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The off-season gives birth to plenty of unique opportunities for coaches to get their players ready for the season ahead.

With an ever improving league, the pressure is on the coaches in the NFL to constantly find new ways to help their players improve.

Facing the problem head on

In the case of the San Francisco 49ers however, runningbacks coach Tom Rathman may have come up with the strangest and most hilarious drill of all time.


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Ball security is everything to a runningback who is remembered for every fumble that they make in a harshly critical league.

However the real question becomes, can the Niners runningbacks do what they need to this year to lead the team back to glory?

A video has been published from straight in the heart of 49ers training camp which shows the runningbacks trying out an interesting new drill.

By literally picking up their team-mates and tickling them while they try to hold on to the ball, the Niners are hoping to improve the ball security from their runningbacks.

It proves to be quite a funny looking drill but the theory is certainly sound with Rathman's drill clearly going down well with the players shouting to do it again.

Only time will tell however if the drill will play a small part in the resurgence of the 49ers who are in desperate need of a comeback year.

After reaching three NFC Championship games in a row between 2011 and 2014 with one Super Bowl appearance, the 49ers missed out on the play-offs completely last season.

Comeback needed?

San Francisco parted ways with head coach Jim Harbaugh at the end of last season and with quarterback Colin Kaepernick coming under ever increasing pressure, the team needs a big year.

They will be trying to improve in a difficult division without Frank Gore who has left for the much improved Indianapolis Colts.

The question is though, in a very competitive NFC West division, can the 49ers truly compete with the Seattle Seahawks, Arizona Cardinals or even the St Louis Rams?

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