From Seth Emerson:
Now? Now you think it might be a good idea to maybe work on special teams?
Better late than never, I suppose(?). Although to me, it seems a bit slow to acknowledge that there are growing special teams problems, and to move in any significant way to rectify them. I mean, if this season is any indication as to how much improvement we can look forward to with a supposed re-dedication in the offseason to special teams work, then I have no idea what to think anymore.
Granted, the troubles with kicking could not really have been worked on in the offseason, considering that Marshall Morgan was an incoming freshman, but for the love of all things holy, we have a string of what, 54 All-American kickers that could be called upon for advice or consulting? Or hell, perhaps let Adam Erickson or Jamie Lindley have their shot at extra points or short field goals. Perhaps the competition would get Morgan going.
Regardless, I sincerely hope that this move somehow revitalizes special teams. But a move that's pending for this coming offseason certainly has no bearing on fixing anything this season. I genuinely hope many of the troubles we're having on special teams, especially Morgan's, are simply growing pains. But with almost all of our defensive starters leaving next year, that eliminates a large portion of special teams starters, and thus, we're left with few experienced special teams players, yet again.
It's just frustrating that something that was once a strength of Mark Richt-coached teams has become such a liability. Luckily, special teams did not cost us the Florida game last year, but they certainly didn't help. Once again, I really, REALLY hope this all gets straightened out, but at least to me, it's a bit discouraging, and feels like a case of too little, too late...but also, AGAIN.
I couldn't be any happier to be wrong about this.