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Some special teams things to consider

Post by News Tribune Staff on Aug. 13, 2008 at 3:28 pm with 10 Comments »
August 13, 2008 3:28 pm

This afternoon’s practice was a special teams affair, which afforded the opportunity to speak with special teams coach Bruce DeHaven.

DeHaven said he is going to spend this week once again on finding guys who can play — and want to play — special teams, then in the third and fourth weeks he starts playing the guys he think will make the 53- and 45-man rosters a little longer. Having said that, you may perhaps see Devin Hester rip off a few big runs this Saturday.

Interestingly, DeHaven said he thought Ryan Plackemeier is kicking better now than he did all of last year. He said with punters, it takes until about the third year for them to settle down and settle in. He said there were a number of reasons that Plack’s averages were down last year: new system under DeHaven, three different snappers and an increased focus on getting the ball inside the 20. He said the snappers affect the punters more than the kickers — don’t tell Josh Brown that — because if the snap is not on, the punter has to move his feet, then reset them. The kicker mostly gets the ball placed down at the same spot all the time.

DeHaven did say that Reggie Hodges has punted well enough to make this an actual competition for a job. Mike Holmgren said the same thing on Monday. Don’t know if that is the incent Plack to do better or for real, but Hodges certainly continues to look good. My guess is Hodges gets the punting duty again this week because Plack still is not healthy enough to go a full game and the coaches probably don’t want to risk him getting hit and hurt.

DeHaven also said he will switch the duties of Mare and Coutu this week, with Mare kicking off and Coutu doing field goals. DeHaven said they certainly take into account that Coutu was able to kick off in a dome. He said he thinks Coutu never will be in the top third of kickoff guys, but he would not be bottom third either. This is just my opinion, if I am Mike Holmgren going into my final season, I am going with Mare.

Josh Wilson was on out the field after his morning injury, but he did not take part in the special teams drills. Still no word on the Locklear injury.

The returners once again were working on catching punts with two balls under their armpits. Brian Russell dropped one of the punts, but then caught one one-handed at the end of practice.

By the way, newly acquired snapper Tim Lindsey was on his honeymoon when the Seahawks called. The guy bailed on his wife in Florida to fly up here. Now that, my friends, is dedication. Of course, the wife just got an annulment (kidding).

Notes from practice
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  1. Frank sez: Having said that, you may perhaps see Devin Hester rip off a few big runs this Saturday.

    Boy, if I’m Chicago, I’d tell Hester the game was in Seattle or something, and wouldn’t let him anywhere near the field. Mr. Hester doesn’t have a thing to prove, and the Bears need him healthy.

  2. I would be surprised as well to see Hester out there returning kicks…especially considering they are trying to work him in as a WR. The Bears only have a handful of talented players and Hester is the biggest.

  3. If the bears are stupid enough to play Hester, I’d like to see David Hawthorne “introduce” himself.

  4. I think a few NFL paychecks is a nice wedding present for the newlyweds even if he doesn’t make the team. ;-)

  5. Ray sez: Boy, if I’m Chicago, I’d tell Hester the game was in Seattle or something

    Uh, it is in Seattle.

    I would definitely go with Mare if he can do kickoffs as well. IMO you don’t want a new guy in your last season, or really at all in the regular season. Mare is somewhat seasoned…

  6. skystyler says:

    …and somewhat unemployed at the end of last season, which is why he was available when we lost Brown. Do you settle for mediocrity, or go with the unknown commodity you used a draft pick on? I guess you go with whoever looks the best, and give the rookie the tiebreaker. Too close to call atm, but I’m pulling for the rook.

  7. bigmike04 says:

    Boy cant wait for sat game got 4 free tickets and just bought a matt hasselback jesery that i will be wearing sat.

  8. Birdfeeder says:

    Reading this blog is like gobbling down ulcer causing donuts. Every day new juicy info is put out but a new injury is revealed to us (and the rest of the NFL) which helps us understand the team better, but causes us great distress.

    Why must they keep hurting backs & knees?! Especially our long snapper!! WHY!


  9. humiliator says:

    NFL players don’t start getting paycheck til season starts. They get paid very little during offseason and training camp. Their paychecks are: salary divided by 17 weeks.
    Only problem if he makes the team, that means we just wasted a draft pick on special teamer.

  10. ..but fans get to pay FULL PRICE for preseason games! What a great league!

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