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Special Teams Playbook
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We run a layered coverage, aggressive blocking, Special Teams Playbook. The basic goals are to block every Punt, PAT and Field Goal attempt, to cover every kick off smartly and aggressively, creating turnovers and poor field position for our opponent. Kickoffs and Punt Returns that we do not block, we will return for a gain utilizing layered zone blocking. They do not call it Special Teams for nothing. This phase can change the complexion of the game. A great kick or return can demoralize our opponent. We will make great kicks and returns! We must practice and execute Special Teams as aggressively as Offense and Defense. Goals for Kickoff and Punt Coverage  No bad snaps  No blocked kicks  Deny the Return o Kick to the Hash Marks of the Field  This Eliminates the Return Options o Kick/Punt Away From the Best Returner  Allow NO Kickoff Return Beyond 15 Yards o Every Tackle Will Be a Gang Tackle o Cause 1 Turnover per Game  Allow NO Punt Return of More than 10 yards o Every Tackle Will Be a Gang Tackle o Cause 1 Turnover per Game Goals for Kickoff and Punt Returns  Block a punt  Return Every Kick and/or Punt o MOTTO – We Shall Return! o There is NO Fair Catch  Return Every Kickoff for 30+ Yards  Return Every Punt for 15+ Yards  Have 1 or More Returns for a TD  NO TURNOVERS! Goals for PAT/FG  No bad snaps  EVERY Kick Will Be GOOD!  Proper Alignment/Spacing/Stance on the LOS  Protect the Inside Gap  No blocked kick  Be Focused - - Every Kick is Important and Could Be the Difference Between Winning and Losing  Block THEIR PAT/FG

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PAT Attempts and Punts will be called from the sideline  Punt Returns – We will line up in our 7-1 Defensive Formation and will attack the Kicker with all 7 players on the line o All punts will be returned to the right Kickoff return Keys to success:  Watch the ball off the tee  Make sure we sprint hard to our area and block until the whistle  Pick out your man and stay on him until the ball carrier passes by you  DO NOT BLOCK SOMEONE UNLESS YOU SEE THEIR NUMBER  If we see a surprise onside kick. That player will dictate Left. The “X” will be the center of the blocking wedge.Plays will be called by the coaches on the sideline and/or prior to going out to the field  Kickoff Return – The direction of return will be dictated by where and how the ball is kicked. remember we should be opening holes  Back two players must communicate and tell players to “GET AWAY” from a short kicked ball o Make sure we talk (ME – YOU Call) 3 . Middle or Right Blocks o Ball kicked between the hash marks will dictate a Middle return o Ball kicked to the left hash marks or outside of them will dictate a left return o Ball kicked to the right hash marks or outside of them will dictate a right return  Kickoff – The Kicker will be given the play on the sideline and he will then give play to the players behind the ball  Field Goal. get to the ball and fall on it  Secondary Return man--check from the outside in as you are working up to the blockers  Do not stop in the hole.

LG. RG. LT) see ball kicked then turn as ball passes X sets wedge at the 40 yard line Wall Men meet up with the X at the 40 yard line F’s and Y’s meet on the 30 yard line OL and X blow out first bad color that shows OL and X must stay tight F’s/Y’s kick out closes bad color to the outside R who does not have ball. lead block up the middle of wedge Wall: 4 .Align: Front 4 (Wall Men) align on the 49 yard line X is in the Middle of the Field (MOF) on the 45 yard line Y’s align on the hash marks on the 40 yard line F’s align on the hash marks on the 30 yard line R’s align on the hash marks on the 20 yard line X and Wall Men (RT.

R’s if ball is near. drop on it Y’s.Align: Front 4 (Wall Men) align on the 49 yard line X is in the Middle of the Field (MOF) on the 45 yard line Y’s align on the hash marks on the 40 yard line F’s align on the numbers on the 45 yard line R’s align on the between the hash and the number on the 35 yard line Wall: Wall Men. F’s see ball kicked then turn as ball passes If ball is near. pick up and run ALL non-ball carriers rally 5 yards from ball carrier Blow out first bad color that shows Stay tight Kickoff Coverage 5 . X.

