A little Taste

>> 1.15.2010

Here’s a tiny snippet of interesting I found while doing DT research—it ought to give you folks something to look at while I put all this research together.  Okay, here’s the situation: Week 8, against St. Louis.  Six minutes left in the third quarter.  The Rams are driving, up 10-2.  Having just broached midfield, a stop here would be a nice shift in momentum.

The two sides line up, and then . . .

What happened?  The line not only holds at the point of attack, they actually end up pushing the Rams back.  Jackson plows into that mess of bodies, and inexplicably pops out the other side.  What went wrong?  I had to look at this about sixty-two times, but . . .

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Your attention here should on the third Lion from the bottom, with his left foot on the virtual first-down line.

simsSTL4It’s tough to make out, but that is Ernie Sims with one arm around Steven Jackson.  You can guess what happens next:

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Steven Jackson (helmet in line with the first-down line) has steamrolled through the tackle, and has only green turf and white stripes between him and the end zone.  If this were Chris Johnson, it’d be six points, but the Lions are saved by Jackson’s old-school head-down, high-knee running style.

The lesson here?  The defensive tackles did their job, but the linebackers could not.  . . . or, nobody can tackle Steven Jackson one-on-one.  That might be the lesson, too.

6 comments:

columbo (at eifco dot org) January 15, 2010 at 5:25 PM  

your not the first to notice this. There were many of us discussion Ernie during his pre-season play and how bad it was. Not just missed tackles, but filling the wrong gaps. That is why the Lions must retain Peterson. AND they need Levy to start full time next season.

Ty January 15, 2010 at 6:48 PM  

The thing with Ernie seems to be his inconsistency--not play-to-play, but game-to-game. Either Pro Bowl Lizard King Ernie shows up . . . Or that guy up there does.

Don't underestimate the SJAX factor, though.

Peace
Ty

Neil January 15, 2010 at 8:11 PM  

I hope he spends the offseason training hard with his monkey. Perhaps he can chase the little fella around in order to shore up his tackling, sort of like Rocky chasing the chicken around. I hope this happens.

Weston Corbitt January 16, 2010 at 11:51 AM  

Very nice appetizer Sir. I can't believe how much Ernie has regressed.

Ty January 16, 2010 at 3:23 PM  

Neil--

That would make for the viral video hit of the year, I expect.

Peace
Ty

Ty January 16, 2010 at 3:26 PM  

Weston--

He certainly didn't hit this hole square, and Jackson has about three inches and like thirty pounds on him. Of course, Delmas isn't much bigger and Delmas brought him down. Delmas actually brought Jackson down one-on-one in several situations. If there's one thing I'm surprised by, it's how right Schwartz and Mayhew were about Delmas helping the run game out. He's often only a step behind the linemen in hitting the RB. It's crazy!

Peace
Ty

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