Saints Crowing Over Vincent Jackson TackleOctober 22nd, 2012
Yeah, Joe touched upon this yesterday, the Vincent Jackson tackle after he rolled 95 yards but didn’t score. Malcolm Jenkins made up about 30 yards to catch Jackson from behind.
It was the longest pass completion without a touchdown since the Vikings Ahmad Rashad caught a 98-yard pass without scoring against the Los Angeles Rams in 1972.
And one could point out that cost the Bucs the game since the Bucs tried to shoot off a toe by running LeGarrette Blount up the middle for nothing three straight times, and then Josh Freeman tried a naked bootleg to nowhere.
Now, the Bucs are 2-4 and potentially staring at a 2-5 record after Thursday (road teams on Thursday night games struggle mightly). If that happens, it’s time to start pestering Joe’s good friend Justin Pawlowski about the 2013 draft.
One might say Jenkins’ effort could change an entire season. The Saints sure are.
In talking to Marriott-sleeping, cricket-watching, scone-loathing, popcorn-munching, smartphone-censor Peter King of Sports Illustrated last night, per ProFootballTalk.com creator, curator and overall guru Mike Florio, Jenkins was crowing about just that — that his tackle will reverse the fortunes of the Saints this season.
Was it a season-changing play, King asked? “Defensively, it was,” Jenkins said.
Jenkins said he was on the other side of the field when Jackson made the short reception. Jenkins told himself “take off” and sprinted toward Jackson in the hopes of bringing him down short of the end zone. Though it looked as if Jackson slowed down in anticipation of scoring, Jenkins believed that Jackson was simply “a little bit tired.”
Look, if the Bucs had called some intelligent plays after Jackson was caught, Joe wouldn’t be typing about this very subject, nor would King be calling Jenkins. In fact, he’d be talking to Jackson for racking up a Bucs-record 216 yards.
Joe has a bad feeling that play will be more remembered for what could have or should have been rather than for what it was: a 95-yard catch.