Jenkins calls Jackson tackle a season-changing play, defensively


After the Saints’ exciting 35-28 win over the Bucs, New Orleans defensive back Malcolm Jenkins got on the phone for a conference call with Peter King and yours truly regarding Jenkins’ maximum-hustle sprint-and-tackle of Tampa receiver Vincent Jackson.

The effort from Jenkins prevented Jackson from scoring on what was a 95-yard catch-and-run.  The Saints thereafter kept Tampa out of the end zone, stopping the Bucs on fourth and goal and then launching a 95-yard drive of their own to extend the lead to 14 points.

Was it a season-changing play, King asked?  “Defensively, it was,” Jenkins said.

Jenkins said he was on the other side of the field when Jackson made the short reception.  Jenkins told himself “take off” and sprinted toward Jackson in the hopes of bringing him down short of the end zone.  Though it looked as if Jackson slowed down in anticipation of scoring, Jenkins believed that Jackson was simply “a little bit tired.”

The effort helped move the Saints to 2-4, with a trip to Denver next Sunday night looming, and a date with Peyton Manning.  “The preparation starts tomorrow,” Jenkins said.

He added that the return of interim head coach Joe Vitt, who reportedly will rendezvous with the team in New Orleans when the team plane returns, “automatically makes us better.”

They’ll need to be a lot better, on defense especially, in order to beat the Broncos.  If the Saints do, they’ll be right in the thick of things for a potential wild-card berth in the NFC.

17 responses to “Jenkins calls Jackson tackle a season-changing play, defensively

  1. Jenkins is a man amongst boys. The guy has really come in as a top safety. It’s too bad everyone else on the Saints defense is terrible.

  2. What does he call the game-tying TD that was called off?

    Jackson needs to do wind sprints. He was huffing after 20 yards on his big reception on the final drive also. Terrible conditioning.

  3. No, they won’t be in the thick of things for a potential wild card.

    The wild cards will be going to the NFC North and East

    Don’t fool yourself

  4. Peter King of Sports Illustrated is the equivalent to Stephen A. Smith at ESPN….NOBODY values their opinion so please quit stealing a paycheck & just go away!

  5. The play was great hustle to get to a slacking Vincent Jackson. Tell me this though, Mike Williams was shoved out, came back in took four steps, planted both feet in the end zone and caught the ball. What else does a receiver have to do to “re-establish” himself in the endzone, write the NFL a letter? Neither team deserved this win with the way they played defense, but the referees inserted themselves into the game needlessly. It clearly works for the media, a 3-3 Bucs team is not nearly as exciting as a 2-4 Saints team who is “right in the thick of things” apparently… I’m sure the team will get the satisfaction of another letter from the referees, which surprisingly will make things all better! *sarcasm*

  6. No, the refs intervening and gifting you the game could possibly change the season. Enjoy the cheap win aints fans.

  7. Even if he re-establishes himself back into the field of play he cannot be the 1st person to the touch the ball… If the ball was tipped, then it would’ve been a game tying TD. Fans try to make rules work in their favor when it’s convenient for them. Try blaming your loss on your team and not the refs. And watch out for the Saints down the stretch we have the horses to make a serious run.

  8. That would have been a penalty except for the fact that freeman roll out of the pocket before the contact was made.

  9. Mike Williams couldn’t be the first to touch the ball, even though he re-established himself. The only way he could legally catch it is if someone else tipped it first.

  10. Like others have mentioned, there is no such thing as re-establishing yourself in bounds for a WR on a pass play. This only is a rule for special teams and fumble recoveries, nothing else. And, it’s good that it doesn’t exist for pass plays or else we’d constantly see players go out of bounds at the slightest contact, only to come back in and catch the ball. I wouldn’t want that kind of call to be an opinion based call for the refs. It would be constantly confusing and would be constantly called wrong, just like the wonderful completed catch rules these days.

    If Freeman had still been in the pocket, however, then pushing the WR out of bounds would have been an illegal contact call and an illegal touching of the ball. In other words, it still would have been no TD and 4th down. Kind of doesn’t matter now, but those are the re-established rules…they don’t apply for WR’s on a pass play.

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