How ’bout them special teams coordinators?

John Lilly will be the offensive special teams coordinator. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

John Lilly will be the offensive special teams coordinator. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Greetings from iced-in Decatur! Hope you’re staying safe and warm during this winter storm, and along those lines I thought a topic that tends to get a lot of UGA fans “hot” might be a good one for today: special teams.

There were no classes in Athens yesterday, but the folks at Butts-Mehre stayed busy announcing a slight restructuring of the football coaching staff. The headline item was Mark Richt making Bryan McClendon the official “recruiting coordinator,” a post that had been vacant since Rodney Garner decamped to Auburn. But since McClendon was named national recruiter of the year by 247sports and Scout.com, had a hand in landing Georgia’s biggest signing day names, and is likely due for a hefty raise, that was one a lot of folks probably saw coming.

Besides, it likely won’t change much in the way UGA recruits, with Daryl Jones continuing in his current role as director of on-campus recruiting.

Potentially much more important in relation to wins and losses was the secondary announcement that the restructuring also includes special teams, the area where the Dogs frankly have stunk the past couple of seasons, which is why fans have been calling for a full-time special teams coach or coordinator since Richt’s approach of having the special teams coaching divided up among several staffers obviously wasn’t working.

Richt still isn’t willing to go with the full-time approach, but he is dividing special teams into offensive special teams and defensive special teams, and he named a coordinator for each. The offensive special teams (which includes kickoff returns, punt returns and extra points and field goals) will be coordinated by tight ends coach John Lilly. Defensive special teams (kickoffs, punt coverage and punt blocks and defending extra points and field goals) will be headed by new inside linebackers coach Mike Ekeler.

OK, superficially you’d figure that consolidating the responsibility for special teams with just two assistant coaches has got to be a step up over Richt’s previous committee method, and I applaud the fact that he recognized that he couldn’t continue to ignore the problem. The fact is that his program had become notorious as one of the worst in the country for special teams thanks to numerous dropped punts, blocked punts and other so-called “catastrophe” plays that give the other team the ball, great field position or even points.

As Chip Towers detailed, most teams would be upset to have one of those type plays in a season; the Bulldogs had nine last year: giving up a touchdown on a kickoff return, two blocked punts, two muffed punts, a touchdown given up on a fake field goal, two mishandled punt snaps and one mishandled field goal hold.

Of course, the fact that Richt’s boss, Greg McGarity, recently conceded “right now our special teams are a deficiency” and said, “It’s up to Mark to fix it” might have had something to with Georgia’s head coach coming around.

Still, as Richt pointed out repeatedly over the past couple of seasons, simply naming a special teams “coordinator” doesn’t really mean that much. It’s just a title.

And that’s what still concerns me. If this restructuring and the naming of not just one but two coordinators ends up being largely lip service and isn’t accompanied by a wholesale rethinking of how UGA coaches special teams, then it’s not likely to make much of a difference.

Richt and Georgia players have also said repeatedly in recent years that they spend just as much time practicing special teams as any other program. But that raises the question of whether that practice time is being well spent. Have the players been taught the right special teams skills and strategies?

Too many times over the past couple of years, talented young players put back to receive punts or kickoffs looked unsure and uncoached and tended to make poor choices. Georgia signed what potentially could be a game-breaking return man last week in Isaiah McKenzie, and Mike Bobo said kickoff and punt returns will be McKenzie’s main job, which he noted “could be the difference in a ballgame for us.”

But McKenzie will be a true freshman, and if he’s not coached sufficiently about when to fair catch it, when to attempt a return, when to let it roll and even how best to get in position to catch the ball, the Dogs still could end up with those killer fumbles that hurt so badly during the 2013 season.

Likewise, Georgia’s “punt safe” approach in reaction to being burned by fakes to many times has largely negated the punt return as an offensive weapon. Signing one talented player won’t make much of a difference there if Georgia still is afraid to set up a return.

So, yes, naming two special teams coordinators is a step forward, but that alone won’t fix the problem.

CONTRIBUTION DEADLINE IS FIRM

You’d think that what with businesses and schools closed (including UGA) and folks urged to stay off the roads thanks to the winter storm that the UGA Athletic Association and Georgia Bulldog Club might cut Bulldog backers some slack on the looming Feb. 15 postmark deadline for getting those contributions in so they can buy renewable season tickets.

