Flip Fake Field Goal Vs 6-5 Distribution

By FirstDown PlayBook on May 15, 2022

When a special teams coach dials up a fake field goal or extra point fake they normally will hedge their bet a little. What we mean by that is that they require the snapper or the holder get a specific look in order to actually run the fake. The coach may also run the fake unless they get specific numbers to the fake side.

This is a smart strategy. Often times the fake field goal has little to no chance for success unless the defense plays a certain look. This look is normally one that has been scouted out on video during the week of game preparation. A prime example is when a defense overloads one side with seven rushers. There is great opportunity to run a fake to the four defender side when you get this.

Today we want to look at a fake field goal we simply call “Flip”. It could be called Flip Right or Flip Left. We like it because it does not require a 7-4 distribution to get the play called. This fake field goal can be called vs a 6-5 distribution and even a balanced alignment like you will see in this video.

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There are elements of this fake that are scary to some coaches. It involves your holder blindly flipping the ball over their shoulder to a kicker who is on the move. However, when you stop and think about the time that these two spend together each week, it seems like there would be plenty of time to get this perfected.

So take a quick look at this short video. We touch on some of the details about how we run Flip fake field goal. It’s something to consider, if for no other reason, getting on video early in the season. This may make a team think twice before they send a careless heavy rush to block your field goal later in the season.

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