Our Attack will be a Cavalry Charge  1st phase o SPEED ZONE  20 Yards  Cover ground  Avoid contact  Get back on track  2ND PHASE o Reaction Zone  10 Yards  Adjust waves to close on ball  Dip and rip with inside arm rd  3 Phase o Contact Zone  Converge on ball  Maintain proper leverage  All blocks must be engaged with inside arm and shoulder  Make a sure tackle 6 .

not in traditional lanes. Stay on outside shoulders of ball carrier  Inside men (#1s) attack directly at the ball carrier staying on the numbers of the ball carrier  Second wave (#2s & #3s) o Breaks down 5-7 yards from the ball  #2s attack along the Center of Goal Post line and Between Sideline & Hash Marks line (kick-side dependent)  #3s attack along inside Goal Post line and inside the Hash Marks line (kick-side dependent)  Third wave (#4s) o Are there for safety o Breakdown 10-12 yards from ball o Attack along outside Goal Post line and inside Field Numbers line (kickside dependent)  Kicker kick to hash marks (Left or Right – Scouting Report and play will dictate side) – After kick.Align: Gunners (LG & RG) – 39 yard line on Field Numbers Kicker – Middle of the Field on the 40 yard line #1s & #2s – on the 38 yard line centered on Kicker #3s & #4s – on the 37 yard line centered on Kicker We will attack in 3 waves. We will attack to a spot and contain ball carrier  First wave (Gunners and #1s) o Attacks Ball Carrier  Outside men (Gunners – LG & RG) attack along the Outside Hash Marks line and the Field numbers line (kick-side dependent) once 10 yards from ball carrier. turn in and attack ball carrier. stay back and shadow ball carrier from the 50 Yard Line 7 .

run over any ugly shirt they face o #1s & #2s-.stay 10 yards from ball carrier covering inside Field Numbers and between Inside Hash Marks and Field Numbers accordingly 8 .avoid being blocked Guns & #4’s-. o Outside Gunner and #4 --stay 5 yards from ball carrier covering outside Hash Marks & Middle of Field accordingly o Inside Gunner and #4-. stay back and shadow ball carrier from kicking site #1s.   Kicker .stay back 5 to 10 yards from ball carrier along attack line.“Watermelon Kick” to Field Number 40 (Left or Right – Scouting Report and play will dictate side) – After kick. 2s & 3s – Attack Ball! o #3s-.

PAT/Field Goal Kick Alignment & Responsibility  The Center sets the neutral zone by assuming a good “Center-Snap” position. HB and Y. X – Hole 5 ii. Block toward the center. Z – Hole 6 9 . If a player is in your hole. He will raise his head prior to snapping the ball.  All linemen. HB and Y. with your knees bent a bit wider than 90 degrees  Back is straight  With hands gently resting on thighs  Body weight evenly distributed  Head up  Place outside foot about a step behind inside foot. The toe of the outside foot should be nearly even with the heel of your inside foot. block him o Responsibilities  Center – Holes 1 & 2  Left Guards – Hole 1  Right Guards – Hole 2  Left Tackles – Hole 3  Right Tackles – Hole 4  #2 HB – Run Flag-Out Route ensuring there is contact with rushing defensemen  Y – Run Flag-Out Route ensuring there is contact with rushing defensemen  X and Z will be one foot behind and outside of the HB & Y o Responsibilities i. will assume a modified two-point stance when reaching the line of scrimmage with their feet 1 shoe length behind the Center’s feet and a zero lateral split (everyone’s feet are touching). determine which one or two defensive players they will have to stop.  All linemen. with his head down looking at the QB between his legs. o To get in a good two-point stance:  Squat slightly.

slide back front foot. If momentum is moving slightly backwards.)  Your outside palm should make contact at the defender's outside armpit. you should keep your center of gravity above your legs rather than putting your weight forward o Give ground. while your inside palm should hit at about his sternum. If #2 HB or Y is covered. If the play is not off in about five seconds. If everything else goes wrong. This motion will manipulate the defender's body outside. plant your facemask where his inside shoulder pad meets his helmet.Punch the defender's breastplate and shoulder pad with the palm of your hands (with hands shooting upwards from hips. Your body will open up. When you do this. lock elbows out and drive defender. Center and Both Tackles o Kickback and Slide . anticipate passing to them ii. anticipate being the holder and holding the ball for the kicker iii. Aim to hold your block for five seconds o Do not give up the inside. then it is the quarterback and fault. Call for the ball to be snapped  K – Take proper position for kicking the ball o Take one stride backward from where the ball will be placed o Take two or three strides to the side. but you protect the inside. staying balanced  Your outside foot slide will be a more dramatic movement as it carries your body out and back. so the defender will be trying to go that way. facing out as you do this  Your inside foot should remain close to the ground. fingers out.QB – Position yourself as Holder. The quickest route to the quarterback is through the inside. Force the defensive player out the longer way around you. 6 yards behind Center o Conduct a Pre-SNAP READ i. almost sliding across the turf o Keep body facing out and protect the inside with a firm inside leg. measuring off the distance from where the ball will be addressed o Relax and wait for ball to be snapped Upon the snap of the ball  Both Guards. thumbs up. Do not be too concerned with giving up too much ground. then you are able to move with him while you block. If they are uncovered.Kick outside foot back as far as possible. further protecting the inside o If you have to. you can oftentimes still effectively block the play  10 . creating a pocket for the Quarterback and Kicker to operate in o As the defender approaches in the rush -.

