“Here’s what I know. Standing on the sideline for the national championship game, we’re ready to kick off and Alabama has eleven starters on kickoff return,” Kelly said. “Kickoff return. Nobody wants to be on kickoff return." Huh? That's a lie.
“So the emphasis for us in this spring is to really embrace their roles. I want starters to be part of our special teams units. The spring really is for us to integrate front-line guys in ST. And that kind of decision has to come from me. So I ‘ve made that, and we’re going about it in the spring to really put our best players on ST.”
Not in execution, mind you, as it often did on game days last season, when the Irish ranked fourth from the bottom nationally (120th) in kickoff coverage.
“Some of the research that we did was we wanted speed to the 30-yard line,” Kelly said of the staff’s offseason research to upgrade all special teams that included meetings with several pro and college teams.
Really? How about clobbering guys before they reach the 20....