A random random post topic I know, but growing up in Australia I obviously have some interest here and Sav Rocca punting the other night for the Eagles got me thinking....and the fact that inour division we have McBriar and Rocca punting against us makes me think it is sort of 'skins related
They are being criminally under-utilised in my opinion in the NFL, let me try to explain, though this is much easier to do if I can actually stand there and show you what I mean
NFL punters run in a straight line for 3 steps and then kick the ball and that is there skill
However in Aussie rules, where these Australian punters come from, they are adept at kicking 'snaps shots' which are quick kicks across the shoulder, or on the run at an angle, basically they are adept at whilst being pressured or even tackled, chucking the ball onto their boot and still kicking it 40 or 50 yards, so my question is this..
on 4th and less than 5 why the teams do not send out the Punt Unit, BUT RUN A FAKE EVERY TIME, then if the punter makes the first down all well and good, but if he is aware before he gets to the first down marker that he is about to be tackled, these guys have the skill to quickly thrown the ball onto their boot and still kick it forward a minimum of 30 yards, this means even if the opposition is aware it is going to happen it is still worth trying as these guys can run Right or Left and still give themselves a chance to make it
Go yo YouTube and type in Lance Franklin or Cyril Rioli, or AFL great snap shots or something like that to see how skilled these guys are at getting off long kicks under pressure to see what I mean, this to me is a great opportunity missed