Marvin Lewis- the Three T's of Defense

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As a life long Cincinnati Bengals fan, I have listened to Marvin Lewis speak several times in clinics and other coaching conventions. He has a sound concept of defense, and what it takes to be successful at the highest level. I also appreciate what he has done for the team I root for, as we were mired in a decade long of embarrassing seasons before his arrival. He has brought stability, consistency, and pride back to our franchise.
I have coached at both the high school and middle school level, and have spent time as the offensive, defensive, and special teams coordinator at the high school level at some point in my career. I stepped away from coaching three years ago to spend more time with my family. I have two children, Mackenzie is 7
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So by teaching proper tackling technique, you lessen the chance of a big play happening.
We start our season by teaching how to tackle properly, in a controlled, slow setting. We begin by putting kids in the correct “fit” position, where contact is already made. This coincides with many of the ideas Coach Lewis hit on in the video. We put them in a position with good bend in the hips, knees, and ankles, eyes on the football, and arms in the cocked position, ready to explode. Their shoulder pad is already in contact with the ball carrier. On the command, the tackler will explode with his arms under the arm pits of the ball carrier,grabbing cloth in the back, rolling his hips and driving through. After the initial explosion, the tackler will keep his feet moving, running through the ball carrier. We practice this drill until we are comfortable that everyone on our team has the correct fit position. Every coach is walking around during this drill, critiquing each player, getting them in the correct position. Once we are comfortable that our players know what a proper fit position is, we will then proceed to the drill we do every day. It is called “box tackle”. This drill takes our “fit” drill one step further. Our players will now shuffle two steps with good bend in the knees, hips, and ankles. They will then make contact with the ball carrier in a good fit

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