But, no, another announcement made this week is that weather-related closings will not impact the Hartman Fund deadline. The thinking seems to be that since you can donate online, a bit of ice on the roads isn’t enough to prompt an extension. Of course, if the ice on the trees and power lines makes you lose electricity, you might not be able to make that donation online, but the athletic association’s “weather operations policy” doesn’t seem to take that into account.

However, the Bulldog Club office in Athens will have special hours of 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday to accept your money. That’s big of them.

UGA HOCKEY IN DOWNTOWN ATHENS!

Tickets for the first UGA club ice hockey game at the Classic Center in Athens will go on sale Friday. The Ice Dawgs will make their debut in their new home April 9 when they host Georgia Tech. There’ll be a pregame Meet the Ice Dogs autographing event the day of the game, too.

Tickets will be available beginning at noon Friday at the Classic Center and cost $10 for reserved seating and $15 for premium seating.

They also can be purchased online at ClassicCenter.com, via phone at 706-357-4444 or by visiting the venue’s box office at 300 N. Thomas St. in downtown Athens.

For more information, go here.

HEY BULLDOG!

Dave Grohl and Jeff Lynne performing "Hey Bulldog." (Associated Press)

Dave Grohl and Jeff Lynne performing "Hey Bulldog." (Associated Press)

It’s a bit off-topic, but this past Sunday night’s CBS special celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ U.S. debut, featuring an onstage reunion of Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, will be repeated by the network Wednesday from 8:30 to 11 p.m.

Among the highlights of the special, which features a wide range of acts performing Beatles music, is Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters and Jeff Lynne of ELO and the Traveling Wilburys bashing out a great version of “Hey Bulldog,” which would be one of my favorite Fab Four tunes even if it didn’t include the UGA mascot in the title.

Anyway, it’s a fun special so if you missed it last weekend, check it out.

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154 comments Add your comment

dawgfan

February 12th, 2014
1:10 pm

It’s like putting a band aid on a bullet wound to the head.

Skokie Dog

February 12th, 2014
2:01 pm

…or shuffling deck chairs on a sinking ship.
But it can’t hurt, right? They could hardly do worse in a couple of those quantifiable categories that measure performance of special teams. The ‘Dogs were actually ranked 122 in one category.

Skokie Dog

February 12th, 2014
2:03 pm

One basic approach will solve some of the problems that U.Ga. special teams have faced. If the coaches teach fundamentals properly, and the players put those lessons to work on the field, we’ll see marked improvement before long. Oh, and it wouldn’t hurt to anticipate some possibilities before putting the special teams unit on the field. For instance, would this play be a good situation to try a fake?

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

February 12th, 2014
2:08 pm

Ok….so the guy who had the “so called title” of special teams coordinator the last few seasons is overseeing the punt returns and kickoff returns (the area that was one of the worst in the FBS last year)

and you call that fixing the problem?

Well Im not surprised

just like I wont be surprised at another 3 or more loss season again

Skint

February 12th, 2014
2:15 pm

What difference will it make unless we put our scholarship players on special teams. We play too many walk-ons, especially on kick return team, to be an effective group.

Sg dog

February 12th, 2014
2:54 pm

The split between the two sides of the ball may be a better choice until the coaching limit is expanded.

Quayvon Hicks

February 12th, 2014
3:03 pm

Isaiah McKenzie is the man for the job. Trust me.

Bulldawg35

February 12th, 2014
3:26 pm

They still won’t be nothing special happening in Athens next year…..cuz mason will still be our QB and our o – line will still be mediocre.

DawgVoiceofReason

February 12th, 2014
3:46 pm

You sad sacks are fast to whine. “Oh this is just terrible. Nothing we do ever works. This is just more of the same. Whoa is us! We’ll NEVER be any good. Might as well give up on the season now. Beat the rush. The wheels are coming off”

Did I leave anything out? Wait. Don’t answer that. There’s no accounting for creative negativity. Y’all are a riot.

DawgByte

February 12th, 2014
3:50 pm

I’m normally the first person to be skeptical of these type moves, because I believe in a Single Point of Accountability, however in this case I have confidence in McClendon and Lilly to improve this area of our program. Hell, it can’t get much worse, right?

