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Safest move: Work on tackling

Posted on: May 24, 2011 4:44 pm
Edited on: May 24, 2011 5:06 pm

Is the NFL softening up the game too much with all the rules aimed at player safety?

Maybe somewhat, but we get it. Who wants to see a death on the football field?

But there are a couple of things that could help make the game safer without all the rules limiting big hits in the secondary. How about more tackling in practice? Or more teaching of proper tackling techniques?

The tackling in the NFL isn't good. I call it the highlight-syndrome. Instead of wrapping a runner or receiver, players try for the big hit so some fools on a pre-game show can yell "Jacked-up" for their hits.

Coaches should emphasize proper tackling techniques to deter players from going for the big hits. There are actually teams that use hired-out tackling coaches. That might sound crazy, considering all the money teams pay their own coaches, but it has happened. And it makes sense.

Teams don't work much on tackling anymore either. They also don't tackle live for fear of injury, so even when they do work on tackling it isn't the real thing. That all adds up to bad form on game days, which is why we see more launching and players shooting for the big hit.

Safety rules are good. But working on tackling is the best way to make the game safer.

Category: NFL
Tags: NFL tackling

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2012 3:29 pm

Safest move: Work on tackling

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Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: May 29, 2011 9:45 am

Safest move: Work on tackling

Cmon, you can see the guys that wrap up and tackle. Throwing your body through the air and just hitting someone isnt tackling. This guys should be practing how to tackle. If you look at all the big gains in the NFL, they all stem from miss tackles. As for Troy taking a cheap shot, cmon man, hes no differant than any other safety in the league trying to stop people coming over the middle, which will not be allowed anymore, because they want these players to start playing two-hand touch or maybe flag football now. Dont change the rules of the greatest game invented. The game is meant to be played with and attitude and is a tough sport. If you cant handle it than just dont watch-go watch baseball or cars going around a track for 4 hours!

Since: Aug 19, 2010
Posted on: May 25, 2011 3:33 pm

Safest move: Work on tackling

Come on Prisco, these guys all know how to tackle...they didn't get this far without know how to tackle.  They just don't use the techniques learned all the time...sometimes they just want to lay a guy out so he hesitates a little next time.  All the tackling drills in the world are going to change that.  If it weren't for the big hits, then they wouldn't get any body gets credit for 'wrapping up'.  We all like to see big hits just like we like to see car wrecks in NASCAR, fights in hockey, and knockouts in boxing.

Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: May 25, 2011 1:40 pm

Safest move: Work on tackling

If you want to see a perfect example of what the NFL is trying to remove from the game, re-watch the Superbowl, when Aaron Rodgers hits Greg Jennings for the Packers third TD, Troy Polamalu takes 3 or 4 steps and launches into the back of Jennings with the crown of his helmet while leaving his feet and into the neck and head of Jenning's, defenseless as his back is to Polamalu. As dirty and illegal as it gets, even by old rules.

That isn't playing good football, it's playing cheap. That isn't being a hard hitter, it's being a garbage player.

Yes, Troy boy is a good safety, but hits like that are cheap in every circumstance, and there is no valid excuse.

Cheap shots aren't good football, and have never been good football.

Since: Feb 25, 2009
Posted on: May 24, 2011 6:42 pm

Safest move: Work on tackling

I played football, and my coach was insane about tackling technique. The result? Just what Durax said. Nobody broke a big one on us. There were still big hits as a consequence of angle of pursuit and the like (I delivered more than a few), but if you went for the big hit instead of wrapping up, your ass was grass. It's hilarious that I have better tackling technique that some of these professionals, and sad that so many "fans" don't understand the difference.

Since: Aug 8, 2008
Posted on: May 24, 2011 5:49 pm

Safest move: Work on tackling

As somebody who played rugby until 19, we spent hours tackling players, learning the techniques. I do not see players in the NFL tackling much. Most of the time offensive players are hit rather than tackled.

If you do not believe look at the amount of times  offensive players bounce off would be tacklers, hurdle tacklers or just plain run over the tacklers look at the film.

Players do not get their heads in the right place, do not wrap their arms around the player and do not tackle in the right place. Instead players "tackle" too high up the body aiming for the chest/neck area rather than the waist of the opponent, resulting in a lot of the time bouncing off the player, do not move their head out of the way resulting being too far away from the target, easy stiff arm for the offensive player and do not wrap their arms around the target result the player bounces off or gets away with second effort.

Most of the highlight reels of explosive runs and runs after the catch, feature defensive players who should have tackled then runner but missed/bounced/let him go. 

As for the theory that practice tackling causes injury, thats crap. Injuries happen when players do not know how to tackle properly.

Yes the big hits look good on film, but for every big hit there are at least 3 or missed tackles in the same game by the same team. 

Since: Jun 28, 2007
Posted on: May 24, 2011 4:56 pm

Safest move: Work on tackling

some fools on a pre-game show can yell "Jacked-up" for their hits

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