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Re: Does anyone actually punt? Is so, when and from where?
« Reply #15 on: October 28, 2013, 05:15:30 PM »
will they or wont they?

...put us on their one-yard line.

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Re: Does anyone actually punt? Is so, when and from where?
« Reply #16 on: October 28, 2013, 05:19:20 PM »
...put us on their one-yard line.

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Re: Does anyone actually punt? Is so, when and from where?
« Reply #17 on: October 28, 2013, 05:29:12 PM »
I was DC on a 9/10 team with a good punter one year.

We still didn't always punt, but the games we did it was a big asset and made me rethink the idea a bit.   

We had an awesome defense so it really flipped the field like DP was saying.    You get a 35 yard - 40 yard kick and they go 4 and out with just a few yards and it's like you just completed a deep pass.   

Last season we kicked deep on kick offs because we had good open field tacklers instead of onsiding every time.    When our kicker made a good kick (not always by any means) we often ended up with much better field position until the next score playing on their side of the field most of the time.      Makes a big difference in field position then if you just onside every time.     

Problem is we never seem to have enough time to practice special teams and the time we do we spend on extra point kicking (which is super important).   When you don't practice punting properly even with no return you often get like a net of 15 or 20 because the punts are rarely clean strikes.

Really I don't fear the return (depending on the player of course) as much as I fear the bad snap, bobble catch and/or blocked kick.   The rarity of the play makes the defense super aggressive and makes the offensive players nervous.       

I would like my QB to be able to rugby roll kick from shotgun so I can line up my normal offense do a quick punt and they will fear putting someone back for losing a defensive player.   I haven't found a QB with that skill yet though.

It's also so hard to punt because I always feel like we can get the first down somehow when I am OCing.   No matter the distance.


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Re: Does anyone actually punt? Is so, when and from where?
« Reply #18 on: October 29, 2013, 06:13:18 AM »
I was DC on a 9/10 team with a good punter one year.

We had an awesome defense so it really flipped the field like DP was saying.    You get a 35 yard - 40 yard kick and they go 4 and out with just a few yards and it's like you just completed a deep pass.   

35-40 yard punt really? From 9/10 year olds?  Even with a rolling/bouncing ball I rarely if ever see that.

The norm from that age group is about 10 yards, maybe 15 on a good day - but that includes a bunch of 1-2 yarders mixed in and probably a few blocks as well.


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Re: Does anyone actually punt? Is so, when and from where?
« Reply #19 on: October 29, 2013, 08:37:02 AM »
Now for those folks who fear it, is that fear from the potential return?  I solved that years ago, I kick the SOB out of bounds on purpose.  I dont have to worry about hang time or coverage, I simply spend time teaching them how to directional kick outside the hash marks.

Scott, I have never had a punt returned for a TD that we have kicked out of bounds.

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Re: Does anyone actually punt? Is so, when and from where?
« Reply #20 on: October 29, 2013, 09:16:08 AM »
35-40 yard punt really? From 9/10 year olds?  Even with a rolling/bouncing ball I rarely if ever see that.

The norm from that age group is about 10 yards, maybe 15 on a good day - but that includes a bunch of 1-2 yarders mixed in and probably a few blocks as well.

That's why it's the one year I punted.  The kid had a big leg.   That was with a roll often as well.