Originally posted by brodiebluebanaszak:
Originally posted by BrianGO:
There seems to be a misconception about "arm tackles".
If you are a fast / quick player, you are going to have a lot of arm tackles. Goldson had a lot of "whiff" tackles. So he would simply completely miss any attempt at the tackle. Reid has a lot of arm tackles, meaning he is at least REACHING the player and might have a chance to pull him down, rather than miss him completely.
The unfortunate part is that "missed tackles" only count if you actually make contact with the player. No one seems to care about the "whiff" tackles, where you completely miss the player. Reid having lots of arm tackles, means that he is getting involved in the play. I don't think I have seen Reid perform any "whiff" tackles. He either tackles them, almost tackles them, or is out of the play. His tackling is certainly better than what we had before. Light years ahead actually, and his coverage ability is so good that you almost never hear his name called on passing plays where he is around the play. The result is the #2 passing defense in the league.
BGo what in g*ds name are you talking about? I have absolutely no idea what you are saying. Whiff tackles? Completely missing is better than almost tackling? Does anyone even keep missed tackle stats?
Look, I know what Marvin is talking about because Reid has missed some tackles in the past four games. I disagree with the quantity though -- I think it's about 1, maybe 2 a game.....but M49 seems to imply its more. He also makes tackles too -- 21 so far, which is ok considering he plays behind Bowman/Willis and lost 1/2 a game due to concussion. So all this makes me not mind his misses so much. He's contributing as a tackler too. Also, I think he'll figure out soon enough that there's no room for error in this league and will change his technique to something more conservative less grabby. I see them, but it doesn't bother me so much. If I still see this next year I'll be more concerned.
No....1 or 2 a game is about right.
It wasn't meant as a scathing criticism. Reid looks like he can be a great player but this is one area he can improve.