Explaining Kickoff Coverage: The Importance of Safeties

Chuck Zodda enjoys candlelit return blocks, long runbacks on punts, and the sweet smell of gunners…

Basic Placekicking Technique: How to Kick Field Goals

Chuck Zodda is Inside The Pylon’s special teams expert, breaking down kickoffs, returns, punts, return blocking, coverage…

Super Bowl XLIX Recap: Jon Ryan vs Julian Edelman, Part 2

In Part 1, Chuck Zodda broke down the first half of Super Bowl XLIX and the…

Super Bowl XLIX Recap: Jon Ryan vs Julian Edelman, Part 1

The Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots both feature talented special teams performers. In the wake…

Super Bowl XLIX Preview: Diagnosing Steven Hauschka

It’s Super Bowl week, and all the focus is on the big game. Whether offense, defense,…

The Jon Ryan Punting Experience – Return Creativity (Part 2)

The New England Patriots have shredded two of the best punt coverage units in the NFL…

The Jon Ryan Punting Experience – Consistency (Part 1)

Jon Ryan made a name for himself during the NFC Championship Game, proving that punters can…

The Colts Fake Punt: McAfee’s Glory…Oh Wait

Special teams have been home to a number of creative plays this year —— from fake…

2015 NFL Playoffs: Panthers at Seahawks Special Teams Preview

The Panthers at Seahawks special teams preview looks at the kickoff and punt coverage units, the…

2015 NFL Wild Card Special Teams Previews

Most of the focus leading up to the  NFL Wild Card Weekend games typically lands on the…

Excellence in Return Blocking: Chiefs Josh Martin

For every great return, there are many great blocks. Eleven players working together in orchestrated chaos,…

Tavon Austin Punt Return: Fassel Strikes Again

The St. Louis Rams pulled off one of the most audacious plays of any NFL season…

Vikings Block Party

Only 19 times this season has there been a punt block. So for it to happen…

Grambling State Returner Domino Sprints Thru Southern

There are some kickoff returns that seem to take an eternity to develop: cuts followed by…

Alabama Kickers Still Fear Auburn

Special teams math seems like it should be easy, yet mistakes continue to abound. Chuck Zodda…

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.…