Go Back   New Orleans Saints - blackandgold.com > Main > Saints

Saints secondary taps into MMA training to improve press coverage

this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; Saints secondary taps into MMA training to improve press coverage BY JOEL A. ERICKSON | JERICKSON@THEADVOCATE.COM AUG 4, 2017 - 4:00 PM Every night, when the Saints' Ken Crawley heads into the film room to break down his performance in ...

Like Tree8Likes

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 08-05-2017, 01:43 PM   #1
Threaded by AsylumGuido
5000 POSTS! +
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Bossier City, LA
Posts: 5,204

Show Printable Version Email this Page
Rating: (0 votes - average)

Saints secondary taps into MMA training to improve press coverage

BY JOEL A. ERICKSON | JERICKSON@THEADVOCATE.COM
AUG 4, 2017 - 4:00 PM



Every night, when the Saints' Ken Crawley heads into the film room to break down his performance in practice, he pops in a tape from last year first.

Crawley likes to see how far he has come.

An undrafted free agent who was forced into heavy action last season after a rash of injuries at cornerback, Crawley knew he would face far tougher competition in camp this year after the addition of first-round draft pick Marshon Lattimore and the returns of Delvin Breaux and P.J. Williams. And he also knew the Saints planned to ask their cornerbacks to play more man-to-man this season.

"The only thing I'm worried about right now is perfecting my press technique, because we're going to run a lot of man this year," Crawley said. "We've got to hold up outside this year."

Defensive coordinator Dennis Allen and the rest of the coaching staff set up a special summer opportunity for the defensive backs to prepare for that tweak.

Crawley, safety Kenny Vaccaro, defensive end Alex Okafor and a group of young defensive backs that included De'Vante Harris, P.J. Williams, Damian Swann, Marcus Williams and Arthur Maulet traveled to Los Angeles in July to train at Jay Glazer's Unbreakable Performance Center.

For years, Glazer has been using mixed-martial-arts principles to train NFL players at his gym on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood. Combat sports possess an obvious correlation to the hand fighting and battles that take place on the football field, and Glazer, the longtime Fox Sports reporter, has built workouts that tailor MMA skills to the football field.

"Some of the techniques we used: hand speed, boxing, kickboxing, all of that stuff, the technique of taking down guys," Crawley said. "Bringing the physicality in our games and using the hands — we put more emphasis on that in the offseason."

Few of the players involved had ever trained in combat sports, but the application was obvious.

More here ...
Views: 213
Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-2017, 02:09 PM   #2
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: The Woodlands
Posts: 22,784
Blog Entries: 29
Re: Saints secondary taps into MMA training to improve press coverage

That'll stop the PI flags fo' shur'!
SmashMouth is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-2017, 02:22 PM   #3
Bounty Money $$$
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: 5800 Airline Dr. Metairie, LA.
Posts: 15,262
Re: Saints secondary taps into MMA training to improve press coverage

Judo helped my rugby game tremendously. Martial Arts can benefit people in a fight on the street or playing field.

Edt: I've been preaching this for years on the bng. Playing with power and explosiveness along with hand placement will put you in a position to win.
hagan714 likes this.

Last edited by Rugby Saint II; 08-05-2017 at 02:33 PM..
Rugby Saint II is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-2017, 02:49 PM   #4
Site Donor 2016
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 5,076
Re: Saints secondary taps into MMA training to improve press coverage

Good thing they aren't in the MMA. They would all get injured climbing into the ring.
The Dude is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-2017, 04:01 PM   #5
1000 Posts +
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 4,829
Re: Saints secondary taps into MMA training to improve press coverage

Totally agree. I'm a small dude but just horsing around I have taken down much larger guys due to wrestling in H.S.. The look on their face after releasing them lol! I think it transfers to football. A flying headlock, a shoot for the ankles. One starts understanding the physics of it. I feel sorry though for anyone tackling LF of AD at full speed. I have no answer for that one but help!
Rugby Saint II likes this.
Beastmode is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-2017, 04:12 PM   #6
Site Donor 2016
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 5,076
Re: Saints secondary taps into MMA training to improve press coverage

Originally Posted by Beastmode View Post
Totally agree. I'm a small dude but just horsing around I have taken down much larger guys due to wrestling in H.S.. The look on their face after releasing them lol! I think it transfers to football. A flying headlock, a shoot for the ankles. One starts understanding the physics of it. I feel sorry though for anyone tackling LF of AD at full speed. I have no answer for that one but help!
One swift kick under the kneecap and even the biggest mofo will go down.
Rugby Saint II likes this.
The Dude is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-2017, 04:17 PM   #7
Hu Dat!
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Posts: 3,684
Blog Entries: 5
Re: Saints secondary taps into MMA training to improve press coverage

From yoga to MMA ... are we going to be visiting a witch doctor next?
WillMacKenzie likes this.
neugey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-2017, 04:24 PM   #8
Resident Swede
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Märsta, Sweden
Posts: 6,698
Re: Saints secondary taps into MMA training to improve press coverage

Originally Posted by neugey View Post
From yoga to MMA ... are we going to be visiting a witch doctor next?

Wouldn't a Voodoo priestess be more our thing?
Seer1 likes this.
Crusader is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-2017, 05:24 PM   #9
Hu Dat!
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Posts: 3,684
Blog Entries: 5
Re: Saints secondary taps into MMA training to improve press coverage

Originally Posted by Crusader View Post
Wouldn't a Voodoo priestess be more our thing?
Considering how bad things were with the bounty accusations, figured it's too risky to be caught with voodoo dolls of NFC South rivals.
neugey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-2017, 05:51 PM   #10
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: The Woodlands
Posts: 22,784
Blog Entries: 29
Re: Saints secondary taps into MMA training to improve press coverage

Originally Posted by Crusader View Post
Wouldn't a Voodoo priestess be more our thing?
Well the SuperDome I think has that taken care of. If I remember correctly, it's built over some sort of old burial ground or something.

The Girod Street Cemetery Buried Underneath Louisiana's Superdome
SmashMouth is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:47 AM.


Copyright 1997 - 2014 - BlackandGold.com
no new posts