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© April, 2004

by Dan Teeter
Special Teams And Secondary Coach, Sedro-Wooley High School, Sedro-Wooley, Wash.

LIKE MOST SPECIAL TEAMS coaches, I often find myself fighting for more practice time — usually with mixed results. Because of this challenge, we need effective, yet time-efficient schemes for each phase of the kicking game. The “Jesse James” punt return scheme meets this criterion.

This punt return scheme is named to help players easily remember their primary blocking assignments. When teaching the return, we explain to the players how Jesse James, the infamous bank robber, was able to successfully rob banks. We tell them there were three aspects to James’ success:

    1.    Rushing into the bank.
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