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How refreshing was it to see some great special teams play? And when I say great special teams play I mean game changing. We had the onside kick (love ANDY on ST). Quite a few beautiful punts including the one where the ball was knocked out that we unfortunately did not recover. I think the only part of our special team play that looked average/below average was Griff returning kicks. I love Griff very solid hands but he does not have the acceleration/speed for punt returns IMO.

 

Overall though, a very very solid game for special teams. We win that part of the game as we did last night it's going to help make us very dangerous.

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How refreshing was it to see some great special teams play? And when I say great special teams play I mean game changing. We had the onside kick (love ANDY on ST). Quite a few beautiful punts including the one where the ball was knocked out that we unfortunately did not recover. I think the only part of our special team play that looked average/below average was Griff returning kicks. I love Griff very solid hands but he does not have the acceleration/speed for punt returns IMO.

 

Overall though, a very very solid game for special teams. We win that part of the game as we did last night it's going to help make us very dangerous.

 

I agree on all counts.

 

I would also like to add that it was Purifoy who made a great stick to cause a fumble. 

 

Although we can all second guess decisions after the fact, I was scratching my head as to why we did not put TY in to return the 4th quarter punts. The way Colquitt out-kicked his coverage a few times, TY would have had a lot of room to run. Like I said, we can second guess everything, but that was one of my few disagreements during the game.

 

In my opinion anytime a team is punting from inside their own 20, TY needs to be the return man. If they are kicking from close to midfield then have Whalen go in and make a sure handed grab at it. We used to do the same thing with Mike Prior and Clarence Verdin back in the day.

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The Colts use Whalen on punt returns because he is sure-handed, but he's no threat to break open a big run.  If the team doesn't want to risk injury to Hilton on special teams, they should give Purifoy the opportunity.  He's a very fast gunner covering kicks, so he clearly has the speed and quickness to be a dangerous returner.

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