Programming note: I may not have/make time to finish going through the second preseason game until Saturday afternoon, so no post on that.
We conclude our trip around the Tennessee Titans position by position as we approach the 2013 regular season with a look at the special teams.
I went through this in the offseason positional analysis, but special teams is kind of an odd fit for the positional analysis concept, as it really has five different elements albeit with three or four overlapping dyadic pairs that feature interrelated skills. There are (1) place kicking-field goals and extra points, (2) kickoffs and kickoff coverage, (3) punts and punt coverage, (4) kickoff returns, and (5) punt returns. Your interrelated skills tend to be (a) the kickoff kicker is also either the kicker or the punter, (b) kickoff coverage and punt coverage, (c) kickoff return blocking and punt return blocking, and sometimes though not always (d) the kickoff and punt returner is the same person. There's one coach in charge of this mess, but a mess is what I consider it.
That coach running the asylum in a different one this year in Nate Kaczor. The Titans were pretty average on special teams in 2012 after a couple pretty good seasons, and that was enough for Mike Munchak to send Alan Lowry on his way. I thought it was a curious move, especially considering who else lost their job, but Munchak wasn't in a position to part with Lowry after one of the pretty lousy seasons he had in the past. Kaczor inherits the same core special teams players Lowry had, so what kind of improvement is it logical to expect?no comments