Weatherford Punting Poorly? (1 Viewer)

Joined
May 31, 2006
Messages
1,684
Reaction score
76
Age
41
Offline
I was at the game and it seemed to me that Weathefords punts were short with very little hang time. Especially compared to Atlanta's punter who was booting then so high that our returners had to call fair catch.

Did anyone notice this? Or am I stupid? Or Both? Ha!
 

Saintamaniac

Purple & Gold for Life
Joined
Sep 26, 2006
Messages
3,994
Reaction score
7,896
Age
50
Location
Laplace, LA
Offline
Weatherford had a bad game punting the ball although he did get off a couple with a lot of hangtime. His performance this year has made Berger expendable.
 

ThibodauxSaint

Pro-Bowler
Joined
Oct 26, 2006
Messages
1,552
Reaction score
1,494
Location
Thibodaux, LA
Offline
He did have a bad game punting. During one of Kenny Wilkerson's sideline reports on WWL during the game he said that Weatherford has been having problems in practice with his consistency. He'll have 2 or 3 good punts and then he'll shank one really bad.
 

Buickman

Super Forum Fanatic
Platinum VIP Contributor
Joined
Sep 30, 2004
Messages
6,836
Reaction score
4,443
Age
55
Location
Chester Gap, Va
Offline
He only had one shank, and it rolled in our favor. I thought he did pretty good for a rookie.
 

therod

MOAR
Joined
Jun 14, 2002
Messages
2,754
Reaction score
110
Age
39
Offline
Don't forget that Michael Koenen has one of the strongest legs in the NFL.
 

bclemms

More than 15K posts served!
Joined
Jul 16, 2005
Messages
32,984
Reaction score
42,282
Age
12
Location
Jackson, ms
Offline
He did have a bad game punting. During one of Kenny Wilkerson's sideline reports on WWL during the game he said that Weatherford has been having problems in practice with his consistency. He'll have 2 or 3 good punts and then he'll shank one really bad.
This is not new. During camp he would kill these 70 yard kicks with a perfect spiral and incredible hang time to the oohs and ahhs of the fans then he would send the water boy on the sidelines running for his life with a shank. I think the coaches did a great job working with him and he quit trying to kill the ball every punt and just started kicking consistent. The past couple of games it looks like he is trying to kill it again. If this keeps up expect to see some of the prettiest punts you have ever witnessed but also expect the fans to start bringing their gloves to the game hoping for a foul ball.
 

Domeination

SR is my life!
VIP Contributor
Joined
Aug 16, 2002
Messages
12,863
Reaction score
8,035
Age
55
Location
Nacogdoches, TX
Offline
His punting has been mediocre to subpar since the break. I don't know if it's because he's a rookie getting tired (although a punter shouldn't tire that much!) or if he's reverting to bad habits, but it is somewhat of a concern. We lost big time on field position yesterday because Atlanta's punter was killing the ball while our punter was shanking it.
 

syracuse saint

Hall-of-Famer
VIP Contributor
Joined
Nov 14, 2003
Messages
3,446
Reaction score
2,454
Age
52
Offline
He has had a suspect second half of the season, however, even Ray Guy would have looked bad compared to the Falcon's punter. That kid is good.
 

Mamba

SR is my life!
VIP Contributor
Joined
Apr 21, 2001
Messages
11,838
Reaction score
4,571
Age
38
Offline
To me, it's not the shanks that bother me. It's when we punt near midfield and we can't pin the other team inside the 20 yard line. I've been noticing this for several weeks now. While Weatherford hasn't been bad, I don't think his punting has been as good as Berger's.
 
Last edited:

daybreaker

STH since 2006
Joined
Sep 1, 2003
Messages
12,028
Reaction score
12,988
Age
38
Location
Kenner
Offline
Payton even acknowledged on his morning press conference that our punter needs to keep working on it.
 

Great Dane

He who dares wins
Joined
Feb 6, 2003
Messages
6,371
Reaction score
1,296
Location
Copenhagen
Offline
I think he has had a couple of bad games. I am routing for him to work through the motions and get it right
 

LSSpam

Practice Squad
Joined
Jun 2, 2002
Messages
28,423
Reaction score
8,141
Age
38
Location
Oxford, MS
Offline
Considering he can't do kickoffs (and as a result we've had to add another kicker which cuts into our 45 dressed) he's becoming a liability. He needs to pick his game up or he'll get cut in the offseason.
 

bclemms

More than 15K posts served!
Joined
Jul 16, 2005
Messages
32,984
Reaction score
42,282
Age
12
Location
Jackson, ms
Offline
To me, it's not the shanks that bother me. It's when we punt near midfield and we can't pin the other team inside the 20 yard line. I've been noticing this for several weeks now. While Weatherford hasn't been bad, I don't think his punting has been as good as Berger's.
I agree, Berger had 56 punts inside the 20 over the last two seasons compared to Weatherford who has had 12 insided the 20 and 7 touchbacks. That means Weatherford would have to kick 44 staight punts inside the 20 without kicking it into the end zone before he was up to par with Berger. Weatherford has been comparable to Berger with yardage with Berger the slight edge and Weatherford's net average is 36.6 compared to Berger's 38.8 over the last two seasons.

Like Spam mentioned, he also does not do kickoffs and he effectively takes up two roster spots instead of just one.

Don't get me wrong, he has been great for a rookie but he needs to step his game up to keep his roster spot next year.
 

Create an account or login to comment

You must be a member in order to leave a comment

Create account

Create an account on our community. It's easy!

Log in

Already have an account? Log in here.

Users Who Are Viewing This Thread (Users: 0, Guests: 1)



Headlines

Top Bottom