'A SPECIALIST'S PATH TO PRO FOOTBALL'®
Proper training is one of the keys which help kicking specialists on their Path to PRO Football. Here are a few thoughts on how I approach training kicking specialists:
My philosophy is to train kickers and kickoff specialists with a ‘Natural Style’ of kicking. My teaching philosophy facilitates an environment where kicking specialists develop the skills, technique, and confidence to achieve their maximum physical and mental potential.
A kicker’s consistency starts with a ‘Perfect Foot to Ball Contact’. A kicker’s success is based on good sound fundamentals. A ‘Perfect Triangle’ that will give a kicker a consistent starting point and approach, that will help him achieve a ‘Perfect Plant’ which in turn will give a kicker a ‘Perfect Plant’ to achieve ‘Perfect Foot to Ball Contact.
During my One on One kicking lessons I reinforce the proper kicking and kickoff fundamentals with a battery of drills that will give the kicker or kickoff specialist the proper muscle memory to be successful and ‘Natural Style’ kicker.
I also train punters with a ‘Natural Style’ of punting. My teaching philosophy facilitates an environment where punting specialists develop the skills, technique, and confidence to achieve their maximum physical and mental potential.
With punters it starts with a good grip, consistent drop, excellent footwork, body mechanics, a punting tempo and rhythm that will make him a smooth and consistent punter.
During my One on One punting lessons I reinforce the proper punting fundamentals with a battery of drills that give the punter the proper muscle memory to be a successful and ‘Natural Style’ punter.
When I was a very young and successful kicking and special teams coach, my philosophy was, and still is, “the long snapper is the most important, or ‘vital’ man, in the Kicking Game.”
Every punt and field goal starts with a snap. If the snapper does his job then it makes it much easier for the punter, holder and kicker to do their jobs!
This statement was based upon personnel experiences as a punter and kicker as I grew up. I was a much better punter and kicker when I had a good snapper.
Therefore, when I started coaching in high school and moved on to college and later to the NFL my philosophy never changed. The first person I would go to recruit or look for was the long snapper. Throughout my career the secret to my success as a specialist and coach has been having great or excellent snappers.
If you’re a coach and want to have a great kicking game – find a great snapper. He will make your life so much easier on the sideline, and your specialists will have a much better career.
My coaching philosophy with snappers is not to achieve the most speed or the fastest snap but to have the best accuracy!
With snappers it starts with a good two hand placement and grip on the football. This is followed by a two handed pick up and throw delivery. The release point will dictate a snapper’s accuracy. After the release, a snapper’s footwork for his vertical set is paramount for his success blocking a rusher. I try to emphasize good basic fundamental along with tempo, rhythm and balance.
During my One on One punting lessons I reinforce the proper snapping fundamentals with a battery of drills that give the snapper the proper muscle memory to be a successful and be a smooth and ‘Natural Style’ snapper.