Today's speed rushers need to learn from the past

Once, many pass-rushing greats were technicians whose bags of tricks led to long, fruitful careers. Today, many linemen are relying on pure athleticism. That's not a good thing, Jeffri Chadiha writes.

Originally Published: March 13, 2008
By Jeffri Chadiha | ESPN.com

Former NFL defensive end Chuck Smith is a busy man these days.

One minute, he's traveling to college pro days so he can check on the NFL draft prospects he's been tutoring. The next minute, he's clearing his calendar to meet with Pro Bowl-caliber defensive linemen who want to learn a few secrets he picked up during his nine-year career. Soon, Smith will be even busier, because he's been capitalizing on a subtle trend sweeping ...

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