Doug Pederson: Live tackling drills are “probably over”

AP

The Eagles brought live tackling back to their training camp practices this summer after going without them during Chip Kelly’s three years as head coach with new coach Doug Pederson saying they weren’t going to “shy away from the tackling or shy away from the hitting” because of the risk of injury.

Last Friday’s practice featured tackling and it ended with wide receiver Jordan Matthews on the shelf for a while because of a knee injury, defensive end Marcus Smith in the concussion protocol and tight end Zach Ertz lamenting low hits by younger members of the team like the one that injured Matthews. It doesn’t sound like Ertz is going to have to worry about that anymore.

The Eagles were in pads on Monday, but there wasn’t any tackling and Pederson said he doesn’t think there will be any more in the team’s practices.

“Padded days, no,” Pederson said in comments distributed by the team. “The padded days are not over. The live tackling drills will probably be over. But we will continue to practice in pads throughout training camp and into the regular season.”

Pederson was then asked if last week’s injuries led to the change in his thoughts about having live tackling in practice.

“No, I’m not concerned as much about that,” Pederson said. “I just have to look at the overall health of the football team. It’s not about getting somebody hurt, but it’s about protecting the guys out here. They have been doing an excellent job. These last six days have been tough. I wanted it to be tough on them.”

We’ll never know if Pederson would have made the changes without last week’s injuries, but the vacillations in the coach’s answer suggest it would have been business as briefly usual without the trips to the trainer’s room.

29 responses to “Doug Pederson: Live tackling drills are “probably over”

  1. Eh, preseason games are starting. They will get plenty of live everything in those, so it’s probably not a huge deal at this point.

  2. There are teams that are good tackling teams and bad tackling teams. Chip Kelly’s Eagles were notorious for poor tackling, Pederson saying live tackling is over for the team doesn’t sound like a good plan.

    Teaching those young guys who are going low or the bad technique is the right thing. The team I cheer for brings in rugby coaches. They aren’t perfect but they are pretty good tackling team on 3 levels of defense and special teams.

  3. “I just have to look at the overall health of the football team. It’s not about getting somebody hurt, but it’s about protecting the guys out here.”……um, what?

    why does everyone talk like a #*&#%$!!!! politician these days? No wonder Trump is popular, at least the moron does not mince his words and use three long sentences to say simple things like “no, we will stop doing that”.

  4. Just admit you were wrong and Chip was right and move on. Eagles will rue the day they let the Chipster go. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but soon.

  5. “It’s not about getting somebody hurt, but it’s about protecting the guys out here.”

    Kind of like saying, “It’s not about avoiding damage caused by bullets, it’s about not getting shot.”

  6. Chip Kelly’s tenure as the Eagles head coach can be summarized by paraphrasing Winston Churchill’s comment about democracy: Kelly was the worst coach for Philadelphia, except for all the others.

  7. I do understand the sentiment, I played hockey in college and we weren’t allowed to slam our fellow teammates into the boards during practices. But once the real game began, its not like we forget how to do it.

  8. Just a transitional coach- keep him long enough to help the fans forget who the previous coach was; bad enough that the future coach will be welcomed with open arms…

  9. Must add that Doug Pederson in that photo looks like the proverbial ‘deer in the headlights’ almost feel bad for him- hope he gets canned after 1 season so he can enjoy the 2nd year of his contract…

  10. Either way everybody wants to make a story about how a coach takes away hitting and everyone is becoming a wimp or some teams are doing too much hitting and that coach is a relic days gone by. You can’t win either way. I know about football or at least I think I know is from watching 15 years of college and high school football practices as a certified athletic trainer is you either want to hit people and like taking hits or you don’t and no amount of course hitting makes somebody who doesn’t like it want to do it on a regular basis

  11. richndc says:
    Aug 8, 2016 2:02 PM
    “I just have to look at the overall health of the football team. It’s not about getting somebody hurt, but it’s about protecting the guys out here.”……um, what?

    why does everyone talk like a #*&#%$!!!! politician these days? No wonder Trump is popular, at least the moron does not mince his words and use three long sentences to say simple things like “no, we will stop doing that”.
    ————————————————

    You pick Trump as an example of well worded thoughts formed into succinct sentences? If that’s the case I agree with you… no wonder Trump is popular.

  12. crewchief15 says:
    Aug 8, 2016 1:59 PM
    That picture of him is how I visualize every Philly fan to look like😉

    Now that’s FUNNY! (because it hits so close to the truth)

  13. This ticks me off and now you are going to have friction between your H.C. and your D.C. Jim Shwartz just said he likes a coach that likes a physical camp. How can you be physical without tackling? You don’t need to run 5 live periods a day but you gotta’ hit. Nobody was seriously hurt. You got one guy complaining about low hits. Here’s what to do, TELL YOUR QB’s to stop throwing to 2 guys. Ertz and Mathews. I’ve been to two practices and those guys are the safety valve play after play. They are gonna’ get killed this year. UGH!! Our defense has not looked good either. Offense has gotten the best of em the two practices I’ve seen.

  14. This article makes it sound like they haven’t hit since last Friday. But articles from the local press describing today’s practice talk about the hitting that went on today.

    Don’t let the facts get in the way of a good story PFT.

  15. Taking hits in practice is what gets you ready for people trying to kill you on the field.

    This is going to backfire in the worst way. So many players on the Eagles will get injured in the first two weeks of the pre-season they will end up starting Wentz simply due to attrition.

  16. How is it that back in the day you’d be having two-a-days for weeks at a time with full contact and there wasn’t a 10th of the in-practice injuries happening that there are now?

    I just don’t get it.

  17. Soooooo, forever? As in like, he won’t ever employ live tackling again as a head coach, in future years?Or just for the remainder of this off-season?

  18. Well Eagles fans I have BAD news and REAL BAD news for you:
    BAD News: 1 – 16 season starts in 3 weeks.
    REAL BAD News: Browns have your 1st round pick in April.

  19. Boy! that was a fast turn-around – it only took him
    one practice?

    You can almost bet this decision came from above
    his pay level.

  20. bassplucker says:
    Aug 8, 2016 4:49 PM

    How is it that back in the day you’d be having two-a-days for weeks at a time with full contact and there wasn’t a 10th of the in-practice injuries happening that there are now?

    I just don’t get it.
    —————————————————–
    You were reading my mind. I was thinking about that too. I’m no expert, far from it but it could be back in the day guys were playing for chump change compared to todays NFL players. Guys were expendable, get hurt, get another guy. No salary cap either. The investment in todays players are too big to gamble with. Besides, bigger, stronger, faster has got to lead to more injuries, no? The game simply has evolved. We that are old enough to remember when it was a last man standing proposition need to evolve with it. To be honest I’d rather not. To me, the game was so much better “back in the day”

  21. Let me guess – The very same people saying Philly will be soft as a result of easy practices, are the same ones complaining about Pete Carroll when the league spanked him for practicing more. It never fails here does it!

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