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What is a Pooch Kick in Football? (Full Explanation)

By Coach Martin | Football Strategies

In football, a kickoff always occurs at the beginning, at the start of the second half, and following every score.

This is how a change of possession occurs in these situations.

In most kickoffs, the kicker will simply drive the ball as far downfield as he can — looking to either get a touchback or at least pin the receiving team deep within their own end.

But, there are other times when they might want to use a different tactic to prevent dynamic returners from gaining a lot of yardage on a kick return.

This tactic is what’s called pooch kick.

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What is a Dig Route in Football? (Full Explanation)

By Coach Martin | Football Strategies

The Dig route is designed to make a defender think that the receiver is going to run a Go route straight downfield.

At the last minute, the receiver will stop, turn and run straight across the middle of the field.

The route is called the Dig because it requires the receiver to dig his feet into the ground when so that he’s able to stop and shift his weight properly for the second part of the route.

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What Is a Blitz in Football? (Explained)

By Coach Martin | Football Strategies

Simply put, a blitz is a play call by a defense that’s designed to rush the quarterback with more defenders than there are blockers.

For example, if there are 5 blockers on an offensive play (the 5 offensive linemen), then a blitz would be a play that has 6 players rushing the quarterback.

It’s easy to understand, but it’s not so easy to execute it properly. There are also different types of blitzes as well as different reasons why you’d want to call a blitz.

Let’s take a closer look at why you’d want to run a blitz and what type of blitzes you can run.

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What is a Wheel Route in Football? (Full Explanation)

By Coach Martin | Football Strategies

The wheel route in football is one of the simplest, yet most devastating passing routes.

The route forces the defender to move quickly laterally, and then quickly turn around and start running upfield in hopes of covering the receiver.

It’s a great route to teach football players of any age because it’s so easy to learn and can be run from pretty much any area of the field.

Let’s take an in-depth look at what the wheel route is, why it’s called that, and how to run it.

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