The Seattle Seahawks, though they are having a down year this season, are known throughout the NFL as having a impressive, innovative defense. Anytime someone is exceptionally good at something, it’s worth looking at what they’re doing to innovate and excel at such a high level. The Seahawks are no different.
The Seahawks have adopted what they term “Hawk Tackling” for their defensive players. Essentially, their players tackle differently than those on nearly every other team in that they don’t lead head first; instead, they tackle like rugby players do (who play their intense game with no head protection).
Other coaches are starting to notice how disruptively innovative Hawk Tackling is. Here’s a brief video (30 seconds) that’s worth watching to get a sense of what Hawk Tackling is all about.
NFL players (much to the detriment of their health it seems research is now showing) have tackled the same way for years and years. Introducing Hawk Tackling is certainly a disruptive innovation on football fields across America.
After seeing this, I’m left wondering what practices we have in place that might need to be reevaluated.
What are we doing that could have long term negative impacts on our students? What do we need to reconsider? What are those sacred topics–the ones we can’t touch for whatever (usually not that great of a) reason?
It’s worth our time to crack those ideas open so that we can make sure they pass a check with our vision for the students with whom we interact.
Before you drill down to the campus/classroom level, leave me a comment about the areas you think we as educators need to rethink. I’d love to see your perspective, and I’m sure it will push my thinking. I have a couple of ideas myself, but I’ll share those in the comments soon.