Originally posted by Daniel2778:
that ran right past farve on the last play? and how come noone is talking about him? he had a clear shot on him, and he just past right by him, it was pathetic. That by itself cost us the game
I don't think you've ever played defensive line in a football game before.
I have. Just once. Only once. And the coaches discovered that I had a knack for "bench player."
The coaches on my team gave me 15 snaps at defensive tackle. I remember just destroying the guy in front of me. It was like he wasn't even there. But, even then, I couldn't make the tackle.
I lacked the reactionary speed time it takes to come off of a block and actually hit a ballcarrier. Or, try to capture a QB that is on the move. That's even harder.
I'll never forget that scrimmage. For years I wondered why I just didn't hit that ballcarrier who was two to three steps away. It was only after talking with a LOT of other guys -- guys who had the same thing happen to them -- did I realize that it takes a degree of talent to play a lineman's position. Not everyone has the reactionary speed it takes to shed a block and make a tackle. It might look easy. It's not. Trust me. You're either born with that kind of reactionary, decision-making ability or you don't have it. You can't learn it.
Keep in mind, this was high school football. Can you imagine the talent and speed it takes to play in The Show that is NFL Football?
So -- yes -- Farve very easily could have stepped up and avoided even a great player like Justin Smith. That's exactly what he did.
The rest is history.