In all fairness, Brown’s narrative as a player has been the same for most of the season, but the moment he has a bad game, fans are up in arms. It’s weird that we’re sitting here arguing about a guy who’s been an incredibly solid player for the Cowboys the last three years, but as they say, “fandom is a disease.”
Brown is allowing a completion percentage of 57 percent, he has a success rate of 51 percent when on defense, and has allowed only 3 touchdowns all season. In general, those numbers are pretty good for a cornerback. I still haven’t mentioned how Brown’s opposing passer rating is 78.5 and already has 3 interceptions on the season.
Brown is playing really well and is more than capable of guarding a team’s number one wide receiver purely with his athletic ability. In Dan Quinn’s now man-heavy scheme, Brown is able to use his explosiveness and hip fluidity to mirror receivers and without having to switch between man and spot-drop zone coverage, he’s been playing incredibly confident no matter if he lines up in press or off coverage.
Brown has been a solid cornerback for the team for years with this season being his best. Every cornerback has bad games and considering Anthony Brown hasn’t ever been viewed as an elite cornerback, the fact that he’s been incredibly consistent this season is quite remarkable. He doesn’t have the high-risk-high-reward tendencies of Trevon Diggs meaning he’s often in better positions to defend receivers more often.
His consistency prevents Diggs erratic play from being significantly detrimental to the team while also giving him the green light to be as aggressive as he wants. It seems to be working as the two have 12 interceptions on the season.