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alnorth
08-27-2005, 08:39 PM
Dustin Colquitt kicks ass. Its still debatable whether you should take any punter in the draft as high as we took him, but he's certainly acting like the best punter in the draft.

Alphaman
08-27-2005, 08:47 PM
2 and a half games and I can't remember one of his punts that have been returned. All of them have been fair catches or touchbacks.

alnorth
08-27-2005, 09:41 PM
53 fricken yard punt, fair catch.

Damn... the man can really launch the ball.

Skip Towne
08-27-2005, 09:45 PM
It looks like he kicks them straight up.

alnorth
08-27-2005, 09:50 PM
If he could learn the fine directional kicking into the coffin corner, he'd be a complete package. We may as well not bother with a return man when Colquitt takes the field, just let the opponent try to block the kick, and if he gets it off, just spot the opponent wherever the ball bounces.

ArrowheadHawk
08-27-2005, 09:51 PM
colquit rocks

Saul Good
08-27-2005, 09:59 PM
Dustin Colquitt kicks ass. Its still debatable whether you should take any punter in the draft as high as we took him, but he's certainly acting like the best punter in the draft.

I love the pick. I don't think that a 3-4 round pick is too early to use to fill such a glaring need. Teams generally punt about 4 times per game. Last year the Chiefs averaged only 34 net yards per punt. If we average 39 yards this year, that's 20 yards per game or 320 per season. If a WR or RB improves by 20 yards per game over the previous year, it's a tremendous advantage.

It's also very possible that we may get a couple of turnovers via muffed punts, too.

jcroft
08-27-2005, 10:04 PM
I also love the pick. They get a guy with the third rounder that will impact EVERY SINGLE GAME the Chiefs play this year...and possibly for the next ten years.

When is the last time you've been able to say that about a Chiefs third round pick?

Hog Rider
08-27-2005, 10:08 PM
Dustin Colquitt kicks ass. Its still debatable whether you should take any punter in the draft as high as we took him, but he's certainly acting like the best punter in the draft.

For a moment there, I thought you were gonna say "Nice Pants!"

unlurking
08-27-2005, 11:05 PM
If he could learn the fine directional kicking into the coffin corner, he'd be a complete package. We may as well not bother with a return man when Colquitt takes the field, just let the opponent try to block the kick, and if he gets it off, just spot the opponent wherever the ball bounces.
One of the things they said when rating him was that he was supposed to be excellent at directional kicks. Maybe they are hoping for mishandled catches instead, that would drop in the middle, giving us a better chance to recover? I haven't been able to see any games yet, so I can't tell whether he's trying or not.

beer bacon
08-27-2005, 11:07 PM
One of the things they said when rating him was that he was supposed to be excellent at directional kicks. Maybe they are hoping for mishandled catches instead, that would drop in the middle, giving us a better chance to recover? I haven't been able to see any games yet, so I can't tell whether he's trying or not.

In college the three things he was known for, other then his left-footed delivery, were clutch punts, hang time, and directional punts. He had good distance, but there were other punters that could kick as long or longer then him. The aforementioned three things were what set him apart.

T-post Tom
08-27-2005, 11:09 PM
I also love the pick. They get a guy with the third rounder that will impact EVERY SINGLE GAME the Chiefs play this year...and possibly for the next ten years.

When is the last time you've been able to say that about a Chiefs third round pick?

Wasn't he a supplemental pick and the last player in the 3rd round? A bit of a difference between that and a high third pick. Some might even call him a high 4th rounder. Smart pick, if you ask me.

Saul Good
08-27-2005, 11:10 PM
He was a sandwich pick. It was somewhere around the 35th pick in the round.

Pitt Gorilla
08-27-2005, 11:16 PM
He is outstanding. Period.

wutamess
08-27-2005, 11:30 PM
Seeing him on T.V. does not do him any justice.
At his game tonight you could hear the crowd wowing on every one of his punts. Those punts looked like they went higher than the stadium.

I was thorooughly impressed.

alnorth
08-27-2005, 11:31 PM
One of the things they said when rating him was that he was supposed to be excellent at directional kicks. Maybe they are hoping for mishandled catches instead, that would drop in the middle, giving us a better chance to recover? I haven't been able to see any games yet, so I can't tell whether he's trying or not.

He might have not had much of a chance (or has been allowed to try) to kick a directional punt yet. I'm not amazed that he can punt the ball 50+ yards, lots of guys do that. What Colquitt does is this:

Colquitt catches the ball, and boots the freakin thing up into the sub-Troposphere. The punt returner stares up, keeps craning his head, sighs, turns around, and casually walks backward about 40 yards. Pauses, considers for a moment, looks up again, sticks his finger in the air, and walks back another 10 yards. Taps his shoes, looks at his watch, and begins brewing a cup of coffee. The cover men stroll up and strike up a conversation about the controls for the new Madden game and how they arent being accurately portrayed on the PS2. One cover guy taps the returner on the shoulder, and points up. The returner gives an appreciative nod, waves a bored referee over, and says "hey ref, " *glances around at the entire kicking team standing around him in a circle, then back at the ref* "if that ball ever comes back down, I'm fair catching it, ok?" After two TV time outs, the ball comes down into his waiting arms, and the special teams leaves the field.

