Another huge reason to be encouraged about this season.
That article makes it sound like using more talented freshmen on special teams is a done deal. But David Hale has a lot more quotes from Fabris on his blog. Those quotes make it sound like Fabris isn't completely on board with the idea yet. I guess we won't know for sure until Sept. 5th.
Even if Fabris isnt on board, the article kinda makes it sound like Coach Richt wants it done a certain way, and has made it clear he wants it that way. the HEAD coach..
I hear ya, Stephen. I'm just saying that Fabris has been allowed to do things his way (against all odds, statistics, results, and conventional wisdom) for quite a while now. REAL change in his tactics falls into the "I'll believe it when I see it" category.
It kills me to type this....however UF has been really dominate on ST play. KO coverage Punt coverage etc. The game can swing on so many ST plays see Tech game. Put the best players out there! No more Rudy's sry just being honest!
Sounds good, if Fabris is listening...I agree with other comments I've seen, find out what the best special teams in the country are doing, and try your best to copy them. Year in, year out, they keep stats, look at them and emulate what those teams do. CMR needs to stay on Fabris until this is done.
This is great and all (if Richt can get Fabris on board) but shouldn't we be even looking at putting first teamers on ST? That's what Florida does.
Thank God. We certainly put the "special" in special teams last season.
Speaking of FINALLY, the IOC is considering Golf for an olympic sport, much to 'ol Wester's chagrin !Seriously though, the change in special teams philosophy is certainly welcome and great news.Boehm
Whatever Florida does...do that.
Fabris should have been fired with Willie after last year.
Florida puts offensive and defensive starters on special teams. We still don't. Incredible.
An old dog can learn new tricks...I cannot see why Fabris would not be on board; he is going to get more talent and perhaps more time to work with them.Maybe he made some decisions in strategy in the past because of a lack of athletic talent? Maybe if a more talented player makes a tackle that a lesser player misses then a lot of problems are solved.
Yeah Fabris should be fired after one bad year. Pollack, Geathers, Moses, Johnson, and Howard all said he was awful.
If his is the one who was responsible for the situation where GA allowed fake punts to cost us games. See WV. He (who ever) should have been fired then. I swear at the end of last season I saw our players on punt returns going back to the bad practices of a few years ago. Basically, leaving to help with the punt return without looking to see if the other team will actually punt. It is a little thing but it will cost you a game.
don't put too much stock in Fabris quotes to reporters. The man can't give a straight answer to save his life, or at least he can't to a reporter.
I agree with several others. Why not starters on special teams?
You need a mix of starters and 2nd teamers on special teams.For instance, you need a body type on special teams of Big Skill (TE/LB) and small Skill (RB/WR/DB).To get the best mix of those guys who can really run, you end up with some 2nd teamers. Last year, I think we used Rennie and Gamble on kickoff coverageWe're wearing those guys pretty thin playing every down at LB and every special teams kick coverage.Guys we didn't regularly use on kick coverage were Richard Samuel (a HS linebacker was used sparingly on coverage as I remember it), Bacardi Rambo (a safety who was pointlessly redshirted) and Pugh (another kid that was redshirted instead of helping on teams).Those 3 guys could've replaced 2 walkons and maybe 1 of the LBs who was pretty tired.
I may be way off here but it seems to me that redshirting may be a tactic that has run its course of effectiveness. Why redshirt a sure enough starter when you can get some use from him now before he leaves early to go to the NFL? Obviously that doesn't apply to all starters at all positions but Paul makes the point just above with reference to Rambo and Pugh.
Playing IMMEDIATELY is also a recurring recruiting theme, especially with the high profile recruits.Just saying it can't hurt our recruiting pitch either.
we can go back to redshirting (which is probably best for a lot of these young men for growth and maturity) once the NFL goes to rookie salary caps.Till then, play 'em early and play 'em often.
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