How to Teach the Deep Kick  


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October 4, 2015 5:45 pm  


I am a firm believer of kicking onside 100% of the time. However I am playing a team that runs a 8-2-1. I want to be able to switch it up but i NEVER Taught a Deep kick any wisdom to make sure this doesn't bite me.

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October 5, 2015 12:32 am  

if you are going to kick deep, here are my suggestions0

1) hash kick, kick deep to the near sideline.  your kicker is your safety.

2) 3 players to 'hash' side should be good tacklers/athletes

3) wide side has 5 players, outside player has contain-he must be disciplined in case you can't bottle them up on the short side.

that leaves you two players-they should be your two best open field tacklers. They are 'free tacklers'-they have no lane responsabilites and can zero in on the return man from the get go.

do you know how good a return man the '1' in your opponent's 8-2-1 is?  and if you kick toward the sideline can he get to it?  can you even kick it that deep(is your kicker strong enough)?

Dream Big.  Work Hard. Stay Humble.

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October 5, 2015 10:01 am  

Go to PetSmart and get 2 of those remote shock collars. Put one on your kicker and one on your Special Teams Coach. Every time the ball is kicked deep, they both get a shock. Repeat until the ball is never kicked deep again.

When in doot . . . glass and oot.

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October 5, 2015 10:39 am  

Squib if you want to get it to the second line people.  Kicking deep unless you are up 3+ scores is not worth it.  We have a great kicker and we don't do it because every time our HC does it against my recommendations, there is a long return.

I was always taught that they usually put their best players who can run in space back deep.  With that info, why would I want to give them the ball in space?