Just went it seemed like it couldn’t get any better, the linebacker corps returns Rob Jackson this weekend after he served his four-game suspension.
Spelling Brian Orakpo for a play here or there is no easy task—a pass-rush stalwart and high-octane energy guy, No. 98 is one of a kind. But replacing him for 14 games in the starting lineup?
Not only did Rob Jackson set career-highs in his absence, but he capped off 2012 with an interception off Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo that set up the game-winning touchdown and made a home playoff game reality for the first time in 13 years.
But one interception off Romo isn’t good enough.
Throwing for 506 yards and five touchdowns, Romo had his best performance as a professional on Sunday. But, in a clutch moment once again, he was picked off.
Remember what that looks like?
Well here’s video if you don’t or even if you do:
“He’s the same Tony Romo since he’s been there,” Jackson said. “Sometimes he shows it sometimes he doesn’t. We’re just hoping he doesn’t show it for our game.
“Hopefully he’ll do the same thing and I’ll put in position to make a play.”
Looking on as his teammates were mired in an surprising early losing streak, Jackson admitted that it was tough watching from afar. Lucky for him, Father Time is known to wear a No. 50 jersey on game days.
“It was tough,” Jackson said. “The weeks went by fast, the weekends were the long days, but other than that I’m just happy it’s over with. I’m going to put it behind me and I’m ready to play some football.”
While it’s impossible to get yourself into true football shape by running wind sprints and doing thousands of one-handed pushups, the linebacker said there’s no worries about his conditioning. Getting his mind acute for football conditions will take some time though.
“Physically, I’m 100 percent, I’m ready to go. Mentally, it’s been awhile since I’ve been out there in a game situation, [but] I’m [a] calm for the moment type of guy.”
Everyone missed you Rob—do Redskins fans a favor and rob Romo and the Cowboys of a victory in Jerry’s World.
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