The Gildong Report (Oct. 3rd, '00)
In light of many a fan being bamboozled and ga-ga over Jason Gildong�s 11 sacks in �98 --- despite only 2 being anywhere near "earned sacks" --- I devoted considerable time last season to monitor the work of the exceptionally average Jason Gildon. Jason has been famous enough with his coverage sacks, flop sacks, the QB-slipped-on-the-wet-turf sacks, the OT totally forgot his blocking assignment sacks, and so on, that the NFL designated a new statistic, called the "Dong Sack™", in honor of Jason Gildong. (Some fantasy football leagues are incorporating this into their point systems.) Again in '00, I'll take time to expose Jason Gildon for the fraud that he is.
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In the season�s 4th game, versus the Jags, Gildon actually had an above average game.
Gildon was credited with 4 solos and 2 assists, which in and of itself, is fairly adequate. Gildon is often so feeble, that his name is left off the stat sheet. One of these tackles, of course, came at the end of a 12-yard Taylor run.
Gildon also had 2 sacks versus the Jags. The first came at 9:08 of the 3rd quarter, on a 3rd and 9. Brunell had plenty of time, but could not find an open receiver. Sullie had a decent pocket push, and Brunell moved to his right, and then was engulfed by Gildon. This was obviously a Dong Sack, since it was a coverage sack in which Brunell had plenty of time in the pocket, but no receiver was open. The other Gildon sack came at 0:42 of the 3rd quarter, on a 4th & 3 from the 14. This was an immensely tough call to make, in terms of ruling it an Earned sack or a Dong Sack. Brunell was lined up in the shotgun, 5 yards behind center. Inexplicably, he then took a 5-step drop, which put him a FULL 10 yards behind the line of scrimmage, which is unheard of in the NFL. The geometry of pass protection, similar to that of punt & FG protection, dictates that a QB be set up no more than 7-8 yards behind the line of scrimmage. Imagine RT Zack Pillar's surprise, when he rode Gildon wide on the Wide Loop Rush -- as Pillar had done all game -- only to see Brunell so deep that Gildon's loop ended up right where Brunell was standing. In a gutwrenching decision, I've decided to give Gildong an Earned sack for this effort.
Other than these 2 plays, Gildon didn't sniff or harass the QB the entire day. Pillar simply rode Gildon high and wide on the Wide Loop Rush, such as on the 3rd & 13 in the 2nd quarter, in which Brunell simply stepped "under" the Wide Loop Rush and easily completed a pass for an 18-yard gain. And on the late TD pass to McCardell, Gildon was literally pancaked by RB Fred Taylor.
Gildon's run stuffing was ok at times, but at other times was downright disgraceful. On the 2nd down toss sweep right after the blocked punt, Gildon was shoved waaaay to the outside, darn near to the sideline. Fortunately, Flowers and company filled the hole and made the stuff. Gildon had not only the luxury of receiving superb DL penetration from Kimo & company, but he also was able to face an out-of-position guard (Pillar), rather than injured starter Leon Searcy, who perennially has used Gildon like his own private little b!tch.
Season to date totals for Jason, in 4 games:
Earned Sacks: 2
Dong Sacks™: 1
Strips, Jars, fumbles caused: 1
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