Bad NFL tackling? It's because they don't practice

Nov 4, 2009 Full story: The News Tribune 6

This is an Oct. 25, 2009, file photo showing Pittsburgh Steelers kicker Jeff Reed missing the tackle on Minnesota Vikings' Percy Harvin , who returned his fourth quarter kickoff 88 yards for a touchdown during an NFL football game in Pittsburgh.

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Big Al

Kelseyville, CA

#1 Nov 4, 2009
How do players like Antoine Winfield and Ray Lewis keep their tackling skills sharp? I've always understood that blocking and tackling are coachable skills that don't require as much natural ability or talent. I understand the dilema but I say a team that doesn't block and tackle well is a poorly coached team. Good coaches find a way.
Yes

United States

#2 Nov 4, 2009
U Loser

“err-human favregive-divine”

Since: Sep 09

erie

#3 Nov 4, 2009
If you make it to the NFL you know how to block and tackle, gimme a break.
Big Al

Kelseyville, CA

#4 Nov 5, 2009
erie-pa fan wrote:
If you make it to the NFL you know how to block and tackle, gimme a break.
If I remember correctly Bud Grant emphasized the basics on his teams. I think many coaches think like you and they have teams that don't block and tackle well.

“err-human favregive-divine”

Since: Sep 09

erie

#5 Nov 5, 2009
Big Al wrote:
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If I remember correctly Bud Grant emphasized the basics on his teams. I think many coaches think like you and they have teams that don't block and tackle well.
Al, Deion Sanders came to my mind when I read this. He was criticized a lot for his inability to tackle but was it that he was so valuable on the field as a pass defender that he knew he didn't have to put much effort into this part of his game so he didn't put forth the effort? Is this a problem with other players as well? Just food for thought, not sayin' I believe this but...
Big Al

Kelseyville, CA

#6 Nov 6, 2009
I think you hit on it. Most defensive backs are probably so preoccupied with the various coverage schemes and techniques that they forget about something so simple and basic as tackling. Antoine Winfield would be an exception to that. He is considered one of the best defensive backs in the league more for his tackling skills than his coverage skills. Opposing teams know they will get some completions against him but they're not going far after they catch it. That's where I think coaching comes in. You can coach the defensive back on how to break up the pass play, but you also have to coach him that once the catch is made he has to make the tackle.

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