Chiefs LB Dee Ford Apparently Scared of 49ers’ Frank Gore

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American football is a contact sport, played by big men that use their strength to separate a football from an opposing player. So when a running back, hits a crease and is in the open, linebackers typically relish the opportunity to deliver a big hit. Linebackers including Ray Lewis, Jack Lambert, Dick Butkus, and Jack Tatum are considered some of the biggest hitters in NFL history and are beloved. But the matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers featured one of the most bizarre plays in recent football history. 49ers RB Frank Gore took a handoff from Colin Kaepernick, cut off tackle in perfect striking distance of Chiefs’ LB Dee Ford. Ford had the angle for a tackle on the former Miami Hurricane. But then out of nowhere, Ford looked at Gore and then high-tailed his ass out of the play.

Ford and Gore Play Explained

The play was plain bizarre. For some context. Dee Ford is a rookie linebacker and could have been confused, but really, what was he thinking. Was it “a lag time” error on Madden? Did Ford see a beautiful woman in the stands, or maybe Ford had to go to the bathroom? Who knows, but the non-tackle was hysterical. Head Coach Andy Reid told the media on Monday, “Yeah, he probably thought it was a play-action there. At least that’s the way it looked,” Reid said. “I haven’t had the chance to talk to him…, but I know it probably didn’t look the best. But listen, he did some good things too. He’ll look back on that one and [say] the same thing you’re saying, what was I doing?”

Dee Ford reacted to his non-tackle of Frank Gore on Twitter saying, “Terrible play… Unacceptable….Watch how I respond…!” Ford seems like a talented rookie. Let’s hope this failure doesn’t follow him for years to come. Thanks to the C’Mon channel on YouTube for the ESPN Monday Night Countdown Week 5 segment that included the Gore play.

Ford Has a Unique Tackling Style

Turns out, Dee Ford has an unorthodox approach to tackling and defending. In a pre-season game against the Panthers in August, Ford was in pass coverage, and rather than tackle a Panthers’ receiver, he ended up hugging him. Kansas City Chiefs fans hope Ford becomes more aggressive during the rest of the season.