Entering the 2012 season, Chad Greenway had led the Vikings in tackles for four consecutive seasons. Now you can make it five consecutive seasons.
Greenway finished the season with a career-best 184 tackles, 61 more than the next defender – rookie S Harrison Smith with 123. Only Scott Studwell has led the team in tackles for more consecutive seasons (6).
“He’s a very good tackler, those numbers speak to that,” Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier said. “But his effort, as much as anything, has a lot to do with the number of tackles he gets. And then along with his instincts. He’s a very instinctive football player. He’s around the ball a lot, and he’s always hustling. He’s one of those guys going a hundred miles per hour, and he has a nose for the football. There are certain guys that just have a knack for being around the ball and making plays, and he’s one of those guys.”
The numbers support Frazier’s claim. Greenway had 10+ tackles in a game 10 times this season, including four consecutive games with double-digit tackles to start the season and a season-high 18 stops at Green Bay in Week 13. Greenway led the team in tackles in 8 of the team’s 16 regular season games, and he also tallied 8.0 tackles for loss, 8 passes defensed, 3.0 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries, 1 forced fumble and 1 INT.
Greenway earned his first career Pro Bowl berth last season following a then career-best 174-tackle season. Although he topped that number this season and added a few splashy plays, Greenway was a snubbed from this year’s Pro Bowl.
But that’s okay. Greenway’s focus for now, as he and his teammates prepare for a playoff game at Lambeau Field on Saturday, is on a different “bowl” game 4.5 weeks.
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