Originally Posted by jackrussell
Again, I'll stick with an expert's analysis.
You're taking extreme examples.....no one is going to teach me to run a 4.5...but they can teach me to run faster. That is my point, that is Urlacher's point.....anything beyond that is just being argumentive for the sake of being argumentive.
And no.....teaching one person to run with a certain technique would not apply to everyone. My example was of a singular runner being taught to be more in tune with his body....as the faster runner apparently already had that ability. Once the slower runner applied what he was taught, he not only beat his nemisis, he went on to set a record.
You are arguing that 1 track guy had improved speed from a better technique. But heres a question. Was he slower because of a poor technique or faster because of a great technique. I would lean towards him having a poor technique, which is supported by the fact that record setting track times are not a daily occurance. Because if it was solely technique, then you could produce record setters each day.
But then theres the big out...."Same technique won't work for all people
". But why is that? Because some people just have different "achilles heels" that prevent them from being top tier runners? Highly unlikely. It doesn't work because most people just don't have the ability in the first place and no amount of technique coaching will make up for that.
Going even further. After a player is drafted, how often do you think they actually work on improving their 40? How often do you think they go out and get specific technique training?
Any way you want to slice it, you can only run as fast as your god given ability allows you to. No matter how much you want to improve your technique, if you don't have the genetic make-up in your body, it just doesn't matter.
Running technique helps your 40 time look good and thats about it. As would repeated training at any one specific thing for an extended period of time. What it doesn't do it make your natural ability any greater. Doesn't make you any faster when you step on the field and its time for what god has given you to shine. It just doesn't. If it did, then you would have teams paying top dollar for "Technique Specialists" who would come in and produce Primetime speed players.
But, whatever you wanna believe, you are entitled to. Personally, I just don't think you can teach speed and you especially cannot teach Football speed. And to think that you could even translate a striaghtline improvement across all areas is nuts. IMO, teaching someone how to sprint is not teaching them how to be faster, its teaching them how to sprint.