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Old 03-26-2013   #41
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Default Re: Houston Texans hire Asst Special Teams

I don't understand why the Texans are reluctant to just wipe the slate clean when it comes to special teams. Get a new staff in with some new ideas.

Having a solid special teams is one of those undervalued blessings to a football team that can really help both the defense and offense out tremendously. How much would it have helped to have a great return (maybe even a TD) for the offense. Granted, our O lived and died by the FG at the end of the season...but getting a boost from special teams can bail out other units. A great punt pinning the opposing team back deep? That's exactly the type of play that gets a defense fired up and limits the opposing offense play-wise.

Look at the Ravens...they got a big boost from some timely kickoff returns for touchdowns. So did the Broncos. But as for the Texans, starting off from the 20 or worse just puts a burden on the offense more than anything.

Get some new coordinators in to change things up, please...
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This is probably why Jacoby Jones just never could get it together here. Jacoby was a challenge for Gary. Then Jacoby goes to Baltimore, and all of a sudden he's making all these clutch catches in big games...
Agreed with everything you wrote except this. Jacoby caught 30 passes in the regular season, and lightning in a bottle in the playoffs.

His post-season performance, especially as a receiver, was nowhere indicative of, or a continued trend from, his regular season.

Props to the dude for taking advantage of two freakish pass plays against Denver and San Fran and turning it into a post-season for the ages. But that is not proof that he is "thriving" as a receiver in Baltimore.

If Gary deserves the blame for not using JJ, it was as a kick returner in his last season with the team. THAT is where his value to this team has been lost and for what we should be holding Kubes accountable for.
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Default Re: Houston Texans hire Asst Special Teams

Here are two articles about special teams.

This is mine putting Marciano in the context of the rest of his career and with this season:

Texans special teams: What is the plan for improvement?


There were 5 teams without designated special team assistants. Now there are 3. The Texans did have part time guys working with STs, and with the Texans in general, they are very collaborative in coaching.

If you look at the designated special team assistants, all have very different backgrounds. Sometimes it is just a little experience helper guy coach. Some former players, either returners-kickers. Some guys like our new guy. It is all over the place.

You might not agree with the piece, but I tried to make it comprehensive. Like a lot of my stuff, it has analysis-thoughts on what happened, but mostly just frames the issue.

Here's Jerome Solomon's piece on STs. We didn't compare notes tho we wrote on the same subject same day.
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This is probably why Jacoby Jones just never could get it together here. Jacoby was a challenge for Gary. Then Jacoby goes to Baltimore, and all of a sudden he's making all these clutch catches in big games when he couldn't even pull down no more than 1 pass in 11 targets in the 2011
Jacoby Jones has been an inconsistent player for the Ravens as well. If you watched their games and look at his numbers, he hasn't become the #2 WR there that they were trying to get him to be here.

He is probably better suited for them because the Ravens offense is more of a slot machine in taking down field chances, more than most teams in the NFL. That explains Flacco's up and down regular season performance, and the inconsistent performance of his WRs. They don't play a lot of high percentage ball, and when they aren't hitting, they are hoping that Ray Rice bails them out.

Jones had good moments for the Texans. He had bad moments as well. And he, and the Ravens got hot at the right time. So it goes.

As for why the Texans kept Marciano, I think my blog post explores some of those issues.
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He is making some changes per Wade

http://www.houstontexans.com/news/ar...e-bfeab80e2034


I know old thread but figured no need to start new one
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I'm not familiar with Bob Ligashesky, but there some bio information at the bottom of the article.


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Bob Ligashesky has already started making changes in his new role as special teams coordinator, according to interim head coach Wade Phillips.

“We started that today as a matter of fact. He’s got some different ideas,” Phillips said. “When you get new coaches in, you’re going to get different ideas. We’ve got some different ways of doing things, different ideas. Not to take away from what Joe (Marciano) did, what a great career here.”

On Friday, Joe Marciano was relieved of his duties as the only special teams coordinator in Texans franchise history, just hours after the press conference announcing Gary Kubiak’s termination. Ligashesky, who joined the Texans coaching staff in March 2013, was subsequently promoted from special teams assistant.


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I know old thread but figured no need to start new one

Dang, I just started a new one. I didn't know this one existed. Mods should merge the other one.
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I totally missed yours on search...uggh
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I totally missed yours ...uggh
I think we posted abut the same time. Not sure which came first, the chicken or the egg... lol
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