Els: Special teams adjustments are coming

2012-09-03T18:57:00Z 2012-09-03T20:13:53Z Els: Special teams adjustments are comingBy BRIAN CHRISTOPHERSON JournalStar.com
September 03, 2012 6:57 pm  • 

Ross Els didn't sugarcoat it when discussing Nebraska's special teams play this past Saturday.

"Well, obviously that was the embarrassment of the game," said Els, special teams coordinator. "You cannot give up big plays in any facet of the game and we gave it up at such an inopportune time. We were dominating the game. The offense was scoring and then we let them right back into it."

Nebraska had built a 14-0 lead only to have Tracy Lampley take one back 100 yards to cut the lead in half.

Els said those are the kind of breakdowns that stick with a coach a while.

But the focus now is on fixing the problems.

"There will be some personnel changes, we're not quite sure who yet," Els said. "Schematically, a little adjustment here and there. I need to coach it better, because that's my unit. We'll get it fixed but hopefully you don't have to wait until something like that happens."

Els said he doesn't believe the play was a result of coverage guys relaxing under the anticipation that Maher would kick it out of the end zone.

"...Thankfully he kicked the rest of them out, because we don't know how bad we would have covered the rest of the game," Els said. "But you got to be ready to cover. When he kicks it deep, it's still probably going to be 5, 6, 7, maybe 8 yards deep, and some teams will take that out.  So you better be ready to cover every single one."

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