Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Pillars of the NFL: Bill George

In Patrick McCaskey's Pillars of the NFL: Coaches Who Have Won Three or More Championships he cover the ten greatest NFL coaches of all-time.  Close to home, is George Halas, the father of the NFL and the Bears.  In Pillars, we also include a little on the coaches players and we'd  thought we'd reproduce some of that for our posts.

Bill George played the middle guard position when he joined the Bears in 1952.  On pass plays, the middle guard would make contact with the offensive center and then drop back and cover.  George decided that on a passing play, he would drop back before the play was underway.  In this way he was able to fill the space better and disrupt the shortest of passes in the middle.  Essentially, George’s middle guard position morphed into the middle linebacker position.  Hall of Famer George had all the skills to cover a huge part of the field, defend against the pass and the run, pursue plays to the outside, and play with an aggression and force that became the prototype for others who followed him—Butkus, Singletary, and Urlacher.  George played for the Bears from 1952-1965.  

Also see post on Bears' linebackers.

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