Matt Waldman’s RSP Cast takes a dive into Bo Jackson’s tape to unearth what’s teachable and what’s not from the game of this myth of a player.
What makes Bo Jackson great? The common narrative, which came from NFL Films inviting beat writers to pontificate on the subject, is he’s so fast…he’s so big…he’s so big AND so fast.
True. It’s also an incomplete analysis that glosses over the fact that Bo Jackson was a highly skilled running back.
Whether Jackson learned these skills through disciplined attention to detail or he picked them up fast doesn’t eliminate the fact that he acquired them and that young running backs, running back coaches, and scouts can gain something from studying Jackson’s tape that goes beyond he’s so fast…he’s so big…he’s so big AND so fast.
I’ll hopefully have a YouTube video to provide visual underpinnings to what I describe in this podcast, but if you’re commuting and wish to hear what I found of value with Jackson’s game, give it a listen. There are several techniques Jackson uses that succesful NFL backs that followed him use.
Here’s the YouTube video. If the NFL won’t allow it to be watched from here, you can go to my YouTube Channel to access it.
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