by wearendhockey (2017-03-20 12:03:44)
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  In reply to: Poor special teams play is usually a sign of bad assistants  posted by Boston Domer

2 years ago the PP was the worst PP it had been at Notre Dame since Poulin's last year, looking so lost that Jackson took over practice prep for it. In the first half, with Pooley running it, it clicked at an embarrassing rate of 6% (3% if you take out the 3 PP goal weekend versus Niagara). In the second half, after Jackson publicly acknowledged finally taking it over, the PP was successful an astounding 25% of the time. Who knows where that team would have been with another 15 goals in the first half. Certainly a lot more confident.

Jackson's reluctance in this territory seems odd. Most head coaches are a little more cutthroat. But he is a coach who rarely speaks of lofty goals, so why be an absolutist when it comes to his staff. Wants a top-4 finish. Wants to "do well" in conference or in-season tournaments. Never speaking in terms of "a championship is our only goal." He is consistent in this too, giving plenty of rope to skaters who underperform and other than Steven Summerhays, giving plenty of chances to his goalies.

He's getting the big bucks so I guess he knows what works.


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