Archived

This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies.

Achilles

What does a special teams coach actually do?

23 posts in this topic

Haven't seen too much direct discussion of this MAJOR issue for the Panthers this year...

As I'm watching preseason games (namely the Houston and Pittsburgh games) I'm still seeing the special teams play poorly. Results have been mediocre to bad throughout the preseason.

My question is: How much blame does Brian Murphy deserve?

You'd think the coach would ultimately take responsibility for the seeming lack of preparation and focus. But...what does a special teams coach really do? Do they have a game plan? Do they have a scheme?

Why is our special teams so weak? THis goes back to the John Fox days and that loser he had in there for 3 or 4 years (name?) that he wouldn't fire.

Is it the players faults for not being in the right position on returns and coverage? How much can Brian Murphy control of this? I mean, he's not the one missing tackles. How much ownership can Rivera take of this problem?

Overall...why do we suck and whose fault is it?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

he puts the best non-starting tacklers on the field, tells them to stay in their lane and expects them to make tackles.

1 person likes this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

A lot of our special teamers struggle with shedding their blocks. Unfortunately our defensive scheme's emphasis on smaller, faster players leaves them vulnerable to blocking.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Dunno, we haven't had a real one in years. We ran the last one out of town because he wasn't nice.

Lane discipline is key and obviously isn't emphasized here as you rarely see it happen.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

THis goes back to the John Fox days and that loser he had in there for 3 or 4 years (name?) that he wouldn't fire.

Danny Crossman.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yep, Crossman replaced Scotty O'Brien and it's been a train wreck ever since.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Danny Crossman wasn't just here for 3 or 4 years, he was here from 2003 to 2009, or 7 NFL seasons. That's a lot of suck.

1 person likes this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Bad coaching is a big part of it, but a bad roster hurts too. The bottom third or so of our roster is awful. When you waste valuable roster spots on non-NFL caliber guys like Edwards and Clausen you have less room for special teams contributors.

2 people like this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Bad coaching is a big part of it, but a bad roster hurts too. The bottom third or so of our roster is awful. When you waste valuable roster spots on non-NFL caliber guys like Edwards and Clausen you have less room for special teams contributors.

finally someone hits the nail on the head. i guess i am not taking crazy pills after all!

1 person likes this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

In Charlotte they steal paychecks.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

  • Topics

  • Posts

    • I don't feel like we're a sleeper team. We are just mercurial as a franchise- up, down, and in the middle. I really do not know what to expect this year. As it's been said, the O-line is a big question mark. Our interior is good, but the tackle spot is a mystery. I wasn't and am still not high on the Lil Kalil signing, and not because of the contract. He has declined every year since his rookie year. Am I suppose to believe that he has really been chronically injured this whole time and now that he is here with Ryan he is suppose to magically be healthy and perform? I'm not saying it isn't possible- I'm not saying he's def going to suck either. I just have no clue. I think it's a big time gamble from Gman. I hope it works out. And I desperately want to be proved wrong about it too. I hope he fills the hole that's been there since Gross left as a long term solution. And the other thing that worries me that is the coaching staff. Everyone talks about Shula but I'm not high on RR. He took zero accountability in his post season presser- as apposed to Gman who acknowledged his mistakes. I've never really liked him- I'm really wondering if Riverboat was just fools gold. He just feels like Fox 2.0- don't think he can't get us a Lombardi- which is sad because I feel like our roster can. Again, I hope I'm wrong about this. These two things plus our division- The NFCS will be a dogfight this year. 
    • Yeah we fell asleep..the offensive like ducked and the secondary ducked til Bradbury and the other kid stepped up.. but season was done.. need a healthy o-Lind this year and execute or these new weapons are pointless


      Sent from my iPhone using CarolinaHuddle