Anatomy of amazing Brad Jones tackle and Pickett's signals behind his butt
Brad Jones' calculations of how many pounds were on top of him during a tackle when the Green Bay Packers played the San Francisco 49ers in September 2013, as he added up on "Packers Live." Photo: Image by Green Bay Packers/TODAY'S TMJ4
It's not every day that a linebacker can break a double-team pancake block and tackle a running back.
But Green Bay Packers linebacker Brad Jones revealed how he accomplished that feat when his squad played the San Francisco 49ers, perhaps thanks to a hand signal given behind the rear end of defensive lineman Ryan Pickett.
Jones and "Packers Live" host Larry McCarren discussed the play on TODAY'S TMJ4 and NBC26.
Larry: "Ryan Pickett has his hand on his hinder. I don't think he was itchy."
Brad: "I can see his hand there. 'Grease' does a lot of things to try to give me signals if he sees stuff. I can't remember if it was a signal or not. Maybe it was itchy, possibly."
Pickett took his hand off his "hinder," as Larry called it, and the snap came.
Larry: "The block down, the kick out. Here comes the lead blockers, and here's poor Brad underneath that mess."
Brad: "This is a lot of weight on me. 315 + 315 and it's 630, all pressed up and down against myself. That's what I'm thinking."
Larry: "This war is not over by a lnog shot. He somhow spins out and he is making the seldom-seen back tackle." I've watched you at practice 100 times. I've never...seen you execute a back tackle."
Brad: "The back TFLs are reare, but when you've got 650 pounds on top of you, you try to figure out any way to split those blocks."
Larry: "There is Brad Jones...he's got his leg."
Brad: "I've actually done this a couple times. I don't know when my brain triggers to go backwards to split two blocks."
Larry: "Now Frank Gore knows it."