Post by Coach Campbell on Mar 22, 2012 9:37:02 GMT
This brings us to this week's topic: Special Teams
Special Teams are indeed called "special" for a reason. Being able to flip field position on an opponent as well as the psychological momentum a team can gain from a big Special Teams play cannot be understated.
Here are a few quotes from coaches who put great emphasis on special teams (it's not coincidence that these are three of the best coaches over the last few decades in college football):
A lot of teams take special teams for granted. Here, it's a privilege to play on the kickoff team or the punt return team. That's why you eat first on Friday night (before games). It's a big deal. He rewards guys who do good on special teams. It's not just overlooked like it is at some places. That's why they play so hard. —-Urban Meyer
I was proud of our special teams. I think when you're playing a good football team.....you better be good in your special teams. —-Frank Beamer
I've seen too many games won or lost with special teams. On offense you run a play for zero yards, and you get up and do it again. On defense you can give up five yards, and you get up and do it again. But with special teams play, you get one shot. You don't get second chances. You have one chance to do it, or one chance to defend it. It can change the complexity of the game so readily. —Bill Snyder
Post by Coach Campbell on Oct 20, 2019 22:45:21 GMT
At my current school we have a Special Teams Coordinator who oversees all aspects of the “kicking game.” As a team we take great pride in our special teams units. Players learn to buy into our philosophy very quickly because it’s the key to seeing the field. With the exception of our QB, if an athlete’s whishes to travel they must be in the 2 deep on any special teams unit. In order to start on offense or defense they must start on at least one special teams unit.
Each Coach on staff is assigned a position to coach on specific special team units. Generally offensive Coaches work with KOR and PAT/FG while defensive Coaches work with Punt/Punt Return, K.O, and PAT/FG block. Every day we dedicate two 10-minute periods for two special teams units at practice along with one 15-minute pre practice special teams circuit drill every Wednesday. Since we have the ability to use “red shirt” scout teams during these periods they are always 100% and live.
We feel the competition and speed of the drills helps to reinforce the importance of each athlete winning their one-on-one battle and further helps to emphasis the value/importance of the kicking game for us and our team.