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Ryan Plackemeier’s season

Post by News Tribune Staff on Nov. 29, 2007 at 1:18 pm with 12 Comments »
November 29, 2007 1:18 pm

I spoke with special teams coach Bruce DeHaven yesterday about punter Ryan Plackemeier. DeHaven said even though his numbers are down, 2.2 yards per punt, he said he thinks Plack is having a good year, and that his numbers are skewed immediately because two punts earlier in the year were tipped, which were not his fault. Also, he is among the league leaders in putting the ball inside the 20, which skews the numbers even further. (From a coaching perspective, DeHaven said he doesn’t like to look at gross punting yards. He would rather have a guy punt 40 yards with a long hang time rather than 55 yards with no hang time because the net punting is probably going to be better because of coverage.) Interestingly, DeHaven said he thinks that young punters generally show marked improvement in the second half of their second seasons, which is where Plackemeier currently is. The first year, DeHaven said, rookies are just trying to figure out how to get the punts off without getting blocked. Midway through the second season is when they should start feeling comfortable. DeHaven said he didn’t feel like Plackemeier has had any booming games, but he thinks he has been pretty good overall.

This was Mike Holmgren on Plackemeier: “I hope he remembers his season. He got a concussion on Sunday. Tried to make a tackle, which is a dangerous thing. Got hit by his own guy. I don’t know what that means, exactly. Told Ryan, ‘Gee, start taking these guys out for dinner, or something. Your own guy gets you.’ He is a very talented guy. And I think, I think he’s grown up a lot this year. If you talk to him, and you have, he’s a very nice young guy. And sometimes that locker room can get rough _ wow. And the real, real nice guys sometimes don’t know what’s happening down there. He has grown up a lot. He has punted the ball real well. And he has done a great job holding, actually. If you’re really watching, sometimes it’s a great adventure when we kick a field goal. He gets the ball down. I’m very pleased with how he’s growing up. I guess that’s the best way to put it.”

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  1. When does Good old Boone cost them another game?

  2. Plackemeier has been doing a pretty dang good job of dropping the ball within the 20….even the 10. There’s been afew that have been completely BEAUTIFUL…..and he’s still young and going to get better. It’s great seeing the opposing team start with their backs against the wall thanks to Plack.

    Plus as Holmy mentioned….he’s been doing a fine job saving our long snapping game. Without some great athletic grabs by him, we would be seeing a lot of costly plays.

  3. PapaHawk says:

    So when Holmgren says”Plack has grown up a lot this year”. Is he referring to Plack losing his virginity? Plack was on the A.C. Green plan until marriage, which he took part in this summer. So I’m sure that’s one way he’s grown up. Pretty naive guy. I have a friend who played a round of golf with him. Said he’s an unassuming guy who is friendly and understated by nature. But can absolutely crush the golf ball. he hasn’t played that long either.

  4. Surf Hawk says:

    Plack is down to 2.2 yards per punt?

  5. JazBadAzz says:

    Plack is doing just fine but, WHAT IS WRONG WITH JOSH BROWN??!!!!


    It’s the long snapper, not Josh Brown.

  7. mibuttiznum says:

    Plack has made some hella saves after we signed stutz. As long as the ball doesn’t rifle through his legs, he’s money.
    I admire him because he’s a good holder and a rapidly improving punter.

  8. SupaFreak says:

    The timing for Brown has been off often because of crappy snaps by Butz, I mean Stutz, oops. So while Plack has made some heroic saves on snaps, it still means by the time he gets the ball down and set, Josh is having to suddenly slow up his approach to the ball to try and strike it right. That doesn’t work to well usually.

    He hasn’t been missing ones when the snap has been on. On his recent misses, the snaps have been screwy.

  9. What was so wrong with JP Darche? Getting rid of someone like that seemed just foolish then and doesn’t look much better now.

  10. Speaking of JP Darche, I read an interesting stat the other day; he leads the league in tackles by a long snapper (5.5).

  11. PapaHawk says:

    Letting Darche go was a mistake. All you Ruskell haters can enjoy that mistake. Stutz is a better tackler and coverage guy than Rackley though. Rackley didn’t look too athletic out there.

  12. hawks4372 says:

    There are eight good players on this team and Gus the mule is one of them.

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