Back in May Rian Lindell traveled to Scottsdale, Arizona for a One on One Kicking Lesson. Rian was coming off an excellent 2007 season in which he converted 24 of 27 field goal attempts for a 88.9%.
Did he need help? Most people would say No!
However, Bobby April who is the Buffalo Bills Assistant Head Coach and Special Teams Coordinator thought Rian could improve on his kickoffs and recommended my services.
Rian gave me a call and we talked about my teaching and coaching philosophy. Rian said he's always looking to get better and decided to come out to Scottsdale and work with me.
During our One on One Kicking Lessons I first learned and analyzed Rian's field goal technique so I could take that information to help him improve his directional kickoff technique.
When Rian came to Scottsdale in May, in his opinion he was just kicking the ball O.K.. As I observed the video he sent me and watched him kick live, he had a tendency to push his kicks to the right.
After our first lesson and during our video review I pointed out a couple of things that I thought were causing him to push his kicks.
In our second session, I introduced him to a couple of drills and concepts that I thought would help him eliminate his field goal tendency and would also help him improve the distance and accuracy on directional kickoffs.
Rian is a student of the kicking game and was like a sponge and absorbed all the information I gave him. He took notes during our video sessions.
He said he was going to go back home with some of the things I had introduced him to and work on them in the weeks to come. He thought the trip was very beneficial!
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