Singletary calls for better tackling from 49ers
Tackling is the theme of the week for Mike Singletary.
In August, Singletary began his first training camp as
Now, improved tackling is what Singletary is calling for from San Francisco’s defense heading into a key
It’s not as if the tackling has been poor – the
“We have some guys, they don’t just want to tackle, they want to blow people up,” Singletary said. “We’ve got to do a better job breaking down and just making the tackle.”
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But he said the defensive players need to be smart about doing so, taking proper angles and picking their opportunities wisely. Goldson is in his first season starting at free safety for the
“It’s all about attitude,” Goldson said of the art of tackling. “It’s not really a concern. We just know we’ve missed a few. We make a lot, too. We make a lot more than we miss, so that’s always good.”
“It’s a focus every week. If you want to be a great defense, tackling is the No. 1 thing you have to do,” Willis said. “For whatever reason, we’re men and we know that in order to have a good defense and to play good defense, you have to tackle. That’s something we have to take upon ourselves. We can’t work on it during the week and kill each other and tackle each other, but we can work on it by how we go to the ball, good feet, just small things we can do to help us during the season.”
Seattle coach Jim Mora knows the challenges of trying to improve tackling at this stage of the season. It doesn’t make sense to practice it, he said.
“You can’t, because you risk injuring a player who’s very valuable to you,” Mora said. “This time of the year some players are beat up and need some recovery time. A lot of tackling is just the will to do it as well. You hope you have the right guys.”
San Francisco has a relentless bunch that prides itself on getting after the quarterback. In Sunday’s 20-3 win over the
“Since it’s this late in the season we’re not really going to be doing much practicing hitting, because bodies are sore,” cornerback
NOTES: Goldson had his sore right hand dipped in paraffin wax and placed in a plastic bag to keep it warm. “Like a nail salon,” he said with a grin. … Haralson is nursing a bruised thumb he said isn’t serious. The other injuries: DT