Can you tell which one doesn't belong?"
|Coach Narlen Baker|
Outlaws aren't paid. So they have jobs. Sometimes their jobs interfere with practice schedules. Awhile back there weren't enough players at practice to do a proper scrimmage so coach Narlen Baker volunteered. You can see in the photo it has been awhile since he dressed for football - he's wearing is shoulder pads on the outside!
Coach is a big guy, not big like a lineman but big like a linebacker or fullback. He is solidly built. The kind of guy I wouldn't want to fight.
Men tend to be bigger than women. Narlen is bigger than most of the women on the team.
|Blocking the old fashioned way with hands|
close to body, using forearms. Large
forearms. Notice he's wearing a jersey now.
And the shoulder pads are inside.
One important role for running backs, one often neglected, is blocking. Runners naturally avoid contact. For them blocking is unnatural, deliberately seeking to hit an oncoming defender. Today coach lined up in the offense backfield. It was an opportunity for him to demonstrate how backs should block.
The fact that he is bigger than most running backs had nothing to it. Even if he were half the size, he still would have blocked. But his size gave him a competitive edge against would-be tacklers. That's okay. Sometimes in a game players will run up against a blocker too big to move and they'll have to figure out a way around. This was a chance for the defense to get some practice dealing with immovable objects.
You'll notice in these photos someone reminded coach he should wear a jersey and got him dressed in a nice red one.
If coach was impressive as a blocker, he was even more impressive as a running back. Not the fastest back on the field. Shadana would run circles around him. But definitely the toughest to bring down.
|You're not going to bring him down with just your arms.|
|Does he look worried, confronting a gang of tacklers?|
|The straight arm pushes tacklers away. Even out-numbered coach|
refused to be brought down.
|I'm open. Throw it.|
|One handed catch. I think the women play with a slightly smaller|
ball than the NFL men use so it fit his hand -
but this is still a remarkable catch.
|Need to work on tackling. Get low. Drive that shoulder into his middle, grab the legs. Keep driving, don't slow down and allow him to wrestlehimself away.|