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srrono
12-04-2011, 07:39 PM
Punter
Josh Bidwell
Matt Turk
Matt Dodge
Glenn Pakulak
Robert Malone
Ricky Schmitt (K)
Ken Parrish
Daniel Power

TheRealJoker
12-04-2011, 07:40 PM
I'd bring back Turk for nothing more than to maintain Rackers' chemistry.

brakos82
12-04-2011, 07:43 PM
I'd bring back Turk for nothing more than to maintain Rackers' chemistry.

This. He can even get his old number back. :kitten:

burro
12-04-2011, 07:44 PM
I'd bring back Turk for nothing more than to maintain Rackers' chemistry.

Agreed, there isn't likely to be a major undiscovered punting talent lurking in the free agency bin.

Scooter
12-04-2011, 07:46 PM
i mentioned the importance of a holder elsewhere, but unless he's able to set it up on a magical 70 yard tee, there is no way i take turk back. he had his moments as a texan, but it's 2 years past time for turk to call it a career.

i need to watch some replays on the candidates however, bidwell is the only name i really recognize and if i remember right he's on the same decline.

awc713
12-04-2011, 07:48 PM
turk was pretty bad last year...

awc713
12-04-2011, 07:49 PM
i went to some of the indoor practices last year though and he was kinda like the grandpa of the team...good chemistry with the players I'm sure they'd love to have him back, id just rather sign a better player.

TexanSam
12-04-2011, 07:50 PM
i need to watch some replays on the candidates however, bidwell is the only name i really recognize and if i remember right he's on the same decline.

His punt average decreased 3 yards between 2008 and 2010, but his net average actually increased (by .1 yard). I'd give him a shot.

Not Turk though. He was just awful with the Jags. His net average went down 4 yard between last year and this year. I think that's a pretty big drop in just one season.

TimeKiller
12-04-2011, 07:55 PM
Can James Casey kick?

Imatexanfan
12-04-2011, 07:56 PM
How 'bout we just go for it on every 4th down...hell it works on Madden...:wadepalm:

kiwitexansfan
12-04-2011, 07:56 PM
Mighty slim pickings there..... Time to call Australia for an Aussie Rules player.

Doppelganger
12-04-2011, 08:00 PM
Punter
Josh Bidwell
Matt Turk
Matt Dodge
Glenn Pakulak
Robert Malone
Ricky Schmitt (K)
Ken Parrish
Daniel Power

Their stats for their last year:

Josh Bidwell: 41.7 punt avg, 20.0% within 20 (2010)

Matt Turk: 39.7 punt avg, 25.9% within 20 (2011)

Matt Dodge: 44.8 punt avg, 27.8% within 20 (2010)

Glenn Pakulak:38.3 punt avg, 30.8% within 20 (2009)

Robert Malone:41.5 punt avg, 32.7% within 20 in 2010(only 1 game in 2011)

Ricky Schmitt (K) no punting stats in the NFL. Has not accrued stats since 2009.

Ken Parrish: no punting stats in NFL. 40.7 yards avg in college

Daniel Power: couldn't find stats on him.

I would take Dodge. He has a big leg and can kick 44.8 which is big. He had one bad punt in NY, the one to Desean Jackson that cost him his job.He may be the best available.

Doppelganger
12-04-2011, 08:01 PM
Mighty slim pickings there..... Time to call Australia for an Aussie Rules player.

Love it! Any older players who you think could make the transition quickly?

Scooter
12-04-2011, 08:02 PM
Mighty slim pickings there..... Time to call Australia for an Aussie Rules player.

wasnt there an aussie or two available this offseason? one a rookie and the other i want to say played in arizona ... any idea where they landed?

Craig.
12-04-2011, 08:06 PM
I've seen Rackers punt. Let him handle it.

steelbtexan
12-04-2011, 08:09 PM
Their stats for their last year:

Josh Bidwell: 41.7 punt avg, 20.0% within 20 (2010)

Matt Turk: 39.7 punt avg, 25.9% within 20 (2011)

Matt Dodge: 44.8 punt avg, 27.8% within 20 (2010)

Glenn Pakulak:38.3 punt avg, 30.8% within 20 (2009)

Robert Malone:41.5 punt avg, 32.7% within 20 in 2010(only 1 game in 2011)

Ricky Schmitt (K) no punting stats in the NFL. Has not accrued stats since 2009.

Ken Parrish: no punting stats in NFL. 40.7 yards avg in college

Daniel Power: couldn't find stats on him.

I would take Dodge. He has a big leg and can kick 44.8 which is big. He had one bad punt in NY, the one to Desean Jackson that cost him his job.He may be the best available.

