NFL, Pete Carroll promote proper tackling

August, 4, 2014
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RENTON, Wash. -- The NFL is using Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and the Seahawks' defense to help promote proper tackling techniques.

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The league sent out a letter that Carroll wrote, along with a video, on how to tackle under the current rules. It emphasizes shoulder hits and rugby-style tackling.

Here is the link to the tackling video: http://tinyurl.com/k3lov25

And here is Carroll’s letter:

Hey Football Fans,

Football season is quickly approaching and, like you, we couldn’t be more excited. There truly is nothing like this time of year!

It has been a full offseason for us, and within the last month, we were very pleased to release a 20-minute film teaching our unique tackling system, one that emphasizes “taking the head out of the play.”

Our defense has become known for toughness and physicality, and we’re proud to share the ways we’ve done it in a safe manner.

We are passionate about maintaining the physical part of football while emphasizing safer techniques that feature shoulder tackling. We want to play the game as tough as it is meant to be played, while also making it safer through a renewed emphasis on taking the head out of play.

Our players have totally owned this thought. They understand the game can be played at a championship level without using the head. We are seeing this change throughout football at all levels, advanced in part by USA Football and its Heads Up Football program, which the Seahawks and the NFL proudly endorse.

Our coaching staff put together a film to show our tackling system. Inspired in part by rugby techniques, we’ve taught this system for the last four years with the Seahawks and since our days at USC. We found our “shoulder-tackling” style to be successful in the NFL and college and wanted to share it with you.

If you are a parent, we encourage you to make sure your child’s coaches are teaching the proper fundamentals and are certified by USA Football. Check out usafootball.com/headsup to learn more.

Terry Blount

ESPN Seattle Seahawks reporter

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