Anatomy of a field-goal block

Posted by Darren Urban on September 21, 2009 – 1:31 pm

Now this is a case of better football through knowledge.

On the first field-goal attempt by the Jaguars Sunday, Gabe Watson – anchoring the middle of the Cards’ field-goal block team, said that as he came across the ball, the left guard went low toward his knees. Out of the corner of his eye, Watson said he saw the same thing from the long snapper and the right guard.

So Watson came to the sideline and told the coaches. And the next time the Jags tried a field goal, he told Calais Campbell as well.

“I told him, ‘Calais, I’m going to take a step forward, pull them toward me, you hit the gap and block the field goal.’ ” Watson said. “And right after that all you hear is ‘Boomp (the kicker kicking the ball), Boomp (Campbell blocking the ball).’

“And I was like, ‘Damn, it worked!’ ”


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5 Responses to “Anatomy of a field-goal block”

  1. By Richard Moore on Sep 21, 2009 | Reply

    “We are going to play tough, smart, disciplined football” Ken Whisenhunt

    This comes under the heading of ‘smart’.

  2. By Eazy E on Sep 22, 2009 | Reply

    Thanks Big Gabe. Great play by Calais Campbell and even greater by ”21” Playmaker with the ball in his hands.

  3. By Love that D on Sep 22, 2009 | Reply

    Thats an awesome inside look at the actions and reactions that occur on each play in the trenches. The same kind of intelligent aggresiveness occurred on the block of Dallas’s punt for an overtime victory last year.

  4. By merill(cardinals fan from the Philippines) on Sep 22, 2009 | Reply

    This goes to show that when the players are focused on the details, they big plays will come to them. Great job guys! Go Cardinals!

    Mr. D, keep the great articles and blogs coming.

  5. By Mike F on Sep 22, 2009 | Reply

    Gabe you da MAN. Definitely one of my favorite players! Just gotta get that long term deal so i can buy your jersey. I got a feeling it coming after this season just keep working hard and congrats! GO 98 & GO CARDS!

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