The boys should be practicing live tackling, that’s for sure. No MMA fighter goes into his serious training prior to a fight without having any 100% practices. How can you properly gauge where a team, or player, is at with their/his tackling skills and how to improve upon them if you only see them in the game? It’s unfortunate teams practice “tackling fundamentals” that aren’t actually “tackling” for fear of pissing off another teammate or causing injury. There are ways to practice physical tackling within a team without causing the kinds of injuries found at times in in-game play. More tackling would equal better football, that’s for sure - this season is looking much like last year’s in terms of missed tackles left and right.
Don’t worry - NOW the Browns will win all of their remaining games. I’m certain of it.
Here is this week’s installment of my favorite NFL-related weekly feature in the world - Kissing Suzy Kolber’s skewering of Peter King’s Monday Morning Quarterback column. Read the archives, too, people.
Also, KSK might just be the best website in the world.
The offending garment even comes with lovely accessories (that seam ripper can always come in handy in the newfangled NFL of today). What a good deal, folks. Except not.
One would think that the Washington Redskins would have other matters of priority this season than to ban signs. The team is foundering, the fan base neither supports the coaching staff nor the ownership, and every game ratchets up the embarrassment for the players. In a season full of NFL fail, no other struggling team is taking its anger or disappointment out on its fans - not even the lowly Raiders (I wonder how many times “lowly” has been used to describe the Raiders in the last four years). I recommend checking out the D.C. Sports Blog to get all angles on the sign-banning story; really good work.