Now, I'm old enough that I no longer have to perpetuate the lie - to all who observed from the stands, I hit the quarterback and knocked the ball loose and we recovered and went on to score and win the game. That is a lie. In fact, in the open field with just me and the quarterback, I lost my balance. Flailing to avoid falling I barely touched him. But startled by my presence he had lost his composure and fumbled all on his own. It looked like I jarred the ball loose but he just dropped it.
|I want to do a player profile on Bridgette. She is one of the strongest|
and most reliable tacklers on the team. I have many photos of
her getting a sure hold on the runner and bringing her down.
Open field tackling is difficult. This post is recognition of some good open field tacklers. To me, "open field" means the runner has space around her. She's quick, shifty, and should have the advantage over the tackler. Someday maybe I'll post some photos of missed open field tackles but I don't want to embarrass any of my friends on the Outlaws.
When the tackler is bigger than the runner, like Bridgette Brown is bigger than the runner in the above photo, the tackler is at a decided disadvantage. But Bridgette Brown is strong and quick and a great tackler. She makes it look easy. It isn't.
|In these two shots, Shadana is cut off by a much|
bigger defender. The defender doesn't need
to bring Shadana down, just force her out of bounds.
Than can be elegant, as when the Dallas player catches Shadana (#82) and uses a decided weight advantage to push her out of bounds to the left.
|Just a nudge was all it took to send the runner out of bounds.|
Rreally tough is having a fast runner with the end zone in sight and one obstacle keeping her from scoring and that is a lone defensive back.
The back first has to pick the angle. The runner is going straight up the field and back has to head her off. Then the back has to deal with any dekes the runner might attempt, any faking right or left to throw the tackler off line and off stride. Once these little problems are solved and running full speed, the tackler has to get a hold of the runner and hang on and drag her down.
It looks easy. It isn't.
|The telephoto lens distorts perspective a little. This shot has the defender closing on the runner.|
In fact she isn't as close as she appears. And the play started with her having a lot of ground to make up.
|Running full speed she jumps on the ball carrier's back and drags her down.|