Smith was especially confounded on a pair of double moves that wide receiver
But Schaub connected with Walter on the second double move in the third quarter. That 34-yard gain helped contribute to a 12-play, 80-yard drive capped by a one-yard touchdown plunge by running back
Smith said he views the double moves as part of his maturation process in the
"I'm learning," he said. "I'm coming along. The last time, obviously, there were the double moves, but other than that, I feel like I played well in coverage. So besides that, I'm just trying to stay disciplined, and I think I'm coming along pretty well."
Covering double moves can be problematic for cornerbacks, who are taught to read routes and jump them if they see an opportunity. Smith conceded that the aggressive nature of playing the cornerback position can be a vulnerability.
“It’s very hard to defend because it’s like someone swinging at you and you’re not flinching,” he said. “But if you study film and you study when teams take those shots and formations that come out there, it can slim down your chances. Even [the
But Smith said he's not making excuses for those lapses against the Texans. He insisted that it's up to him to make the improvements in his game to make sure that future opponents aren't encouraged to run more double moves against him.
Defensive coordinator Dean Pees said the coaches have been trying to encourage Smith to maintain his vision and focus on his assignment, not the quarterback.