Talking to Jacksonville media today, Jaguars special teams coordinator made it clear that the team has high standards for special teams. While Josh Scobee is a perfect 5/5 to start the season including successful field goal tries from 53 and 55 yards, the Jaguars have struggled in just about every other aspect of special teams.
Scobee has kicked seven of his nine kickoffs into the endzone for touchbacks, but the two that were returned were both taken by Antonio Cromartie out of the endzone for an average of 42.5 yards. Punting has been far from satisfactory either, with Matt Turk ranking at the bottom of the league in almost every category. If things don't turn around for Turk, he could be getting a call from the Turk asking him to bring his playbook.
Turk's net average of 32.5 yards/punt ranks 28th in the league. Most frustrating has been Turk's inability to keep balls from landing or bouncing into the endzone for touchbacks. His five touchbacks lead the league.
"The standards are high around here, for players and coaches. We expect to be good and we will be by the end of the season. We will be this weekend." - Russ Purnell
Perhaps saving Turk's job is the transition to rugby style kicks that Purnell has planned. Turk has never done rugby style kicks prior to joining the Jaguars and after practicing the new style extensively over the last few weeks, Purnell says he's comfortable enough with it now to start utilizing it on Sunday against the Saints.