JB: Players Will Struggle To "De-Program" Tackling Technique

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JB: Players Will Struggle To "De-Program" Tackling Technique

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Triple M Footy’s James Brayshaw has told the Rush Hour that it will be hard for players to “de-program” the way they’ve been taught to tackle.

For the second week in a row, the tackle has been a massive talking point in footy circles after Collingwood ruckman Brodie Grundy’s tackle on North Melbourne forward Ben Brown.

With arms pinned, Brown was slammed into the Etihad Stadium turf on Saturday night and was knocked out. He took no further part in the game and had to be sent to hospital as a precaution.

As a result the match review panel has offered Grundy a two-week suspension, seven days after Geelong superstar Patrick Dangerfield copped a week for a tackle which concussed Carlton big man Matthew Krezuer.

“These players are taught, and I’ve watched it happen, the tackling technique and that is pin the arms and make sure that the player is taken to ground so that he can have no further part in the play that ensues,” JB said.

“This whole thing is going to be hard for players to de-program and the issue with Brown is that he still had the ball but he couldn’t move, his arms were pinned and then he got knocked out – exactly the same as ‘Danger’ the week before.

“If he hadn’t have been knocked out I suspect it wouldn’t have been as heavy a sanction but at the end of the day, when a player gets knocked out in footy we know what’s going to follow.”


JB added that players being knocked out while being tackled couldn’t be excused as being an accident.

“Whether you now need to sag to your knees when you’re tackling a player as the tackler to protect the next movement, I don’t know what the answer is,” he said.

What once was considered the “perfect tackle” can no longer be deemed to be so when a player is knocked out, according to Damian Barrett who now believes the league needs to stage a summit on the issue.

“This is now happening too regularly,” Damo said.

“They (players) are programmed that way but they are going to have to get it out of their system.

“We’re going to have to change because the AFL has gone out of its way to protect the head on so many levels.”