2007 SUPERBOWL 1st Quarter 14:46 Remaining 14 seconds into game Bears 6 Colts 0 KICKING GAME !!

1-6-4 PUNT COVERAGE Three Levels of Coverage

Malcolm B. Robinson, Jr. ‡ March 2007

1-6-4 Punt Cover
Great Youth Kicking Game Scheme

1-6-4 Punt Cover 
Simple

concept  Easy to teach  Easy to learn  Provides steady, reliable coverage  Requires just a few minutes per week to maintain skills

BASIC PUNT FORMATION
‡ OL splits - 1 foot ‡ Up Backs - A Gap protectors - 1 Yard behind OGs ‡ Personal Protector - 5 Yards behind football

SCHEME IS NOT ALIGNMENT SPECIFIC
Many alignments may be used

SPREAD PUNT

Deep Set Spread Punt

Narrow Set Spread Punt

1-6-4 Punt Coverage Three Waves or Levels of Coverage

First Level -Deep Snapper:

1-6-4 Punt Coverage Three Waves or Levels of Coverage

‡ Clean Snap - snapper releases & becomes µGunner¶

‡ Gunner - no rules, other than attack & tackle the football in the open field

Second Level of Coverage The 6 Offensive Linemen

‡ Release upfield, locate angle of punt and work to be outside the ball to your side ‡ Goal is to have 3 defenders to each side of ball ‡ As Second Wave gets to about 5 yards from return man they µbreak-down¶ and chop feet, staying squared-up to end zone. ‡ Expect returner to try to beat you outside (wide)

5 Yds

5 Yds 5 Yds

‡ Have each End work to align in a 5x5 relationship with ball ‡ As return man moves laterally, Ends, Tackles & Guards also move laterally to keep ball between Guards

Third Level - Safeties:
Two Up Backs Fan out & Become Wide Safeties

Safeties Align 8 Yards Deeper Than 2nd Level

Third Level - Safeties:
Personal Protector & Punter Fan Out & Become Inside Safeties

Safeties Align 8 Yards Deeper Than 2nd Level

Third Level - Safeties:
‡ Remaining

4 defenders of the coverage team (backs) become the third wave. ‡ Release and sprint upfield to a 4 across alignment behind the 6 defenders in Second Level - 8 yards deeper then Level Two.

Now, entire scheme looks like so...

First Level - Snapper

First Level - Snapper

Second Level - 6 Offensive Linemen

First Level - Snapper

Second Level - 6 Offensive Linemen

Third Level - 4 Backs - The Safeties

Snapper/Gunner
‡ has no rules;

Snapper/Gunner

‡ has no rules; ‡ is encouraged to tackle the return man in open field;

Snapper/Gunner
‡ has no rules; ‡ is encouraged to tackle the return man in open field; ‡ If that happens, the play is over and the next two levels of coverage have no job to do. But... assume he misses.

Punt Returner

‡ Coverage is effected by lateral movement as a UNIT

Punt Returner

‡ Coverage is effected by lateral movement as a UNIT ‡ 6 Second Level defenders move laterally as one, keeping 3 defenders to each side of football.

Punt Returner

‡ Coverage is effected by lateral movement as a UNIT ‡ 6 Second Level defenders move laterally as one, keeping 3 defenders to each side of football.

‡ Third Level -(Safeties) sprint down field behind second wave and align 8 yards deeper

‡ Third Level -(Safeties) sprint down field behind second wave and align 8 yards deeper ‡ Safeties move laterally just as Second Level does, striving to keep 2 safeties to each side of the ball.

Punt Returner

‡ Eventually Return Man will give up going wide and attack inside. ‡ Second Level then breaks down and attacks the ball and makes the tackle.

COACHING POINTS: SNAPPER
‡ Deep snapper - be sure snap is clean before releasing; ‡ Sprint down field and make an open field tackle.

COACHING POINTS

Offensive Linemen Second Level: Level:

COACHING POINTS

Offensive Linemen ‡ Second ‡ Secure inside gap, deny penetration; listen for ball punted and Level: ³GO´ call from punter;
‡ Release and sprint upfield, widening as you go; locate ball and bend release to accommodate angle of punt;

‡ Work to advance upfield in time and space with your Second Level teammates; don¶t run away from them; ‡ As you get to return man break down at 5 yards from him; chop feet and come under control;
‡ Stay square to end zone, don¶t turn shoulders/hips to sideline;

COACHING POINTS

Offensive Linemen ‡ Second Level:
‡ Whether you are Guard, Tackle or End, fight to gain and keep outside leverage on the football;

‡ We want 3 defenders evenly spaced on each side of the return man;
‡ Ends on either side of the ball should never allow the returner to get anywhere close to a head-up position, keep fighting for contain leverage, even if you have to lose ground somewhat; ‡ Ends assume a 5 yard by 5 yard relationship with the return man - 5 yards deeper & 5 yards wider.

COACHING POINTS

Offensive Linemen ‡ Second Level:
‡ Tackles and Guards -work hard to keep the return man between the OGs and to deny returner the chance to outflank your position; ‡ VIP to move laterally w/o turning hips and shoulders to sideline; ‡ Let ball come upfield to you; don¶t break second level and create a hole in unified front to get to ball.

Ideally, the alignment would appear like so:
5 yards
5 Yards

8 Yards

COACHING POINTS SafetiesSafeties- Third Level - the Safeties:

‡ Release when football is punted; ‡ Up backs fan out wide and become outside Safeties ‡ Punter & Personal Protector slide upfield inside and align as inside safeties ‡ Safeties align 8 yards deeper than second level coverage.

Key Points For Success with 1-6-4 Punt Cover
‡ Deep Snapper must first be a reliable punt snapper; if he can play in open spaces, too - this is a big bonus; ‡ Second Level - try and match abilities here - use kids that can run and have the Ends be the better runners; - no µFat Freddies¶; ‡ Make sure Second Level adjusts their paths to accommodate wide punts; ‡ Rep the lateral movement of the 6 OL in Second Level. ‡ Breakdowns happen on change of direction by return man; rep this and have second level plant & change direction w/o losing their alignment.

REMEMBER« ‡ the kicking game may prove to be more important than either of the other two phases of football. ‡Rep it every practice !

PRACTICE AT LEAST ONE PHASE OF THE KICKING GAME EACH PRACTICE

In theory this is 1/3 of the game, but many times it turns into a great deal more...

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