By John Turney
Rich Jackson—he even advocated for Jackson's election to the Hall of Fame. However, interestingly, he never wrote about Jackson's penchant for being moved around in the Bronco front seven.
With the Raiders Jackson played linebacker but he arrived in Denver in 1967 and he was put at right defensive end. In 1968 he was moved to left defensive end as his usual position.
However, with four talented linemen, the Broncos would move their linemen around like chess pieces, putting Jackson at all four defensive line positions and at least two linebacker positions.
|Jackson, in 1967 at right defensive end|
|At LDE, his usual position|
|At left defensive tackle|
|LDE, usual spot|
|Right defensive end, but goalline|
|at LDE, usual spot, but Alzado at RDT (usual RDE)|
|1967, at right end, his usual spot that season|
|In 1967, at right end|
|At left end, giving a strong head slap|
|1968 Jackson at linebacker just to the right and behind the nose tackle|
|1968 Jackson standing up over the left guard|
|1968 Jackson as a linebacker|
|Rich Jackson at LDT|
|Rich Jackson at RDT|
|Rich Jackson at Linebacker|
|Jackson dogging from LB spot|
|Jackson breaking free|
|Jackson, again at linebacker|
|Jackson at linebacker again|
|Jackson stepping back into coverage|
Still, we'd say he played his usual left defensive end 80% or so of the time with the rest at the right end or tackle with some snaps, as you see, as a linebacker who usually rushed, but did drop into coverage. he really was a remarkable player.