QUICK KICK

What is QUICK KICK?

QUICK KICK meaning misnomer for a punt that is done from a non-punt formation; so named because in the early part of the Twentieth Century, teams would frequently kick on first, second, or third down according to field position; a better name would be “surprise punt” because it can be done on any down including fourth; the surprise would stem from doing it out of a non-punt formation; should be far more common than it is; for years I routinely had my teams execute “fourth-down quick kicks” in which we lined up as if to run or pass on fourth down, invariably inspiring the opposing coaches to yell, “They’re going for it!” then, after the opposing punt returner moved up to a safety position, we would punt it over his head; later, the opposing team would put a guy deep to receive the punt even when we were in a non-punt formation on fourth down and we would run a pass or run play; the quick kick is the mother of all vertical stretch tactics

 

reference: John T. Reed: DICTIONARY OF AMERICAN FOOTBALL TERMS