I give up. Evidently Mark Richt has decided that Georgia’s punt returners can’t walk and chew gum at the same time.
Better safe than sorry.
When it comes to punt returns, Georgia head coach Mark Richt said Monday night that’s a route he has no problem traveling down.
“The most important thing after a punt if we’re returning a kick is for us to have the ball,” Richt said. “A couple of years ago they’d line up to punt two us, fake it, and we had times we fumbled the ball. That was problematic so our main goal was at the end of that play if we force a team to line up in a punt formation the very next down we want to have the ball.”
In other words, this staff isn’t capable of finding anyone who can field punts cleanly and be a legitimate threat to return them. Or it doesn’t feel the need to make the effort to find someone who’s capable of doing both.
Now I can see Richt making the argument that the offense is so explosive that the biggest sin the punt return unit could make would be to turn the ball over, except this mindset didn’t pop up yesterday. It’s something we’ve seen over several seasons now. Several less offensively explosive seasons.