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

February 12th, 2014
3:58 pm

DawgByte

you do realize Lilly was in charge of special teams the past several years

Macclenny_dawg

February 12th, 2014
3:59 pm

We give a player a certain job before he even takes the field??? Well there lies a BIG problem with our program. No competition to compete for jobs. Coaches just give a job to someone who hasn’t earned it. Makes me feel like I know that Mason is our qb no matter of a competition. I do like we at least know who to blame for each faze of the game. Kool aid kinda low around here.

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

February 12th, 2014
4:01 pm

“Nothing we do ever works. This is just more of the same.”

Then what do you call it when the guy overseeing special teams the last few years is still overseeing punt returns and kick returns?

BOB

February 12th, 2014
5:26 pm

It is not just the football program that is under scrutiny , with the sad state of UGA’s B-ball program; the fall from championship status of the gymnastic and the baseball programs, questions have to be raised about the Athletic Department’s handle on things. The resources are there, the recruiting is there but the results have not been up to par.

7576DAWG

February 12th, 2014
5:33 pm

Concerning Offensive Special Teams: Most of the kick off’s were in the end zone and Richt downs most all of them because he can start on the 25, which I agree. If we start returning more then the blocking has got to be better but expect some of our players to get hurt because of the increase heavy contact . It’s not worth getting tackled back on the 10 and starting the drive already in the hole. If we go 3 and out the other team will have great field position. On punt returns, Richt has got to decide if he is going to set up a return or make a fair catch. McKenzie will solve any problem we have had but when he gets hurt who will we use? A back up has got to be ready.Extra points and field goals have been a strength.
Concerning Defensive Special Teams : Georgia has got to find a kicker who can put it in or through the end zone. Weak kick offs have allowed the opponents to start on the 35 a lot. On Punts I think we have the three guys that stand about where the Quarterback stand are too close to the punter and they need to be more aggressive to block forward instead of waiting for the other teams Defense to get to them. They need to attack Defensive player that break through our line.
I like dividing Special Teams into Offensive and Defense. It can’t do any worse than we have the last two years. At least Richt is taking a different approach.

7576DAWG

February 12th, 2014
5:42 pm

Bill
I really like that you don’t patronize or down play problems that Georgia has.
We have lost a lot of our close games the last few years because Special Teams had a complete breakdown. You expect for the Defense to get beat a few times a game but Special Teams can’t give up points or field position because of something that we did to ourselves or didn’t do. That put the edge with the other team. Meaning the team that makes the most mistakes will lose. Richt is going to find out the fan base was not delusional calling for change in Special Teams.

DawgVoiceofReason

February 12th, 2014
6:08 pm

Flat,

My understanding is that Lilly was acting as an admin for ST, mainly organizing. Now there are two guys, one completely new and with some expertise, both with official responsibility. I expect to see improvement. Is it guaranteed? No. Buy clearly it is a significant change and an attempt to address the problems.

DawgVoiceofReason

February 12th, 2014
6:09 pm

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

February 12th, 2014
6:39 pm

DawgVoiceofReason

Hopefully you are right

fred russo

February 12th, 2014
7:10 pm

Just read where Murray is rated 10th best QB by NFL scouts.

PMR

February 12th, 2014
7:52 pm

Bill, I think you make some egregious assumptions in your article. It would indicate the possibility that you’ve never played any football beyond grade school.

“Too many times over the past couple of years, talented young players put back to receive punts or kickoffs looked unsure and uncoached and tended to make poor choices.” What exactly was it about those young players that dropped those punts and made poor choices that caused you to consider them talented? Possibly they are indeed fine piano players, maybe even fine receivers or fast runners. They sure aren’t talented at catching punts. From a football player perspective I have yet to see a talented return man since Boykin.

But from your perspective you blame it on the coaching. Using the same logic you would say that if Rhett McGowan had been coached well enough then he could catch balls as well as AJ Green. Not gonna happen Bill. Not now, not in two years, not when the cows come home. You can either catch or not. You can improve with practice. I used to be a pretty good baseball player. But no amount of coaching was ever going to make me a .300 hitter in the major leagues.

