It doesn't pay to punt

Week 3 was chock full of preposterous punts, and TMQ dares some coach to stop punting almost completely.

Originally Published: September 26, 2006
By Gregg Easterbrook | Special to Page 2

Once again this weekend the NFL landscape was littered with Preposterous Punts. Trailing 24-3, San Francisco punted on fourth-and-1 on the Philadelphia 40. Even the great Bill Belichick ordered a punt from the Broncos' 35. As this column repeats ad infinitum (Latin for "by using AutoText"), NFL coaches punt in opposition territory, or on short yardage, in order to avoid blame -- if a team goes for it and fails the coach is blamed, whereas if a coach does the safe thing and kicks and then loses, ...

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