Originally Posted by CloakNNNdagger
One point I don't remember anyone bringing up when comparing stats for Jones against Lechler is one "small" factor.........the Oakland open-air stadium. For any of you who have never been there for a football game, the stadium is near the water..........the wind is cold, strong and brutal most of football season........and the wind is usually directed in cross-direction and/or swirling........a punter's nightmare. During the winter, forget feeling your feet, hands or face. Since Lechler has played all of his home games every year outdoors, it is safe to say that he has overall played the majority of his games in his 13 year career gathering his extraordinary stats in unprotected environments.
Good point, Doc.
Also, I just went back and watched each punt by Lechler and Jones in the first 4 weeks of the season.
A few things that I noticed are:
The Raiders had bad bad blockings on punt.
They also missed their LS in at least one of those games.
Jones had one punt where pressure came close while Lechler had at least five.
Obviously, on these occasions, the punter had to get rid of the ball quicker; therefore, his punt is affected.
Along the same line, the ball leaves Lechler's foot sooner as compared with Jones.
Consistently just after one second after the ball was snapped, it left Lechler's foot where as Jones took longer; and he was still "pressured" more than Jones.
That goes to show how poor the blocking up front is.
Lechler definitely has the stronger leg as evident against the Broncos in Mile High (he boomed 62 and 68 yd punt with no pressure on; quite better than Jones whose Texans played there just a week earlier and didn't do as well as far as distance goes.)