make kick o If QB is up and passing.      #2 HB – Run Flag-Out Route ensuring there is contact with rushing defensemen o Look back at QB over left shoulder. READ #2 HB or Y we covered o Receive ball. attack most dangerous bad-guy 11 .“Pull” as far as the Right Tackle and engage the bad-guy coming through the 6 hole QB – If during Pre-SNAP. stand up. hands out ready to catch pass X . and pass ball to open player (#2 HB or Y) K – Attack ball.“Pull” as far as the Left Tackle and engage the bad-guy coming through the 5 hole Z . hands out ready to catch pass Y – Run Flag-Out Route ensuring there is contact with rushing defensemen o Look back at QB over left shoulder.

Attack the ball 12 . Attack the ball  Strong Side Defensive End o Lines up on the line of scrimmage. Attack the ball  Weak Side Defensive Tackle o Lines up on the line of scrimmage in the Weak/Short Side A Gap between the Center and the Offensive Guard o Responsible for the Weak/Short Side A Gap o On Snap. Attack the ball  Will Linebacker o Lines up on the line of scrimmage between the weak/short side Offensive Tackle and Offensive Guard (B Gap) o Responsible for Fullback and Running Back on Weak Side o On Snap. 1 yard outside of the strong/wide side Offensive Tackle o Responsible for anything outside of the strong/wide side Offensive Tackle to the sideline o On Snap. Attack the ball  Nose Guard o Lines up on the line of scrimmage in the Strong/Wide Side A Gap between the Center and the Offensive Guard o Responsible for the Strong/Wide Side A Gap o On Snap.PAT/Field Goal Kick Block Alignment & Responsibility  Weak Side Defensive End o Lines up on the line of scrimmage outside of the last offensive lineman on the weak/short side of the field o Responsible for anything outside of the last offensive line man to the sideline o On Snap. Attack the ball  Strong Side Defensive Tackle o Lines up on the line of scrimmage between the Strong/Wide Side Offensive Tackle and the Offensive Guard (B Gap) o Responsible for the B Gap o On Snap.

Attack the ball Free Safety o Lines up 15 yards away and in line from the Center o Responsible for ensuring all offensive players stay in front of him o On Snap. Attack the ball Mike Linebacker o Lines up 5 yards away from the line of scrimmage in line with the Center o Responsible for Quarterback and Kicker o On Snap. Attack the ball Left Cornerback o Lines up on the line of scrimmage on the inside shoulder of Left Wide Receiver o Responsible for covering most outside player o On Snap. Attack Ball Right Cornerback o Lines up on the line of scrimmage on the inside shoulder of Right Wide Receiver o Responsible for covering most outside player o Upon Snap Attack the Ball 13 .PAT/Field Goal Kick Block      Sam Linebacker o Lines up on the line of scrimmage outside of the last offensive lineman on the Strong/Wide side of the field o Responsible for covering the 3rd receiving threat o On Snap.

X – The most dangerous man on the outside left ii. He will raise his head prior to snapping the ball. with your knees bent a bit wider than 90 degrees  Back is straight  With hands gently resting on thighs  Body weight evenly distributed. HB and Y.  All linemen. The toe of the outside foot should be nearly even with the heel of your inside foot. with his head down looking at the QB between his legs. determine which one or two defensive players they will have to stop. o Responsibilities  Center – Holes 1 & 2  Left Guards – Hole 1  Right Guards – Hole 2  Left Tackles – Hole 3  Right Tackles – Hole 4  #2 HB – Hole 5  Y – Hole 6  X and Z will be 3 yards behind the line of scrimmage and between the Guard and the Tackle o Responsibilities i. will assume a modified 2-point stance when reaching the line of scrimmage with their feet 1 shoe length behind the Center’s feet and a zero lateral split (everyone’s feet are touching) o To get in a good 2-point stance:  Squat slightly. block him. Block toward the center. HB and Y.Punt Alignment & Responsibility  The Center sets the neutral zone by assuming a good “Center-Snap” position.  All linemen.  Head up  Place outside foot about a step behind inside foot. Z – The most dangerous man on the outside right 14 . If a player is in your hole.

