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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Another Five Yards

Rocket-footed Niners kicker undeterred by rule change

Inside The 49ers
Posted by: Eric Branch
March 23, 2011

Let’s see … the Fort Pierce Fire to the St. Lucie Bobcats to the Arizona Rattlers to the Sacramento Mountain Lions to the San Francisco 49ers practice squad.

After the one-of-a-kind road he’s traveled to the NFL’s fringes, what’s another five yards to rocket-footed kicker Fabrizio Scaccia?

This week’s vote by the NFL owners to move kickoffs to the 35-yard line (from the 30-yard line) will obviously impact big-name returners such as the Chicago’s Devin Hester and Cleveland’s Josh Cribbs, who will have fewer chances to return kicks...read more


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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

NFL Changes Kickoffs


NFL Votes To Change Rules For Kickoffs


By John Clayton
ESPN.com

NEW ORLEANS -- NFL owners voted to alter rules for kickoffs and instant replay next season but tabled a proposal that would have expanded language changes in the rule involving penalties against defenseless players.

The rule that moves kickoffs from the 30 to the 35-yard line passed 26-6, while the rule to have the booth replay official review all scoring plays passed 30-2. Overall, four of the five proposals up for vote passed.

With changes suggested by 32 head coaches attending the NFL owners meetings, kickoffs will move from the 30 to the 35-yard line but adjustments were made in the proposal by the NFL competition committee.

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Monday, March 14, 2011

NFL Lockout Update: Free Agent Combine



UPDATE: 03.14.2011

2011 COACH ZAUNER'S FREE AGENT SPECIALIST'S COMBINE

The extension of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) is gone and an NFL Lockout is now in place.

As it currently stands, NFL Teams are restricted from having any contact with Free Agents while the Lockout is in place. This means NFL Coaches and Scouts will not be permitted to attend Coach Zauner's Free Agent Specialist's Combine March 28, 2011.

However, Coach Zauner will still be conducting the Free Agent Specialist’s Combine and has a game plan to ensure all specialists who attend, will get the exposure they need to NFL Coaches and Scouts even if the NFL teams are not able to evaluate them at the Combine.

At the recent NFL Combine, NFL Teams and Special Teams Coordinators expressed their need to have the information generated at Coach Zauner’s Combine. NFL Personnel said they are very impressed with the efficiency, professional manner and the quality of talent provided by Coach Zauner.

Now, with the lockout, Coaches have said it is even more imperative they obtain information about Free Agent Specialist’s in a manner other than by attending the event. Teams have said Coach Zauner could provide them with the information they need for player evaluation, in the form of a video similar to the College Senior Specialist's Combine video.

It is still possible restrictions will be lifted and NFL Teams will attend the Combine. However until that is determined, Coach Zauner says we'll just ‘Improvise and Adjust.’

It also important to note, all UFL Teams, and many CFL Teams have confirmed they will be in attendance. Neither of these leagues are, or will be impacted, by the CBA discussions.

Specialists attending the Combine should plan on this being an ‘all day’ event, starting at 8:45 am and ending at approximately 6:oo pm.

Specialists should make their travel plans accordingly.

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Sunday, March 6, 2011

Jonathan Weeks...Free Agent Combine


Jonathan Weeks graduated from Baylor University with a dream of playing professional football. He was ready to give up on that dream until he met Coach Zauner. I created my College Senior and Free Agent Specialist's Combines or 'Field of Dreams' for Specialists to have a chance to fulfill there dreams. Jonathan is living proof.

At 5' 10 maybe and 245 pounds everyone was saying that Jonathan was too small. None of the teams were giving Jonathan a chance. However, on March 27, 2010 at Coach Zauner's Free Agent Specialist's Combine, Jonathan showed all 26 NFL, 4 CFL and 5 UFL teams that he had the talent to play in the NFL.

Jonathan just finished his first year as a professional football player with the Houston Texans.

