Unique Training Method Fuels Comeback of Former Top-10 NFL Draft Pick

Renowned performance specialist Chip Smith is training former Atlanta Falcons first-rounder Jamaal Anderson.


Chip Smith knows a thing or two about training pass rushers to get to the quarterback.

The renowned performance specialist has long been the trainer of the league's premier pass rusher of the last decade, Jared Allen, and more recently, he's been a key figure in the emergence of Pittsburgh Steelers edge rusher Jason Worilds.

After an off-season training Worilds and other NFL players at his Norcross, Georgia-based facility—along with several trips to Chicago to work with Allen (who joined the Bears this year via free agency)—Smith is now focusing his efforts on a reclamation project of sorts, Jamaal Anderson, a top-10 pick in the 2008 NFL Draft, who was released by the Atlanta Falcons after four seasons.

Anderson later caught on with the Indianapolis Colts in 2011, and signed briefly with the Cincinnati Bengals, but he's been out of the league since 2012. He never quite lived up to his draft billing—he recorded just 7.5 sacks in 77 career games—but at 28 years old, the 6-foot-6, 280-pound defensive end still possesses the raw tools to make an impact for an NFL team.

Enter Smith, who's using his innovative MORR Sports Performance Training System to tap Anderson's enormous potential.

MORR—which stands for Movement, Overspeed, Resistance and Reaction—is designed to isolate sport- and position-specific movements to increase an athlete's speed, flexibility, efficiency and explosive power within that movement.

In the video above, Anderson works against the band resistance while engaging with a partner (Chip's son and performance coach, Tripp), who's simulating the role of an offensive lineman.

Smith says, "As Jamaal feels pressure, he fights the pressure with resistance. This is a learned response, and we are actually isolating specific movements."

This is the first time Anderson has been exposed to the cutting-edge MORR system—"I am confident that there is nobody else in the world training this specific relative to sport, position and movement," Smith says—so don't be surprised if he catches on with a team at some point this season.


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