We were told that April, who was the former special teams coach of the Buffalo Bills was the best special teams coach in the NFL, yet our special teams have been pathetic. I’m starting to see a pattern.
We get left tackle Jason Peters from the Buffalo Bills and are told he’s the best left tackle in the game. He has failed to play at that level, in fact he has failed to play anywhere near that level.
The Niners dominated our special teams, much like all the other teams have done. Our opponents are attacking our players, while our players are waiting and catching them.
Some have said that football is a contact sport. I disagree. Football is a violent sport. You have to play the game in a violent manner in order to be successful on the NFL level.
The Eagles special teams under Bobby April are passive, which is the kiss of death in the NFL. The 49ers coverage units were coming down and wreaking violent havoc on the Eagles return men, while the Eagles kickoff team was coming down and being careful.
That last kickoff return by Ted Ginn of the Niners was an embarrassment. Ginn had time to start to his right, then run backwards to his left and take the ball all the way down to the Eagles 40 yard line. This almost cost the Eagles the ball game.
I don’t know what April is telling his players but whatever it is, he needs to change it. I know it’s important that the guys covering the kick off return must stay in their lanes, but they’ve got to play aggressively. They’re thinking too much and not playing football.
I repeat that so far, Bobby April has been a disaster as the Eagles special teams coach. The only thing he has done right is stay away from kicker David Akers.
I think we should all sign a petition to not bring in anybody else from Buffalo.