View Full Version : Returning Kickoffs and Punts
12-28-2010, 12:00 PM
Are we the only team that doesn't put the best option available to return?
Obviously Mike Wallace is the most electrifying player to do this. Why not go for a big return?
IMO we get pinned down more then any team (too lazy to look up stats) and he has Desean Jackson skills.
The only rule is you can't use "he might get injured" as a reason not to.
12-28-2010, 01:06 PM
I absolutely agree. Desean Jackson, Devin Hester, etc...still return kicks while also being an integral part of the offense. The lame excuse about injuries drives me nuts! Is the object to use every advantage possible to win a game? Or is it to make sure that we don't get anyone hurt?
If we end up facing the Patriots or Colts in the playoffs we will need every advantage possible due to our inability to stop those types of offenses. How big would a kick return for TD be in a game like that?
12-28-2010, 05:37 PM
I really like the idea...Hey Tomlin
12-28-2010, 06:59 PM
wallace i don't think would be a good punt returner, he's not quick and shifty. fast, yes. but you need the kinda guy who can make more than 1 miss. wallace would be good on kick returns where all he has to really do is hit a wedge and go.
i think brown will do just fine at PR and KR, he just has a lot to learn
12-28-2010, 07:27 PM
No, many teams don't put out the best players on special teams because they don't need to waste their skill where it should be used on offense. Brown is fine on returns. Moore/Redman on kickoffs are just to make sure there isn't a turnover when we really don't need one, and Randle El is the same on punts.
Only players who have extreme stamina and skill would be on speical teams and starting, unless their coaches are idiots.
Wallace pretty much runs deep 90% of any play, even running plays, he'll run deep just to hold the saftey and corner back for a bit before he blocks them. He needs his stamina for offense, no wasted motion on special teams.
12-28-2010, 07:29 PM
DeSean Jackson is a rare talent. Devin Hester otoh, isn't a very good receiver at all. It's just that for a while they didn't have anybody better.
Kick returning and punt returning is something of a specialty, and I say it's still best to find a specialist to handle those duties. If he can fill in as a 4th wide receiver or a back up DB, all the better.
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