There are certain single game performances that stand-out in the minds of NFL fans for years, largely due to the extreme unlikelihood and improbability surrounding the events.
Well, on October 4, 2010 in a Week 4 Monday Night Football match-up, former New England Patriots FS Patrick Chung registered a stat-line for the ages against the Miami Dolphins. The most impressive thing was that Chung did all of his work in the game’s second half.
Early in the third quarter, Chung started off his career-day by blocking a punt that was recovered by the Patriots, giving them exceptional field position, where they scored a touchdown shortly thereafter. Chung continued his ‘block party’ when he swatted away Dolphins K Dan Carpenter’s 53-yard field goal attempt early in the fourth quarter, which was returned for a touchdown by Patriots CB Kyle Arrington.
Chung then capped off his tremendous second half output by intercepting a ball thrown by then-Dolphins QB Chad Henne, and bringing it all the way back to the house for a 51-yard touchdown.
Unfortunately, Chung hasn’t done much at all since his break-out 2010 campaign, as the Patriots decided to let him walk in free agency this year.
But it didn’t take long at all for Chung to find a new home as the Philadelphia Eagles snatched up the free safety on the first day of free agency. Chung will be reuniting with new Eagles head coach Chip Kelly, who was the offensive coordinator at the University of Oregon when Chung was a senior with the Ducks.
I think that the acquisition of Chung was certainly an intelligent decision after the Eagles secondary’s obvious woes last year, but the youngster will need to re-channel his youth if he wants to truly make a difference.
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