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USING THE PUNT BLOCK AS A WEAPON

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© December, 2012


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 th ...The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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