Winning Gaps with Engaged Tackles

by Vince DiGaetano
Winning Gaps with Engaged Tackles


The course is focused on winning gaps with Engaged Tackles. The primary focus is working with interior lineman and in box players that create leverage is short spaces. Engaged Tackles occur more than half the time when interior defenders are at the point of attack. This course covers purpose, concepts, drills and game film to find areas for this to be implemented into your existing tackle system. 

This course includes: 

Plans and reasons for implementing and identifying Engaged Tackles 

  • Full access to presentation slides 
  • Engaged Tackle drills explained and noted 
  • Game film evidence of Engaged Tackles 
  • BONUS: Clips from #TACKLESTUDY that cover scenarios of Engaged Tackles 


Engaged Tackling
1 What is Engaged Tackle? 3:14 2 Types of Engaged Tackles 2:57 3 Study of Engaged Tackles 2:21 4 Main Objective of Engaged Tackles 1:42 5 Aligning to your Tackle System 3:06 6 Adapting the Tackling System Approach 2:56 7 Where Engaged Tackle fits in your system 2:22 8 The Challenge Engaged Tackling Supports 2:40 9 Why We Train Engaged Tackles 1:46 10 How Engaged Addresses change 1:32 11 Key Considerations 2:29 12 Using Engaged for Recovery in Play 1:46 13 Key Fundamentals of Engaged Tackling 2:42
One Arm Tear
14 One Arm Tear 1:17 15 One Arm Tear - DRILL EXPLAINED 9:45
Running One Arm
16 Running One Arm 1:56 17 Running One Arm -DRILL EXPLAINED 10:25
Pull Away
18 Pull Away 1:54 19 Pull Away - DRILL EXPLAINED 7:35
Bend One Arm
20 Bend One Arm 1:18 21 Bend One Arm - DRILL EXPLAINED 5:27
Engaged Tackle Drills
22 One Arm Tear - DRILL VIDEO 2:11 23 Running One Arm -DRILL VIDEO 2:00 24 Bend One Arm - DRILL VIDEO 1:38 25 Pull Away - DRILL VIDEO 1:37
Engaged Tackle Game Clips
26 Engaged Tackle Game Clip #1 1:20 27 Engaged Tackle Game Clip #3 1:21 28 Engaged Tackle Game Clip #2 0:52 29 Engaged Tackle Game Clip #4 1:46 30 Engaged Tackle Game Clip #5 1:09 31 Engaged Tackle Game Clip #6 1:20 32 Engaged Tackle Game Clip #7 1:13 33 Engaged Tackle Game Clip #8 1:38 34 Engaged Tackle Game Clip #9 1:02 35 Engaged Tackle Game Clip #10 0:54 36 Engaged Tackle Game Clip #11 0:57 37 Engaged Tackle Game Clip #12 0:54 38 Engaged Tackle Game Clip #13 1:06 39 Engaged Tackle Game Clip #14 0:55 40 Engaged Tackle Game Clip #15 0:59 41 Engaged Tackle Game Clip #16 1:17 42 Engaged Tackle Game Clip #17 0:51 43 Engaged Tackle Game Clip #18 1:14 44 Engaged Tackle Game Clip #19 1:18 45 Engaged Tackle Game Clip #20 1:01 46 Engaged Tackle Game Clip #21 1:23 47 Engaged Tackle Game Clip #22 1:02
Tackle Study Clips
48 Tackle Study Clip #1 1:11 49 Tackle Study Clip #2 0:48 50 Tackle Study Clip #3 1:23 51 Tackle Study Clip #4 0:47 52 Tackle Study Clip #5 1:04 53 Tackle Study Clip #6 1:10 54 Tackle Study Clip #7 1:03
Presentation Slides
55 Winning Gaps with Engaged Tackles Presentation Slides

The Coach

Vincent DiGaetano enters his second season as an  assistant coach at Fordham in 2020.

Prior to Fordham, DiGaetano served as head coach at New York Maritime in 2018, leading the Privateers to a 7-4 mark and a berth in the New England Bowl.

DiGaetano originally started his Fordham career in the spring and summer of 2018 when he served as an assistant coach before leaving for New York Maritime.

A veteran coach, DiGaetano served for two years at Wagner College where he served as a defensive assistant, having previously worked on the defensive side of the ball for several football programs within the New York City metropolitan area.
Prior to his stint at Wagner, DiGaetano was the linebackers coach at Nassau Community College in 2015, having previously spent ten years on the staff at SUNY-Maritime. From 2008-2014, the 1999 Wagner College graduate served as defensive coordinator for the Privateers, which followed a three-year stint (2005-07) where he served as special teams coordinator at SUNY-Maritime from 2005-07. 
Prior to Maritime, DiGaetano spent four seasons as the defensive coordinator at DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx, where he coached two future NFL players in Ramon Guzman (Indianapolis Colts) and Dequan Mobley (NY Jets).
In 2014, Coach DiGaetano was a finalist for the AFCA Assistant Coach of the year in Division III. He also served as Defensive Coordinator of the USA Select Team for the 2015 International Bowl which defeated the IFAF World Team 20-15 at the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium.
In 2013, DiGaetano was named to the USA Football Master Trainer program and is the only college coach in the nation with this assignment. Recognized as a subject matter expert in the area of tackling, Vincent has presented this NFL-sponsored program to many high school and youth football programs. His efforts in this area are helping to create a better, safer game for players across the nation.
A lifelong educator, DiGaetano currently serves as principal at the Bronx Alternate Learning Center after serving as New York City’s Department of Education Bronx Borough Safety Director for seven years. In June 2017, he was a recipient of the 2017 Sloan Public Service Award. Widely regarded as the Nobel Prize of NYC government, this honor is annually bestowed upon six outstanding civil servants whose work performance and commitment to the public transcend not merely the ordinary but the extraordinary.

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Caterory: Football/Tackling
Bookings: 143
Videos: 54