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  1. PATSNUTme

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    In the not to distant past, during our 0-4 pre-season,
    Special Teams play was a major concern for most of us.

    I honestly can't remember if it was really good durig the KC game. It couldn't have been too bad or it would have been mentioned.

    However, Special Teams play during the Jets game made all the difference in the world. We had excellent field position all game long and the Jets had bad field postiion all game long.

    Lets hope that this solid play continues. With a green QB, field position is vital. Players play, but Brad Seely deserves kudo's for turning this around.
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    Lets hope that fans finally learn not to buy into the hyping of preseason games and not read anything into them. Something tells me they won't.
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    When you are a championship caliber team, the preseason has 2 points of significance-

    1). try to stay healthy
    2). play rookies and TC invitees more then your vets to see if any of them can contribute. Usually, you're looking for practice squad guys, because your roster is pretty well set.
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    Mmm... I'm as happy as anyone about the win but, please!, Homer: no jinx.

    Gost won't kick it through the end-zone every time, the opposition punter won't be as erratic as Graham, Hanson won't kick it into the endzone for a touchback -- no, scrub that, he probably will, but you get my message. There wasn't an awful lot for special teams to do.

    So, yes, it was great, but Special Teams are still a big worry for me. The day I stop worrying about Special Teams is the day you have to worry ...
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    There is a poster at the Planet named ParanoidPatriot. You may want to see if you can rent the name for over here.:p
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    You don't need much from the coverage units when Gost kick out of the end zone, or at the very least deep into the end zone. That won't last into winter.
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    Thanks for the thoughtful suggestion, but no. It's worrying about the Patriots that helps me to live my carefree, volcano-dancing existence.

    And did you notice that the Jets have just cut their punter?

    I repeat: we can't assume that Gostkowski will always kick it out of the end zone or that other teams will have such an inadequate punter.
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    True, but ST were horrible in pre-season. They won't be like they were last Sunday every game, but Brad deserves some praise for bringing them back.
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    Gost actually had a bionic leg put in over the offseason...
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    It's not a worry!!!!(even though it's only week 2 and 2 bad weeks from now will have chicken little here)
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    I hope that wasn't a real person before cut and paste because if it was then it's classless(not saying you did this or not. no clue)
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    actually, it's an old .jpg posted on THIS board a few years back...I think it was originally found on the Gang Green board
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    Great effort on Sunday by special teams, just tremendous.

    Eckel was brought back to be a fulltime starting running back... well maybe not, they must feel a little light on special teams coverage. It is difficult to get a read on the coverage units when every kick was a touchback but so far so good.

    As far as the returners, it goes to show you how much things have changed. I used to cover my eyes when Faulk returned punts, a knew a fumble was coming at any point. Now I feel confident in his steady hands.

    Hobbs is a good returner but I would rather see Maroney, Lo Mo hasn't been used much but always seems to get a decent return. We have much more depth at RB than CB, an injury to Hobbs would hurt.
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    I'm still trying to figure out why Gost hasn't kicked every kickoff out if the endzone for the past 3 years. Seems to come pretty easy to him.
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    That bionic leg he's been asking for wasn't available until this past offseason.
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    Well I'm glad they decided to take these legs out of Iraq for civilian use
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    Guts and Hansen did just fine...but I am a bit concerned when they face a top notch returner...I WISH every kick could be into teh endzone..but realistically..can't happen. So they will show more against players like Sproles...but optimistic now...on many fronts.
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