I've been bewildered before. For example, I'm always bewildered that Coach Fabris always elects to have the kickoff team kick the ball directionally instead of out of the back of the end zone. I never shared this with the blog, but a few weeks ago I was at Via in Atlanta
and struck up a conversation while ordering a Jack and Coke with a guy who is a strength and conditioning coach.
He had multiple clients, but those of note were Morten Anderson and Brandon Coutu. I asked him about Brandon's leg strength, which was more of a statement of "holy crap he can kick the skin off the ball" than it was a question, and he said he never understood the reasoning behind the directional kicks since Brandon could kick it out of the end zone with no problem.
As much as I like Coach Fab, I still have NEVER understood that logic. But whatever.
And since I'm not the kind of guy to ever say "so-and-so coach has it all wrong" I won't question Mark Richt and Tony Ball's idea of playing Knowshon Moreno and Logan Gray at punt returner. Well, let me take that back. I lied. I have to question that.
It's no secret that punt and kick returning is one of the most dangerous activities in football. You have grown men running full speed at each other in both directions trying to lay a lick. I read an article years ago with Ike Reese (when he was with the Falcons) that asked him about special teams and the impact that it causes on those bodies. The article likened it to hitting a brick wall in a car at 35 mph.
So why, why, why, OMG WHY1!!!!111!!!1ELEVEN!!11!!!1111!! would you put your starting tailback and your 3rd team QB out there regardless of how good they are?? If either one gets hurt, we're facing crazy thin depth at QB and/or losing our No. 1 running back with no clear No. 2 as of this moment. I still stand by my statement that Caleb King will remain No. 2, but if Samuel is really pushing him that hard, are we just that deep or are we that inexperienced?
Regardless, I think it's a crazy move when you have a host of other candidates back there. Granted, one of the 3 people named as "finalists" for the position is uber-sleeper Carlton Thomas (who may be as electric or more electric than Mikey Henderson in space), but still, to have 2 other guys who are as important to this team back there as those two just makes me cringe. Maybe I'm missing something, but I just think there are better ways to go about it.
Any thoughts? Am I crazy?
Until next time kids.
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