Originally Posted by Rack
You can't teach speed. You can teach someone the proper technique to run a sprint though. The improved technique hasn't made him a better football player. The way you run on the field is not the way they teach you to run the 40. IMO he would of been the exact same player even if he hadn't gone to that place. It made him faster on a track... he was already fast on the field.
Teaching proper technique, as you say, is teaching speed. That's exactly how it was put in a discussion of track coaches I was listening to.
They used an example of a world class sprinter(who's name escapes me) who could never beat another runner. Does he settle for being #2 the rest of his career, or is there something that can be done to change it?
After a coach went over hours of tape, he concluded, believe this or not, his legs were going too fast
for the rest of his body, out of synch if you will. By making an adjustment in his stride, to be more in tune with his body, the sprinter indeed became faster.
It was unanimous among these track coaches that you could teach speed...I'll go with that.
I didn't infer it made Urlacher a better football player, just that he was taught to run faster, which he was.