^^^^
This

Although Dallass most eligible might be an option.

foo82
12-04-2011, 08:34 PM
I've seen Rackers punt. Let him handle it.

And he can hold his own snaps too!

GP
12-04-2011, 08:39 PM
For all we know, he might be on crutches just to take precaution.

Is there any word on the preliminary assessment yet? I haven't seen anything.

I'm hoping he hyper-extended it and it's swollen. I've dislocated my knee on two different situations, back in college, and I can tell you that you go down like someone SHOT you in the knee and you just crumple to the ground with no concern except "God, please STOP IT FROM HURTING!" You think "Maybe I have blown the knee, maybe I've broken something."

But a dislocation and/or hyper-extension can also just have stretched the ligaments and tendons and you have swelling and lack of full mobility in it for the next few days.

I'm hoping that this is the case, and he gets the rest he needs.

Texan_Bill
12-04-2011, 08:43 PM
Matt Turk?? :runaway:

brakos82
12-04-2011, 08:50 PM
Chad Stanley!

Rey
12-04-2011, 08:57 PM
Chad Stanley!

PD just did a dance.

Corrosion
12-04-2011, 09:30 PM
Matt Turk?? :runaway:

No .... You suit up TB. :ahhaha:

brakos82
12-04-2011, 09:38 PM
No .... You suit up TB. :ahhaha:

He'll fart the ball 45 yards downfield into a pepper plant. :lol:

Corrosion
12-04-2011, 10:17 PM
He'll fart the ball 45 yards downfield into a pepper plant. :lol:

And no one will want to return it because of the stench ..... :lol:

brakos82
12-04-2011, 10:51 PM
And no one will want to return it because of the stench ..... :lol:

And then the opponents will forfeit from the stench! :lol:

BILL!!!!!!!

steelbtexan
12-04-2011, 11:08 PM
Dante Pastorini

Dutchrudder
12-05-2011, 12:46 AM
Is Hartman going to be out for a while?

clutch
12-05-2011, 12:49 AM
still holding hope for hitman to return.. what a screw job..

Naiirb
12-05-2011, 03:36 PM
Hartman out for the year, tore is acl according to Kubiaks press conference

Doppelganger
12-05-2011, 11:19 PM
Their stats for their last year:

Josh Bidwell: 41.7 punt avg, 20.0% within 20 (2010)

Matt Turk: 39.7 punt avg, 25.9% within 20 (2011)

Matt Dodge: 44.8 punt avg, 27.8% within 20 (2010)

Glenn Pakulak:38.3 punt avg, 30.8% within 20 (2009)

Robert Malone:41.5 punt avg, 32.7% within 20 in 2010(only 1 game in 2011)

Ricky Schmitt (K) no punting stats in the NFL. Has not accrued stats since 2009.

Ken Parrish: no punting stats in NFL. 40.7 yards avg in college

Daniel Power: couldn't find stats on him.

I would take Dodge. He has a big leg and can kick 44.8 which is big. He had one bad punt in NY, the one to Desean Jackson that cost him his job.He may be the best available.

Here is another name: Sam Paulescu. He has a Denver connection: check. He has a DC connection with Shanny: check. He hasn't had a lot of punts but he looks to be around 41 or 42 yards per punt. I wouldn't be surprised if he gets an invite due to Denver/DC connections.

Corrosion
12-06-2011, 12:02 AM
Here is another name: Sam Paulescu. He has a Denver connection: check. He has a DC connection with Shanny: check. He hasn't had a lot of punts but he looks to be around 41 or 42 yards per punt. I wouldn't be surprised if he gets an invite due to Denver/DC connections.

I really think the Denver connection is dead and burried and has been since Shanny left.



Pickings will be slim at this point in the season ....

mexican_texan
12-06-2011, 12:03 AM
Daniel Power: couldn't find stats on him.

Counterpoint: his name is Danny Power.

Rey
12-06-2011, 12:37 AM
Put me down for dodge.

V3rm0nt3r
12-06-2011, 01:03 PM
Turk.

I get a lot of Giants games up here and that one punt to Jackson wasn't Dodge's only blunder. He can kick it a mile however placement was never an attribute that he mastered. On top of this his kicks always seemed to lack the altitude that the Texans look for and they would constantly overshoot coverage and lead to nasty looking returns for opponents.

Seņor Stan
12-06-2011, 01:23 PM
You gotta think that being able to handle snaps/holds for Rackers will be a huge factor in the tryout.

Turk is the "safe" choice. I'm hoping for someone with a little more leg, though.

