Here’s a nice Gentry Estes post on the fine job Warren Belin is doing with the kickoff coverage unit, but the part that gets me is this:
… Overall, Georgia’s coverage approach has been different in 2010 under Belin. Sailors said last year’s unit used a “triangle” system, where three guys were held back. Now it’s all 10 coverage guys sprinting to the football.
So let me see if I have this straight… Fabris’ tactical strategy = ineffective directional kicking + coverage guys who line up 5-7 yards behind the line of scrimmage on a kickoff + holding three guys back in coverage. Given that, it’s hardly a surprise that kickoff coverage was a sore spot last season. It’s almost a bigger surprise that the coverage unit was able to make any plays at all with those handicaps.
I wonder if there are days when Mark Richt wakes up and asks himself, “what in the hell was I thinking?”.