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Going For 2!

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If you go for two after scoring a TD, is that considered a special teams play? It doesnt count on your offensive stats, no yardage, no passing stats. Its a 2 point conversion attempt. But you didnt use your kicking team, or return team, punt team, xtra point team. And who gets credit – offense or special teams? For the record, I dont consider that a special teams play. Well…it just shows that when it comes to special teams, we all have an opinion. And I was reminded of this on last weeks 4qs show that you can find on youtube. If you havent seen it, go to youtube, type in Chiefpigskin and look for the 4Qs show. Its a lot of fun. In this episode Coach Albaughs asked his 3 guests ” Are Special Teams Really 1/3 of the game?” He got 3 different responses.  Coach DeVries HC at Roxana, IL said – no way – maybe 10 %. He said it with a smile, so Im not sure how serious he was. Coach Watkins DC of Concordia University in Chicago said defintely 1/3 and Coach Dingus of Hogchat said 1/3 and Coach Albaugh said about 20%. So – whats the answer? If you say football is offense, defense, and special teams, you just divided it into 3rds by your words. But is it less, is it more?

Okay, here is what I found in my research. A key thing to know about special teams is that these 11-man units are typically on the field for about 20 percent of the plays in a football game. So, over the course of a season plan on 40% O, 40% D and 20% specialteams. 1/5? But coaches often say that special teams play amounts to one-third of a football game — by that, do they mean its total impact on the game?  I think one of the most important functions of the special teams unit is to maintain good field position and to keep the opposition in bad field position. The main objective of the kickoff, for example, is to pin the opponent as far away from its end zone, and thus a score, as possible. Kickoff coverage teams strive, though, to put the opponent 80 yards or more away from scoring. Special teams plays usually aren’t about scoring, they’re about field position. But if a special team gets a TD or a turnover, its a HUGE play! Let’s say the returning team fumbles the kickoff and the kicking team recovers at the 10 yard line. This is a BIG play! You’ve taken an entire drive away from the other team, and you get the ball 10 yards away from the end zone. Or how about a fumbled punt? Same thing. You lose a scoring opportunity and give your opponents the ball and a chance for their own score. HUGE PLAY! Here are some other tidbits I found…How often does the team that wins the special teams battle win the game? Teams that win the special teams battle since the start of 2015 season have won 62% of the time.  Football Study Hall And at the collegiate level special teams account for 34% of the scoring. Its probably lower at the high school level, we kick fewer field goals. I would estimate special teams account for 20-25 % of scoring in HS ball.

Couple of my stories…I know one coach who feels so strongly about that…Heath Weddle story…

My final analysis? I say special teams are 22.5% of the game in HS football. Some games more, some games less…AND THATS MY TAKE!

Whats with MLB? You know Im a big baseball fan. I want a season but they cant figure this out…82 games, 104,50, how much pay? Mike Trout story…

New on Chiefpigskin…3-4 Fit and swarm Defense by HC Kenny Simpson of Southside HS in Arkansas. Coach Simpson is a great presenter and you 3-4 guys, a lot of you, will wanna check this out.

Top 10 HW boxers of All time. MY TOP TEN. Floyd Patterson (55-8-1)Floyd Patterson beat more ranked heavyweights than George Foreman; he was the Champion of the world for more months than Rocky Marciano;  he won more heavyweight title fights than Jack Dempsey; he was the youngest ever man to lift the title, and the first man to lose and regain it; he ranked in Ring magazine’s top ten heavyweights for more total months than almost any other fighter on this list – and in beating Tommy Jackson, Archie Moore, Ingemar Johansson, Eddie Machen, George Chuvalo and Oscar Bonavena, he defeated many more men that appear upon The 100 Greatest Heavyweights of All Time than the likes of Gene Tunney and Ken Norton. And yet, there will be objections to his inclusion despite all of this statistical evidence to the contrary.

Evander Holyfield (44-10-2) Holyfield has a superb résumé, stacked with quality from the moment he invaded the division from below against James Tillis, Pinklon Thomas, Michael Dokes, and Alex Stewart before taking the title from James Douglas. Aging versions of George Foreman and Larry Holmes followed, as did Riddick Bowe and Michael Moorer; but it is those dual defeats of Tyson. Light HW champ, cruiser weight champ, then a HW champ

One more thing…Seems like every week one of my athletes I admired growing up passes away. This week…Wes Unseld

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Coach Albaugh coached high school football in Illinois for 28 years. During that time he coached at every level and on both sides of the ball. He was the offensive and defensive line coach for four undefeated teams and was a defensive coordinator in his last 11 years, twice reaching the semi finals of the Illinois state playoffs.