Posted March 15, 2013


FOOTBALL some say is just blocking and tackling. Some say it's blocking, tackling, and doing your job. These are mostly true, but they leave out a vital truth.

Football, is about imposing your will.

Whether you’re dragging a man to the ground who wants to keep running, or standing between a man who wants to reach the ballcarrier; in either case your denial of what he wants is your will overcoming his. You win, he loses.

In boxing there’s an expression, “Work the body and the head will come down”. It happens to be true. When your blows literally counter and opponent’s heartbeats, when you can pound the air from his lungs, when your blows causes stomach acid to repeatedly roil into your opponent’s throat, he soon will lose the will to fight you. This is the imposition of will. This is you win, he loses.



Last year against the Ravens, in pregame rally huddle, Ray Lewis said to his team “We got two different ball clubs. We got a physical one, and one that like to run around, and act like they cute.”


The Ravens lost that game, but they went on to win the Super Bowl by being a more physical team than the physical team they were playing. They weren’t finesse. They imposed their will. They won, the 49ers lost.



I’d like to the Eagles avoid a zone-blocking scheme and go directly to a power blocking model. For example: A few plays where they seal the back door, double a defender out of a hole, and  release half of that double to the second level, while the remaining blocker “keeps the street clean” by staying on the defender that was doubled. Instead of focusing on getting a number of your linemen to an area, focus on getting a number of defenders out of an area.

If this team is to be taken seriously, we are going to have to be able to pick up 3rd and 2. On the ground. We’ll need to be able to make 1st and 10, into 2nd and 5. On the ground. We have to be able to impose our will.

We’re coming off of the era of headhunting. Of numerous passes thrown to try drowning an opponent in points. We’ve turned the page. Now is time for the era of taking points almost as a byproduct of beating an opponent to his knees. To take. To pillage. To work and weaken the body.

To impose our will.

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