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  •  If the story is correct (3+ / 0-)
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    commonmass, Timaeus, duhban

    that means the returner would let the ball roll until it is dead every time.

    I suspect this was a mistake in phrasing.

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    by walkshills on Wed Dec 25, 2013 at 10:33:23 AM PST

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    •  Nothing impossible about that strategy. (11+ / 0-)

      You can fumble or muff an attempted return, in which case you are likely to lose the ball (11 guys running toward fumbler & ball have an advantage).

      If you have an aggressive no-punt offense, simply letting the punt roll guarantees you will get the ball back, and you will only need to average 2.5 yards per play to score a td every... single... time.

      No return man also gives you an extra man to A) defend against a fake punt or B) rush the punt and attempt a block.

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      by El Sobrante on Wed Dec 25, 2013 at 11:20:41 AM PST

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    •  There is no returner (4+ / 0-)
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      kurt, Wreck Smurfy, greengemini, duhban

      all 11 players are at the line of scrimmage rushing the punter.

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      by awesumtenor on Wed Dec 25, 2013 at 11:33:47 AM PST

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    •  I just figured, fair catch every time (4+ / 0-)

      but the idea of 11 guys rushing the kicker has got to be unnerving and every so often something good might happen, unless your players do something dumb like roughing the kicker or drawing some other penalty.

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      by Omir the Storyteller on Wed Dec 25, 2013 at 01:55:29 PM PST

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      •  Aside from the making the offensive players go (0+ / 0-)

        nuts.  They usually slip their block quickly and head down field.  This gives that 11 th man an even greater chance to get a hand on the ball.
        And it probably messes up their blocking assignments

        Also too they have to spend prep practice time working on onside kicks and an 11 man punt rush.

    •  I am deeply amused (3+ / 0-)
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      Wreck Smurfy, mconvente, greengemini

      That in a post devoted to the notion that we shouldn't simply rely on our assumptions, here's another assumption—one readily disproven by watching the video or clicking the links. From the New Yorker:

      The Pulaski Academy Bruins do not return punts (fumbles and penalties outweigh big returns, they say), they perform onside kicks after almost every score, and they never, ever punt.
      Yep, they just let the ball roll dead. Another advantage to this particular strategy, I imagine, is that since you aren't spending time practicing punt returns, that's more time you have to devote to other types of plays.

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      by David Nir on Wed Dec 25, 2013 at 05:34:32 PM PST

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