This past season for the the Green Bay Packers was schizophrenic. The team only lost once during the regular season and then flamed out in the playoffs. While the offense was dominating, the defense was abysmal and if it were not for the turnovers they created, this would have likely been an entirely different season.
With the exception of Clay Matthews, our linebacker play wasn’t very good and as a team, the Packers were terrible tacklers from the start the start of the season.
We could have used a player like London Fletcher, an undersized but over-performing, sure-tackling linebacker for the Washington Redskins, who did not make the first team Pro Bowl this season in spite of leading the league in tackles! It was only after Brian Uhrlacher declined to play, that allowed Fletcher to make it as an alternate. (He was the second leading tackler for the NFC in that game ).
From the Washington Post: “That really doesn’t exaggerate what Redskins linebacker London Fletcher does for a living. Yet Fletcher, 36, has not missed a single game in his remarkable 14-year career. That’s 224 consecutive regular-season games at one of the most violent positions on a football field. And this past season, Fletcher, one of the oldest players in the league, led the NFL in tackles”.
To have that kind of durability you have to have a lot of luck on your side but let’s take a look at London Fletcher’s training routine.