Color Red
08-27-2005, 11:40 PM
Teams don't like to draft punters high --or at all, because few turn out to be worth it. But what's it worth in terms of total game yardage if with a punt you stop a receiving team in it's tracks without making a tackle? A team that has a Dante Hall returning punts certainly should appreciate that.

milkman
08-27-2005, 11:43 PM
He might have not had much of a chance (or has been allowed to try) to kick a directional punt yet. I'm not amazed that he can punt the ball 50+ yards, lots of guys do that. What Colquitt does is this:

Colquitt catches the ball, and boots the freakin thing up into the sub-Troposphere. The punt returner stares up, keeps craning his head, sighs, turns around, and casually walks backward about 40 yards. Pauses, considers for a moment, looks up again, sticks his finger in the air, and walks back another 10 yards. Taps his shoes, looks at his watch, and begins brewing a cup of coffee. The cover men stroll up and strike up a conversation about the controls for the new Madden game and how they arent being accurately portrayed on the PS2. One cover guy taps the returner on the shoulder, and points up. The returner gives an appreciative nod, waves a bored referee over, and says "hey ref, " *glances around at the entire kicking team standing around him in a circle, then back at the ref* "if that ball ever comes back down, I'm fair catching it, ok?" After two TV time outs, the ball comes down into his waiting arms, and the special teams leaves the field.

OK.
I think you might be exagerating juuuust a tad. ROFL

jynni
08-27-2005, 11:44 PM
Colquitt catches the ball, and boots the freakin thing up into the sub-Troposphere. The punt returner stares up, keeps craning his head, sighs, turns around, and casually walks backward about 40 yards. Pauses, considers for a moment, looks up again, sticks his finger in the air, and walks back another 10 yards. Taps his shoes, looks at his watch, and begins brewing a cup of coffee. The cover men stroll up and strike up a conversation about the controls for the new Madden game and how they arent being accurately portrayed on the PS2. One cover guy taps the returner on the shoulder, and points up. The returner gives an appreciative nod, waves a bored referee over, and says "hey ref, " *glances around at the entire kicking team standing around him in a circle, then back at the ref* "if that ball ever comes back down, I'm fair catching it, ok?" After two TV time outs, the ball comes down into his waiting arms, and the special teams leaves the field.
ROFL ROFL ROFL

alanm
08-27-2005, 11:46 PM
I also love the pick. They get a guy with the third rounder that will impact EVERY SINGLE GAME the Chiefs play this year...and possibly for the next ten years.

When is the last time you've been able to say that about a Chiefs third round pick?
Probably Will Shields.

Gaz
08-28-2005, 08:33 AM
Great pick at a position of dire need.

xoxo~
Gaz
Liked the pick at the time, too.

StcChief
08-28-2005, 08:54 AM
I guess you learn that every few years you have to do that. Considering all the other busts or don't pan out drafted player Chiefs have had.
He looks like he'll be here a long time.

Coach
08-28-2005, 08:56 AM
Colquitt catches the ball, and boots the freakin thing up into the sub-Troposphere. The punt returner stares up, keeps craning his head, sighs, turns around, and casually walks backward about 40 yards. Pauses, considers for a moment, looks up again, sticks his finger in the air, and walks back another 10 yards. Taps his shoes, looks at his watch, and begins brewing a cup of coffee. The cover men stroll up and strike up a conversation about the controls for the new Madden game and how they arent being accurately portrayed on the PS2. One cover guy taps the returner on the shoulder, and points up. The returner gives an appreciative nod, waves a bored referee over, and says "hey ref, " *glances around at the entire kicking team standing around him in a circle, then back at the ref* "if that ball ever comes back down, I'm fair catching it, ok?" After two TV time outs, the ball comes down into his waiting arms, and the special teams leaves the field.

ROFL

Da rep.

DanT
08-28-2005, 09:02 AM
He might have not had much of a chance (or has been allowed to try) to kick a directional punt yet. I'm not amazed that he can punt the ball 50+ yards, lots of guys do that. What Colquitt does is this:

Colquitt catches the ball, and boots the freakin thing up into the sub-Troposphere. The punt returner stares up, keeps craning his head, sighs, turns around, and casually walks backward about 40 yards. Pauses, considers for a moment, looks up again, sticks his finger in the air, and walks back another 10 yards. Taps his shoes, looks at his watch, and begins brewing a cup of coffee. The cover men stroll up and strike up a conversation about the controls for the new Madden game and how they arent being accurately portrayed on the PS2. One cover guy taps the returner on the shoulder, and points up. The returner gives an appreciative nod, waves a bored referee over, and says "hey ref, " *glances around at the entire kicking team standing around him in a circle, then back at the ref* "if that ball ever comes back down, I'm fair catching it, ok?" After two TV time outs, the ball comes down into his waiting arms, and the special teams leaves the field.

ROFL Classic!

If we can get a 20-yard improvement per game from our punting this year, that could work out to somewhere around an extra point per game, on average:

http://www.dynamist.com/articles-speeches/nyt/football.html


Using data from about 700 regular-season N.F.L. games, Professor Romer estimated the value in expected future points of getting a first down at each yard line on the field. To keep the analysis relatively simple, he looked just at the first quarter.

By these calculations, the value of a first-and-10 on a team's own 1-yard line, a terrible position 99 yards from a touchdown, is minus 1.6 points. Moving up the field, the value rapidly increases, hitting zero at the 15-yard line. From there on, each gain of 18 yards is worth about a point in the final score.

The bottom line: Teams tend to overestimate the value of field position, compared with keeping the ball, on their end of the field and underestimate it, compared with the value of a field goal, on the other team's end. When those estimates are corrected, the risks of going for it look a lot lower.

Ari Chi3fs
08-28-2005, 09:22 AM
What I really dig about this guy, is the fact the ball is launched so high that our special team gunners are down by the Kick returner... WAITING right beside the kick returner when he catches the balll.

when someone flubs a punt, and believe it will happen with regularity... our boys will be right there to pick it up. And those times will be joyous.

This could end up as Carls best draft EVER!