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st4sBy The X&O Labs Staff

The final installment of our Self Scout Your Career survey project takes an in-depth look at the trends provide by Special Teams Coordinators.

By The X&O Labs Staff

The final installment of our Self Scout Your Career survey project takes an in-depth look at the trends provide by Special Teams Coordinators.

As we mentioned before, survey is still ongoing (if you or your staff hasn't taken it yet, check it out here), we wanted to share some of the insight that the surveys have unearthed. We also recognize that while many of you have already taken one survey from selfscoutyourcareer.com, you likely have not seen the results of the other 10 surveys. In addition to the Special Teams Coordinator Coach Research Report you are currently reading, we will also be releasing our Defensive Coordinator Research Report this week.

Here are a few of the highlights you will find in the graphs and questions contained in the Special Teams Coordinator Survey results below:

  • Only 7% of ST Coordinator's surveyed serve their team exclusively in that roll.  The other 93% are at the very least a position coach.
  • 50% of coaches say that they spend the bulk of their ST time with their team doing full team special teams drills.
  • When asked to identify the most "under coached" aspect of special teams, the highest response was FG and Extra Point units.
  • ST coordinators most often choose the "middle return" as the most productive return scheme for the teams that they coached.

Check out each of those questions and their responses below and see how the information compares to your team. As always, we would love to hear your thoughts on the data presented in this report. Please feel free to share your opinions and thoughts in the comments section below.

**Note: The data shown below is the current information from our ongoing study. It will likely change over time and as that happens, we will be sure to keep you apprised of the trends as they become apparent. Again, if you or your staff has not already participated, or if you want to just take a different survey (you can use the same email address without a problem) please CLICK HERE.


1. Do you have any other coaching responsibilities in your program?


2. When working with special teams, what does the bulk of your practice time center around?


3. What is the most under coached aspect of special teams play?


4. Regardless of the personnel you have each year, which of the following kick return concepts have been most successful for your program?


In addition to the questions above, Special Teams Coordinator coaches that completed the survey also provided interesting insight into the following questions:


  • What are your thoughts on delegating special team responsibilities to other members of your staff?
  • Briefly explain your methodology in working on your kickoff unit.
  • How often do you align the ball on the hash during kickoffs?
  • How many return concepts do you employ for your kick return units?
  • Which kind of personnel do you most favor for the front line of your kickoff return units?
  • Which of the following protection do you employ for your punt team?
  • Regardless of where you are on the field, which kind of punt structure do you feel most comfortable using?
  • Do you teach your punter to use directional style kicking?
  • Describe the base structure of your punt return unit.
  • Describe the base style of your punt return unit.
  • How often do you use “end over” formations (four man surfaces) on your field goal/extra point unit?
  • With the rules changes what is going to be your preferred choice of an onside kick?


For access to this information, you can either click here to take the Special Teams Coordinator coaches survey and receive your own, instant results or you can log in to the Insiders.  



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