30 10, 2015

[Vice Sports] What American Football Can Learn from the Rugby World Cup

Once upon a time, American football and rugby were pretty much one and the same. Then came Walter Camp and the 1880 college football rules convention that replaced scrums with an uncontested line of scrimmage, and a subsequent century of increasing delineation and mutual indifference: hard plastic helmets and the domestic dominance of Monday Night [...]

5 10, 2015

[The Seattle Times] UW football works with Atavus on data-driven tackling methods

Seattle was already an epicenter for rugby-inspired tackling methods. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll champions the cause with his “Hawk Tackle” video, and Washington coaches, after experimenting with some rugby drills in the past, adopted them wholly last year, too. For Rex Norris, the art of tackling goes beyond the act of burying a ball carrier [...]

13 08, 2015

ATAVUS Launches Football Program to Advance Effective and Safe Tackling

Rugby-inspired tackle program for coaches built off work with Seattle Seahawks In response to Football’s evolution to a game of greater speed and spread offenses and the sport’s increased call for safety in tackling, Seattle-based ATAVUS (rugby.atavus.com) has launched ATAVUS Football. By applying Rugby principles to collegiate, high school and junior Football programs ATAVUS aims [...]

2 02, 2015

[FOX SPORTS] Fijian sevens legend Waisale Serevi hangs with Russell Wilson and Seattle Seahawks before Super Bowl

RECKON Seattle’s botched decision to throw the ball instead of run it at the death was the strangest thing to happen at the Super Bowl? You might want to think again. We’ve found the weirdest story of Super Bowl XLIX: a Fijian rugby legend attended a church session with star quarterback Russell Wilson and [...]

2 02, 2015

[NEW YORK TIMES] Vague Job Outline Leads to Defining Role With Seahawks

By BEN SHPIGELJAN. 30, 2015 – PHOENIX — Rocky Seto is the Seattle Seahawks’ defensive passing game coordinator. Am I actually in charge of the pass game?” Seto said. “No.” This, then, is what Seto does do: He spearheads the tackling tutorials, oversees the scout-team defense, delivers the most creative presentations at Seattle headquarters, [...]