09-04-2007, 01:59 PM
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Fairfield County, CT
Re: Gostkowski's Kickoffs
Originally Posted by BelichickFan
Lost among the FG misses he had was the ridiculous kickoffs Gostkowski had this preseason.
Last year in the regular season he had 12 touchbacks in 81 kicks - 14.8%.
This preseason he had 9 touchbacks in 19 kicks - 47%.
At that 47% rate he would have had 38 touchbacks last year.
And in case anyone is thinking it's a preseason thing, either due to a more rested leg or lesser returners, last year he had 1 touchback in 23 kickoffs in the preseason.
Not sure it will mean much once it gets colder, etc, but he sure was kicking the hell out of the ball in August.
(A) Gostkowski's kickoffs do, in fact, own
(B) If the Pats' return coverage gets better, look for that touchback figure to go up from 14.8%.
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