As far as decisions go you report that the return guys have made poor decisions because they haven’t been coached well enough. Certainly you don’t believe that we coach our safety’s to belly bump when tackling. Surely you would admit that. Yet at times that’s exactly what they do. I can sight instances of it for 20 years. You would agree that there is plenty of time and effort that goes into trying to teach these young men what is expected of them off the field. You know they know the consequences of their actions are more stringent than anywhere else in the SEC. Yet they smoke dope anyway. The point is people in general make in the moment decisions and sometimes they are poor ones. Doesn’t matter if they know the right thing to do or not. Football players are no different. They try to belly bump a receiver and he goes 99 yards for a touchdown in a bowl game. They don’t keep their responsibility on defense trying to make a big play instead and boom, another touchdown. They break off a pass route and the QB gets picked.

No coach ever made a bad snap, dropped a snap, missed a block. PLAYERS do those things. And they are not robots. They make mistakes no matter how they are coached. If you don’t believe me look at Alabama’s last two games. Everyone seems to believe that they are always the best coached team in the country and of course we know they have the best players. So?

If you can go and watch every practice next season and report back on what is done on special teams, how they practice it, and how much time is spent on it. THEN report back to us. If at that time you don’t feel the special teams are well coached, then tell us why. Unto then you have no authority to pronounce an indictment from a seat in the stands and discussions with your brother.

Buzz-Off

February 12th, 2014
8:21 pm

I mentioned this on another blog that I wonder why no one in the press made a big deal out of Auburn’s 4 special teams mistakes in the 4th qtr of the NC game (2 fumbled punts and 1 fumbled kick-off return). Also, let’s not forget the 100 yard kick-off return. Auburn lost that game on ST mistakes, but I guess when you are #2 no one will batter your ST coaches.

Macclenny_dawg

February 12th, 2014
8:23 pm

The coaches have to put the players in the best position to win. McGowan was basically sent to catch the ball he was not put back there for a true punt return. Everyone knew that and coaching wise it was very conservative. The problem was each time we went to return a punt it was usually a different guy and I blame that on Richt. By not having a certain coach held responsible each coach probably had their guy they wanted to return punts. I do believe special teams will be better just because now the coaches name is connected to each unit. But until we keep being conservative the energy will never be sustained and the energy vampires will continue be present. I am hoping for alot out of the new coaches to change the culture.

Class of '98

February 12th, 2014
8:23 pm

You hit the nail on the head, Bill. When we’ve got a freshman punt returner attempting to catch and return a punt in the midst of immense traffic in the 4th quarter of a GAME WE ARE WINNING, it makes one wonder if the coaches themselves understand basic football strategy.

The signature play of Richt’s special teams was the fake punt for a TD by Melvin Ingram a couple of years ago. Ninety thousand people and millions of people watching on TV saw him run about 40 yards down the sideline before our punt return team even realized South Carolina was running a fake punt.

I hope things change, I really do. But I’ll believe it when I see it.

dawgfan

February 12th, 2014
9:08 pm

That’s all fine and dandy PMR. So why in the hell are we paying Mark Richt $3 million a freaking year? It’s all on the players and he has no responsibility according to you. Let’s dump his arse and get a high school coach whose willing to work for $150,000 a year. What have we got to lose?

He could probably even beat Vandy.

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

February 12th, 2014
9:21 pm

Yea I guess no one really said much about Auburn

Maybe cause they made it to yet another National Title game; which really should have been their 3rd appearance in the last decade

Maybe because Auburn didnt have all the special teams problems UGA had that Bill in his article pointed out

dawgfan

February 12th, 2014
9:36 pm

“…but I guess when you are #2 no one will batter your special teams coaches.”

Yes Captain Obvious that’s pretty much how it works. No one was battering their special teams coaches because they weren’t wrapping up their 8th straight season of futility and irrelevance. No one was battering their special teams play because they lost to #1 FSU in a hard fought game and not Vandy.

Please take advil for headaches.

HotDawg

February 12th, 2014
9:49 pm

I agree Bill,
Grohl’s and Lynne’s cover of “Hey Bulldog” was excellent. Those guys are aging well. One of the better highlights of the show. Some of the covers were dissapointing. Would have been nice to just have paul and ringo, along with Grohl and Lynne play more of their songs. Some of the guest bands/singers were pitiful.
Barbara Bach still looks good. Ringo married well and has lasted forever.

