How Many Special Teams Units Is Marcus On?

By FirstDown PlayBook on May 30, 2024

“Hey how many special teams units is Marcus on?” You’re going to have this conversation this fall, whether you plan it or not. One of your special teams coaches or one of your offensive or defensive coordinators will initiate it if you don’t.

Your special teams coach will be crying about how there is no way to cover kickoffs or punts without him. Your defensive coordinator will swear that if he plays one more snap on teams it’s going to cost you a big play on defense.

Of course you can remove the name “Marcus” and insert one of your good players. It is always a fine line between playing starters or young inexperienced players on special teams units. If you decide to play your starters then the question is then on how many special teams phases?

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Your team is probably not an NFL team. However, you would be amazed at the similarities when it comes to personnel decisions. A few years back Coach & Coordinator’s Keith Grabowski and FirstDown PlayBook’s Charlie Coiner tackled this subject.

Fortunately we did not do it alone. We had one of the best special teams coaches to ever coach in the NFL join us. Bobby April discusses several things that you should have planned out before you get very deep into your training camp. Bobby addresses your personnel decisions on special teams units on the podcast and other topics as well. See the chart above.

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As with many things in football, if you have a system and a plan, you can resolve many problems before they ever arise. As a young head football coach there are so many things to think about that this may slip through the cracks if you are not careful. That’s why they call you “Head Coach”. Listen to the podcast above. You will be glad that you did.

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