Re: Don't expect Meri to improve his tackling
posted at 3/19/2010 8:46 PM EDT
“For me, yes,” he replied. “I think with tackles, it all comes [down] to hustle. If everybody’s running to the ball, you could miss 10 tackles and they still won’t get too many yards. You know, the best defenses in the league this year, I think the first guy didn’t make the tackle. Barely ever made the tackle, should I say. It’s always the pursuit. Whenever you have a lot of guys running to the ball, you’re going to have a good defense, no matter what.”
So, let me get this straight … it’s about quantity, not quality? It’s less about using proper technique to bring down an opponent, and more about sending as many people as possible at a ball carrier, so that your odds of tackling him increase?
Hmm … I have to challenge Meriweather on this point."
FIRST, This is from the article. And the author's an id#ot because he's nit-picking. Merriweather when asked about his tackling, focused more on the hustle and overall aggressiveness of playing on a tough, hard-charging 100% effort Defense...which is fine. But the author ignorantly took that point by Merri to mean something about NOT using good-technique and simply throwing mass-quantiies of defenders at a ball-carrier. The author doesn't like Merriweather and he's looking for a story, which makes for unbiased and simply very well-factual based journalism, good for him.
SECOND, WHAT on good's green earth is everybody talking about in regards to Merri's tackling. It is NOT so awful as to be news- or even trully blame worthy. YES, It IS all about technique. At the U of M, Merri won the hardest-hitter award 1 or 2 times, during his collegiate time there. And I've seen him outright level people from his earliest days on... So, I DO understand the author's mindset on HOW going for the smashing hit HAS trumped simply wrapping up a ball-carrier and limiting his gains with sure-fire standard tackling...
BUT, this has got to be viewed in a larger light. First off, these defenders in the secondary playing smash-mouth over wrap-up tackling, Is a league-wide all-pervasive phenomena these days, and Merri is one of many...and he's not even all-bad. Merriweather IS far worse at taking his Strong Safety, smash-mouth, big-hitter, intellect and football IQ- INTO the Free Safety, deep-zone role he occupied for far longer this past season than he ever had previously in his football lifetime. Merri, bit on fakes and jumped routes to try to go for these big-hits and big-plays, rather than realizing as a Free Safety deep-zone guy, You ARE the very last line of defense... YET now, posters are saying he SHOULD be a Free Safety more? That's the role he had the most trouble with this past year. He's a hard-hitter and aggresive playmaker, and He IS decent in coverage... BUT he trully has to change his mentaility given whatever specific secondary position Belichick wants him to occupy at the time.
But there is a good-thing to all of this-YES, as Pats7393 sated, BB wants interchangeable Safeties to mix up looks given to opposing offenses, So Merri's time in deep-zone was a neccessary evil and needed learning curve for his Total Development in having the all-around game BB wants outta his Safeties in order to disguise His Defenses far better...so give Merri that development time and give him this upcoming year people, to see what he's learned and what's up BB's sleeve...and dear god, give the secondary a pass-rush while you're at it BB...