Denzel Ward’s back spasms caused by “stupid” way he tackles


Gregg Williams hopes Denzel Ward has learned his lesson. The Browns defensive coordinator blamed Ward’s back spasms on the rookie cornerback’s “stupid” tackling technique.

“I was glad to hear [it wasn’t serious], and maybe he’ll finally listen to me and stop doing those stupid things the way he’s trying to tackle and tackle the way I tell him to tackle and he won’t get hurt,” Williams said, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Ward tried to wrap up Eagles tight end Zach Ertz and take him to the ground after a 7-yard catch last week. Instead, Ward twisted his back.

He has returned to practice after tests revealed no structural damage to his back.

“I think this was a good enough shock that maybe he thinks that I might know what I’m talking about,” Williams said.

Williams wanted Ward to cut Ertz instead of having “a 290-pound man running over his face.”

In the four months since the Browns drafted him, the No. 4 overall choice already has missed time with hip flexor and ankle injuries. Williams didn’t mince words.

“I’m not a doctor. I’m not a trainer,” Williams said. “He needs to make sure he’s doing all the things he needs to do to stay on the field. Otherwise, hey, he’s not a football player.”

9 responses to “Denzel Ward’s back spasms caused by “stupid” way he tackles

  1. This can’t be right…. Mayock proclaimed during the draft over and over he has “oily hips”. I guess Dorsey bought it.

  2. But but but “you can’t avoid dropping your head to tackle!”. Williams must not know what he’s talking about, he should consult with the experts in comments sections first.

  3. Watching Hard Knocks I can’t believe Williams has the respect of a single player on that roster. And oh by the way coach, his tackling is your responsibility and just a reflection of your coaching ability.

  4. ward was instructed to “kill the head & the body will follow” technique by gregory.

  5. Mr Bountygate calling someone stupid? SMH, can’t make this stuff up folks.

  6. So Ertz chubbed up to 290 during the off season?
    Williams has no future as the guy that guesses your weight at the fair.

  7. Should’ve drafted Bradley Chubb & played him opposite of Garrett. Would’ve been unstoppably epic for a decade, with no need to chastize anyone’s tackling techniques.

    Factory of Sadness self inflicted.

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