Category Archive: Coach Mike Sweatman

Dec 13

Cold Weather Tackling

It’s mid-December and for a lot of the country, it’s COLD! If you are still playing football (like the NFL) you know that the cold weather affects the game in any number of ways. As a former NFL special teams coach, I can attest to its affect on the kickers, punters, long snappers and returners. …

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Jul 23

Making the Chip Shot (Part IV) –The Kicker

Mike Sweatman, Retired NFL Special Teams Coach Everything that I know about kicking a football has been taught to me by the professional kickers that I have been fortunate enough to have been around and coach. I am the first to admit that I can’t kick a football and probably possess no special knowledge of …

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Jun 04

Making the Chip Shot (Part III, the Holder)

We often are tasked with coaching a position or skill that we’ve never had to play or perform. “Holding” for a field goal or extra point is a skill that was completely foreign to me, yet as a new special teams coach for the Minnesota Vikings, I was expected to teach this skill. Luckily, I …

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Apr 23

Making the Chip Shot (Part II – The Snapper)

(Part II, The Snapper) Perhaps the most important element in the snap – hold – kick process is the snapper. The play starts with the snap and if the snap is “off”, the play has a reduced chance of success. The better the snap is, the better the hold is, the better the kick is. …

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Apr 20

Making the Chip Shot (Part I – The Coach)

The offense has moved the ball down inside the 15 yard line. Now it’s time for     the coach to send in the FIELD GOAL TEAM for what clearly is a “chip shot FG”…… Come on Man! There is no such thing as a “chip shot FG”. Extra points and field goals of any distance are …

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Mar 11

Super Safety

By Mike Sweatman Retired NFL Special Teams Coach   How many Super Bowls have ended with one team taking a “safety” and then executing a “free kick”? We were rewarded in Super Bowl XLVII with multiple exciting special teams’ plays: A KO return for a TD, a defended fake FG, execution of the safety and …

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