|CheNell "Soho" Tillman-Brooks|
She responded to my post with some background:
The reference to "wishbone" may be unfamiliar to some of you. When I started playing football back in the 1950's the standard backfield set-up was the T-formation: Quarterback over center, a fullback directly behind the Quarterback flanked on either side by halfbacks. The full back was big and strong while the halfbacks were lighter and faster runners. The wishbone was a variation of the T-formation with the halfbacks lined up a step or two farther back than the fullback. We'll save all the implications of the T-formation, wishbone, and current lineups for a future post.
For this discussion, it was common for the fullback to be a lead blocker using size and strength to help clear a path for the quicker halfbacks. In Soho's vision the three power backs would be KJ, Velma, and Bridgette Brown (we featured Bridgette's tackling prowess in previous posts). When the situation called for speed, she'd insert our star speedster, Shadana Hurd.
|Jill Elliott was a fierce competitor. And she was a big strong |
woman, weighing in 300 pound range.
Soho's reply is it depends. More important than the size of the player is the size of the heart and competitive drive. She mentioned a number of players who out-play bigger opponents. And some big players who are fierce competitors.
Soho has a wealth of knowledge and experience in women's professional football, both as coach and player. We'll have her share more of her insights in a future posting.
We also have a couple more posts coming on running backs.