When I first met Jonathan and he showed his ability to gain entrance into my Combine, I made a deal with him. I said if you make it you need to pay me back. He said no problem. However, the way I want you to pay me back is to work my PRO Development Camps here in Phoenix and work with other young snappers that have the same dream as you. He said 'Deal'.


This past weekend Jonathan Weeks (Houston Texans) and Danny Baugher (U. of Arizona and Las Vegas Locomotives) assisted me with my January PRO Development Camp for Snappers and Punters.



Coach Steve Hoppe / Jonathan Weeks / Coach Zauner / Dan Baugher / Erik Senst


Click below to listen to Houston Texans Long Snapper Jonathan Weeks talk about attending Coach Zauner's Free Agent Combine. During the video he mentions that 32 teams were in attendance at my Combine. There were 26 NFL, 4 CFL and 5 UFL Teams in attendance.

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Jonathan Weeks and Coach Zauner

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Saturday, March 5, 2011

College Senior Combine Success

Coach Zauner's 2011

College Senior Specialist's Combine... A Success!


Coach Zauner's Staff :


Nick Sundberg (Washington Redskins) Jonathan Weeks (Houston Texans) Scott Player (11 Yr. NFL Punter) Danny Baugher (Las Vegas Locomotives Punter)


Coach Zauner at Registration Meeting Coach discusses Snapping Talent with Sundberg & Weeks 'A Specialist's Path To PRO Football'

Once again, with 61 college senior specialist’s attending, this year’s Coach Zauner Senior Specialist’s Combine turned out to be quite a success.

Regardless the challenges with the weather, each of the participants brought their game face and professional attitude to Phoenix, Arizona to show the me the level of their NFL, CFL and UFL potential.

This was a Combine, not a College-Pro Camp. I specifically design my College Senior and Free Agent Specialist’s Combines with a ‘game-day’ like format to evaluate specialist’s talent and to check their competitiveness and mental toughness. Just like in any ‘game like’ situation, some will rise to the challenge, and some won’t. I believe this format separates my Combines from other kicking coaches, combines or College-Pro Camps.

By the discussions I had with the players, and the testimonials I received from them, the specialists overwhelmingly endorsed this structure which reflects a ‘game day’ atmosphere. They believed, as I do, this Combine was exactly what they needed to be on ‘A Specialist’s Path to PRO Football’.

But rather than my speaking for them, just click on videos below to hear what many of kicking specialists who attended had to say about the Coach Zauner College Senior Specialist’s Combine.

You can check out the workouts of those I recommended to the NFL here: Coach Zauner’s NFL, CFL and UFL Recommendations

2011 College Senior Specialist's Combine Snappers Testimonials:


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2011 College Senior Specialist's Combine Punters Testimonials:


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2011 College Senior Specialist's Combine Kickers Testimonials:



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Combine Assistants:


Coach Steve Hoppe, Erik Senst & Coach Billy Khayat


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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Update: Free Agent Combine




UPDATE:
2011 COACH ZAUNER'S FREE AGENT SPECIALIST'S COMBINE

The purpose of the Coach Zauner Free Agent Specialist’s Combine is simply to help kicking specialists get exposure to professional football teams.

And as I am preparing for the Combine, I realize there is uncertainty about what -if any- restrictions regarding coach and player contact may be imposed by the NFL League if the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) is not extended.
With this in mind, and after talking with a number of NFL GM’s, coaches and league officials at the 2011 NFL Combine, I have prepared a game plan that will ensure, that all players who attend the Free Agent Specialist's Combine will still get the exposure they need to all NFL teams.

Coaches have repeatedly told me how important the information gathered at the Coach Zauner Free Agent Specialist’s Combine is to them. And this year, if coaches are not allowed to observe all the players who attend, then getting the information on the kicking specialists they were not able to evaluate will be even more important to them.

It will only be a few days until we know the results of the CBA discussions. But regardless the results, we are moving forward with the 3rd Annual Coach Zauner’s Free Agent Combine, and will ensure kicking specialists they will receive the exposure to NFL teams they need to advance their careers.

Just to note, all UFL teams and many of the CFL teams have already confirmed they will be in attendance.

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