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We've Got Legs

We've Got Legs

If you look closely you can see the trend developing. Big time legs brought in as an addition to the kicker. Is it going to render the need for a great return man useless? Or, is it simply a fad? I hope it's the latter.

The Cowboys had a big leg last year, and now with the signing of Rhys Loyd by the Vikings, I can see teams starting to hop on this bandwagon. The bigger question is whether this is just a fashionable trend, or a small sample of what an NFL kickoff will look like 10 years down the road. I hate to use the phrase "time will tell," but in this instance, I think it applies quite nicely.

At first glance it seems like a pretty solid idea, and a realistic one at that. Who doesn't want a guy that can boot it through the back of the end zone on every kick? You have to figure there are plenty of guys floating around that can do that, and I imagine each and every one would take a cool quarter of a million dollars to do so. Does this mean the Packers should be chomping at the bit to pick up a super-leg of their own? Again, I think the jury is still out.

Sure it's nice to not have to worry about the big return, but what exactly, if anything, are you giving up? Truth be told, it could be quite a bit. What if that kick had been on the receiving end of a game changing fumble? What if Jarrett Bush runs down and knocks the guy on his ass inside the 15? Is that momentum changing moment worth the risk of playing it safe? At this point (and mostly because the Packers don't have one) I am going to say no.

One of the best things about watching the game of football is that almost every play offers a chance for a dramatic moment. By taking away the kick return, you are essentially taking out that chance all together, not to mention removing a rich part of history from the game itself. True, you may save an injury, and you may save a touchdown, but that's hardly a fair trade for the game changers and excitement you inevitably are going to give up.

Like I said, it all boils down to the intangibles. And until some statistics come back on the risk/reward end of things I think you'll unfortunately see the trend continue. I personally think it's sad.

If Jarrett Bush ever does crush a guy someday, I want a chance to hear the roar.

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FITZCORE1252's picture

I would much rather get a decent tackling special teams unit to COVER kick-offs than have T-W-O non-football players on the 53 man roster. For the couple of extra yards the "specialist" may net you, you could have a legitimate player not make the 53.

Screw that.

If a FG kicker doesn't have the leg to kick-off, he's not worth the roster spot. Conversely if a big legged "specialist" doesn't have what it takes to hit on 80% of his FG's he shouldn't have a roster spot.

One 162 pound weenie to do both. Leave the other 52 for "FOOTBALL PLAYERS".


FYI - not a huge fan of kickers

FITZCORE1252's picture

Weird, this didn't register yesterday.

PackersRS's picture

You just killed your opinion when you used Jarrett Bush as an example of a game changing play for the kicking team...

FITZCORE1252's picture

Having 2 kickers only takes away a roster spot from a "FOOTBALL PLAYER".

If you don't have the leg to kick-off, beat it.

If you can't hit on 80% of your FG attempts, beat it.

One 147lb Weenie on the team is plenty, know your role, do your job... WEENIE.


FYI - not a big fan of kickers

Drizzle's picture

I'm all for letting your young guys handle the 'specialists' and build their confidence. The Pack have never been afraid to kick it to Devin Hester and we stop him.. that has to be worth something to those guys confidences. Confidence in the NFL is a premium attribute to have. So there ya go. Just my humble opinion.

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