… happy talk and drive-me-crazy talk. Here’s an example of the latter from Coach Richt yesterday:
On the new kickoff rules and whether it’s a disadvantage that other teams might have gotten a head start in spring practice…
“I don’t think it’s an advantage for the other teams or a disadvantage to us. If our kickers can knock it out of the end zone, I’m all for them knocking it out of the end zone. The bottom line is there will be days when it’s windy and sometimes it’s going to be at your back and sometimes it’s going to be in your face. When it’s in your face you probably won’t be able to knock it out of the end zone, so you better have a plan to place the ball where it needs to be placed and allow your cover team to get there. Not only place it where you want it, but give the type of hang time you need for your coverage team to get down there…”
I’ve never been in the arena, either as a coach or a weatherman, so forgive my ignorance here. But if a day is so windy that a kicker can’t knock a ball through the end zone, how much better is he going to fare against the elements with a high directional kick into the same wind conditions?