The Basics: Vikings Simply Need to Tackle Better


If only running backs not named Adrian Peterson stood perfectly still and acted like a tackling dummy.  Then life would be easier on Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway who supposedly leads the league in missed tackles.

The stat is not officially kept, but I’ve heard that STATS, inc has him as the leader in missed tackles from multiple outlets.  He is, however, sixth in the league in solo tackles made which is a big accomplishment.

I noticed that Troy Aikman made numerous references to Greenway playing Pro Bowl quality football this year, and this struck me as slightly off because I had noticed his tendency to whiff on the ball carrier.

Missed tackles are a big problem for the Vikings this year, and many big plays could’ve been less damaging if they did a better job of wrapping up.  The Vikings can take comfort in knowing that they are not alone in this respect, and that NFL tackling is at an all time low according to many league sources.

For an explanation, check out this article which outlines why the quality of tackling has declined so greatly in the NFL.  I found it to be an interesting read, and it also made me feel somewhat better that the Vikings are not alone in this struggle.

That being said, I really hope they get their act together in the second half and start bashing some skulls and playing some hard hitting defense.

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