Karlos Dansby has one interception. It should be more than that.
“Been keeping track, bro,” the veteran linebacker said. “Should have four for touchdowns and six altogether.”
Dansby could chuckle a bit. He dropped a pair of interceptions Sunday, ones that would have made a huge deal in what turned out to be a three-point win. He isn’t exaggerating either; he’s had about five dropped INTs this season. Not the oh-he-got-three-fingers-on-it-it-could-have-been-an-interception but real near-misses.
(Calvin Johnson is still running, I think.)
The one that really hurt was the obvious pick-six he had in his hands against the Texans, only to have it bounce off and into the hands of DeAndre Hopkins for a 22-yard gain and a first down when Case Keenum was buried deep inside his own 10.
“Oh my God, it came out of nowhere,” Dansby said. “I was trying to help another player and all of a sudden I ran into the (passing) lane I guess. He had it on a beeline, man. It shocked the (expletive) out of me to be honest.
“It didn’t stick. That’s the only reason. I was in full stride because I was trying to cut the running back off. I thought (the back) was going to be the outlet because everything else was covered. I took off and the ball was coming right at me. I tried to stop and catch it, it bounced off my helmet, my hands, everything.”
There is the fact Dansby always seems to be in the right place on a ton of passing plays. Dansby said some of that is experience, seeing certain schemes over his 10-year career over and over.
“The other half is trusting the guys around me making sure I am accountable in the right place, and I believe in them all over the field,” Dansby said.
Being accountable, however, follows Dansby around in places he’d rather not live, though – like when he’s dropped an interception or two. Or more.
“I catch hell every day, every day. Every day,” Dansby said with a chuckle. “Everybody is on my (case). And that’s right. They are supposed to be. Because I’d be on their (case) if they mess up too. It’s perfect though. It’s motivation. So I have to get back to work, get on the JUGS machine, catch about 20 balls a day and if I don’t, it’ll be a fine. That’s what we set as a defense, and I’ve got to abide by the rules.”
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