Atlanta Falcons bring in Stuart Lancaster for expertise on how to avoid concussion when tackling

  • Stuart Lancaster spent three days with Atlanta Falcons offering his advice
  • The NFL franchise sought the ex-England rugby chief’s tackling expertise
  • Concussion is an on-going concern in the NFL with Lancaster being brought in to provide his insight on avoiding head injuries 
Stuart Lancaster has completed a three-day stint with NFLfranchise the Atlanta Falcons, providing a rugby perspective on tackling.

Falcons head coach Dan Quinn met Lancaster at a leadership conference in Los Angeles over the summer and asked if he could meet his players and transplant union technique.

“I talked to them about winning the last metre, winning the collision and finishing the tackle,” said Lancaster.



American Football has become more interested in rugby-style tackling since concerns surfaced over the number of concussions being sustained by players.

“In a rugby game, they are tackling constantly, so we thought there was a lot to gain from Stuart,” said Quinn.

He came in and we spent a good bit of time talking tackling, what drills to use and if there’s a crossover that we use from our game that he can use, and something from his game that we might be able to use. Any chance we can get that interaction, we are going to find it.”

Lancaster has also been involved in the independent review into the culture within British Cycling’s world-class performance programme and is assisting the FA with ideas from English rugby’s successful youth development structure.

However, he could be set to make his return to his own sport shortly having been linked with the Queensland Reds Super Rugby job.

 

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