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McCarthy, Finally, Addresses Poor Tackling

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McCarthy, Finally, Addresses Poor Tackling

Interesting quote from McCarthy yesterday down in Orlando via Rob Demovsky:

We haven’t really presented it to the team yet, but the two biggest things defensively (are) going to be tackling and handling adversity. Our adversity situations (last) year were not close to what they needed to be and did not match up to our production throughout our defense.

The biggest disappointment in the Arizona game is the way we lost the game. We go out there plus-24 (in turnover margin) for a reason, and then you take that identity into the biggest game of the year, and you don’t play to that. Those will be our focuses as we get ready for the players to come in.

Ok, so that tells me McCarthy gets it.

Until he is asked about possibly having tackling in training camp:

You’ll see some drills and things, situations and an emphasis that will be applied to highlight that on the defense. You try to cut it down to two or three things that you really hone in on, and you try to apply it to the practice structure.

I'm sorry - is that English?

Mike, they need to practice - tackling specifically. (Note the date on this link...)

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alfredomartinez's picture

aaron i think in the article he was also (mcarthy) talking about how the team DOESNT necessarly need to be present in order to practice tackling? that there are some innovative ways to approach this subject, i was like WTF!

dilligaff's picture

I am still trying to understand what "Cleaning that up in practice" means.

dilligaff's picture

Its at times like these I wish MM was not so detailed in his response, it just makes him look goofy.

packeraaron's picture

To be fair, all of the beat reporters say he's not like that at all in one-on-ones. He is just bad in the group/p.c. setting. I could see what they were talking about in Indy. The moment he got off the podium, he was a different guy.

FITZCORE1252's picture

"I could see what they were talking about in Indy".

Haha, that didn't take long. Don't forget us little guys Aaron... LMAO


Ron LC's picture

He's trying to explain these pseudo-scientific benchmarks developed to assist in evaluating performance at every level of the game. He doen't explain it very well does he?

dustybricks6's picture

i want the best of both worlds -- I want the packers to tackle better. I DON'T want a seventh-rounder that trying to make the squad blowing out Charles Woodson's knee.

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Ruppert's picture

I understand that, late in training camp, a lot of guys are nicked up and they are short of bodies. But I can't believe that they can't at least have drills where the first team defenders tackle 4th string RBs and 5th string WRs that basically won't make the team anyway. Maybe not every day, but they could do that enough to make a difference.

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