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#21 PanthersClinic

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 10:30 PM

I never understood the decision to remove Smith from punt returns. He was so adept at it that you'd think it'd be important to have him there, especially with how often our offense was going 3 and out back in the day.

The injury argument is a fallacy. I don't believe punt returners have higher rates of injuries than other players. I think the reason for moving him out of the position was more mental and responsibility related - he didn't want to have to deal with being responsible for the team losing a drive if he fails to secure the catch. Similar to Romo being removed from the field goal holding duties.

If you are thinking about injuries you're in the wrong business. Nobody in the league can tackle properly and every player on offense and defense seems to lead with their head when they are about to tackle or be tackled. Players should focus on their own technique instead of thinking everyone is out to get them.

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 10:48 PM

Smith asked to return punts and kickoffs back in 2010 when the team wasn't winning games and he was trying to give us a spark. Fox put him back there maybe 5 times tops. Believe it or not Smith isn't as selfish as people think

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 11:12 PM

I never understood the decision to remove Smith from punt returns. He was so adept at it that you'd think it'd be important to have him there, especially with how often our offense was going 3 and out back in the day.

The injury argument is a fallacy. I don't believe punt returners have higher rates of injuries than other players. I think the reason for moving him out of the position was more mental and responsibility related - he didn't want to have to deal with being responsible for the team losing a drive if he fails to secure the catch. Similar to Romo being removed from the field goal holding duties.

If you are thinking about injuries you're in the wrong business. Nobody in the league can tackle properly and every player on offense and defense seems to lead with their head when they are about to tackle or be tackled. Players should focus on their own technique instead of thinking everyone is out to get them.


there's some dumb sh*t in this post.

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 01:10 AM

smitty returned punts in the seattle playoff game after refusing to for several seasons.

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 03:37 AM

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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Posted 21 January 2013 - 03:40 AM

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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Posted 21 January 2013 - 08:43 AM

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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Posted 21 January 2013 - 12:27 PM

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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Posted 21 January 2013 - 12:46 PM

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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Posted 21 January 2013 - 03:26 PM

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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