Kickoff Coverage Boundary Adjustment

By FirstDown PlayBook on Feb 15, 2020

Can you imagine preparing your defense for a 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. As a coach you look at that and if you’re smart you take that away first and make the offense play 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 sooner or later. At some point the return teams are going to tire of trying to get the ball out to the field. They will then try to poke a hole in your boundary coverage.

For the most part you should be in good shape because the field is shrunk to the boundary. However, every now and then you need a little wrinkle that forces the blocking scheme to adjust. Knifing the contain player is one such adjustment to consider.

This is just one example of 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 trap 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. You can then edit the drawings to fit your team. 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.




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