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« Reply #10 on: Dec 07, 2010 at 23:24 »

I was hoping that this guy would have a big leg and could handle kickoffs as well but that is probably not going to happen.  It would be nice to have somone who can actually reach the endzone on kickoffs.
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« Reply #11 on: Dec 07, 2010 at 23:40 »

I was hoping that this guy would have a big leg and could handle kickoffs as well but that is probably not going to happen.  It would be nice to have somone who can actually reach the endzone on kickoffs.

There chances are minimal you'll find a decent punter as an FA after the draft, let alone in mid-December.
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« Reply #12 on: Dec 08, 2010 at 09:18 »

If the football punter talent pool is shallow at this point, why not try to get a goalie from MLS or a better major soccer league? Those dudes kick the shit out of the round ball and have good enough hands to catch the long snap w/ little or no issues.

That said, unless I'm reading Finny's numbers incorrectly, there's barely a statistical drop-off in almost all categories when comparing the new guy against Sepulveda.
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« Reply #13 on: Dec 08, 2010 at 09:48 »

That said, unless I'm reading Finny's numbers incorrectly, there's barely a statistical drop-off in almost all categories when comparing the new guy against Sepulveda.

The biggest loss isn't shown in the statistics and that is the ability to tackle like a linebacker when the rest of the coverage breaks down and only the punter is left to make a play.
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« Reply #14 on: Dec 08, 2010 at 21:31 »

That said, unless I'm reading Finny's numbers incorrectly, there's barely a statistical drop-off in almost all categories when comparing the new guy against Sepulveda.

The biggest loss isn't shown in the statistics and that is the ability to tackle like a linebacker when the rest of the coverage breaks down and only the punter is left to make a play.

That's certainly something to consider and I don't doubt Sepulveda has that ability. However, it may just be escaping me, but I don't recall Sepulveda making this sort of (sacrificial tackling) impact this year.
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« Reply #15 on: Dec 08, 2010 at 22:09 »

That said, unless I'm reading Finny's numbers incorrectly, there's barely a statistical drop-off in almost all categories when comparing the new guy against Sepulveda.

The biggest loss isn't shown in the statistics and that is the ability to tackle like a linebacker when the rest of the coverage breaks down and only the punter is left to make a play.

That's certainly something to consider and I don't doubt Sepulveda has that ability. However, it may just be escaping me, but I don't recall Sepulveda making this sort of (sacrificial tackling) impact this year.

Which means it can't happen in the future.
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« Reply #16 on: Dec 09, 2010 at 08:17 »

That said, unless I'm reading Finny's numbers incorrectly, there's barely a statistical drop-off in almost all categories when comparing the new guy against Sepulveda.

The biggest loss isn't shown in the statistics and that is the ability to tackle like a linebacker when the rest of the coverage breaks down and only the punter is left to make a play.

That's certainly something to consider and I don't doubt Sepulveda has that ability. However, it may just be escaping me, but I don't recall Sepulveda making this sort of (sacrificial tackling) impact this year.

Which means it can't happen in the future.

I miss Jeff Reed's tackling...
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« Reply #17 on: Dec 09, 2010 at 09:07 »

That said, unless I'm reading Finny's numbers incorrectly, there's barely a statistical drop-off in almost all categories when comparing the new guy against Sepulveda.

The biggest loss isn't shown in the statistics and that is the ability to tackle like a linebacker when the rest of the coverage breaks down and only the punter is left to make a play.


That's certainly something to consider and I don't doubt Sepulveda has that ability. However, it may just be escaping me, but I don't recall Sepulveda making this sort of (sacrificial tackling) impact this year.

Which means it can't happen in the future.

I was being generous. I really don't recall this perceived aspect of Sepulveda's game ever really coming into play. We can speculate all we want to about the future, but if Sepulveda making this type of play isn't the norm or something that happens on even the most infrequent of basises (basi?), I for one don't see the new punter's potential inability to tackle (for all we know, he's textbook when it comes to that) as that big of an issue. If he's the last man between the returner and the end zone, and refuses to sacrifice his body like Reed so often did, then I'll be pissed and acknowledge this as a legitimate concern.
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« Reply #18 on: Dec 09, 2010 at 11:36 »

Kapinos went to Penn St. so there's a chance he knows how to tackle.  He's not quite as big Sepulveda but is listed at 6-1 230 so that sounds like he should be able to mix it up.

I saw with my own eyes Sepulveda make a saving tackle.  Granted, it was in preseason, but it happened.  Also, Sepulveda is top 10 in gross and net, and #1 overall in fair catches (#2 in fair catch percentage).  We will see a drop off in the punt game, so it's incumbent on the coverage unit to continue to play well with a lesser punter booting it. 
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« Reply #19 on: Dec 09, 2010 at 12:15 »

Danny's hang time >> Kappy's, I'm guessing.
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