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 . . .
Your attention here should on the third Lion from the bottom, with his left foot on the virtual first-down line.It’s tough to make out, but that is Ernie Sims with one arm around Steven Jackson. You can guess what happens next:
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.