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blocking and tackling

The basic, fundamental skills, tasks, or roles necessary to the function of something. Used especially in business, it is a reference to American football in which blockers and tacklers have the least glamorous positions but are critically important to the team as a whole. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. You don't even know how to file a basic report? Tom, that's just simple blocking and tackling. Our accountants are the blocking and tackling of our company. They might not get the spotlight, but they make the company run smoothly.
See also: and, block
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Coaches must teach players tackling fundamentals that include making first contact with the shoulder pads/chest.
An interactive computer kiosk for fans to make a Tackling Hunger
Effective leadership is vital here and we look to the City Forum to ensure that all its partners work together to fulfill the community plan's long-term commitment to tackling the causes of poverty.
In an era when square-jawed hard men patrolled football pitches, Greig was one of the toughest around and he fears the art of tackling is being outlawed.
The "Campbell's Chunky/NFL Tackling Hunger" program's road to the Super Bowl began in April at the NFL Draft, where 1,000 cans of soup were donated to Bread of Life, Inc.
Spearing, or the deliberate use of the helmet in blocking or tackling to punish an opponent, places both players at risk; invokes a major penalty.
This year was special for the Tackling Hunger team because we had the opportunity to work alongside our biggest fans - our moms - to help stock food banks and raise the level of hunger awareness nationwide," said McNabb, who has participated in the Tackling Hunger Super Bowl event for three consecutive seasons.
Because of the insurance afforded by the sweeper, the markers had been playing tighter and sometimes tackling with criminal intent, knowing that even if they got it wrong, they had cover behind them.
The donation will occur in October as part of Tackling Hunger(TM) Month, one initiative of the Chunky soup season-long Tackling Hunger 2003 effort.
Keep an eye on: The tackling statistics of UCLA defensive backs Ricky Manning Jr.
Tackling the FB allows our strong corner to afford under help to our strong safety on the TE's corner route.
Under new defensive coordinator Bob Field, the Bruins are back to the basics this month at spring practice: tackling drills, alignment drills, assignment drills.
Photo: Linebacker Adam Fabela is closing in on Littlerock's season tackling record.
Defensively, the team improved its tackling, a sore point in earlier games.