I know that most of the Dawgnation’s anger is directed in Coach Martinez’ direction tonight, but can someone explain to me how a team can be as godawful in the kickoff game after 12 games as Georgia is now? Richard Samuel has absolutely no instinct for running back kicks, yet he keeps getting trotted out for returns. His teammates can’t form a reliable blocking wall to save their lives.
Most maddening of all, Blair Walsh can’t directionally kick. He just can’t. Multiple out of bounds kickoffs in the twelfth game of the season are inexcusable, yet the coaches keep setting the kid up to fail.
And the best Richt can come up with on this is a joke.
After Georgia struggled on kickoffs yet again, Richt joked that he might have to scour Europe in hopes of finding a kicker with a strong enough leg to help Georgia win some field-position battles.
“We might have to go to Poland or something to find a guy who can kick it out of the end zone,” Richt said. “We’ll give him two scholarships.”
I bet he wouldn’t have to travel nearly so far to find a competent special teams coach.
I hate to be snide about a coach with a winning percentage near 80%, but, crap, there’s no excuse for how shoddy this has been all year.