Bengals sometimes stretch no-tackling rule

Bengals sometimes stretch no-tackling rule
August 15, 2014, 9:30 am
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Though Cincinnati Bengals defenders aren't supposed to tackle during practices, defensive coordinator Paul Guenther doesn't mind the occasional resounding, pad-popping hit.

"We're not playing against the Bengals, they're not on our schedule, but some things happen in practice. You can't tell a dog not to eat red meat," Guenther said, as reported by

Linebacker Vontaze Burfict and safety George Iloka in particular have been known to ignore head coach Marvin Lewis' edict to keep everyone on their feet during practice.

"It's football man," said Iloka. "You're not trying to hurt anybody. Sometimes it's unavoidable pretty much. You're just trying to make a play on the ball. They're out there trying to work their technique, and I'm trying to work my technique. Both sides trying to run their technique full speed sometimes collisions happen."

Iloka and Burfict laid some hard shots on teammates earlier this week, and their defensive coach has been known to be something of an instigator.

"Sometimes I'll tell a guy If I don't think practice is going the way we want to get some stuff going, because it gets everybody into the practice a little bit,” Guenther said. “It gets the guys' attention for sure."