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Applying Pressure to Punt Protection

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© October, 2011


by Steve Rogers
Special Teams Coach • Wabash College

Why is it important to apply pressure to punt protection? If you are reading this article, it is very likely that you have experienced a “what if” moment at some point as a player or coach. During the course of a very meaningful game, your opponent might have failed to execute the snap and kick cleanly in a punting situation. Your opponent, as a result of little or no pressure, was able to execute a kick that created a positive change in field position for them and your team missed the opportunity to make a play that perhaps would have changed the outcome of the game.

Varying degrees of pressure and strategic application of pressure will go a long way toward preventing a “what if” moment. It is important to note that pressure does not have to involve committing every available player in an attempt to block the punt. Also, pressure will not prevent you from creating positive field position with a good return. By applying well-executed pressure, you will increase your chances of shortening the punt as well as delaying the release of any coverage player with protection responsibilities

The first step in applying pressure to any punt protection is to identify a group of effective punt blockers. Most effective punt blockers are also effective players at the position they play on offense or defense. These players are most likely starters at their o ...The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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