Triple Threat Tight End Blocking Drill Systemby Bobby Acosta
TIGHT ENDS EXPECTATIONS AND GOALS
Tight Ends play to a higher standard
The bar has been set high. The tight end position will be a critical part of our offenses success . In both the run and pass game we block, catch, hustle and finish will directly relate to the success of our offense. Get this in your mind now-WE WILL BE A FACTOR!
Every time we walk on the field, be it a practice or game, we must be prepared to play at a level that our opponents are unable to or do not want to play at!
In order to make this happen there are a few traits which are non-negotiable……………
UMass comes first. Do the little things. Go above what is expected.
SMART (KNOW THE BIG PICTURE)
Study the game, technique, and opponent. Not just at work but at home.
The less you have to think about the better you play.
Don’t be denied. We must be nasty every time we walk on the field
Have your teammates back.
Make them Quit. “My assignment will not make a play”
With your coach and teammates-Don’t keep secrets.
If you don’t know, ask. If you see something, speak up.
“First we make our habits-then our habits make us”
Before and after the ball is snapped there are some basics which we must adhere to every play. First we must be zeroed in on the snap count, play call and our assignment. Secondly, we must approach the L.O.S. and get into a stance that we can be both powerful in the run game and still have the ability to have great releases in the pass game. Next we must have great recognition of fronts, stunts, blitzes, coverage’s, and have the ability to communicate to the Oline what we see. After the ball is snapped we must always play with great technique and effort. We must always be looking to make plays while protecting the football. Last and the most important basic for the tight ends is we must always be looking to FINISH!
The veteran coach serves as the team’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
Acosta has been involved in coaching at various levels, from high school to the NFL, for 19 years. Recently, he spent the 2014 and 2015 seasons at Syracuse before moving on to Cornell in 2015. At Syracuse in 2015, he served as the Orange’s wide receiver coach and recruiting coordinator, where he helped attract 18 three-star recruits and five players ranked among the top 50 at their positions in the country, according to 247 sports.
Before his stint at Syracuse, Acosta spent one year as head coach at Widener (2013) and five seasons as assistant coach at TCNJ (2008-12), the last four as offensive coordinator. That came on the heels of two seasons as the tight ends coach at Delaware, where he helped the Blue Hens reach the 2007 FCS National Championship game and assisted in the development of future Super Bowl winning quarterback Joe Flacco.
Acosta served as head coach at both Marlboro HS (2002-04) and Monmouth Regional HS (2006-07), sandwiched around three years as wide receivers coach at TCNJ. He began his coaching career at Rowan (1999-2001) as the team’s defensive backs and special teams coach. In addition, he spent the 2008 (Cleveland Browns) and 2010 (New York Jets) NFL preseason in coaching internships.
In his one season as head coach at Widener, the Pride went 6-4 and averaged 439.7 yards and 31.8 points per game. At TCNJ, his offense set school records for passing yards (2,491) and completions (269) in a season in 2012. During the 2009 campaign, the offense scored the most points in a single-season in program history (309), as well as yards in a game (708 vs. FDU-Florham).
Acosta played four seasons at Rowan, helping the team to the Stagg Bowl, the Division III national championship game, each year. He graduated in 2000 with a degree in health and exercise science.