High Jumping in the NFL

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High Jumping in the NFL

Postby Marlow » Sat Oct 20, 2012 6:26 am

I had to laugh reading the home-page-linked article about how NFL coaches should look to track High Jumpers for that key yard in a goal line situation. NFL backs have been diving over the pile successfully for decades, of course, but when 'thnkers' get too much time on their hands, they often come up with astonishingly bad ideas. This one wants a specialty player to flop over the scrum into the endzone. The lunacy begins with ideas like this:

But Joe Klim, a University of Pennsylvania assistant track and field coach who specializes in jumping events, guessed a good high jumper could still achieve roughly 95 percent of his normal capability using a shorter four-step Fosbury approach, taking only the four strides that make up the curved portion of the J. “A pretty good athlete who can jump about seven feet could probably go six-foot-eight on a four-step approach,” Klim said.

Yeah on a Mondo apron with spandex on. Now put him in cleats, pads, and a helmet on grass and see how he does. And have him go head first on his back into 300-lb behemoths intent on body harm. Lots of NFL linebackers are 6'4" - 6'6" and they would be salivating at the thought of some spindly HJer coming toward them, even at 6'6" in the air. Here's a clue, linebackers, unencumbered by O-linemen taking out their legs, can jump too. The impact would be horrific . . . for the HJer.
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Re: High Jumping in the NFL

Postby lonewolf » Sat Oct 20, 2012 6:48 am

This kind of thinking may explain why Joe is an assistant track coach. :)

Seems to me, you would need a huge inventory of goal line HJers if you plan to score often. They have to come back to earth and would be good for about one attempt.
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Re: High Jumping in the NFL

Postby tandfman » Sat Oct 20, 2012 7:20 am

What a loony idea!

The thought of a guy getting hit while doing the flop in that situation is absolutely frightening.
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Re: High Jumping in the NFL

Postby Dutra5 » Sat Oct 20, 2012 10:21 am

What does coach Klim have against high jumpers?
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