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Change The Momentum By Blocking A Field Goal Or Extra Point

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© December, 2007


by Lester Erb & Rob Aiken
Football Coaches, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

SPECIAL TEAMS PLAY is an important, albeit sometimes forgotten, aspect of a football game. Place special teams as an equal partner with the offense and defense, then practice it as much as the other two areas.

No matter the situation, live by the philosophy that the next play is the most important play. Donít worry if your team just got torched for an 80-yard touchdown pass, your players need to rise to the occasion and block the extra point. Getting a block or creating enough pressure to cause a shank on the extra-point or field-goal attempt makes a drastic difference in the outcome of a game.

So, due to its significance, we line up and play the extra point or field goal like a usual down on defense ó defend the goal line and donít give up any points.

When attempting to block a field goal, you want to get off the field and deny your opponent the opportunity to score. Also, if the opportunity presents itself, you want to score.

Treating the field-goal of extra-point block with significance also means putting your skilled athletes on these special teams. However, many times, these athletes arenít used to being in these situations. Teach them th ...The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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