Re: diving at the knees of a receiver is an unnatural play
posted at 12/10/2013 12:55 PM EST
In response to agcsbill's comment:
My two cents:
I have been watching pro football for a long time and there has been a definite change in the manner the defense now brings down a ball carrier. The "art" of tackling, grabbing the ball carrier at the legs, hips, waist etc... is a disappearing art. That is what I was taught in high school. Aim at the waist and grab the sucker until he goes down.
Today, what do we see. Players who act like cruise missiles! This propensity to launch oneself at the ball carrier is what is resulting in the helmet to helmet hits more than anything else. There is no attempt to keep the head up to see what the defender is grabbing, but, to simply launch into the ball carrier and blow them up. A player can't run when one leg is being held onto by a defender. True, back in the day you had your "occassional" big hits, but, nowhere near as much as we see today.
When I review that hit on Gronk, you can see he was about to be engaged from behind by another defender and Ward, from about 5 - 6 feet away, was already lowering his head to go at the legs of Gronk. Between him hitting Gronk at the waist and the defender on top of him from behind, the guy would have gone down. Instead of going for the tackle, Ward became a cruise missile and we saw the results.
One can imagine such a hit on Megatron, Graham, A Johnson or any other high profile receiver on other teams resulting in the same injury. As Brady noted, not too many folks are feeling sorry for the Patriots and we have seen a surprising number of posts across the land in which many fans are actually "happy" Gronk got injured because he is a Patriot. I somehow think the cry to change the rules may be louder if it was the aforementioned receivers above.
My two cents.
Well said... It is really easy to imagine, and even easier to carry out. Any third string DB can float around the secondary diving at the knees of players. 3 this year (cobb,Gronk, Keller) is just the tip of the iceburg if allowed to continue.
Here's how you coach it..
Let's call it the"Knee destruction formation" Just drop into asoft Zone and allow the underneath throws but creep a little closer each time until you get the kill shot...
LBs just dive at the recievers knees after the catch . Don't stop there... Dive at their knees when they are engaged ...Even better... It's legal. Tanbass the dipsh1t says its clean. So every play is knee destruction 101. First guy hold him up , second guy come in from the side. simple. And effective since the guy is too big to tackle otherwise.
Just ask tanbass the idiot.