Originally Posted by Real Men Wear Green
I don't follow Detroit so I'm not sure but I know you have to do things differently when you are up against a supremely great player like Johnson. You give him multiple defenders and you give him your best defenders.
They typically would box him. play only a CB within five yards, then after that a safety drops down, and then a linebacker might move over as well if he ran inside.
On the very rare occasion someone would only send one guy on him he usually got a 40 yard reception. That's why he broke the record against Atlanta. They gave him A LOT of single coverage hell probably the most he had all year.