While there has been a lot of talk on this site (and in the media in general) about our problems and where they are coming from, I have not seen mention of one that has been bothering me for awhile.
What is going on with our special teams? While our return teams have been okay, I'm not sure they're anything special given the kick-off spot change and the speed/ability of our return men (Quan's gonna break at least one, I know it).
Beyond that, our coverage teams seem to be horrible as witnessed in the K-State disaster and the on-side kick debacle. We can't seem to find any consistency in our punting game - unless you consider us to be consistently bad - to the point of changing punters mid-season. Also, haven't we been tops (or very near) in blocking kicks over the last 10 years? Have we blocked a kick or punt yet this year? Obviously we're missing some guys named Robison and Griffin in that regard, but still.
All these problems are there despite bringing in a coach with NFL level special teams experience. So what gives? Am I missing something or have our special teams meltdowns, combined with our apparent lack of development at LB made the hiring of MacDuff as one of the worst hiring decisions our CEO has made?
I was really wanting to like the guy and had high hopes after hearing about his attitude and the idea of re-kindling some of that desert swarm thing. But at this rate, I'm ready to see who our next Co-Def Co is going to be.