Question for the doubters. What is a Middle linebackers primary job?
Answer: Plug the middle and MAKE TACKLES!!!!
And according to the chart he averaged more than any other Middle Linebacker, so to me he should get in first ballet.
Mark it down. He will not be a first ballet HOFer, but I think he gets in with time. The NFL requires at least 4 players each yr so in a weak yr he will make it, unlike baseball where they may have 1 or none.
Doesn't it matter where those tackles are made? Meaning is there a difference between a tackle made at the line or scrimmage against a tackle made 5 yds down field? So without those type stats just seeing a tackle does not mean quality work. Not attaching this to Zach, just asking your opinion on a tackle.
Now Dolphins4me, show me your stats that he did not come through in the clutch, show me more than say 10 plays over his 13 years where he missed a clutch play all by himself that was the reason for the Dolphins to lose the game.
Show my stats? What do think I sit with a note pad & pen watching game & store it away for 10 yrs in hopes of winning a discussion on the internet one day?
I have watched every Phins game since '97. I saw what I saw. I recall what I recall. Miami's D being solid but struggling to close out game when they are close. They struggled to get that done far more than they should have. However, this is the games that most stands out in my mind.
Zach hit him behind the LS. If Zach makes that play then Miami makes the playoffs in 2002.
2:07 4th & 2 MIA 45 Daunte Culpepper up the middle for 3 yards (tackle by Zach Thomas and Derrick Rodgers)
Lets not forget that 62-7 playoff loss. Can't blame that game on the O. Miami was down 17-0 before the end of the 1st Qtr. I recall Fred Taylor going 90 Yds because Zach took a bad angle & did not have the closing speed to get there & ended up being tripped by his teammate.
I cannot believe you guys are failing to recall all the post game comments from Zach of how they came up short. ( AGAIN )
You don't go to 7 pro bowls if you are not clutch.
You can go to 7 PBs and be between good & great. Consider there are times players do not make the trip and the next guy gets to go. I give you Bob Kuechenberg..6 time PB. On top of that he was an All-Pro at guard and tackle. Was a key part of one of the best running games in NFL history. 2 SB wins. Yet he is still not in the HOF.
I like Zach, but IMO he was just a good solid MLBer. I think Zach was better early in his career. Before 2002.