Regardless of whether you've got one guy overseeing your special teams units or its a collective effort from your entire staff, the expected results are the same; execute, and win the battle of field position.
A recent piece by The Telegraph outlines the approach of Missouri's Gary Pinkel, and Georgia's Mark Richt who both share the philosophy that spreads the special duties out among the nine assistants.
Pinkel picked up his special teams philosophy from his time as a player and assistant at Washington under Don James.
“I always thought that was the best way to do it, rather than just having one coach maybe coach part of one position and do all of the special teams. It gives responsibility I think for your coaches. He claims that area, maybe kickoff return, or whatever area he’s responsible for; he has great pride in that. So it’s really worked well for us."
"I’m not saying there’s one way worth more than another," he explained. "Certainly there’s many ways to do things. But that’s philosophically why we do what we do.”
Richt's approach is based on the idea that regardless of who's calling the shots in the kicking game, the expectation remains the same.
“It doesn’t matter whether you split it up or give it to one guy. The bottom line is you’ve gotta get the job done. Everybody knows who’s had issues that can’t happen anymore. Everybody takes that personally, and everybody’s working hard at it.”
As long as you get the intended results, how you decide to divvy the duties up as a head coach is a moot point. However, we're curious to hear your opinion as a current or aspiring head coach on what is the most effective way to handle the special teams duties. Tweet us @FootballScoop to weigh in and share your opinion.
Mizzou and Georgia face off this Saturday at noon on ESPN.