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Why Isn’t Zach Thomas In The Hall Of Fame

By douhua2233 at Jan. 8, 2019, 3:37 a.m., 37 hits

Why Isn’t Zach Thomas In The Hall Of Fame? As the Miami Dolphins embark on a new era at the linebacker position Authentic Jerome Baker Jersey , perhaps it’s time we took a look back at one of the most dominant middle linebackers ever to strap on a helmet: one Zachary Michael Thomas. Born September 1st, 1973, in Pampa, Texas, near Amari llo, it would soon become clear that he was born to play the game. In Thomas’ freshman year of high school, his football team went 16-0 and won the state championship. His success continued in college, at Texas Tech. A three year starter for the Red Raiders, Thomas was a first team All-American in both 1994 and ‘95. Deemed too short for the NFL (he stands a shade under 5’11”) by most scouts, he slid to the fifth round in the ‘96 draft, where then coach Jimmy Johnson selected him with the 154th overall pick. Regarding his lack of height, Thomas has often joked that ‘You don’t need a neck to play football’. Indeed, he sort of looks like a real life Fred Flintstone. It didn’t take long for him to make an impression with the Dolphins. Concerned with the team’s lack of playmakers at linebacker, Johnson brought in journeyman veteran Jack Del Rio to handle the middle linebacker position, but Thomas was such a sensation in camp and the preseason that Johnson ended up cutting Del Rio and installing Thomas as the team’s starting MLB. In the season opener Youth Matt Haack Jersey , Thomas knocked New England wide receiver Shawn Jefferson out of the game. Jefferson must not have held any grudges, since he’s now Miami’s wide receivers coach.That hit was just one of over eleven hundred tackles that Thomas laid on opposing offensive players over the course of his thirteen year career. In fact, he’s one of only three players in NFL history to have a hundred or more tackles his first ten seasons in the league, and until Junior Seau was inducted in 2015, Thomas had more tackles than any player in the Hall of Fame.Now, however, the sportswriters responsible for HOF voting would have you believe that Thomas’ numbers are somehow not good enough to get him into the Hall. Former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher was voted in recently, and although he was undoubtedly a great player for Chicago, his and Thomas’ numbers are fairly similar. Urlacher has more tackles, sacks and interceptions, but Thomas has more forced fumbles and was All-Pro five times to Urlacher’s four, although Urlacher made eight Pro Bowls to Thomas’ seven. Whether it’s because Urlacher was on a more successful team and went to a Super Bowl or Chicago’s larger media market that enabled him to play in more nationally televised games, Urlacher made the cut, while Thomas, at least to this point http://www.dolphinsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-davon-godchaux-jersey , has not. Let’s hope some of these folks eventually decide to do the right thing, because if Zach Thomas doesn’t belong in the Hall of Fame, then there would seem to be little sense in having a Hall of Fame. The Miami Dolphins' first game in 2017 was delayed a week due to a hurricane, so it was no big deal when they needed more than seven hours to play this year's opener.Miami showed a willingness to wait for a win, outlasting the Tennessee Titans 27-20 in a game took longer to play than any since at least 1970. Months of preparation for the season didn't include a plan on how to deal with a pair of weather delays lasting about two hours each.“The coaching staff and players and staff — everybody does a good job of trying to figure out the solution,” coach Adam Gase said Monday.They've had plenty of practice dealing with unusual challenges.Last year the Dolphins lost quarterback Ryan Tannehill to a season-ending knee injury early in training camp. Hurricane Irma caused the postponement of the first game, forcing Miami to play 16 weeks in a row. Linebacker Lawrence Timmons went AWOL on the eve of the opener, and offensive line coach Chris Foerster resigned at midseason after a video appeared to show him snorting white powder.In short, Gase has become accustomed to unexpected challenges.“I won't be surprised by anything,” he said. “I think we've almost covered everything.”The biggest issue with Sunday's delays, Gase said, was not knowing how long they would last.“It's dead time, and then you get a 10-minute warning and you have to juice it back up,” he said.That the Dolphins did, scoring 20 points in the final 22 minutes after the second delay. That included a 102-yard kickoff return by Jakeem Grant and a 75-yard touchdown pass from Tannehill to Kenny Stills Cheap Raekwon McMillan Jersey , as well as a 54-yard interception return by Reshad Jones that helped seal the win.“Wild game,” Tannehill tweeted Monday. “Part of me felt like we'd still be playing today. Glad to be a part of some history and get the year started with a win.”The Dolphins had stellar contributions from Jones (two interceptions), Stills (two touchdown catches) and Frank Gore (61 yards in nine carries). But 2017 bugaboos — tackling, pre-snap penalties and third-down conversions — remained a problem, and five red-zone possessions produced only one touchdown.Gase was especially unhappy about a third-quarter brawl after defensive tackle Jordan Phillips stood over injured Titans tackle Taylor Lewan and appeared to taunt him following Jones' first interception.“The fight drives me nuts,” Gase said. “I'd rather our guys celebrate with the guy who just intercepted the ball, instead of doing what happened there. We'll address it, we'll handle it and we'll make changes if we have to.”Tannehill threw for 230 yards with two scores and two interceptions. It was his first game since a knee injury sidelined him 21 months ago.“I reflected a little bit on the grind that it was to get back here,” Tannehill said. “I tried to stay in the present as much as I could.”Brock Osweiler was unneeded as Tannehill's backup. On game day Gase chose Osweiler for the No. 2 job over David Fales, who was inactive, but the pecking order could change.“We'll see how it goes going forward,” Gase said. “I like both those guys. That one is not an easy decision each week.”

 
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