Lincoln Riley said again this morning he doesn’t want to hire a coach solely for special teams based on the current limitations for a coaching staff (nine full-time coaches). Riley said it didn’t make sense for such a specific role.
It’s really a philosophy thing. And it’s not enough to simply hire a special teams coach. You have to have a good one. Remember John Baxter?
But some coaches really emphasize special teams.
“Special teams are the quickest way to win a football game,” former Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer said.
Virginia Tech blocked 138 kicks in the Beamer era and scored 55 special-teams touchdowns: 20 on punt returns, 20 on blocked punts, nine on kickoff returns, four on blocked field goals, one on a fumbled kick recovery and another on a fumbled kick return.
Beamer personally coached the special teams at Virginia Tech and used his best players in the kicking game.
Where I might quibble with Riley is where he said it’s too specific an area for a coach but he has a tight ends coach, an inside receivers coach and an outside receivers coach so he could hire a special teams coach if he felt it was worth it.