The roll tackle is a great way to combat a physical back who will either lower the shoulder and attempt to run over tacklers, or use the stiff arm to keep tacklers from getting to him. It is also effective in attempting to run down the speed back who can simply run through our tacklers' angle. Note that the roll tackle is not simply "diving at legs" or "cutting' the ball carrier, but a method to shoot hands, wrap up, and finish the tackle, just as we would expect every tackler on the defense to do. (Film will be available on my youtube site: search coachkeithalbers or http://www.youtube.com/user/coachkeithalbers?feature=mhum)
Coach Keith Albers is a defensive coordinator, author, and speaker.