There's no question special teams have improved dramatically. The one thing that surprises me though is that we didn't block any kicks this year. That was a staple of Golden's teams at Temple. Hopefully, we'll see a few blocks next year.
we do fairly well on returns, and stopping the other team's returns, which suggests that the athletic ability of the special teams this year is pretty good. The fact that they do well in these areas also suggests that the coaching is doing pretty well on special teams. We aren't going to be blocking too many kicks when the vast majority of the time we set up a return rather than go for pressure.
It's critical. With Soldinger's units, teams had to worry about this, and it led to mistakes on their end. It's all about how much this is stressed.
Meyer, for ex, made this a huge priority, and it became a critical part of each game plan. In fact, they went on to win a NC bc of a fg block during a regular season. If they don't block that fg, they don't go on to win the whole thing. My point is that it's a huge deal.
I don't know if It's the players we have, or if it's just not being stressed enough. It's a mark of a well-coached team though. We have to make that leap.
The improvement in the coverage teams was pretty impressive. But I agree, I would have liked to see us go after more punts. Most of the time it didn't even seem like we were really setting up a return either, it was almost like we were playing fake-safe a lot of the time.
I have to say there is nothing more frustrating than watching three defenders lightly tap themselves into the personal protectors like they really aren't making any sort of effort.