Bill Davis has talked about the need for better head placement when it comes to Eagles players improving their tackling. To a lot of people, this makes complete sense. To others, they don’t really understand.
Watch this PE.com piece on Nate Allen. He’s doing a sit-down interview with Dave Spadaro and they mix in a slew of highlights from last year. In almost every clip, Nate puts his head behind the runner or receiver. You can then see that Nate has to reach to make the tackle. He also has to drag down the runner/receiver.
Part of this is technique. Part is simple aim. Defenders need to run to where the ball is going to be, not where it is. You must anticipate. If the defender takes a good angle and gets his head in front of the ball, it is much easier to make the tackle. There is less reaching and the defender can use the momentum of his body to deliver a hit instead of dragging the offensive player to the ground.
It will be interesting to see if Nate shows any improvement vs the Bears. Bill Davis made it sound like that was a priority for the Eagles in practice. If Nate has been paying attention, he should be better at this starting in the Bears game.
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Just a quick post for now. I’ll be writing a full preview for later.