“Our thing is, when you go, you go.”

For those of you fretting over the wussification of college football, this Paul Myerberg piece on the evolution of tackling in practice is worth a read.

It’ll be interesting to watch over the next few years to see if those teams which have gone to rugby-style tackling are fundamentally sound in games.


Filed under Strategery And Mechanics, The Body Is A Temple

10 responses to ““Our thing is, when you go, you go.”

  1. Argondawg

    For football to survive it is going to have to change. This is a step in the right direction. We will never be able to eliminate concussions or freak accidents but tackling while leading with the head would have been changed decades ago if all the information had been available. The rules to limit head trauma will fundamentally change the game but IMO it is that or it gets phased out.


  2. didntgotheredawg

    I have no doubt that rugby tackling and contact training is not only safer but more effective too. Watch a Southern Hemisphere rugby match and you’ll see that the funny talkers are simply better at this particular skill. It’s human to fear change and refuse that you’ve been doing something wrong your whole life.


  3. I am not sure if I can express my sentiments clearly, but here are my $0.02. I think hard hits provide incremental entertainment value to the game, but I don’t believe they are why most people (myself included) watch the game of football. Ultimately, we watch to see the results of each play which in aggregate lead to the results of the game. To be clear, the quality of how those plays matters such that game like our game against Mizzou last year are boring whereas a games like our Auburn, Clemson, and Arkansas games in 2014 are particularly enjoyable when the quality of play is higher (not just on offense).

    Thus, if there is a safer way to tackle that does not change the game or the quality of play in any meaningful way, I think the industry should embrace it whole-heartedly.

    As for the physicality of practice, 60 Minutes sports did a feature on Joe Moglia who is the coach of Coast Carolina. Most of the piece was about his life and choosing to coach football after having built generational wealth for himself running Ameritrade. That said, one of the things he does differently is less physical practices, and his players were all pretty skeptical at first. Nonetheless, they seemed to be convinced when they realized how much more energetic and better their bodies felt on gameday.


    • Macallanlover

      Pretty much expresses what I feel too. Game will change, or become obsolete…and soon. Reducing the number of hits is a good start, I like the limit on full contact practices as the PAC12 is doing, and other forms of tackling (rugby) is OK with me too. Can’t argue with the “no helmet” idea either but it will not happen. Adapt or move on.


  4. HamDawg11

    Teams can always adopt the UT spring game philosophy of not tackling at all. Are they playing in a touch football league this Fall?


  5. ApalachDawg

    Sounds crazy but I think it would greatly reduce the head trauma to take away the helmets and pads and use rugby style helmets. It is more natural not to lead with your head if you don’t have that helmet on. I remember many a Saturday playing “smear the queer” (don’t know what you’d call it now) in the front yard with all my fellow ‘hood rats (10-14 yr old range) and we never had any head injuries. And one of the guys ended up playing college ball as a mike dikta type LB so there was definitely some hitting going on…
    However there is no way Nike, UA, Russell, Schutt would ever allow that.
    Look at little league baseball & aluminum (grenade launchers) bats, they semi solved it by toning down the ping factor in the bats but still wood makes way more sense.
    Just don’t want CFB to turn into flag football… I just don’t trust anyone with any power in CFB to make a smart decision. They just make $$$ decisions.


  6. Sh3rl0ck

    I am willing to venture that the rugby-tackling teams will be more fundamentally sound. The point to tackling is the get the bastard on the ground. Not wrapping up leads to the pathetic titty-bumping type tackling from the 2008 tech game.