Re: NFL Thread: Week 1 - Glorious
Yeah that's luck. You don't have any control over how a guy tackles you. You're lucky if one pass rusher has you dead to rights then his teammate shows up out of the blue and knocks him away lol. You're lucky if he makes a mistake. Pretty simple. Same with pass defense. You're lucky if a guy's hand just barely misses batting the ball away on a deep ball. You're lucky if the defender is draped all over the receiver and your guy catches it on his helmet. You're lucky if you just throw it up for grabs and your guy comes down with it.
As far as escaping the pass rush, Big Ben is the opposite. He's legitimately very hard to bring down. When he escapes it's far more often because he's a strong man rather than the defender not using proper technique.
And yeah Eli is hard to rattle. It's hard to mind fuck him. That's why he performs so well late in games. It is clear he's not affected by pressure situations. This doesn't mean he hasn't lost his share of games late too. Everyone does. It's just that once a guy is deemed CLUTCH, we don't look at his failures anymore. I blame ESPN.