Football Blindside Tackle
What is a Blindside Tackle in Football?
A blindside tackle in football is one in which the defensive player, unseen by the quarterback, makes contact with and tackles them, particularly on passing plays. The major concern in allowing a blindside tackle is that the quarterback will not see the hit coming and may be more prone to fumble the football.
Which Side is the Blind Side in Football?
Since most are right-handed, quarterbacks turn their bodies to the right in order to survey the fields and consequently throw the ball. This means that a blindside tackle will almost certainly come from the left side of the field, as perceived by the offense. Conversely, if the quarterback is left-handed, a blindside tackle will come from the right side.
Importance of Offensive Tackles on the Blind Side
Generally, the best offensive lineman on a team is placed at the left tackle position. The idea behind this coaching decision is to keep the defense from getting past the offensive line and earning a sack by way of a blindside tackle. More recently, however, defenses have placed better pass rushers on the right side of the quarterback, deemphasizing the idea that a blindside tackle is much more important than visible pressure to the quarterback.