HotDawg

February 12th, 2014
10:01 pm

I said this not long ago……teach our punter to learn the art of the coffin corner kick. Nobody seems to be doing it anymore. It is a very good strategical kick. Ray Guy and many others in 70’s were experts at this.
Our punter has 6 1/2 months to practice. It will be second nature to him by the time the schedule starts, if he starts practicing it now.

HotDawg

February 12th, 2014
10:11 pm

Difference is we have a new coach dabbling in our special teams. Let’s see if he can help change for the better. Didn’t Coach Richt ask Coach Pruitt of his interest in special teams when hired? And he was enthusiastic to help. So is he also helping?

RED DOG 77

February 12th, 2014
10:52 pm

Bill King………..If it makes you lonely and scared just thinking about Isaiah McKenzie returning punts………….”You Can Talk To Me”………….Yea……….”You Can Talk To Me”

RED DOG 77

February 12th, 2014
11:08 pm

Coach Richt has at the very least created some accountability by naming an O and a D special teams coach…………How bout let’s see how that works out before we get too nervous. Seems like to me this will be coach Ekeler’s first shot at BULLDOG S.T.’s, his first time working with Coach Lilly…………….yet a lot of history and interest in the special teams role on a football team…………………….I don’t think we’ll know how this is going to work out till next season anyway……………….So until then……………”Hey BULLDOG”…………..”You Can Talk To Me”……………….Your Pal…………..RED DOG 77

RED DOG 77

February 12th, 2014
11:33 pm

Oh Yea…………and by the way………wasn’t Mike Ekeler known as a “special teams demon” while he played at Kansas State?…………Reminds of Blake Sailors……..DGD………and a walk-on at that…………those kind of “rip yer head off” walk-on players seem to be qualified for coaching those wild-men hurling their bodies down-field like bottle rockets………….I’d say give ‘em a shot……………wouldn’t you Bill King?…………….RED

Hairy Dawg

February 13th, 2014
12:15 am

This is good news how we focusing special teams this year. Now that we sign recruit to be prime returner we dont need to keep that stinky punt fumbler back there on kicking team that cost us bowl game. And then special teams improvement help win close games like those we lost this last year where close and score few more points be winning. Even with bad fans trying to blaming Coach Richt honest f as n know he didnt call a play to go fumble punt and lose game. That would be stupid. The punt fumbling all caused by player that made stinky play. And better special teams player that expose talents and not fumble punts will fix that. Thats help winning several more games this year to claim East and then SEC. Then playoffs Dawgs roll to win title on field without the sorry poll voters try take it away from Dawgs.

LADawg

February 13th, 2014
1:20 am

“Have the players been taught the right special teams skills and strategies?” NO. Have the players been taught the right offensive line skills and strategies? NO. Have the players been taught the right defensive back skills and strategies? No.

I hope CMR wakes up and smells the coffee. He should be absolutely fired up everyday…not just signing day. He is making millions in the fourth most talent rich state in the country with no other in-state school to which he has to share the wealth, yet his ship is full of holes that only he can fix.

PMR

February 13th, 2014
4:06 am

dawg fan. What I said is people make decisions own their own no matter if they know better or not. They are the ones that should be held accountable, not someone who told them they were going to be suspended for 4 games and run until their tongues drag the ground if they don’t stay away from the weed. That’s all. One fact I did fail to mention is that you wouldn’t know a football from a flying saucer so……who cares what you think???????

Love the dawgs

February 13th, 2014
5:51 am

Way to go, idiot and losers. Criticize and complain about areas in which you are absolutely clueless. Why don’t you get a life?

dawgfan

February 13th, 2014
6:14 am

I know what you said. Blame the players. Blame the players. Blame the players. You can’t have your cake and eat it too Kool Aider. Mark Richt is either the captain of this ship or he’s not. According to you he’s not, so what do we need him for? Why are we paying him all that money? Why do you Kool Aiders get your panties in such a bunch when I say we need a new coach? What difference does it make? It’s all on the players to execute, right?

I could give a flying rat’s arse what you think about my football knowledge. Kool Aiders like you have absolutely ZERO credibility. You want to give Richt all the credit for the wins and then throw the players under the bus for the losses. You’ve been doing it from day one. I’m on to you. You aren’t real fans. You’re posers with a mancrush on our coach.

