How to Block a Tackle in Football

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In football, blocking a tackle means preventing penetration, and this can be achieved by a combination block, or double-teaming. Use a guard and a center to block a defensive tackle with help from a former NFL football player in this free video on playing football and football techniques.

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Hi I'm Gary Reasons, former NFL linebacker and this topic is going to be talking about how you actually block a defensive tackle. Well this is all scheme oriented, how you actually handle those big nasty guys, the ugly guys down on the line of scrimmage. Well if it's a big defensive tackle his job is to do one thing and that is to create penetration in the line of scrimmage and get into the back field and disrupt what you are doing offensively. So when you account for a defensive lineman or a defensive tackle, the proper way to block him is to make sure that he does one time that is not get penetration. Sometimes this can be a combination block, you can use a guard and a center on a defensive tackle or you may use a guard and a tackle on a defensive tackle or even sometimes you may use a combination of a fullback coming in and also doing a combination block or double teaming the defensive tackle. But remember if they get penetration those guys do their job and they want to take up as many people as they can so their defensive linebackers can run to the football but good defensive tackles want to get in the backfield and create a little bit of havoc back there with penetration. So blocking a defensive tackle is very important so you'll have somebody on it and it can come from a center tackle or a fullback out of the backfield to properly take care of that player.

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