Guttpuppy wrote:I posted an article early in the year about players trying to tackle the ball instead of the ballcarrier...it might work on the known "fumblers" but that's not the way they're taught to tackle.These guys want the big turnover and a spot on the highlight reel.This isn't the only reason for the higher totals but I think it does contribute.
Yes it does contribute, in fact I've percieved a definate downward trend in tackling ability the last few years in the league. Maybe too much of an emphasis is being put on turnovers, or maybe it's part of the "I'm gonna get on Sports Center" mentality of today's players, but far too many players are concentrating on stripping the ball well before they secure the tackle. I find myself shaking my head in dismay when I see players taking a swing at the ball when they could be using that arm to wrap up the runner. OOPS! Another 12 yd. Gain.
However, as I've stated before, there is probably more overall running back talent in the league right now than ever before. Look for the BIG RB #'s to continue. Enjoy the talent, these RB's are good