|Tara working out, sit-ups. Furrowed brow|
suggest effort. Stoic expression. Focused.
|Practice running the ball, running over would be tacklers.|
This is Tara with the ball, Lily with the blocking pad. Once
again, I'm seeing a focused, hard working football player.
|Tara, #33, eye on the ball, looking pas the blocker.|
|Same game but another play. Tara has passed the line and|
is ready to take on the blocking back.
|Tara looking for the ball carrier. Blockers trying to keep |
her away from the running back. She often has several
blockers working on her.
|Number 14 is a running back. Tara has eluded the line and|
reached the second level of protection for the quarterback.
Football is a physical fight. My photos show Tara engaging the blockers, doing combat.
|Tara, lower left, getting a hold on the runner and then being joined in the tackle by|
about six other Outlaws.
When Tara gets past the line, when she fights off the backfield blocker(s), she knows how to stop the runner. Sometimes she hangs on until help arrives. Other times she just brings the runner down on her own. Either way, Tara is an effective defender.
|The second of the two photos of this solo tackle by Tara. I included this second shot because|
I like the runner looking at the camera, kind of wide-eyed, seeming to say
"What hit me!?"
Now I'm going to get myself in trouble just a little. Just for fun. I've admitted often in this blog that I'm not a coach. That just isn't something I could do. If I showed the players everything I know, it would take up about five minutes in a practice, if I spoke slowly. I could show them how to do the three-point stance. I could explain how to get low to control the opponent.
But not being able to coach doesn't keep me from giving advice to the Outlaws coaches. Which they wisely ignore.
In a previous post to this blog I opined offensive and defensive players are different. Not just in their roles but in their personalities. Offensive players are naturally neat. Defensive players are naturally messy. I presented some arguments to support my point and suggested it just makes sense. Offensive comes with a plan and tries to do things in an orderly fashion to accomplish the plan. Defense just wants to mess things up.
Offense - neat. Defense - messy.
After viewing my photos of Tara, I've decided Tara is neat.
She is quiet, stoic, businesslike, focused.
Tara should be playing offense. If I were a running back (talk about an absurd idea!) I'd want Tara out front of me. Tara is a strong player. Tara will do whatever she is asked to do. She'll play defense if you ask her do. And she'll do it right well thank you. But Tara belongs on offense. She was born to block.
Just my opinion.