USING THE PUNT BLOCK AS A WEAPON
© December, 2013
by Thomas Balkcom Special Teams Coach • Savannah State University
The philosophy I believe in is that your punt return unit should be feared more for its potential to block a punt than for its ability to return a punt for a touchdown. There is no other single play in football that can change the momentum or complexion of a game like a blocked punt. The worst sound in football for an opponent who has just been forced to punt is the double thud of a ball being kicked and then blocked by an aggressive, well coached punt block unit. A blocked punt can have a demoralizing effect on the psyche of the entire opposing team.
Allow me to explain. The special teams coordinator, the assistants who assist in coaching the punt block unit and the head football coach must believe that the unit can block a punt. Punt blocks do not just happen; the skills and drills which sharpen the ability to block punts must be diligently worked on a daily basis. Proper and efficient ...The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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