Naiirb
12-06-2011, 04:15 PM
Looks like they're bringing back Turk

McClain_on_NFL John McClain
Texans are bringing back punter Matt Turk, 43. He punted for them from 2007-2010. Rookie Brett Hartmann was placed on IR today.

Argh really don't like this. Yea he's been here before but the fact the Jags cut him should really tell you he just doesn't have it anymore.

The Pencil Neck
12-06-2011, 04:20 PM
Looks like they're bringing back Turk

McClain_on_NFL John McClain
Texans are bringing back punter Matt Turk, 43. He punted for them from 2007-2010. Rookie Brett Hartmann was placed on IR today.

Argh really don't like this. Yea he's been here before but the fact the Jags cut him should really tell you he just doesn't have it anymore.

He's really just coming here to be the holder.

We're not punting again the rest of the season. We'll just score touchdowns the rest of the way out.

steelbtexan
12-06-2011, 04:21 PM
Looks like they're bringing back Turk

McClain_on_NFL John McClain
Texans are bringing back punter Matt Turk, 43. He punted for them from 2007-2010. Rookie Brett Hartmann was placed on IR today.

Argh really don't like this. Yea he's been here before but the fact the Jags cut him should really tell you he just doesn't have it anymore.

Not suprising

Not much out there

The Steelers got lucky, Sepulveda blew his knee out and Kopinos was still out there.

When will the ghost of Turk go away? Atleast his leg should be well rested.

Dutchrudder
12-06-2011, 04:34 PM
Why can't Rackers punt? It's not that hard...

Texan_Bill
12-06-2011, 04:42 PM
And then the opponents will forfeit from the stench! :lol:

BILL!!!!!!!

Would I get a Super Bowl ring? :wild:

HOU-TEX
12-06-2011, 04:46 PM
If it wasn't for Rackers being familiar with his holding, I'd be pissed at bringing Turk back. I just pray we don't have to rely on his punting much.

Welcome back, Shankapotomas

brakos82
12-06-2011, 04:50 PM
Would I get a Super Bowl ring? :wild:

Yep. What's your ass size?

michaelm
12-06-2011, 04:55 PM
Yep. What's your ass size?

LOL.

As if you didn't know...

TEXANRED
12-06-2011, 04:58 PM
Matt friggen Turk. A player so great the Jags couldn't stand to be around his greatness so they cut him.

Corrosion
12-06-2011, 05:11 PM
Matt friggen Turk. A player so great the Jags couldn't stand to be around his greatness so they cut him.

Turk's better than ..... Obama. It could be worse you know. :ahhaha:

ObsiWan
12-06-2011, 05:16 PM
He's really just coming here to be the holder.

We're not punting again the rest of the season. We'll just score touchdowns the rest of the way out.

I like where your head's at
:D

Lurvinator11
12-06-2011, 05:57 PM
still holding hope for hitman to return.. what a screw job..

Bret screwed bret! lol I see what you did there

Lurvinator11
12-06-2011, 06:03 PM
Eh Turk is getting old but I think he can at least do the job for us for just the next 4 games and then playoffs. I remember there were times when he could spot the ball inside the 10. And who could forget when we were playing the Packers in 2008, and it was like 4th and 17 and he decided to run it and got us a first down that kept the drive going? I remember watching that and I was just thinking there is no way he is getting to that marker but sure enough he did! Very overlooked play and moment in my opinion if you ask me.....

TexanSam
12-06-2011, 06:29 PM
Matt Turk?! Even the friggin Jags cut him!!!

SheTexan
12-06-2011, 06:41 PM
Matt Turk?! Even the friggin Jags cut him!!!


Maybe the Jags didn't NEED him! Doesn't mean he can't still get the job done. We've been believin in this team all year, lets not stop now! If they pick TURK then so be it! Lets just welcome him back to Houston and continue to be positive about the decisions Kubes is making. JMO!

steelbtexan
12-06-2011, 06:49 PM
Maybe the Jags didn't NEED him! Doesn't mean he can't still get the job done. We've been believin in this team all year, lets not stop now! If they pick TURK then so be it! Lets just welcome him back to Houston and continue to be positive about the decisions Kubes is making. JMO!

I'm trying to stay positive.

But Turk, man it's a hard job.

LOL

Texan_Bill
12-06-2011, 07:10 PM
He's really just coming here to be the holder.

We're not punting again the rest of the season. We'll just score touchdowns the rest of the way out.

/END Thread!!

Speedy
12-06-2011, 07:37 PM
As much as the Jags punt, maybe he just couldn't handle the work load at his age.

I just can't believe that of all the colleges out there (120 in D1-A, 126 in D1-AA, no telling how many in D2 and D3 and so on) who all have punters that graduate every year, that there isn't one out there better than Matt freaking Turk.

