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Posted 07 November 2017 - 07:57 PM

Practice report, Nov. 7: Bob Diaco rips old tackling system, former defensive coordinator Mark Banker fires back

By Sam McKewon / World-Herald staff writer Nov 7, 2017 Updated 15 min ago

Over the course of a 20-minute chat with the media after Tuesday's practice, Nebraska defensive coordinator Bob Diaco said the Huskers' defense perhaps its whole team has myriad issues to solve, and those struggles were at the root of his comments after Saturday's 31-24 overtime loss to Northwestern, when he told reporters there was "no reasonable reason" to expect the defense to be further along than it was.

"Im not going to talk disparaging about the players," Diaco said. "Im just not going to do it, Im never going to do it. And Im not a talk about family business guy. And I want to do a third thing, which is be honest. So when its not going well, to do all three of those things become very hard. Hence, the answer can become a little nonsensical as you try to make sure protect the beautiful players and protect the integrity family business, because airing out the family laundry doesnt help anybody do anything.

"But Ill give you one example. Im just trying to be honest here."

And Diaco wanted to talk tackling specifically, the "Hawk" rugby-tackling system Nebraska used in 2016, developed by Atavus.

Diaco said the players didn't like it and, what's more, had forgotten how to tackle because of it. He also said he'd heard the change to the Atavus system tied back to a mandate from NU's administration someone above coach Mike Riley.

"Which didnt sound like anybody believed in," Diaco said. "So the tackling degenerated. So when you think about it you think about a player showing up here whos a really great tackler and then becomes a worse tackler? That doesnt make any sense.

"So I had no idea until we went to our tackling drill in the first full practice of spring football and found that the players were spectacularly frustrated during the drill, because theyre willing, theyre talented enough to tackle, theyre tough enough to tackle, theyre willing tacklers, they want to do well, but they dont fundamentally know, anymore, how to tackle. At all. So weve been working hard at just that one thing."

Nebraska's 2016 defensive coordinator, Mark Banker, disagreed.

"He's full of it," Banker said. "He's making excuses. It was not mandated by the administration not to my knowledge it was suggested and then it was put forward by our head coach to bring that company in, and then we used that method."

Banker said Nebraska's tackling got much better in 2016. NU practiced three different tackling drills three days a week last season. Riley originally suggested Banker go to the Hawk system in 2015, but Banker declined, since Nebraska was too close to the start of the season to make a switch in styles. Banker said Atavus understood the system, helped the Husker coaches implement and tracked statistics for it.

"When we had time and were doing the drills, it paid dividends," Banker said.

"We improved from the 2015 season. A guy like Lamar Jackson, I don't know if he's ever made a tackle. He looks like he did last year. That's just an individual. Look at the Wisconsin game. Look at a guy Nate Gerry and what he did with tackling. Look at Chris Jones."

The only game where Nebraska didn't use the tackling drills in practice? Before the Music City Bowl.

"And it showed," Banker said.

More to come.
"We ran into a buzz saw tonight." Mike Riley following the Arkansas State game

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Posted 08 November 2017 - 08:16 AM

Look at Nate Gerry, who got ejected twice because of his "tackling".  Banker was Cosgrove, so he pretty much has no credibility in my eyes.  Diaco has at least coached an elite defense, even if this one is horrible. 


The unfortunate part is that Diaco is not going to get the opportunity to transform this D with his own players like he did at Notre Dame.

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Posted 21 November 2017 - 12:19 PM

We still talking about the opener, or how far into the season are we?

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