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6 Building Blocks For Great Tackling

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© April, 2002


by John Thompson
Defensive Coordinator, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Ark.

IMAGINE THE PERFECT PLAY. Everyone on defense doing exactly what he’s supposed to do. Everyone has perfect alignment and plays the right assignment. From the defensive line, through the linebackers, all the way back to the secondary, everything is perfect. The quarterback hands the ball off to the tailback and he hits the hole. Everyone on defense is exactly where he needs to be but something goes terribly wrong. The TB scores.

What happened? Missed and broken tackles. How many times have we seen it happen? A defender is in perfect po ...The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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