What's Wrong With London Fletcher

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What's Wrong With London Fletcher

Postby The Hogster » Mon Oct 01, 2012 2:38 pm

We all know how important London is from a leadership standpoint, and an outstanding LB. But, is it me, or has he seemed a step late a bunch this year?

I checked the box score from the Tampa Game and he had only 1 tackle. He's also nowhere near the league leaders in tackles this year.

But, does anyone have an opinion on him? Injury? He kept with Jimmy Graham in NO, caught a pick against STL and forced a fumble. So he's not losing a step in my opinion, but he hasn't been as dominant in making tackles this year.
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Postby Deadskins » Mon Oct 01, 2012 2:43 pm

And it's showing in his fantasy numbers. :cry:
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Re: What's Wrong With London Fletcher

Postby chiefhog44 » Mon Oct 01, 2012 2:49 pm

The Hogster wrote:We all know how important London is from a leadership standpoint, and an outstanding LB. But, is it me, or has he seemed a step late a bunch this year?

I checked the box score from the Tampa Game and he had only 1 tackle. He's also nowhere near the league leaders in tackles this year.

But, does anyone have an opinion on him? Injury? He kept with Jimmy Graham in NO, caught a pick against STL and forced a fumble. So he's not losing a step in my opinion, but he hasn't been as dominant in making tackles this year.


I watched the Rams tape and it was clearly evident that he missed some tackles he usually makes. Granted it was against Steven Jackson, but still. I'm watching the Bengals game tomorrow and will let you know what I see.
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Re: What's Wrong With London Fletcher

Postby The Hogster » Mon Oct 01, 2012 2:53 pm

chiefhog44 wrote:
The Hogster wrote:We all know how important London is from a leadership standpoint, and an outstanding LB. But, is it me, or has he seemed a step late a bunch this year?

I checked the box score from the Tampa Game and he had only 1 tackle. He's also nowhere near the league leaders in tackles this year.

But, does anyone have an opinion on him? Injury? He kept with Jimmy Graham in NO, caught a pick against STL and forced a fumble. So he's not losing a step in my opinion, but he hasn't been as dominant in making tackles this year.


I watched the Rams tape and it was clearly evident that he missed some tackles he usually makes. Granted it was against Steven Jackson, but still. I'm watching the Bengals game tomorrow and will let you know what I see.


+1

I've noticed some missed tackles also. He's still the man. But is a little off his game.
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Postby Bob 0119 » Mon Oct 01, 2012 3:01 pm

As Master Yoda said:

"When 37 years old you reach, tackle as good you will not, hmmm?"
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Postby chiefhog44 » Mon Oct 01, 2012 3:05 pm

Bob 0119 wrote:As Master Yoda said:

"When 37 years old you reach, tackle as good you will not, hmmm?"


Yoda, being like 1200 years old, would certainly not think you slow down at that age :lol:
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Postby The Hogster » Mon Oct 01, 2012 3:07 pm

Bob 0119 wrote:As Master Yoda said:

"When 37 years old you reach, tackle as good you will not, hmmm?"


LOL

If no tackles have you made, yet losing you are Haslett ... a different defense you should run.
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Postby riggofan » Mon Oct 01, 2012 3:28 pm

I noticed his 1 tackle in the fantasy league this morning too. But that was some tackle!

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Postby PAPDOG67 » Mon Oct 01, 2012 3:45 pm

My $0.02, teams are not running on us as much as they use to because they know they can gash us threw the air. Thru 4 games opponents have only 83 rushing attempts on us, which is less than 21 per game. Couple that with what I see as better play by the D-line against the run this year (RBs rarely seem to break thru to the secondary) and you have less tackles.

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Postby Bob 0119 » Mon Oct 01, 2012 4:20 pm

PAPDOG67 wrote:My $0.02, teams are not running on us as much as they use to because they know they can gash us threw the air. Thru 4 games opponents have only 83 rushing attempts on us, which is less than 21 per game. Couple that with what I see as better play by the D-line against the run this year (RBs rarely seem to break thru to the secondary) and you have less tackles.


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I'd say you are right. Running backs aren't making it through the line as much and that was London's bread and butter was gobbling up running backs.

Maybe London is being under-used and can be committed more to the pass-rush?
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Postby SkinsJock » Mon Oct 01, 2012 5:19 pm

Let's face it - SOMETHING has got to be done differently here on the defensive side

this stuff stinks

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- Tim Ryan was making Freeman out to be some great QB - he's not that good - 2 HUGE pass plays does not cut it
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Postby TimSkin » Mon Oct 01, 2012 6:41 pm

Bob 0119 wrote:Maybe London is being under-used and can be committed more to the pass-rush?


I was kind of wondering that also Bob cuz we are having some trouble collapsing the pocket in the middle and London is usually a pretty darn good blitzer. Kerrigan is the only one who is getting any kind of consistent pressure yes we lost orakpo but great teams step it up in these types of situations. We need to figure something out on this D cuz I think we can all agree it's not working and something needs to change especially with Matt Ryan and Roddy White coming to town.
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Postby DaSkinz Baby » Tue Oct 02, 2012 9:47 am

I think the wear and tear of a 17 year career, the 200 plus straight games he has played and him being 37 is starting to take it's toll. He is still good but no where near what he was last year or the year before. He is in decline seriously......

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Postby rk3025 » Tue Oct 02, 2012 9:53 am

DaSkinz Baby wrote:I think the wear and tear of a 17 year career, the 200 plus straight games he has played and him being 37 is starting to take it's toll. He is still good but no where near what he was last year or the year before. He is in decline seriously......
He has never taken a game off so you expect to lose a step.

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Postby jmooney » Tue Oct 02, 2012 11:05 am

I think the conditions probably factored in yesterday too (temperature , field condition). Along with what PAPDOG67 said.

Fletch missed 1 play yesterday.I do think its time for him to start taking a few plays off during these games however. I know thats a bit scary but, it's early in the season. We need to preserve however much he has left.

Give OMG and Keenan a few more reps, maybe 10 or 12 a game? (combined). Certainly more reps than they had.

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