inside Left Hash Marks   15 . Both Tackles. facing out as you do this  Your inside foot should remain close to the ground.Protect Punter against most outer more Right threat o After Ball is kicked. inside Right Hash Marks  K – Punt ball to opposite Hash Mark o After punt.QB – Position yourself as Holder. Do not be overly concerned with giving up too much ground. The quickest route to the quarterback is through the inside. staying balanced  Your outside foot slide will be a more dramatic movement as it carries your body out and back. almost sliding across the turf o Keep body facing out and protect the inside with a firm inside leg. fingers out. Force the defensive player out the longer way around you. Do not be too concerned with giving up too much ground. Your body will open up. When you do this. creating a pocket for the Quarterback and Kicker to operate in o As the defender approaches in the rush -. you can oftentimes still effectively block the play o Give ground. further protecting the inside o If you have to. but you protect the inside. Aim to hold your block for five seconds o Do not give up the inside. If everything else goes wrong. so the defender will be trying to go that way. then it is the quarterback and fault. If momentum is moving slightly backward. lock elbows out and drive defender. then you are able to move with him while you block.)  Your outside palm should make contact at the defender's outside armpit. shed block and attack ball carrier  Attack ball carrier at his Numbers  X – Protect Punter against most outer more Right threat o After Ball is kicked. Attack along Left Hash Marks  Z . If momentum is moving slightly backwards. then it is the quarterback’s fault. slide back front foot.Kick outside foot back as far as possible.Punch the defender's breastplate and shoulder pad with the palm of your hands (with hands shooting upwards from hips. thumbs up. HB & Y o Kickback and Slide . Aim to hold your block for 5 seconds o After 3 Seconds. then you are able to move with him while you block. be last man down. plant your facemask where his inside shoulder pad meets his helmet. This motion will manipulate the defender's body outside. Attack along Left Hash Marks  QB – Protect Punter from most dangerous man o After punt. If the play is not off in about 5 seconds. Center. while your inside palm should hit at about his sternum. 5 yards behind Right Guard K – Position yourself 7 yards from Center o Hands up. be last man down. If the play is not off in about five seconds. you should keep your center of gravity above your legs rather than putting your weight forward o Give ground. ready to receive the snap o Call for the ball to be snapped by lifting right leg Upon the snap of the ball  Both Guards.

Alignment & Responsibility  Weak Side Defensive End o Lines up on the line of scrimmage outside of the last offensive lineman on the weak/short side of the field o Responsible for anything outside of the last offensive line man to the sideline o On Snap. once a punt is identified. it is OK to let them grab/touch the ball first. The Coverage and blitz package will be dependent on yardage needed for a first down. Attack the ball  Weak Side Defensive Tackle o Lines up on the line of scrimmage in the Weak/Short Side A Gap between the Center and the Offensive Guard o Responsible for the Weak/Short Side A Gap o On Snap. Attack the ball 16 . However.Punt Block/Return Our standard defensive formation on 4th down will be the 7-1 Defense. Attack the ball  Strong Side Defensive Tackle o Lines up on the line of scrimmage between the Strong/Wide Side Offensive Tackle and the Offensive Guard (B Gap) o Responsible for the B Gap o On Snap. Attack the ball  Will Linebacker o Lines up on the line of scrimmage between the weak/short side Offensive Tackle and Offensive Guard (B Gap) o Responsible for Fullback and Running Back on Weak Side o On Snap. Attack the ball  Nose Guard o Lines up on the line of scrimmage in the Strong/Wide Side A Gap between the Center and the Offensive Guard o Responsible for the Strong/Wide Side A Gap o On Snap. Remember that Punts are not live. all players yell out “PUNT” and suspend the coverage and blitz package called and take appropriate punt play responsibilities.

Attack the ball Free Safety o Lines up 15 yards away and in line from the Center o Responsible for ensuring all offensive players stay in front of him o On Snap. 1 yard outside of the strong/wide side Offensive Tackle o Responsible for anything outside of the strong/wide side Offensive Tackle to the sideline o On Snap. Attack the ball Mike Linebacker o Lines up 5 yards away from the line of scrimmage in line with the Center o Responsible for Quarterback and Kicker o On Snap. Attack the ball Left Cornerback o Lines up on the line of scrimmage on the inside shoulder of Left Wide Receiver o Responsible for covering most outside player o On Snap. Attack the ball Sam Linebacker o Lines up on the line of scrimmage outside of the last offensive lineman on the Strong/Wide side of the field o Responsible for covering the 3rd receiving threat o On Snap. Attack Ball Right Cornerback o Lines up on the line of scrimmage on the inside shoulder of Right Wide Receiver o Responsible for covering most outside player o Upon Snap Attack the Ball 17 .Punt Block/Return (Cont)       Strong Side Defensive End o Lines up on the line of scrimmage.

