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Special Teams & Asst. DB Coach Matt Barnes (Official Thread)

Discussion in 'Buckeye Football' started by MD Buckeye, Jan 10, 2019.

  1. DaBuckeyes

    DaBuckeyes Junior

    If he can coach a punt returner to catch the ball then this the best hire of them all.
  2. Onebuckfan

    Onebuckfan classof76

    You forget kick off in bounds.
  3. Buckeye86

    Buckeye86 I do not choose to discuss it

    Or maybe just kick it through the end zone?
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  4. buchtelgrad04

    buchtelgrad04 Pain is an opinion.

    Wonder if we'll still see the "squeeze the field" tactic that Urban loved on kickoffs.
  5. MD Buckeye

    MD Buckeye BP Soft Verbal Staff Member BP Recruiting Team Bookie Former BPCFFB II Champ Former FF League III Champ

  6. sg86

    sg86 Sophmore

    The fair catch option made this not worth the out of bounds risk IMO.
  7. dragurd

    dragurd Senior

    Actually surprisingly people still tried to return it a lot this year. But I expect as they get more and more used to the fair catch rule. That will happen less and less and eventually make the strategy obsolete.
  8. RugbyBuck

    RugbyBuck Our church has no bells.

    This says to me that Day is putting a premium on special teams which is something that was spoken about under Urban, but the results often said something else. I’m good with it for now.
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  9. buchtelgrad04

    buchtelgrad04 Pain is an opinion.

    Agreed. That was my main reason for asking. At this point, it just seems wise to line up and kick it out of the endzone. Teams won’t allow you to pin them inside the 20 any more.
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  10. nomatta

    nomatta Junior

    I've read from a Maryland fan and a Maryland beat writer that Barnes was actually calling the D for the Terps this past season, behind the scenes. That's really surprising but at least encouraging to some degree--when coupled with his defensive analyst background--about what kind of schematic and research support he might offer Hafley while he's hopefully coaching up our special teams. So there's a two birds with one stone factor, and possibly a chemistry/big-picture factor in terms of trying to let Hafley create cohesion in the backfield and having sole control of the safeties and corners, but still giving him an assistant to help with some of those responsibilities. The thing that sticks out on paper as disappointing with Barnes is not much of a track record with recruiting (a lot of people hoping that the final hire would be an ace recruiter or at least someone with good connections in the South), but hopefully he takes to it and does well in that department, I think Hafley could use some help given that he's been in the NFL the past 7 years (but supposedly was a good recruiter at Pitt and Rutgers).
  11. bucknut502

    bucknut502 Senior

    I thought all year that we would start seeing more low, line drive or squib kicks than we have. They are low risk and high reward. Fair catches automatically put the ball at the 25 and typically a squib kick rolls around on the ground with a chance of someone missing the ball or KO team recovering.

    I just feel like this could be more effective than just giving it to the other team at the 25.

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  12. Jaxbuck

    Jaxbuck I hate tsun ‘18 Fantasy Baseball Champ

    I hope so. It works. From 11W article

  13. lvbuckeye

    lvbuckeye Silver Surfer

    It works. But it doesn't work as well as kicking the damn ball out of the back of the end zone every time. Two yards is two yards.
  14. kujirakira

    kujirakira Senior

    Unfortunately that stat includes punts which could skew the # a lot either way... depending on how far back in our own territory the avg punt came from vs. Chrisman pinning opponents in the 20.
    I'd be curious what avg field pos was on just kickoffs.
    Teams will eventually use their brains and just fair catch all those balls while taking the OOB freebies... or so i assume.
  15. sparcboxbuck

    sparcboxbuck What happened to my ¤cash?

    Or step out of bounds after catching the ball at like the 12...
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