Carr Bombed
12-06-2011, 10:48 PM
There's no way to be positive about this move. I was hoping that we would sign someone else. If y'all thought Matt Turk was bad here, you should've seen him in Jacksonville earlier this season. He was even worse, he had a couple of 12 or 13 yard punts for them this season.. He even cost them a couple of ball games, it's the reason why they cut him. He can't kick any more...

:wadepalm: This F...ing sucks.

Rey
12-06-2011, 11:35 PM
Can rackers not adjust to a different holder? Hartmann was new, turkey was only with him for one year.

Maybe Turk outkicked the other guys......
:thinking:

:rofl:

Naiirb
12-06-2011, 11:50 PM
If you guys wanna get a feel on how Turk has been this season just read this thread from the Jags forum.

http://forum.jaguars.com/index.php?showtopic=697828&st=0&p=1623453&hl=turk&fromsearch=1&#entry1623453

I'll be bracing for the worst in game threads, it isn't going to be pretty

Jaysol
12-07-2011, 12:45 AM
I'd say give him one or two chances to redeem himself. I seriously doubt they intend for him to punt if he went into the tryout and we truly had better options. If he does fail after one or two times, get Rackers in there to do it and keep Turk there to place his little finger on the ball after our many touchdowns!

If he was brought in primarily for his familiarity with Rackers and holding the PATs, I'm in awe. How hard is it to do that, FFS I've seen Romo do it!

Seņor Stan
12-07-2011, 07:23 AM
Wow...talk about shoddy reporting...

from the Comical (http://blog.chron.com/ultimatetexans/2011/12/picking-up-a-pair-of-veterans-texans-sign-qb-jeff-garcia-punter-matt-turk/)

Most recently, Turk played five games in 2011 with Jacksonville. Hartmann edged Turk in the preseason in an odd sequence – the rookie was actually released following the final preseason game, but then management reversed course, re-signed Hartmann and bid adieu to Turk, all part of what special teams coach Joe Marciano described in September as an organization shift from experience to youth.


Turk signed with Jacksonville as a free agent in July. Maynard is the old guy that can't kick that the writer was looking for. geez.

SteveSlaton20
12-07-2011, 07:23 AM
Matt Turk is absolutely HORRIBLE.

Always punts it into the endzone, can't put it inside the 20 for sh*t, dumb as a rock and he's a damn grandpa.

Not to mention the Jaguars friggin cut him.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - The Jacksonville Jaguars have waived veteran punter Matt Turk two days after his 22-yard punt set up Cincinnati's winning touchdown.

The Jaguars signed free agent Nick Harris to replace him. Harris, in his 11th season, has spent time with Denver, Cincinnati and Detroit. The Jaguars also waived tight end Brett Brackett from the practice squad.

Harris has played in 159 games since entering the league as a fourth-round draft pick in 2001. He has a 42.5-yard average on 804 punts. He spent the last seven seasons with the Lions.

Turk ranked near the bottom of the league in punting. His performance Sunday was one of his worst in 16 seasons. He had punts of 32, 23 and 22 yards in the second half, the last two into a stiff wind

I seriously cannot believe we can't find ONE guy out of college...

SteveSlaton20
12-07-2011, 07:28 AM
Wow...talk about shoddy reporting...

from the Comical (http://blog.chron.com/ultimatetexans/2011/12/picking-up-a-pair-of-veterans-texans-sign-qb-jeff-garcia-punter-matt-turk/)




Turk signed with Jacksonville as a free agent in July. Maynard is the old guy that can't kick that the writer was looking for. geez.

:kubepalm:

txns4lf
12-07-2011, 07:59 AM
I'd bring back Turk for nothing more than to maintain Rackers' chemistry.

i agree we need all the chemistry we can get at this point

steelbtexan
12-07-2011, 08:54 AM
i agree we need all the chemistry we can get at this point

Or a better P.

Not that there's on available in FA.

Texans34Life
12-07-2011, 10:09 AM
RavensInsider Aaron Wilson
Texans tried out punter Matt Dodge before settling on Matt Turk as their new punter

GP
12-07-2011, 10:21 AM
I am Matt Turk's brother. You guys better shut up and pay some respect.

He got screwed in Jacksonville. The snapper put funky spin on the ball, and the tarps covering sections of the bleachers distracted Matt from focusing on the ball. All in all, he was in a BAD situation with Del Rio.

Now that he's back, Matt will rock it out. He told me he's punting anvils to get his leg strength back up to where it was at in 1987. Plus, in case you forgot, he is the Texans all-time leading rusher (for punters). He got us a first down one time and nobody wanted to tackle him. He ran out of bounds to save the careers of a few guys.

