I’m going to make a single strategic point about why our Special Teams coach should be replaced. Crosby has a decent enough leg, such that if he isn’t facing a strong head wind he could punch the ball deep into the opponents endzone 99% of the time. Instead we have been seeing these kicks that I believe are purposely aimed at the goal line which is to invite or even force the opponent to take the ball out and hopefully be tackled behind the 25 yard line. That’s fine, if you have a good coverage team and your regular players are on the field. If you are dealing with a lot of injuries and your coverage units are spotty the better strategy is to avoid giving your opponent any chance of a return.
I did not see the late kick the the Jets returned for 56 yards allowing the game to be tied on a short field. But again, I see no reason why it was only kicked to the 11 yard line (squib I presume) when we already gave up a 99 yard score earlier in the game. This reminds me of the colossal breakdown in Seattle in 2014. We were beating the crap out of the Seahawks that day and they lined up for a FG. Stupidly we played to block the kick when we should have merely played defense and conceded the 3 points. I was screaming that day because I knew the likely-hood for a fake was very high under the circumstances. Predictably Seattle faked the FG And scored a TD instead. I think today was more or less like that.
You have to know your team, know the situation and coach accordingly. Everyone would love to force the opponent to run the ball out and get tackled short of the 25 yard line, but if you don’t have the horses to pull it off regularly don’t risk a big play, especially when the game is on the line. Until the team proves it can do something well on a consistent basis I am fine with just letting the other team start on the 25 every single possession. It’s a lot better than giving up points or a short field. I’m tired of the breakdowns and our injuries are not the problem. Ron Zook is the problem.