Special Teams Pre-Play Tips Can Save Your Rear
By FirstDown PlayBook on Sep 23, 2020

There is a school of thought throughout football coaching that says “coach’em up during the week and let them play on game day.” There is a lot of merit to that because regardless of what we like to think, as coaches, the game is fast and the players normally have a better picture of what is happening on the field than we do.

This is not to say that there is no merit in reminding the players about things as the game goes on. Once again, the game is fast and has a lot of moving parts. If you are a special teams coach you learn quickly that your players will likely be more focused on their normal position than what they play for you on teams.

This is why it is important as the special teams coach to give as many reminders as you can to your players during play stoppage. This means while you are huddled up on the sideline. It also means as you take the field and begin to line up.

Over the first two weeks in this young NFL season there have been two critical mistakes on kickoff return units. Both of these plays had big time tips about what was about to happen based on the kicker’s ball placement.

This video below is worth the watch, if for no other reason, because we talk about how these little tips and keys can prevent you from losing a football game. After all, if it can happen to the best coaches in football, we are all vulnerable.

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