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The Jacksonville Jaguars are the second NFL team to credit rugby as inspiration for safer tackling techniques. The Washington Post talked to Jags coach Gus Bradley, who came to Jacksonville via the Seattle Seahawks, about the influence of rugby on his coaching.
“We really take a lot of pride in it,” Bradley said of his tackling methods in a conference call this week. “One of the things that we have showed our guys is rugby tackling. Just look at how rugby players are handling it and how they’re tackling and the importance of it. It can be done, and you can do it with safety in mind.”
The Seahawks and head coach Pete Carroll were first to give the public tip of the cap to rugby, and Waisale Serevi has visited the Seattle coaching staff and players on multiple occasions. So it only makes sense that Bradley, a Carroll disciple, is furthering the message.