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© February, 2010

by Marty Berson
Former Assistant Coach, Savanna (CA) High School

The kickoff return, arguably, can be one of football�s most exciting plays. Most teams employ the wedge as their standard return.  The wedge, though a fine return, plays right into the strength of the defense. They can apply more force to the center. They usually have one man responsible for each sideline and a safety. The others can attack the wedge. There is no deception involved; it is purely power on power. When it breaks and goes for big yardage or a score, the excitement energizes the offense and deflates the defense.

    The kickoff return can be a great offensive weapon. It can completely change the momentum of a game in a heartbeat. A kickoff returned for a touchdown is a devastating blow to any team. Unfortunately, most teams allow little preparation time on the kickoff return. According to the coach in Oran ...The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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