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22 Oct 2012

MMQB: Malcolm Jenkins Saves Saints Season

Peter King looks at Malcolm Jenkins' great play to prevent Vincent Jackson from scoring on a 95-yard pass play, as well as the faceplant by Baltimore and the almost-comeback from Robert Griffin III.

Posted by: Aaron Schatz on 22 Oct 2012

14 comments, Last at 23 Oct 2012, 9:41am by Eddo


by are-tee :: Mon, 10/22/2012 - 11:05am

"Elmo still need a job. Hear Yankees need an ss. Elmo more clutch than arod."

Was Elmo referring to Jeter's injury? Because Arod hasn't played SS since he was with Texas, nine years ago.

by Guido Merkens :: Mon, 10/22/2012 - 11:43am

Out of all the errors and nonsequiturs in that column, you pick that?

by Guido Merkens :: Mon, 10/22/2012 - 11:52am

Edit: oops, double post

by dbostedo :: Mon, 10/22/2012 - 12:24pm

I think it was two different references. E.g. the Yankees need a SS; And Elmo would be a good SS because he's more clutch than ARod (just like Jeter).

by RickD :: Mon, 10/22/2012 - 1:44pm

In any case, PK was simply passing on a tweet that was obviously intended as a joke.

And I don't see how anybody could dispute that Elmo is more clutch than ARod.

by Boots Day :: Mon, 10/22/2012 - 3:01pm

Elmo sound just like Raiderjoe.

by Kevin from Philly :: Tue, 10/23/2012 - 4:26am

Better speller.

by sundown (not verified) :: Mon, 10/22/2012 - 12:01pm

"My gut feeling is Tom Heckert's a long-shot to stay as GM and Pat Shurmur needs to have a very strong finish -- losing in Indy didn't help Sunday -- to have a chance to stay."

Because it takes a gut feeling to recognize the obvious? Holmgren didn't get the boot because they loved what he was doing. It'd take a miracle for either of those guys to hold onto their jobs.

by RickD :: Mon, 10/22/2012 - 1:37pm

Great play by Jenkins, terrible play by Jackson. Probably the worst 95-yard reception we'll ever see. I had never realized Jackson was that slow!

by Eddo :: Mon, 10/22/2012 - 4:36pm

If he's actually that slow, then it's not really a bad play by Jackson. If someone like Joel Dreesen made the same play, you wouldn't criticize him.

But if Jackson isn't actually that slow, then yes, it's a very bad play by him. With only slightly more effort, he would have gotten his team seven more points.

by dbostedo :: Mon, 10/22/2012 - 6:15pm

Actually, Jackson isn't that slow, and from what I've heard it wasn't a matter of effort. As mentioned in the article, he was playing hurt and was supposedly slowed by that. Everyone involved acknowledged it, including Jenkins.

So when Jackson said he obviously wasn't 100%, he meant health/speed-wise, not his effort.

by Eddo :: Tue, 10/23/2012 - 9:41am

That makes a lot of sense. It certainly looked like Jackson was running as fast as he could.

by Joseph :: Mon, 10/22/2012 - 4:42pm

I don't know if the article mentions it (haven't read it yet), but Jenkins also saved the Saints on the 3rd down following by tripping up Blount in the backfield, forcing the 4th down try. I believe he also pushed a receiver out of the endzone on one of those near TB TDs.

by dbostedo :: Mon, 10/22/2012 - 6:16pm

It does : "At the snap of the ball, Jenkins evaded the scrum and shot past the line, driving and corralling Blount's right leg. No gain."