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Keith Armstrong to interview for Cardinals HC


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Our special teams this year:

Kickoff Returns-Roberts would take a knee on many, try to run out others and get to the 15, get a decent return only to have a penalty negate it, or drop the ball.  Improvement Needed

Punt Returns-Roberts would fair catch most, get a 1-2 yard return on others, and fumble a couple.  Improvement Needed

Field Goals/Extra Points-pretty good actually with Bryant the primary factor.  Above Average

Kickoffs-Some would be touchbacks but others would be attempts to pin the opposition inside the 10 with very little success.  Satisfactory

Punts-Assuming Bosher was not possibly hurt, a few were just weak but some were occasionally long or not returnable.  Improvement Needed

 

Armstrong may have something on his long resume from prior years, but the Falcons would certainly not lose much by his departure.  I also see Roberts being replaced, Bryant maybe near retirement but maybe not, and the usual turnover of special team players with youngsters.

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7 minutes ago, Talen Kylon said:

While we are on the topic of special teams, anyone know why I've seen Alford, Neal and some other defensive starters playing special teams? Is this common?

We did it last year. Reason? Two fold: Other STs options are Garbo and we need to put inactive on a guy to cover a position needing someone else active (such as extra OL)

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C'mon. Half the problems are inability to avoid penalties and setting our offense so deep after D makes a stop. Happened vs Carolina 4 times yesterday??? Made for a longer field. Then the times we let coverage units break down until Bosher was the MVP saving return TDs this year? We cleaned that up some but just a few weeks ago vs Seattle they were starting their drives at the 40 or better.

Both things make our O and D look worse due to unfavorable field positions. This has affected the chances for more complimentary football.

All of that said...we haven't broke and maybe Armstrong deserves somewhat of a break if indeed the young guys were the liabilities?

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I posted this a few weeks ago in a thread about Armstrong. The issues have not been limited to this season either.

ST coverage under Keith Armstrong the past 1/2 decade:

2017
1st highest avg. KR allowed
16th highest avg. PR allowed

2016
11th highest avg. KR allowed
8th highest avg. PR allowed

2015
2nd highest avg. KR allowed
12th highest avg. PR allowed

2014
20th highest avg. KR allowed
12th highest avg. PR allowed

2013
8th highest avg. KR allowed
25th highest avg. PR allowed

We've been average on punt coverage this season, but are the worst team in football on kickoff coverage. Outside of 2014 where we were slightly above average, we've consistently been one of the worst teams in the NFL on kickoff coverage (4 of these 5 years we've been in the bottom 1/3 of the NFL). We've also been below average on punt coverage outside of 2013 (bottom 1/3 for 3 of 5 years & right in the middle of the pac this season).

The one positive is that we do not give up many return TDs. Although, if you give up a lot of yards all the time & make it easy for the other team to score anyway, that might be a moot point.

And here's where we've ranked in returns:

2017
12 highest avg. KR
20th highest avg. PR

2016
21st highest avg. KR
5th highest avg. PR

2015
4th highest avg. KR
11th highest avg. PR

2014
14th highest avg. KR
1st highest avg. PR

2013
10th highest avg. KR
20th highest avg. PR

As you can see, we've actually been much better at returning the ball than we have been with coverage. That said, there's still been some inconsistencies & room for improvement. While we didn't give up TDs in coverage, we also don't score TDs on returns much either... zero kickoff returns & just 1 punt return for TD in the regular season over the past five seasons.

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2 hours ago, rcky_mtn_falcon said:

To be fair a lot of the players drafted in the Smith era were effective ST's players and not much else. Now that we draft players that can actually have a viable role on offense or defense the ST's have suffered.

This! Agreed!

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4 hours ago, EddieK said:

No, we were #1 in kick return average GIVEN up.  11th on our kick returns (22.3 ypr), which is mostly Roberts taking it 5-7 yards deep and bringing it out to the 15-17.

Hope Keith Armstrong has the interview of his life, it's time for a change.

Kick returns at 22.3 ypr is BAD when you are GIVEN 25 yards for FREE if you want it 

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6 hours ago, RYNE said:

Hope he goes. He won’t get hired so I hope we let him go. People can cry all the want about it’s not his fault special teams is atrocious it’s the players. Reality if he hasn’t gotten the job done since the smith era. That’s the last time we had a great ST unit. 

When is the last time we returned a punt for 6?

when is the last time we blocked a punt? 

When is the last time we returned a kick for 6?

Been a long time 

when's the last time we had a returner who consistantly knew when to fair catch or take a knee in the end zone? when's the last time we had a game with NO penalties on ST? at one point sunday we had 6 penalties and 4 of them were on ST......

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