But the Coach's college offensive lineman thinks turning the Cats around might just start somewhere else..">
But the Coach's college offensive lineman thinks turning the Cats around might just start somewhere else..">

It all starts Where????

Anyone who has played for <b>Coach Roy</b> knows the answer to this one... One of Coach Roy's Rules is <b>"It all starts on the Offensive Line." </b><br> But the Coach's college offensive lineman thinks turning the Cats around might just start somewhere else..

Christmas is always a lot of fun around our house...
We do a lot of the Christmassy things - shopping, decorating, playing the Christmas CDs and tapes, discuss football.
Discuss Football?
When you have two football players together, who are in to both playing the game, and the tactics of the game, you get lots of discussions about the Christmas bowls, and this year David came up with something that NU could do to quickly get things going again.
In 2003, put the emphasis on Special Teams.
Specifically, use some of the new found speed on this team to try to block punts. Seriously, how many times have you seen a game when a blocked punt put the stopper on a team.

We saw one last Fall where two blocked punts let to two TDs and a win. All you have to do is line up two really fast guys on one side, and send them both crashing towards the punter.

It can force the punter to rush his kick. It can force a team out of its punt coverage since one of their ends has to help with the extra rusher. When you vary where [or who] is the 2nd outside man, you cause confusion on the punting team which is what you want.

You do sacrifice a blocker on the return, and you do have to decide that the blocked punt is better than the run back, but seriously - I don't know an Offensive Coordinator who wouldn't rather have the ball back up the field where the other team punted, rather than around the 20.
Hey, its an idea....

-- da Coach

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