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Smith and Punt Returns

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I remember the 49ers game I attended in 2010. He returned punts, he didn't do much. Had one good run. I have to admit I was excited to watch him return punts.

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That's a belichick move, using an experienced player in that spot that he trusts.

Same with Harbaugh. A Rivera move in the same situation is to go with Amakamura or something

When did we get Prince Amukamura on our team?

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Only God Can Make Steve Smith Return Punts Now

Carolina Panthers All-Pro receiver Steve Smith is not happy about his team losing two straight. He seems even less pleased that he was asked to return punts Sunday night in an effort to spark his team's performance. It looked like he hadn't practiced punt returns in a while. It also looks like he won't do it again any time soon...

"That'll be my last time back there," Smith said.

When asked whether he or his coaches had made that decision, he bristled.

"The last time I checked, I've only got one person to answer to. That's my maker," he said.

http://www.aolnews.c...turn-punts-now/

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Smitty would do it if we needed a boost in a championship game, just like Reed and Welker are doing it with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line, and just like Smitty did against the Hawks in the NFC Championship game....

This. Smitty is FAR too valuable to our offense to put him back there as the regular return man, but if we were in the playoffs and needed it, he'd be back there.

Hmmm... well, not so sure after reading the above post

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Did Reed return one single punt? I don't recall him returning them... he mostly fair caught them.

Welker did have a few returns.

My point is, I'd rather have a guy in there to just make sure the punt is caught and not dropped than some flashy guy that you may get one or two returns for TD every season, but more than a few drops too...

That's something we've lacked (besides any really good STs play at all) is a solid guy that you KNOW isn't going to do something stupid.

I don't really want Smitty back there taking big hits tbqh, he's too valuable otherwise. Find some young guy that can catch.

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In 2005 in the NFC championship game, I recall that Steve went up to John Fox and asked to return that punt. When he did, he ran it back. He tried to get us going. I don't think it's a good idea to put your best offensive player out there to take extra hits during the regular season.

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you don't do it because he doesn't want to and you don't want to expose him to more big hits from defenders than he already takes.

it's a bad idea all around and the payoff is minimal compared to the risk involved....esp. in regular season.

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I an not a recent bandwagon Cam Newton nut hugging fan. I simply noticed 2 of the best coaches in the game using equally high profile players there. It would be a good move in the playoffs without a better option. Smith may be too selfish though.

Steve has always done everything this team has asked him to do. i have personally met him out when he was loading up carts full with coats for needy kids. He also runs his own charity(not just throws money at but physically goes to the needy) He is hot headed on the field...not selfish. There is no doubt if we needed him to in a playoff game he would. Of all the problems on this team, Steve is not one. If our other players played with even a quarter of his intensity we would be in the playoffs every year.

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Smith did a punt return or maybe 2 when clauson couldn't get him the ball. I think that was the same year he didn't want to be the #1 wr anymore

Smith had 6 in 2010.

Odd season to use him but if you are a great PR or KR.....then I got no issue being used at it. Smith isn't at this stage so therefore it isn't worth the risk.

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Steve has always done everything this team has asked him to do. i have personally met him out when he was loading up carts full with coats for needy kids. He also runs his own charity(not just throws money at but physically goes to the needy) He is hot headed on the field...not selfish. There is no doubt if we needed him to in a playoff game he would. Of all the problems on this team, Steve is not one. If our other players played with even a quarter of his intensity we would be in the playoffs every year.

He went to the media and ran his mouth this year

Seattle.....he hurt us with his immaturity.

He had his share this year of his flaws giving us a little reminder.

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Do you guys realize that you need to practice returning punts to be really good at it, unless you are going to fair catch every one?

He doesn't need the extra practice miles on his wheels any more, he has to contain himself.

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or you stack your team with decent blockers and get a decent young returner and a special teams coach with actual coaching abilities

All these things does not compute in Carolina.

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