Quinn in the confidence of his teachings, is of the
Seattle Seahawks school of thinking as their former defensive coordinator, who also use
similar teaching techniques when able to be hands-on with their players.
It shows that this rugby tackling isn't an entirely new concept in
the NFL. This method only needs to take firm hold in implementation in
a conservative league.
Dr. Vernon Williams, director of the Kerlan-Jobe Center for Sports Neurology
and Pain Medicine at Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles,
told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that a change to the Falcons' and Seahawks' way-of-thinking could
pay tremendous dividends for Floyd and the Bears.
“They (the Falcons) are using techniques that take (the head) out
of play,” Williams said. “That, we believe is going to make
a big difference and is already making a big difference. For an individual
were their technique may be one that puts them at a little higher risk
in addition to recovering from the concussion, it makes sense to train
or re-train some of those tackling techniques.”
Football cannot exist in it's current state of miseducation and lack
of teaching proper safety to youth and professionals alike. Even with
quality form and technique, this simultaneously beautiful and dangerous
game still has red flags all over it, albeit at a lesser risk. That lesser
risk is what to aim for.
For a player like Floyd and for the Bears defensive roster as a whole,
it would behoove the Chicago coaching staff to think big picture. To maintain
precaution while installing a new standard of defensive play for a still-rebuilding team.
It's not too late either. Head coach John Fox isn't exactly known
for being a trendsetter, but wouldn't a football coach love to maximize
efficiency and minimize risk? The NFL is a copycat league in this very
mindset so the hope should be that the writing is on the wall.
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