I was going to title this post: Looking Under The Hood of the Special Teams, but thought that wasn't necessary because there really isn't a point in diving into deep analysis when everything that is so wrong is blatantly obvious.
I have counted that the special teams have given up at least 35 points in the last three games. The three successful fake punts extended drives that ended up as touchdowns and of course the two onside kicks returned for TD's.
That's 7 points one game and 14 points the last two. If I was a defensive player I would be in the face of the punt return team. The defense did their job and now they have to do it again. It's too much to ask.
So here is the thing that makes me go hmmm ...
When Tuberville rounded out his staff, he let Eric Russell the ST coach go. I can't find the article, but he said something to the effect that he wanted to coach the special teams because he liked doing it.
According to a Don Williams article, Eric was hired by the captain because
Leach said his staff did a composite ranking of the best special teams in the nation last season, and that Louisiana Tech rated No. 1. The Bulldogs ranked No. 8 in the nation in kickoff coverage, tied for 25th in punt coverage, No. 14 in punt-return average and No. 17 in kickoff-return average.
“We studied all the teams and figured out, who had the best special teams in America last year? Louisiana Tech did,’’ Leach said. “So we asked, who coaches their special teams? Is this a lucky year for him, or was he always good? At Louisiana Tech, he was. And he totally ruled at special teams at North Texas.’’
Well, there you have it. Tuberville let one of the best in the business go so he could do it. Incidentally, Russell was hired by Tenn. and reunited with Dooley who was head coach at La. Tech. Here is the link to his bio.
Things that make you go hmmmm ...