Rocky Long considering not punting on 4th down
- by Doug Samuels 1 year ago
The "never punt" ideology of Pulaski Academy (AR) head coach Kevin Kelley has struck a chord with San Diego State's Rocky Long.
“It makes sense,” Long explained. “Additional plays would allow you to score a lot more points. It also puts a whole lot of pressure on the defense.”
Long has even started to implement the ideology during scrimmage periods of fall camp regardless of the distance needed.
“It’s a day-to-day theory. I haven’t decided because we’re getting a feel for it out here. I just read about this guy, and I don’t know if I can do that because everybody in the world is going to say this is not Football 101, right?"
“But there’s a reason why he’s winning those games. Maybe he just has better players than everybody else; or maybe it’s their team gets used to playing like that and the other teams don’t get used to playing like that. It’s fourth-and-seven — most defenses run off the field. And now they’re going to stay out there. ‘What? How come the punt team isn’t coming out?’?” Long explained.
For those of you that aren't familiar with Coach Kelley's philosophy, Sports Illustrated gave him some love in this article, we ran this one ("It was 29-0 before we ran our first offensive play") and he has also been featured in numerous coaching publications.