I’m sure special teams will get a lot of “special” attention this week. Right now, we are just a ship with a lot of leaks and very limited patches. The time we spend correcting and improving special teams this week will be beneficial but will also affect the time we can spend on continuing to apply those patches elsewhere. Defense took a major step forward at Auburn. Offense took a baby step. Special teams regressed, so naturally we have to address that, and I have no doubt we will. Just going to take time and impossible to fix everything immediately without recruiting a lot more “patches”.
Frank Broyles won a lot of games and Championships that way. Check out his first one. Won it with the quick kick and punt return. Different game now for sure, but there is no other set of plays where there is more yards at stake than those plays. It must get tons of attention and it must be right.
Saw a clip of the long punt return from behind the runner…whoever is #9 (don’t know since their could be multiple #9 jerseys) but whoever was simply dogging it. Barely reached for the guy and didn’t pursue kind of starting half-walking/jogging.
The thing that’s always made me scratch my head, CHN had Felix Jones and Darren McFadden return kickoffs. With guys like Chase Hayden and TJ Hammonds, why aren’t they back there? I really like Warren, but Hayden seems to be more electric than him. Just a thought
Speaking of that, do we have “a special teams coach”? Or are we running the “shared duty” crap on special teams? Your special teams will never be “all they can be” if you don’t have a coach dedicated to special teams.
JFB also had essentially unlimited practice time. They could spend an hour at the end on special teams if they wished. CM doesn’t have that option due to the NCAA time limits. But neither does any other D-I coach now and virtually all of them have better STs than we do, so that ain’t an excuse.
That used to be the case before the additional asst coach spot the NCAA added last year. Many teams took advantage of a 10th assistant and added a Special Teams coach in the 2017 season. LSU hired a special teams coach, and they credited their win over Auburn this season to that special teams coach. I think every team in a season could credit one or more wins or losses on special teams play.