NFL Film Session Week 13: Drawing the Defense

Playing defense in today’s NFL is difficult. Trying to stop skilled offenses while simultaneously battling harsh rules regulating defensive contact is a tough task. When a defense suffers a breakdown, even one as minor as a defender being a step out of position, the offense is likely to make them pay. The following plays are…

Grambling State Returner Domino Sprints Thru Southern

There are some kickoff returns that seem to take an eternity to develop: cuts followed by jukes followed by broken tackles followed by jump stops followed by stiff-arms followed by an eventual touchdown. But sometimes, when the blocking is just right, the returner just needs to run straight ahead. Facing the Southern University Jaguars in…

Florida State’s Special Teams Disaster Part 2: The Fake Punt

Special teams often do strange things, and so much can go wrong even on routine sequences. Stupid decisions on trick plays certainly don’t help. The Florida State Seminoles defeated the Florida Gators on Saturday despite several special teams gaffs. In Part 2 of this two-part ST disasterpiece, Chuck Zodda turns to their insipid fake punt.…

The Secondary Revis(ited): Covering Number One Receivers

The New England Patriots have faced a number of the NFL’s top receivers this year, such as A.J. Green, Demaryius Thomas, and Calvin Johnson. Using offseason signees Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner, the defense has employed different tactics and combinations to slow down these pass-catching weapons. There are number one receivers, and then there are…

Florida State Special Teams Disaster Part 1: The Punt Block

Although the Florida State Seminoles emerged victorious against the Florida Gators, they committed egregious errors on special teams. In Part 1 of this two-part ST disasterpiece, Chuck Zodda looks at the University of Florida’s punt block. There is no doubt that the Florida State Seminoles won the national championship last season. It is in the…