Chad Greenway has been one of the Vikings most consistent players since he was selected in the 1st round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He’s played in all 80 games since coming back from a knee injury that ended his rookie season before it began, and he’s been the Vikings leading tackler in each of the past four seasons.
Through three games this year, though, Greenway has been more than a consistent performer. He’s been the Vikings best defensive player. And it was no more evident than in Sunday’s win over the San Francisco 49ers. Greenway led the team with 13 tackles and with 2.0 sacks. Greenway made several impressive open-field tackles to save big yardage and 1st downs. Both of his sacks came in the 1st quarter, the first on a 3rd-and-6 play in which Greenway closed incredibly fast and gave Smith no time to react, and the second sack came later in the 1st quarter during a drive that eventually ended with a miss FG.
“It was great by Chad,” Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier said. “His leadership on the sideline, on the field making the big plays, that’s what we need from him. It was just great to see him step up along with other guys.”
Greenway had a career-high 174 tackles last season along the way to his first trip to the Pro Bowl. So far this season, Greenway has been credited with 37 tackles, which puts him on pace for another career high this season – 197 tackles. And Greenway is neutralizing perhaps the only criticism one could levy against him – a lack of “splash” plays. Greenway now has the 2.0 sacks as well as 3 passes defensed.
When asked about his performance after the game in the locker room, Greenway deflected the attention toward the team in general.
“When you can get a team that is coming off two big wins, beating teams in our division, you feel good about what you are doing,” Greenway said. “We really wanted to win at home, first and foremost and hold court here, consider that accomplished. They are a great football team. They are going to win a lot of football games.
“We feel like if we can replicate what we did here today every week and be consistent we have a chance to do something.”
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