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Subject: He's said this several times


Author:
Go Green
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Date Posted: 10:54:15 06/20/18 Wed
In reply to: An Observer 's message, "Less Practice, Better Outcomes" on 10:34:36 06/20/18 Wed


I have no reason to doubt him regarding the missed tackles. But he implemented the no-tackling policy (2010) more or less the same year when the first of his improved recruiting groups became upperclassmen.

So its hard to compare apples to apples when he claims that backing off tackling in practice led to a decrease in missed tackles. Teevens' first cluster of recruits during his second stint didn't pan out for various reasons... The 2010 guys (i.e., Class of 2011) guys onward were just better than their predecessors.

I fully agree that eliminating tackling in practices tends to reduce injuries. That's just common sense...

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An Observer
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Date Posted: 11:54:45 06/20/18 Wed

GG, you point out an important and interesting exogenous variable, that the implementation of the no-tackling policy took place at the low water mark of the quality of Dartmouth recruits. Since the policy was put into place, the players have been getting better.

But the improvement in tackling Teevens asserts has been much more dramatic. Sure, I can accept that today's players are better than they were in 2010. What difference in missed tackles would we expect from that? Maybe 10%?

Don't forget: If the tacklers are better now, so are the ballcarriers and blockers. So it should be mostly a wash from a broad-based rising tide in recruiting. And yet Teevens is reporting a dramatic improvement in tackling, from one of the worst in the League to the best.

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[> [> [> [> [> [> [> Subject: Should also consider..


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Go Green
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Date Posted: 14:28:54 06/20/18 Wed


That 2010 was the year that Dartmouth "downgraded" its out-of-conference schedule.

We went from playing UNH, Colgate, and Holy Cross every year during an era where all three were very strong programs.

Now, the OOC games are more manageable. I'm guessing that it's easier to tackle the Stetson and Georgetown running backs than it was to tackle Jordan Scott (RIP).

And I'm guessing that the tackling numbers reflect all games, not just conference games.

I'm not saying that Teevens is wrong when he suggests that no live tackling translated into less missed tackles. But I think that there's more to the story than he's letting on...

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An Observer
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Date Posted: 21:24:00 06/20/18 Wed

Good point. Better than your initial point, actually. Thanks for your thoughts.

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[> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> Subject: I actually agree


Author:
Go Green
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Date Posted: 07:55:33 06/21/18 Thu


The schedule changes should have been my first thought. Although increased talent plays a role as well.

In any event, the end results are all that matters. If Teevens wants to attribute a decrease in missed tackles to a change in shampoo in the Floren showers, all power to him.

:)

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Author:
GreenIvy
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Date Posted: 09:08:45 06/21/18 Thu

2016, Dartmouth beat what was considered a very tough out of conference schedule (Holy Cross, Towson and UNH who once again made the FCS playoffs), but could only muster one Ivy win.

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Go Green
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Date Posted: 09:50:08 06/21/18 Thu


S**t happened that year.

I think most agree that 2016 was the exception, not the norm, to recent Dartmouth performances.

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GreenIvy
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Date Posted: 19:44:54 06/21/18 Thu

I noted that year stating that a perceived tough OCC schedule may not be as tough or maybe the Ivy league can compete at the other levels, even for a team that only one one Ivy game

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