To Punt or Not to Punt? The Debate Continues
A reader named David Stokes writes to say:
Last night’s Raiders – Chargers game gave one team a unique opportunity to implement the no-punt strategy.
With the Raiders’ long-snapper hurt, the Raiders coach had a much less risk-averse reason to try always going for it on fourth down. Especially after the first punt was blown and the punter tackled with the ball, who could blame the coach for going for it on fourth every time?
Alas, he proceeded to attempt more punts, and three in a row were blocked or otherwise blown.
FWIW, I think someone should make a documentary about long snappers. I am not kidding.