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A really good break down of the blocked punt and an indictment on the clear lack of attention paid to ST.

Frank The Tank

Red Shirt
2 Year Member
How does that happen, you might be asking yourself right now? It doesn't. It doesn't happen. We are not talking about a mistake that comes from not having a dedicated special teams coordinator, we are talking about a mistake that comes from absolutely no one on the coaching staff paying even the slightest attention to special teams.

Punt blocks happen, teams get punts blocked all the time and usually it is because of a very well designed, clever punt block by the opposing unit taking advantage of some sort of quirk in your punt protection. That isn't this. Iowa did nothing special here, the outermost edge rusher was unblocked and just ran a straight line. The snap to foot time was under 2 seconds, which is great, exactly what you're looking for, it just got blocked because the punt unit was aligned for and protecting for a punter that wasn't on the field. Those are things that simply do not happen at this level of football and yet here we are.

 

The Nth Degree

Junior Varsity
15 Year Member
This is an excellent explanation of punt protection theory, and “root cause analysis” of Nebraska’s catastrophic punt protection breakdown last Friday. Thanks for sharing!!



I agree that it’s obvious (and concerning to me) that none of our coaches were paying attention to this play/detail Pre-snap, or they would have (hopefully) called a timeout to fix it.



Seriously though, given our struggles with ST I’m alarmed that Dawson doesn’t have a “time out” with the ST unit before they take the field to assure everyone is in sync… like “Ok, Przystup is kicking, alignment left, punt direction left…” or something like that.

Similarly, in healthcare before any surgery there’s a quick pre-procedure “timeout” to assure and confirm that the team is in sync on: correct patient, correct procedure, correct location, and expectations for any team member to speak up at anytime if there’s a concern. It just takes a short amount of time to complete and avoid potential harm.

With that in mind, It’s unfortunate that none of our players noticed this misalignment during their pre-snap huddle or check. Much like how the place clicker or holder checks alignment, players, and/or numbers before the snap on a PAT or FG. But ultimately, players count on their coaches to put them in positions to succeed… as they should.

These types of “attention to detail” unforced errors should be fairly easy to fix.

And in this case, simply having a dedicated, competent Special Teams Coach will go a long way to improving this phase of the game for us.
 
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36Blast

Coach Search Extraordinaire
5 Year Member
I'll sit and wait for the know-it-all's who vehemently argued with me that this was a specialist mistake, and NOT on coaching.

Might be time to stick with basketball analysis moving forward boys. You are in over your heads. Lol

 
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cthusker

You talken to me?
5 Year Member
We've all wittnessed lack of attention to details on our team for the past 4 years. This just reinforces what most know which is Frost DOES NOT pay attention to details. Why we don't have a full time ST coach is beyond any reasonable explanation imo. Just another game pizzed down the drain in a never ending series of the same crap.
 

PaSker

Red Shirt
2 Year Member
Similarly, in healthcare before any surgery there’s a quick pre-procedure “timeout” to assure and confirm that the team is in sync on: correct patient, correct procedure, correct location, and expectations for any team member to speak up at anytime if there’s a concern
 

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BasilLongfellow

Starter
10 Year Member
Organizational leadership, in part, is about building systems. Like many things, really simple on top, but has a lot of depth which makes it complicated, particularly with large organizations and/or as organizations grow.

Frost’s only hope of turning this around is hiring an OC with those abilities. The second step is that he listens to them.
 

Frosty1980

Go Big Red!
2 Year Member
Organizational leadership, in part, is about building systems. Like many things, really simple on top, but has a lot of depth which makes it complicated, particularly with large organizations and/or as organizations grow.

Frost’s only hope of turning this around is hiring an OC with those abilities. The second step is that he listens to them.
It could possibly happen but I’m not holding my breath. I refuse to drink the koolaid. I will not be posting next preseason how good this line will be or how we have a great new running back. So far all those predictions turned to crap. I will admit though that I was very wrong.
 

ramsker

Short...but slow
15 Year Member
NU special teams have been a laughingstock for awhile . . . and have been abysmal under Frost. Not sure even a very good ST coord can fix all that's wrong in one off season, but they should be able to at least make an impact to where the ST isn't actually losing games in spectacularly head-scratching fashion anymore. Just going from "what the hell am I watching here?" to "I can live with that" would make a huge positive impact.
 

Frosty1980

Go Big Red!
2 Year Member
That is one of the best writeups about a particular on field in game football situation that I have ever seen.

Absolute post of the year.
We actually have someone on Huskermax that can write these kinds of special teams pieces. Very knowledgeable guy but doesn’t want to fight with everyone. He’s really good. Maybe someday he will feel comfortable on the main board. Probably not! It’s not for everyone.
 
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