October 4, 2012; St. Louis, MO, USA; Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) drops a pass as St. Louis Rams outside linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar (58) defends during the second half at the Edward Jones Dome. The Rams defeated the Cardinals 17-3. Mandatory Credit: Photo by Scott Rovak-US PRESSWIRE
Jo-Lonn Dunbar has been one of the many surprise acquisitions that have helped contribute to one of the most dominate defenses in the NFL this season.
Against the Miami Dolphins last week, Dunbar was a force to be reckoned with, recording 5 solo tackles, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble and 2 hits on the quarterback. He also lit up the line of scrimmage in the run game, stuffing Bush and Lane on multiple rushing attempts, including the pile driving tackle late in the game. The Miami Dolphins only gained 26 yards on 17 attempts, a number that is inflated by a couple of Ryan Tannehill scrambles. However, he may have been even more impressive…
The sack came at the end of the third quarter, which helped set the Miami Dolphins up in a 3rd and extremely long situation, a situation that they had not performed well in throughout the game. Here is the original play-by-play:
|1st and 10 at MIA 6||R.Bush right end to MIA 11 for 5 yards (J.Dunbar).|
|2nd and 5 at MIA 11||R.Tannehill pass incomplete short right to B.Hartline. PENALTY on SL-C.Long, Roughing the Passer, 15 yards, enforced at MIA 11 – No Play.|
|1st and 10 at MIA 26||R.Tannehill right guard to MIA 26 for no gain (J.Dunbar). FUMBLES (J.Dunbar), ball out of bounds at MIA 9.|
The play shot the ball backwards, rolling out of bounds at the MIA 9, essentially ending their drive after a costly “roughing the passer” call on Chris Long.
Jo-Lonn Dunbar this season has 38 combined tackles, 3 sacks, 4 tackles for a loss, 3 pass deflections, 1 interception, and 1 forced fumble. He is easily the most fearsome outside linebacker the St. Louis Rams have had on the roster recent history, and seems to be improving in run support and pass coverage in every game.
Cheers to Jo-Lonn Dunbar! Congrats on the extra sack… Keep it up!