Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The special teams trauma ward

Yesterday we looked at the coaches gone wild. Today...

A kick in the tourniquet. Would having a special teams coach turn things around? I don't know. Does not having a special teams coach (when so many other programs are using one) hurt us in terms of consistency in that phase of the game? You could definitely make that argument. But if there's one thing I know, it's that Joe DeCamillis ain't walking through that door. Neither is Coach Seely. And certainly not Zach Smith.

Who's he? Check him out.

There's more of Smith's amazing work here if you really want to dream. But to beat Florida we don't need a re-vamped special teams organizational chart. Or some kid from the left coast that can snap a football into a trash bin from half a football field.

Look, we don't use the tight ends enough as it is. Hand Jay Rome and Artie Lynch to Will Friend and Tony Ball. Let Coach Lilly get a firm grip of the ball that Trent Frix is snapping. What's more, take a vested interest in how the teams relate to the specialty players, ie. the kickers. You know, those are the guys that just hang out way over there until you tell them to come on over and do their thing. Let's shore this shit up. Block some people. Kick it! Use special teams to our advantage again instead of as a means for shooting ourselves in the foot.

Coach Richt is right, the problem is execution. Barber is a good punter. Morgan is a good place kicker. But we lack the confidence and or the ability to execute around that. So it's time to change things up in terms of how we prepare. Take some ownership of the problem and put some capable hands into fixing it.

And to be quite frank, if Coach Lilly's duties in practice are so important to the tight ends, then Richt himself needs to roll up his sleeves. I don't necessarily think that's the long term answer here, but if things continue the way they're going, special teams may end up costing him a lot more than a road game in Nashville.