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Scipio Tex: Iowa State Postmortem – defense/special teams

I'll begin with special teams. Despite the positives of Chris Naggar's punting in tough wind conditions, this unit once again showed itself to be poorly coached and led, most glaringly in situational football. There is no single voice with ultimate authority for that unit in-game, which means that smart football isn't being coached or reinforced to players who do not grasp the game situation or are simply caught up in the emotion of the moment. Most players (and fans) can only see the game in terms of an individual making a play. Coaches exist to remind them of the value of doing your job or the larger game context.