Turn around and face oncoming players c. Seek and block ball by raising hands a. Block closest ugly shirt to you  No blocks on the back Nose Guard 1. Do not jump at Kicker. Once ball is kicked. Block closest ugly shirt to you  No blocks on the back Weak Side Defensive Tackle 1. disengage and run toward ball a. jump up but do not dive at kicker 3. Turn around and face oncoming players c. Turn around and face oncoming players c. Block closest ugly shirt to you  No blocks on the back Will Linebacker 1. The CB will set the wedge at 10 yards from ball b. The CB will set the wedge at 10 yards from ball b. disengage and run toward ball a. Attack through Gap of responsibility 2. Attack through Gap of responsibility 2. disengage and run toward ball a. Meet up with Kick-side Cornerback. The CB will set the wedge at 10 yards from ball b. Do not jump at Kicker. Meet up with Kick-side Cornerback. Do not jump at Kicker. jump up but do not dive at kicker 3.Punt Block/Return (Cont) After the Snap  Weak Side Defensive End 1. Meet up with Kick-side Cornerback. Once Ball is kicked. Turn around and face oncoming players c. The CB will set the wedge at 10 yards from ball b. Meet up with Kick-side Cornerback. Seek and block ball by raising hands a. Attack through Gap of responsibility 2. Disengage and run toward ball a. jump up but do not dive at kicker 3. Seek and block ball by raising hands a. Once Ball is kicked. Block closest ugly shirt to you  No blocks on the back 18    .

Attack through Gap of responsibility 2. Once Ball is kicked. Meet up with Kick-side Cornerback. Do not jump at Kicker. Turn around and face oncoming players c. Seek and block ball by raising hands a. Block closest ugly shirt to you  No blocks on the back Strong Side Defensive End 1. The CB will set the wedge at 10 yards from ball b. Meet up with Kick-side Cornerback. Meet up with Kick-side Cornerback. jump up but do not dive at kicker 3. disengage and run toward ball a. Turn around and face oncoming players c. Once Ball is kicked.Punt Block/Return (Cont)    Strong Side Defensive Tackle 1. Seek and block ball by raising hands a. The CB will set the wedge at 10 yards from ball b. Do not jump at Kicker. Do not jump at Kicker. Block closest ugly shirt to you Sam Linebacker 1. jump up but do not dive at kicker 3. Attack through Gap of responsibility 2. Block closest ugly shirt to you  No blocks on the back 19 . Once Ball is kicked. jump up but do not dive at kicker 3. The CB will set the wedge at 10 yards from ball b. disengage and run toward ball a. Turn around and face oncoming players c. disengage and run toward ball a. Attack through Gap of responsibility 2. Seek and block ball by raising hands a.

Tell everyone to get away from the ball. Escort Punt returner. Block first ugly shirt in your area 3. Run towards ball a. Run towards ball a. Block first ugly shirt in your area 3.it is OK if the defense touches it first Right Cornerback 1. If you are the Kick-side Corner back. If not the Kick-side Cornerback unclear sentence 4. Escort Punt returner. If “PETER-PETER” is called by the Free Safety. If not the Kick-side Cornerback unclear sentence 4. If ball is uncatchable. be center of wedge and guide D-line to point of attack a. be center of wedge and guide D-line to point of attack a. tuck. find ball and get away from it 2. Punts are not live balls-. be center of wedge and guide D-line to point of attack a. blocking most dangerous ugly shirt Free Safety 1. If you are the Kick-side Corner back. YELL out “PETER-PETER” repeatedly 3. and run toward closest sideline and in between wedge 2. a. Block first ugly shirt in your area 3. If you are the Kick-side Corner back. If “PETER-PETER” is called by the Free Safety. If “PETER-PETER” is called by the Free Safety. If not the Kick-side Cornerback unclear sentence 4. blocking most dangerous ugly shirt Left Cornerback 1. find ball and get away from it 2. catch. Run towards ball a. Escort Punt returner. Move under ball. find ball and get away from it 2.Punt Block/Return (Cont)     Mike Linebacker 1. blocking most dangerous ugly shirt 20 .