Friday, 14 January 2011 09:02
Will Seahawks's Lynch Top Bears As He Did New Orleans Saints?
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Ed Staton, Louisiana SportsJust about everybody thinks Marshawn Lynch' 67-yard touchdown against the New Orleans Saints last Saturday was one of the best runs in the NFL in a long time.

But Bears All-Pro defensive end Julius Peppers wasn't quite as impressed.

It's not that Peppers didn't think Lynch, the Seahawks running back, who will be playing at Chicago on Sunday instead of the New Orleans Saints, had a great highlight-reel run. But from Pepper's perspective, as a defensive player, he thought the run was at least as much about the Saints' inability to tackle as about Lynch's performance.

"It was a great run...the effort that he displayed was amazing," Peppers told the Chicago Tribune. "So, it's also a lack of effort on the other side by a couple of guys. I don't think we'll have that problem this week."

Saints linebacker Scott Shanle was one player who missed tackling Lynch. He explained what happened on the run: "If we had anything we could do different, I know with me, instead of tackling high and trying to get the ball out, I would have wrapped him up and made sure of the tackle.

"But it's always easy to look back., because you know if you get the ball back you make a great play.. But I would make sure to make the tackle rather than strip the ball.

"It's one of those things where you live by it or die by it. We've made a lot of great plays this season by going after the ball, and when the ball comes out, those are huge plays, but when they don't you have the potential for missed tackles."

Just because the Saints were going for the strip instead of the tackle, no one should take anything away from that Lynch touchdown, which will be the stuff of NFL highlights films for years.

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Ed Staton

Ed Staton is a former sports writer for the Times Picayune and New Orleans States Item.  He also served as the New Orleans Saints Information Director.  He has won 43 media awards in writing, design and photography.  


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