Sunday, November 14, 2010

How Important Is Patrick Chung?





After missing two straight games due to a knee injury, Patrick Chung is still second on the team for individual tackles with 33. The second year safety trails only middle linebacker Jerod Mayo, who is also the NFL Leader with 65 solo’s and 30 assists. Just for conversation’s sake let’s compare Pat’s numbers with some of the elite NFL Safeties:

Player A: 32 Tackles, 12 Assists, 2 INTs, 0 Forced Fumbles, 2 Passes Def.

Player B: 22 Tackles, 4 Assists, 1 INT, 4 Forced Fumbles

Player C: 39 Tackles, 15 Assists, 0 INTs, 0 Forced Fumbles, 3 Passes Def.

Player D: 37 Tackles, 7 Assists, 1 INT, 0 Forced Fumbles, 2 Passes Def.

Player E: 33 Tackles, 14 Assists, 2 INTs, 0 Forced Fumbles, 2 Passes Def.

A: Polamalu
B: Roman Harper
C: Antoine Bethea
D: Antrel Rolle
E: Pat Chung (has played in 2 less games than the other four players)

Chung can tackle like a linebacker, run like a receiver, can cover like a corner, and is a special teams superstar, he’s a Bill Belichick guy. Despite the fact that he is in only his second year, he is undoubtedly a leader on this defense, the prototypical “Anti-Meriweather”, Chung talks with his performance, makes the smart plays, and can make huge hits without moving the chains for the other team. Start getting used to seeing 25 flying around the field because, along with Mayo, Spikes, and McCourty, he’s going to be here for a while.

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