It’s embarassing and disgraceful.

Buzz-Off

February 13th, 2014
8:10 am

@dawgfan @9:36pm (and at all other dates and times)

Thanks for your recommendations regarding Advil, but Tylenol is a better choice.
And for the sake of all blog readers, PLEASE don’t forget to take your Lithium & Seroquel.

Buzz-Off

February 13th, 2014
8:11 am

…….and make sure you take it with Kool-Aid!!!!

dawgfan

February 13th, 2014
8:28 am

No thanks. I’m fine. But thanks for letting me know I shut some Kool Aid BS straight the funk down.

I leave you clowns pretty much speechless.

Mobile Dawg

February 13th, 2014
8:30 am

LADawg, if he hasn’t smelled the coffee at this point I don’t have a lot of hope it will happen. A man’s best resume for the future is to look at his past. People can change, but they usually don’t.

Columbus Dawg

February 13th, 2014
8:45 am

It will get fixed folks. All of the energy and emphasis has been honed in on hammering the special teams. #1 Don’ts for 2014: Don’t put #81 back to filed punts anymore. Don’t let the deep snapper who kept snapping the ball over punter’s head snap the ball anymore. Don’t allow kickoff return men to run the ball out of the endzone to the 18 yard line when you get it at the 25 anyway. DON’T let punt coverage team EVER forget fake punts run against UGA in recent years.

Hairy Dawg

February 13th, 2014
8:46 am

Its is very clear that Coach Richt not have roster flexibly that other SEC teams got. Saban signing more players each with no limits cause he cut stinkys from team. Tenn orange pumkins signed 33. What I saying is you can only do that if Coaches in charge of school rules that make stinky players be shipped out for not exposing talents on field. But Adams made sorry rules that Morehead now enforcing that limit Dawgs from competing with good roster managements. Keeping stinkys around on team hurt bad when injuries because no depths and on specoal teams that would be loaded with hungry men like from Hargraves instead a stinkys. When was last time we had roster stacked in depths chart from Hargraves call up off a practice squad. It before Adams and the pointy heads created them roster and recruiting choking rules. Fixing that requires fan supporting Coach Richt to pit Morehead in place and tell him Dawgs run Athens to get rid a stupid rules. With fan supports Coach Richt have backing to fix rules that hurt Dawgs for roster managements.

mgdawg

February 13th, 2014
8:50 am

Naming special teams coordinator(s) is a step up; however, I don’t know if a change will really happen. As mentioned Lilly has had a hand in special teams the past few years. More time on the practice field and in the film room must be spent on special teams. If Mckenzie’s primary job is kick and punt returns then I think he needs to spend at least half of his practice time with the kicker and punter just catching the kicks and punts. Last, there needs to be a bite if the special teams doesn’t improve. This is what I really doubt. Richt hasn’t shown that he will get rid of a coach that isn’t performing. Now that he has named the guys the fans know who to blame and if things don’t improve and nothing happens it’s going to be bad.

UGA Insider

February 13th, 2014
9:03 am

Maybe this year we will get more ST’s chances!!!

-excuse by some Kool-Aiders to why we stink on ST’s.

UGA Insider

February 13th, 2014
9:10 am

Columbus Dawg,,

You have been copy and pasting that paragraph since 2008. It will not get better this year as it didn’t get better in 2013.

Columbus Dawg

February 13th, 2014
9:19 am

Insider, I gotta hope, I gotta hope.

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

February 13th, 2014
9:34 am

Well I see some are still making the excuse why UGA doesnt win big because UGA cannot sign 400 or more players every year like everyone else does

BigDawg

February 13th, 2014
9:41 am

PMR- those are very good and well thought out comments that you made about coaching and individual players making a poor decision on a particular play. Having played organized football from 8 years old through my freshman year of college at UGA. I remember spending a lot of practice time on every facet of playing including special teams so I tend to agree with most of what you said. However Coach Richt has been slow to change his coaching philosophy which has cost the Dawgs a game almost every year and made other games closer than they should have been since he has been the head coach at Georgia. Hopefully by actually having 2 Assistants responsible for special teams we will see big improvement in every facet of special teams and it will become a strength instead of a liability.

Go Dawgs