Monday, January 17, 2005 - Gotta Know How to Hold 'em

Interesting article on about the often overlooked placekick holder in football. The author received a tutorial from the Cleveland Browns on the art of the fieldgoal.

"Special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg tells me how much time he allows for the ball to be snapped and kicked. 'We have a slot from 1.28 seconds to 1.32 seconds,' he says. 'Anything more, and we're risking the danger of edge pressure [defenders coming through the line on the ends] reaching the ball.' "

How do you get a kick off that fast? The snap "whistles".


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