It's no secret that our ST units have been terrible this year. Blocked punts, terrible field position, etc. have all played key parts in some our losses. I know a lot of people are going to point to the offseason changes on offense and defense being the most significant, but I disagree. I think the loss of those ST guys has played a much more crucial role.
While both Ayanbadejo and Considine weren't very good last year, did they mean much more to us as leaders than many of us realized? They may not have played well, but they were able to position guys correctly and make sure there were no holes. They controlled their units.
Is lead blocking an issue? Jacoby doesn't seem comfortable with Juice. I mentioned it in another thread, but it seems that Jacoby is pointing Juice out to the hole. Last year, Allen picked the hole himself and just led Jacoby through it.
I'd venture to say that guys like LaQuan, David Reed, and Bryan Hall are missed as well.
It may be a unit that still needs to gel, but are the ST losses as significant as they seem?