© October, 2014
by Michael Cieri Special Teams Coordinator & Defensive Line Coach • Montclair State University
PART 1. A two Tiered Circuit Drill Program that Fine Tunes the Development of Critical Punt Pressure Skills
The Red Hawks football program considers special teams to be “The Core” of the football operation. We firmly believe our offense and defense cannot be successful if “The Core“ isn’t at its strongest. Our head coach stresses a philosophy that places a high degree of emphasis on our special teams. A continuous effort by the coaching staff on special teams and reminding our players of this philosophy has led them into buying into what we are doing. As a result this dedication to special teams has translated to success on the field.
One of the special teams units that have been exceptionally strong has been our punt pressure unit. Based on our success with this particular unit, it isn’t acceptable to simply think of the “Punt Pressure” team as a unit solely to gain and protect possession of the football.
This unit can change a game in a number of powerful ways, including:
• By having the potential to score every time they take the field via a punt block or punt return.
• By playing a critical role in the field-position battle.
• By stopping the momentum of the opponent and re-gaining that momentum.
Our “Shark’s” punt pressure team from 2003 to the present has been a top unit as borne out by national and league statistics and rankings. The Red Hawks’ have fou ...The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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