In his opening press conference as the Miami Dolphins interim head coach, Dan Campbell said he wanted to see the team become more aggressive, and he's already started to bring that into practice with the Oklahoma drill, according to Pro Football Talk.
In case you didn't know, the Oklahoma drill is a full-contact, full-speed drill with the team split into offense and defense, and players either have to block or tackle (or both) the ball carrier in a restricted area. The name originates from the former Oklahoma University coach Bud Wilkinson.
With this in mind, you can imagine how the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) is going to react when they hear about this. Not very well.
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Due to the intensity of the drill, lots of injuries have occurred in the past. With the right practice and procedures, though, it can be used for good team bonding, and releasing and utilizing aggression in a game-type situation. This is exactly why Campbell is using it, but the NFLPA might intervene due to player safety.
While it may be a good way to channel aggression properly, the fact it is being done during the season is very risky.
It's more of a preseason drill in my opinion, and the Cincinnati Bengals used to perform the drill during that period of the year, but they stopped doing it two seasons because their head coach, Marvin Lewis, felt it was leaving players too vulnerable.
The Oklahoma drill may not be a coaches favorite, but there are other drills out there which are much safer and practice the same techniques, like the half-line drill.
I'm sure there'll be a lot of attention at the Dolphins' practices not only because of the new coach but to also see if the Oklahoma drill is still in place.
Should teams perform the Oklahoma drill at practice? Or is it too unsafe? Have your say and leave a comment below...
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