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    Re: Special Teams get Special Attention

    What kinds of special is it...Is it short bus special or gifted special?

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    Re: Special Teams get Special Attention

    Is Longwell still going to be kicking off this year? I know they brought someone else for kickoffs, but with Kluwe punting so well, they may not keep him. I've been reading also where Longwell has been getting more distance on his KO this year with some special training.
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    Re: Special Teams get Special Attention

    "COJOMAY" wrote:
    Is Longwell still going to be kicking off this year? I know they brought someone else for kickoffs, but with Kluwe punting so well, they may not keep him. I've been reading also where Longwell has been getting more distance on his KO this year with some special training.
    there are 3 kickers on roster atm

    Alex Reyes
    Chris Klewe
    Ryan Longwell

    one quote from a training camp article is
    Longwell needs no competition
    and then at first rookie Reyes was meant to come in and challenge Klewe since he had a rought year last year, imo because of his injury in 2005.
    But from what i've seen at camp, he's back to 2005 strenght.
    Expect longwell to continue with kickoffs


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    Re: Special Teams get Special Attention

    "jargomcfargo" wrote:
    "COJOMAY" wrote:
    "Billy" wrote:
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    I'm not happy with this. The article says: "The Vikings surrendered an average of 23.2 yards per kick return last season, ranking 24th out of the 32 NFL teams. The league average was 22.5 yards."
    That is less than one yard per return.
    We have the top rushing defense in the league and our passing defense looks like it's going to be much improved this year. Why risk injuring one of those secondary defensive starters whome we need far more in pass defense than saving a yard or two on KO. And the idea of putting Edwards, the best pass rusher we have in their is absolutely dumb IMO.
    We take the players from areas where we need the most improvement and put them on special teams to save a yard doesn't make any sense in my mind. What if they get injured?
    Who says it would only be a yard?
    The difference from the Vikes (an O.K. return team) to the leading team was 4.2 yards and of course theres always TD potential which if the scores are like last year could be a gamebreaker.

    Yet I still find myself agreeing with you.
    Since AD is gonna get 5 yards a rush this season is another couple yards on a return worth the injury risk?
    I was looking at team averages.
    You see this:

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    The Vikings surrendered an average of 23.2 yards per kick return last season, ranking 24th out of the 32 NFL teams. The league average was 22.5 yards

    You need to add that to this:

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    Longwell's 59.1-yard average last season ranked last in the league.

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    The kickoff unit, meanwhile, left the field with opponents starting at the 30.7-yard line. Only Oakland (32.6-yard line) gave foes better starting position

    And you get the whole picture.

    Noodle leg= short kickoffs combined with poor coverage= opponents with second best starting position after kickoff in the league.

    The punt coverage was also weak.

    It needs improvement and I don't care how they do it. But the problem is only half solved if Longwell can only get 4.8% touchbacks in a season. Hope Tiger gave him some magic pills or something.


    Good post

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