Special Teams Coordinator Tom Quinn
December 26, 2014
Q: What are the rules regarding a guy jumping over the long snapper?
A: As long as heís not within the framework of the center. You canít be lined up on the center, so he was a yard off and hit it on the run and did a good job of it.
Q: Can you make contact with the center as long as youíre not lined up in front of him?
A: You can make contact with the hands on him or you can put a hand on each side to jump over, which has been done. But you canít use it to gain additional height.
Q: The guards have to be aware?
A: Yeah. Weíve got to do a good job of changing the snap count, so itís not timed up that well.
Q: How do you view the special teams as a whole this season?
A: Punt coverage is the one that stands out. Itís been the black eye for us. Kickoff coverage has done a decent job. Kickoff return, of late, has given us decent field position just in returns. Weíve had to work a couple of different returners, which is always a little bit of a challenge to fit the returns. And then punt returnÖ Odell has given us a spark back there.
Q: You said punt coverage has been the black eye. Why do you think that is?
A: Just the consistency of the location, the hang times arenít all matching with guys being in their spots. But then it also comes down to just tackling and coverage runs that have not been as good as it needs to be.
Q: It seemed like when the front office made moves in the offseason, the return game was emphasized.
A: A little bit earlier they did.
Q: Did you meet the goals you were trying to get?
A: Not with the punt return. We want that to be around 10 and itís not there. Kickoff return has been good of late. It also has to do with the blocking. The returners that weíve brought in to help; they ended up being different guys. We had Odell lateÖ But youíve got to adjust. Thatís what this league is all about.
Q: How hard has it been the last couple of games? Iím sure youíve been using guys that you have to look up their names on the roster.
A: Thatís good. Weíre used to doing that and you get guys in and you keep it simple enough so they can play. You know theyíll give good effort. You just hope they understand all of what their job entails. I like when these guys come in because it adds some energy. (Orleans) Darkwa has been a great pickup for us. Heís a good, sound football player. Guys like that, you really like.