joseph’s teammates watching the game from Houston got in on the ribbing.

“When I got back (in the locker room) and I looked at my phone, I probably had 10 texts from all the DBs – all of ‘em saying that cost me about 1,500 bucks for the drop,” Joseph said.

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8 Responses to “Joseph gets Pro Bowl INT, plenty of grief”

  1. By krussell08 on Jan 30, 2012 | Reply

    This might be a dumb question, but can the defensive coaches help him and the other DB’s out with hanging onto those near catches in the offseason? Or is that something that either you have or don’t have as a natural talent? The defense played lights out this season, but should have come away with more turnovers.

  2. By bhaas on Feb 2, 2012 | Reply

    krussell, I grew up playing corner…the thing to remember is that the defensive backs have little time to find and corral a ball. The receivers know where the ball is gonna be and when it is gonna be there. The D Backs are having to play the receivers, so by the time they turn around to find the ball, it is almost more of a sudden reaction to go for the ball, because it is probable almost to the target. I know it makes it look like the receivers have better hands than the D Backs….but not neccessarily the case.

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