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The Atlanta-Journal Constitution Interviews Dr. Williams About How Falcons' Tackling System Could Help Leonard Floyd


Floyd suffered two concussions over a span of 34 days last season. It took him two months to recover from the second one.

Both occurred in head-down collisions with a teammate. Floyd has spent a lot of time this offseason working on his tackling and getting his head out of the way, according to The Chicago Tribune.

“I agree with that and everything that we can do to minimize the risk and that includes getting your head, taking your head out of the game, is going to be a good thing,” said Dr. Vernon Williams, director of the Kerlan-Jobe Center for Sports Neurology and Pain Medicine at Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles. “I know that the Seattle Seahawks have spent a lot of time training their defensive players on tackling techniques that try to get their head out of the game.”

Falcons coach Dan Quinn brought that rugby-style tackling system to Atlanta.

“They 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.”

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