Getting Hurt To The Boundary?
By FirstDown PlayBook on Feb 26, 2014

Can you imagine preparing your Defense for the upcoming game and not looking at the Offense you are about to play? Of course not.  As much as defensive football is assignment football there is still a huge advantage in understanding what the offense wants to do and does well.  As a coach you look at that and if you’re smart you take that away first and make the offense pay left handed.

The same thing goes for Special Teams play. In addition to the fundamentals and technique that are essential to any good special teams unit there is also a huge advantage to knowing what the opponent wants to do to you. Take the example below. If your Kicker can place the ball to one side of the field or the other it gives your Kickoff unit a huge advantage. The Kickoff Return unit can bring the ball back to the field at their own peril. 

It only makes sense to expect some type of boundary return. At this point it is extremely important that your players know how to “fit up” the return just like you do on defense but there is also an advantage to adding a wrinkle that serves as a change up from your base responsibilities. It doesn’t need to be earth shattering but this can be a game saver when the return team is hurting you to the boundary. Knifing the R1 is an example of one such wrinkle.
Boundary Wedge Return

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KICKOFF CPThat’s what FirstDown PlayBook Special Teams is all about. We don’t tell you what you should run. We just give you a library to have as a reference tool.  Are they doubling your best player? Does this player play 3, 4 or 5?  Are they a wedge team? Do they run bounce or counter returns?  We just give you a quick reference you can turn to either before your season begins or the week of that game when you know you will have your hands full. We think the drawings are great but we also give you individual coaching points for every player so that you can coach the scheme with the confidence necessary. Technique help? Yeah we put that in there too.  Enjoy!

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