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1-Point Safety: The Nearly Impossible Way to Score 1 Point in Football

ByCoach Martin|Football Basics

There are many ways to score points in a football game. The most common point-scoring plays include a touchdown (6 points) and a field goal (3 points).

Smaller point totals are also given for conversions after a touchdown, including 1 point for an extra point and 2 points for what’s known as a two-point conversion.

Teams can also score 2 points on a safety, which is a much rarer occurrence.

Even more rare is a 1-point safety.

This scoring play is so rare that not many people even know it exists — but it does.

Let’s take a look at the history of the 1-point safety, and what a team would have to do in order to convert one.

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Cover 6 Defense Football Coaching Guide (Includes Images)

ByCoach Martin|Football Defense

In this defensive scheme, the field will be split in half, with one half of the defense running Cover 2 and the other half running Cover 4.

This provides a wrinkle to zone coverage schemes that can keep offenses off balance and guessing, while at the same time playing to the strengths of the defense based on where the ball is on the field.

It’s a little more complicated to teach and install, as we’ll soon see.

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Offensive Tackle Guide for Serious Football Players (Tips and Tricks)

ByCoach Martin|Football Positions

In recent years, offensive tackles have started to get the credit they deserve.

For years, offensive linemen in general have been the unsung heroes of an offense. Now they’re respected as one of the most important players on the field.

Offensive tackles have some skills and traits that are similar to those of other offensive linemen. There are also some that are completely unique to offensive tackles.

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Defensive Tackle Guide for Serious Football Players (Tips and Tricks)

ByCoach Martin|Football Positions

A great defensive tackle can completely disrupt everything an offense is attempting to do.

He can force a lot of attention along the line of scrimmage, which frees up those defensive ends, linebackers and even members of the secondary to make massive plays.

Not every football player is a great fit to be a defensive tackle, though.

It’s a position that requires a lot of size and strength, but it also requires a player to be nimble and quick.

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Cover 0 Defense Football Coaching Guide (Includes Images)

ByCoach Martin|Football Defense

Cover 0 is an extremely simple defensive scheme to teach players. That’s because it’s a man-to-man defense in which each player in the secondary is given a specific receiver to cover.

All other players are usually just asked to blitz.

It’s a great defense to run against a spread offense because it puts pressure on the quarterback and forces him to make a quick decision.

At the same time, if you want to run the Cover 0, you need to make sure that all your defenders in the secondary can cover really well since they won’t have any extra help over the top from safeties.

They also need to be sure tacklers, as they won’t have help in that department, either.

Here’s a closer look at the Cover 0 defense, including who should run it and how it’s run.

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Quarters Coverage Football Coaching Guide (Includes Images)

ByCoach Martin|Football Defense

Quarters Coverage is one of the best defensive schemes you can teach your football team.

It’s equally as good against the pass as it is against the run, which makes it extremely versatile, especially in today’s game.

It can be run out of both a 4-3 and 3-4 base defensive alignment, which also simplifies the responsibilities for a lot of players on the field.

It’ll present some extra challenges for safeties to identify and meet their responsibilities, but it’s not too difficult for younger players to learn.

Here’s a closer look at the coverage scheme.

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Understanding the Zone Blocking Scheme in Football

ByCoach Martin|Football Offense

The zone blocking scheme is a great way to counter any defensive play that might be called.

It provides a lot of advantages for offensive linemen, no matter what defensive play is called.

While it’s a little more complicated to teach and learn than the man blocking scheme, it isn’t too difficult that it’d be hard for younger players to learn.

The earlier you teach the zone blocking scheme to your players, and the more often you practice it, the easier it’ll be for them to master it.

Here’s a closer look at what the zone blocking scheme is, starting with the problem in man blocking that was created by the slant and angle defense.

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How to Kick a Field Goal in Football (7-Step Guide)

ByCoach Martin|Football Basics

Kickers aren’t often thought of among the most important players on a football team.

That is, of course, until they become the brunt of the blame for missing a key field goal… or until the entire team rushes the field to celebrate after the kicker makes a game-winning kick as time expires.

Kicking is an extremely important part of football that is often overlooked by the everyday fan.

Football coaches know just how important having a good kicking game is, though, which is why an entire coach is dedicated just to helping the kickers get better.

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How to Run the L Drill to Improve Speed and Agility (3 Cone Drill)

ByCoach Martin|Football Drills

The L Drill is one of the best drills coaches can teach their football players.

It’s a drill that should be run by players at all positions since it works on improving speed and agility.

It’s very simple to set up and teach.

And in addition to helping players improve their agility and speed, the L Drill can also integrate team-building activities into your practice.

Here’s a look at how this drill is set up and run so that you can teach your players how to run it.

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