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Our FG/XP team

Postby leopold » Mon Sep 16, 2019 5:30 pm

Our kicking game, for the most part, is fine, even good. We've had a return run back for a TD, Proche has absolutely been a threat on punt returns, and I've been happy with our punt game.

But apparently Robledo has been kicking hurt, our new kicker isn't getting the ball up fast enough, we've had bad snap after bad snap, and our blocking has been suspect.

WTH? How can they fix this?
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Re: Our FG/XP team

Postby shadowman » Tue Sep 17, 2019 9:57 am

If you watch replays of all of our place kicking woes, the majority of the blame can be placed on the blocking, snapping, schemes. 3 of the misses involved a bad snap and 2 more involved the defense jumping over the blockers and getting in the kickers lap (FYI, this is not a penalty if no leverage was used, you cannot jump on your teammates back or jump on top of a blockers back, but if you can hurdle a gap/low stance clean, it is legal).

Granted, a good kicker can overcome some of that, they can adjust to a bad snap, or they launch the ball so high that a player almost in the face of the kicker still cannot block it, but we need better snapping and blocking and changing up of the snap count to stop those hurdlers.

All of the above can be fixed, just have to dedicate the time to practice it, perhaps have more experienced players on the place kicking team.

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Re: Our FG/XP team

Postby Pony ^ » Tue Sep 17, 2019 11:44 am

Have we ever had a reliable kick team? Serious question. Even Zamanski who made it to the NFL for a year or something missed kicks with consistency
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Re: Our FG/XP team

Postby smitty329 » Tue Sep 17, 2019 5:35 pm

shadowman wrote: Granted, a good kicker can overcome some of that, they can adjust to a bad snap, or they launch the ball so high that a player almost in the face of the kicker still cannot block it.


Not really - my son kicked in high school (6A playoff team - back to back years) and we worked with a professional kicking coach. The 3 elements need to align - snap, hold, kick. Of Course blocking helps too.
There is very little a kicker can do to adjust - it's all timing and execution - and happens in about 3 seconds. From the snap, the kicker pauses briefly then takes 2 steps and boom. No time for adjustments.
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