The “Hard Turn” Drill for Special Teams


The “Hard Turn” is a special teams drill that is complimentary to reading the upfield shoulder. Sometimes the player misreads the upfield shoulder. When they do this, they will go beyond the point where the ball carrier/returner is headed.  Your players need to learn how to effectively work around a blocker, take a good pursuit…

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“Come To Balance” Special Teams Drill

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There are many times during the kickoff coverage that the defender will actually go through the line, unscathed, with nobody to block him. Or, he’ll break through a block and find himself out in the open.  What do you do next? In this special teams drill, we cover this exact scenario!  The defender is going…

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Football Play: Singleback Trips Right Blast Option

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If you’ve got a QB with good legs and solid decision making, this football play can be absolutely deadly.You can run it in almost any situation, but it’s most effective with lots of field to work with on the weak side.So wait until you’ve got the ball on one the hash marks, and let ‘er…

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Special Teams Situations: The “Avoid Opposite” Drill

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In this special teams drill, the blocker is working on turning his shoulders and the coverage player is working on destroying the up field shoulder. One important thing to remember in kick off coverage is that the front line should never make contact with your kick off coverage people. So when you look at this…

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Special Teams Drill: Hard Hat Fit


Special teams is one of the most commonly ignored, yet vitally important development areas for a youth or high school football team. Coach Jimmy Johnson once stated that teams need to win 2 of 3 phases of the game in order to come out with a “W” – offense, defense, or special teams. In other…

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