Posted on 09 October 2009 at 9:01 pm by Dave Bryan
The play below against the San Diego Chargers, gives a great view of running back Rashard Mendenhall showing great trust, vision and tackle breaking ability all in one play. Now the blocking is crazy good here, but regardless, Mendenhall still knows that his responsibility will be the free safety. This is great power inside running.
At the beginning of the play, Mendenhall has to trust that the pulling guard Chris Kemoeatu will get to Chargers inside linebacker Stephen Cooper, while Willie Colon is off to pay a visit to the other inside linebacker Kevin Burnett.
Perfect blocking here as Kemoeatu gets Cooper, Essex has his man turned and Colon is almost to his man. Mendenhalls responsibility is Chargers free safety Eric Weddle to beat. The hole will be in between Essex and Colon and Mendenhall has to trust this.
Essex, Colon and Kemoeatu are all engaged right now and Mendenhall enters the eye of the storm sensing the hole to the left with only weddle to beat.
Mendenhall starts his cut to the left. Look at the great blocking here with only Weddle free as designed.
Weddle looks to have a pretty good attempt at a tackle here. Mendenhall sees plenty of day light.
Head down and shoulders north and south, Mendenhall plows through.
Mendenhall has his head back up now has broken the tackle and is off to the open field.