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  1. CCBoy

    CCBoy Well-Known Member

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    Diminishing Returns
    KO Return In Need Of Improvement
    Nick Eatman
    DallasCowboys.com Staff Writer


    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/news.cfm?id=E99691FE-BD0C-1293-599B9ABDA70EDF96




    IRVING, Texas - The new rules regarding the kickoff and return game will certainly have an effect on teams and their week-to-week strategies.

    Of course, the Cowboys have had a luxury in kickoff specialist David Buehler, who has recorded 50 touchbacks in his two seasons. Now with the kickoff being moved up to the 35, it likely decrease some of his value with more kickers being able to get the ball into the end zone.

    But while the Cowboys have had a strength that might be equalized, it's possible that a weakness could improve on the flip side.

    The Cowboys have not fared so well on kickoff returns in the last two years, including a 2010 rank of 23rd in the NFL in kickoff return average. The team averaged 21.7 yards a return last year, slightly under the league average of 22.3 yards a runback. In fact, in the last 10 years, the Cowboys have had only three seasons in which they averaged more than 22.3. