Punt Coverage Lane Replace
Those of us watching this season have seen what the transfer portal has done to the technique required on special teams. It is to be expected. Players transfer in and are woefully behind knowing the offensive and defensive scheme. It is only to be expected that special teams techniques like punt coverage lane replace would get lost in the shuffle.
The special teams phase of the game is always vulnerable. This year that vulnerability has been even more on full display. Today we want to take a look at an important coverage technique to teach your punt and kickoff coverage teams.
The short video below will take you through the punt coverage version of this. Lane replace technique is an often misunderstood as young special teams coaches work to spread the field with their coverage teams. Always remember that you are covering the player with the ball and not the field. It is impossible to ever draw up two punt coverages the same way. Good special teams coaches get their players started in the right direction and then teach sound football principles.
What we like to emphasize is that after you protect the punt first then you think in this order. Fan the field first to make sure you are not getting your players bottled up inside. After 10-15 yards now find the football. At this point you want to start filling the coverage lanes inside out. You want to make the returner run sideways as the rest of the coverage is getting there. Let’s take a look.