Tag:Jon Ryan
Posted on: September 22, 2011 9:15 pm
Edited on: September 22, 2011 9:16 pm
 

Kluwe's whiteboard speaks out on fake injuries

Vikings punter Chris Kluwe is unimpressed with your pretend ailments. (AP/US PRESSWIRE)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

There's so much more to Chris Kluwe than professional football punter. In addition to his day job with the Vikings, he's also in a band, and avid gamer (we're going out on a limb: based on his Twitter handle he's really into World of Warcraft … and check), brutally honest, a great writer and, in general, hilarious.

Last October, after the league started cracking down on illegal hits and fining just about anything that moved (they even sent around a handy "Here's how you tackle properly!" video that was universally mocked), Seahawks punter Jon Ryan got absolutely obliterated by Bears wideout Earl Bennett. To which the league said: "Bravo! That's what we're talking about. Perfectly legal!"


This prompted Kluwe to consult the Vikings' locker room whiteboard (click the image to enlarge):


Well, ten months later Kluwe and the whiteboard are back, this time warning of the dangers of fake injuries. Here's a tweet from Thursday:


Deon Grant has no idea what you're talking about, Kluwe.

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Posted on: January 22, 2011 10:37 am
 

The best way to play vs. Hester

How to play against D. Hester isn't always the easiest decision (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

What is the best way to punt the ball to Devin Hester? I asked the same question to Gale Sayers Friday morning in our Five questions (or more) segment, and we never really came up with an answer.

Do you punt the ball out of bounds? Do you try to pin him on the sidelines? Do you, as the Seahawks did last week, say, “Screw it, we’re kicking right at him?” What can do you do?

Maybe the Seahawks had the right idea, though maybe not in the way you’d expect.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel caught up with Seattle P Jon Ryan on Friday, and basically, the Seahawks’ game plan was to kick it high and make Hester fair catch as many punts as possible.

It’s not going to help your punting average – presumably, those high, end-over-end punts are going to be shorter than normal – but as Seattle showed last week, it can be effective. Out of nine punts last week, Hester let four of them bounce, fair-caught three of them and returned two for a combined total of 30 yards.

"Our plan was to go after every punt as if it was a pooch punt," Ryan told the paper. "So I kicked all the punts end over end. They told me they didn't want anything over 35 yards and get as many fair catches as we could.

"You're not going to have a 50-yard average, by any means. But you're also not going to be watching Hester celebrate in the end zone. It's a bit of a trade-off. I think it's a very effective way to control Hester.

"The game plan was to eliminate Hester. We weren't going to flip the field. Our special-teams coach (Brian Schneider) believed we succeeded."

For the game, Ryan averaged 35.0 yards per punt with a 31.7 net and a hang time of 4.16 seconds. And no Hester returned TDs.

One other interesting aspect of this article. One scout said Hester would much prefer to catch the ball outside the hash marks – meaning that trying to pin him on the sidelines isn’t always an effective plan – because he knows there are less defenders there that can bring him down. Said that scout, "He won't run up and catch it. He's scared. He thinks he's going to get hit."

Read the rest of the story. There’s some interesting insight there about how to deal with the game’s most dangerous returner since … well, Gale Sayers.

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