Category Archive: Coach Mike Cieri

Sep 08

Building Winning Special Teams with Core Principles – Part V

  Building Winning Special Teams with Core Principles – Part V By Mike Cieri, Defensive Line and Special Teams Coordinator Montclair State University The final special team the will be addressed is our punt team. There are two core principles.that we will discuss. Core principle one is centered on a man blocking scheme. We are …

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Sep 07

Building Winning Special Teams with Core Principles – Part IV

  Building Winning Special Teams with Core Principles – Part IV By Mike Cieri, Defensive Line and Special Teams Coordinator Montclair State University The Shock Hold –up drill is based on the type of blocking we will be seeing and technique we will use to delay the coverage downfield. The blocks we encounter during the …

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Sep 06

Building Winning Special Teams with Core Principles – Part III

  Building Winning Special Teams with Core Principles – Part III By Mike Cieri, Defensive Line and Special Teams Coordinator Montclair State University On Tuesday, during the Special Period in-season, we use that time to develop the punt pressure scheme and master the individual skills need in a period called ‘Pod’. This time slot is …

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Sep 05

Building Winning Special Teams with Core Principles – Part II

  Building Winning Special Teams with Core Principles – Part II By Mike Cieri, Defensive Line and Special Teams Coordinator Montclair State University We tell all of our players on how to “Get on the Bus”. To be a special team player you must be a starter or key back-up on offense or defensive, a …

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Sep 04

Building Winning Special Teams with Core Principles – Part I

  Building Winning Special Teams with Core Principles – Part I By Mike Cieri, Defensive Line and Special Teams Coordinator Montclair State University Coaching Special Teams requires much energy and enthusiasm (E2). The ability to coach Special Teams will separate you from other coaches. It is an opportunity to learn how to coordinate personnel, prepare …

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May 05

Winning with Punt Pressure (Part III)

  By Mike Cieri, DL and Special Teams Coach Montclair State University Now that the players understand their job descriptions and techniques now it is time place them into a basic scheme based on various punt alignments, blocking types and coverage. Below, the next two diagrams will demonstrate on how the various job description are …

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May 04

Winning with Punt Pressure (Part II)

  By Mike Cieri, DL and Special Teams Coach Montclair State University Continued from yesterday. The second phase of the core principles occurs downfield nearest the returner. The mirror concept is about the fitting into the defender on the proper 65% to block him creating a tunnel for the returner to advance the ball through. …

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May 03

Winning with Punt Pressure (Part I)

  By Mike Cieri, DL and Special Teams Coach Montclair State University The Montclair State University Red Hawks Football program considers Special Teams to be the “Heart and Soul” of the football operations. The Red Hawks’ approach to Special Teams enables the coaching staff to identify skill players such as swatters, punt blockers, scoop and …

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