With the NFL Playoffs in full swing, we need to keep talking about all the football slang and the squib kick is the main topic today. It’s a term used in American football that refers to a low, short, line drive kick-off that usually has to touch the ground before it can be picked up by a member of the receiving team. Given that this kick has the potential to involve many tackles, the kick returners need to be heavier and slower than the usual special teams fast returner at the other end of the field. Also, due to how unpredictable the bouncing of the ball can be, this allows the kicking team members to surround the ball carrier easier. If a member of the receiving team touches the ball by accident but doesn’t secure it, this allows the kicking team to get the ball.
There have been many great instances in which the squib kick has worked for a team that needs to recover the ball faster. This practice tends to be used by the team that is possibly trailing in the score board and has little time to catch up to their opponents. It is a very risky tactical decision because it leaves the rivals closer to the end zone if it doesn’t pan out. However, there are usually hours of practice from the special teams that go into these squib kicks. Those who perfect it are the ones that usually have a great understanding of the many outcomes that came emerge from the squib kick.
It there a squib kick technique from the kicker?
Kickers who are squib kick specialists are usually the ones who have a better understanding of how to dominate the football with their feet. These players tend to study techniques used by professional soccer players and use it when they are producing a squib kick. There are different type of ways to kick the football depending on the effect you want it to make. Even if it’s so unpredictable due to it’s egg-shape, kickers have become true specialists on how to get it to wwhere it needs to be. It’s actually become quite the craft over the decades. Hopefully, we will get to see a couple of those during the last playoff games or during the Super Bowl.