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Old 03-25-2013   #136
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Default Re: Shane Lechler - Signed Texans

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Originally Posted by Wolf View Post
Does He have pretty good hangtime?

I honestly haven't paid attention between him and jones over the years

Just been paying attention to Texan players
In post #28 of this thread, Playoffs posted some stats.

And I noted the maximum hang time of 5.50, which is exceptional for a punter.

I wanted to check it out myself, but it's just too cumbersome to go through all the punts again.
Besides, punting is a combination of things.
There are occasions when you want hangtime; there are occasions when you want to outkick the return man (if you see him coming up much closer than your deepest range), etc.
Sometimes you trade hang time for distance, and vice-versa.

One way to answer that question is to quote the following:

... Funny thing, after Shane Lechler boomed that 80-yard punt 10 days ago against Chicago to set a franchise record.
The Raiders' punter said he hit the ball "perfect" ...
and that it was "probably one of his top 10 punts."
Wait. He hit others more perfectly?
In fact, yes.


http://www.sfgate.com/sports/article...#ixzz2OWQltfJS

He is routinely compared to former Raiders punter Ray Guy,
a seven-time Pro Bowler and hang-time king who played from 1973 to 1986
and was named to the NFL's 75th-anniversary team in 1994.
Except that ...

"There is no comparison," former Raiders head coach and current broadcaster Tom Flores said.

Flores clearly believes Lechler is better...


...

Here's a video of his longest NFL punt.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pkp82TgP46U

The hang time was roughly 5 secs (from the moment the ball left his foot until it hit the ground.)
Here, he outkicked the return man, sacrificing a little hang time in the process.
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