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Re: To Punt or Not to Punt
« Reply #45 on: April 19, 2013, 03:37:11 PM »
The game has changed so much over the years. I can see why this becomes a discussion. In the 1940's, quick kicking was down on every down. When he was at Kentucky Bear Bryant started a game by punting on first down 4 times. then ran a play & quick kicked on second down. By the 1960's it was much less common, still done, just not a regular part of the game. Today more & more teams are going for it on 4th down. HS, College & the Pro's it's becoming a regular thing. It started with college coaches doing it from the 45 going in. They kept stats, & actually found it a smart play. I am old school, & believe you should punt & play defense. I will be honest though, last season I was terrified every time we punted. The only good thing was we had great fakes.

I think if I was coaching a younger team, I would have to give it serious thought about not punting.

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Re: To Punt or Not to Punt
« Reply #46 on: April 23, 2013, 06:30:29 PM »
FWIW - we don't punt.   Too much can go wrong.  My heart giving out among the top of the list.

By my experience, we are better off going for it, heck just wedge it, from 4th and 40 from our own 2 than punting.   

We actually spend a considerable amount of time practicing how to block punts and encourage our opponents to put.  And, because of jerks like me who do that, we don't punt in case anyone has the same mentality.


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Re: To Punt or Not to Punt
« Reply #47 on: April 23, 2013, 09:45:25 PM »
Not a fan of fielding a punt at the younger levels but we will go after it.

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Re: To Punt or Not to Punt
« Reply #48 on: April 23, 2013, 09:55:49 PM »
Rob

At 14 U our punt return was deadly. When I was in Panama I showed it Jeff, & he loved it. I would have to agree with you about the really young guys fielding punts, but I think from 10 up it can be a big play. Of course you need a call to stay away( we used Poision). We had it so our guys would hear Poison Poison & walk to the sidelines.

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Re: To Punt or Not to Punt
« Reply #49 on: April 24, 2013, 07:50:05 AM »
We will field punts this year. I think we should score pretty regularly with the talent we have this year. "Peter" has been our stay away call. Punt coverage is something we will work on alot this season. It almost cost us a national championship in 2011 against Marsh Creek. Probably shouldn't of punted in the first place. They didn't get a first down until late in the 4th quarter. Their punting game was fantastic. They pinned us deep the whole game. We were able to move the ball but something always happened after we picked up 30-40 yards to stall the drive.

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Re: To Punt or Not to Punt
« Reply #50 on: April 25, 2013, 11:37:35 PM »
i remember playing against a team that would not punt if they were on the opponent's side of the 50. didn't matter to them what the situation was, if they crossed the 50 they would not punt.

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Re: To Punt or Not to Punt
« Reply #51 on: April 26, 2013, 09:37:13 AM »
The game has changed so much over the years. I can see why this becomes a discussion. In the 1940's, quick kicking was done on every down.
The game never encouraged punting more than it did in the late 1910s and the 1920s.  The rules makers, in an attempt to open up play without making the forward pass dominant, made it the way the XFL did again in 2000, by making the ball fair game for either team once it hit the ground.  However, for the first few years of that era they tried to balance it by legislating against the quick kick, providing that kicks had to come from at least 5 yards behind the line.  A few yrs. ago I was looking at video someone had online of a game from that era; each team used a lot of deep punt formation until they got to the other team's 40 yard line.  Until 1923 they also allowed the traditional onside kick, where onside players didn't even have to wait until the ball touched the ground to play it, but nobody attempted those while what I'll call XFL style was legal.