Do you set up for the return or go try to block the punt?
Notre Dame Special Teams Coach Brian Mason no longer asks the question.
The answer is…He Tries to Block Every Punt Every Time.
His philosophy is that if he tries to block every punt at the very least he will affect the punter.
Not only has the philosophy led to more blocks, but the pressure does affect the punter.
By attempting to block each punt they have seen reduced hangtime and created more shanks, and better returns.
In the video below Coach Mason talks shares how he teaches to block the punt.
Key points discussed include:
- Loaded Stance
- 2. Dip and Rip
- Direct Angle
- Shoot Hand to Foot
The clip was taken from Coach Mason’s full course called Ideas for All Phases of Special Teams to Help any Program