It seems to be the opinion of most that Jonte Green is to blame for Percy Harvin's 105 yard kick return on Sunday. upon further review I am hear to say that does not appear to be the case. i fact it is quite the the contrary. The blame seems to more accurately belong to the entire left side of the coverage unit. to make my point i will break down the the play.
At the kick Jonte is lined up to the far left furthest from the ball. to his right is Stefan Logan then Doug Hogue, then Kieland Williams and lastly Ronnell Lewis. As the ball is kick deep and too the right it becomes almost instantly clear the left side has no intention of maintaining their lane integrity, which anyone who knows anything about kickoff in football know is is one of the most basic and important aspects of coverage, by the time they reach the 20 yard line every player except Green has crossed the hash towards the middle of the field, in fact the only player to maintain his lane is Green. Doug Hogue seems to move in slow motion as he manages to get soundly blocked and removed from the play about thirty yards down field. Lewis makes a b-line for Harvin and might have been able to make a play if a blocker didn't get in the way, though he does blast said blocker about five yards back\ward but at this time Harvin is already running to toward our left edge. this should be no problem as it is conceivable that Lewis has a sort of wrecking ball/heat seeking missile type of freedom to go after the ball carrier the ball carrier, which is often the case for the middle man on k.o. However, with Hogue soundly block down field, both Logan and William have no lane integrity. they both proceed to take awful angles toward the right corner of the field and represent easy seal blocks as they allow their outside shoulders to be sealed and by the time Harvin crosses the the first hash every lion except Green and Hogue are now on the right side of the field. a this point green has maintained his lane and sees Harvin coming his way he has two choices, to either go in inside where there is clearly a hole because Logan and the rest condensed so quickly and in turn give Harvin the entire left side of the field, or take the out side. Green makes the correct decision and maintains contain going outside. This however creates an exceptionally easy block for the kick out but he has done his job and forces Harvin to cut up inside with Wendling hot on his tail, but Harvin is electric and will not be caught from behind. from there it is simply a footrace. Green looks like the obvious culprit for the breakdown as he was the final block to spring the play, but it after review it is clear that he was screwed on the play either way thanks to the incredible lack of discipline by his teammates.