There’s a reason Jared Allen didn’t show up in the stats sheet for the Jacksonville game. It’s because Eugene Monroe totally dominated him. Or, in Pete Prisco’s colorful words, “[Monroe] not only whipped [Allen] last Sunday, but he abused him, tossing Allen around as if he were a junior high kid trying to make his way to the varsity.”
Okay that might be a little harsh. But clearly Jared had a tough game against Monroe. Prisco lays it out in his After Further Review column complete with blurry screencaps from the all-22 film. Look at that arrow action! It’s like brilliant telestration without the excitement of motion getting in the way.
The Jaguars didn’t give Monroe a lot of help, as Prisco points out. For the most part he was matched-up one-on-one with Jared and Jared lost most of the day. The one time Jared clearly beat Monroe was in the first quarter when he appeared to perfectly anticipate the snap count, blow past the would-be blocker and flatten Blaine Gabbert. But the ref called offsides and the play was wiped out. The video shows that Jared probably wasn’t offsides but, whatever. It’s water under the bridge now and oh by the way the Vikings won the game anyway.
Maybe next Prisco will break down Brian Robison, who pretty much tore it up all day long.