TURK IS THE BIZNESS.

axman40
12-07-2011, 10:40 AM
I am Matt Turk's brother. You guys better shut up and pay some respect.

He got screwed in Jacksonville. The snapper put funky spin on the ball, and the tarps covering sections of the bleachers distracted Matt from focusing on the ball. All in all, he was in a BAD situation with Del Rio.

Now that he's back, Matt will rock it out. He told me he's punting anvils to get his leg strength back up to where it was at in 1987. Plus, in case you forgot, he is the Texans all-time leading rusher (for punters). He got us a first down one time and nobody wanted to tackle him. He ran out of bounds to save the careers of a few guys.

TURK IS THE BIZNESS.
Welcome back Hulk75?
:toropalm:

CloakNNNdagger
12-07-2011, 01:38 PM
We are Lucky Dogs........

HoustonTexans
Kubiak on P Matt Turk: "Matt takes care of himself...We're lucky from that standpoint...We're lucky to get him to replace (Hartmann)."
39 minutes ago

4x4tx
12-07-2011, 01:58 PM
Wow wtf, turk sucks. 32 yard punts when were are backed up is not going to cut it. Why in the world didnt we sign dodge?

brakos82
12-07-2011, 03:02 PM
At least we signed that old man and not, you know...

gtexan02
12-07-2011, 03:04 PM
Where is Chad Stanley?

Seņor Stan
12-07-2011, 03:05 PM
Wow wtf, turk sucks. 32 yard punts when were are backed up is not going to cut it. Why in the world didnt we sign dodge?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_SBv9rINmY

TEXANS84
12-07-2011, 04:23 PM
Wow wtf, turk sucks. 32 yard punts when were are backed up is not going to cut it. Why in the world didnt we sign dodge?

I wonder if this is the first time ever a NFL team has signed consecutive 40+ age players back to back.

Thorn
12-07-2011, 04:25 PM
I wonder if this is the first time ever a NFL team has signed consecutive 40+ age players back to back.

Another First for the Texans!! We are just setting records all over the place this year. :koolaid:

Dutchrudder
12-07-2011, 04:37 PM
Well, even though Turk is past his prime at least he will get a Super Bowl ring with the Texans this year. This is his last chance at one, so he might as well get it with us :D

GP
12-07-2011, 07:52 PM
Welcome back Hulk75?
:toropalm:

No, I'm not Hulk75.

I am Wolverine29.

Fear my virtual blades of wrath.

SteveSlaton20
12-08-2011, 02:06 PM
U/O: Matt's longest punt will be 35 yards.

ObsiWan
12-08-2011, 03:02 PM
U/O: Matt's longest punt will be 35 yards.

Like someone else said, all Turk needs to do is hold for PATs.
:D

kiwitexansfan
12-08-2011, 05:54 PM
Given how poor the punter options are/were I was hoping that we would just go for it on every 4th down.

mootini
12-09-2011, 12:00 PM
There's no way to be positive about this move. I was hoping that we would sign someone else. If y'all thought Matt Turk was bad here, you should've seen him in Jacksonville earlier this season. He was even worse, he had a couple of 12 or 13 yard punts for them this season.. He even cost them a couple of ball games, it's the reason why they cut him. He can't kick any more...

:wadepalm: This F...ing sucks.

Carrbomb....100% correct! Matt Turk is the worst, I've ever seen! He cost the Jags 2 games and didn't even care.

mootini
12-09-2011, 12:02 PM
I am Matt Turk's brother. You guys better shut up and pay some respect.

He got screwed in Jacksonville. The snapper put funky spin on the ball, and the tarps covering sections of the bleachers distracted Matt from focusing on the ball. All in all, he was in a BAD situation with Del Rio.

Now that he's back, Matt will rock it out. He told me he's punting anvils to get his leg strength back up to where it was at in 1987. Plus, in case you forgot, he is the Texans all-time leading rusher (for punters). He got us a first down one time and nobody wanted to tackle him. He ran out of bounds to save the careers of a few guys.

TURK IS THE BIZNESS.

Yeah RIGHT!!!! I hope, he doesn't cost the Texans a playoff game! Bad situation...he too old and done!

Corrosion
12-11-2011, 09:04 PM
Gotta give credit where its due - Matt Turk had a pretty damn good game today , two punts averaging 51.5 and dropping one inside the 5.

foo82
12-12-2011, 02:06 AM
Gotta give credit where its due - Matt Turk had a pretty damn good game today , two punts averaging 51.5 and dropping one inside the 5.

Yup, and watching him hold snaps is very comforting.