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Illinois: Tackling Fundamentalsby: Mike Mallory
Linebackers Coach, Univeristy of Illinois
© December 2003
The tackle is the most important fundamental of football. The following is an explanation of the progression of a good shoulder tackle.
Good Football Position
When teaching a player how to perform a tackle, begin by teaching a good football position. A good football position is a position of leverage, mobility and power.The feet should be a shoulder width apart with the toes pointed straight ahead.The weight of the body should be forward on the front of the feet. Bend at theknees and place hips in a power position, just as if performing a three-quartersquat lift. Chest should remain over the knees; the knees should be over thetoes. Eyes focused forward. Hands relaxed, hanging outside the knees.
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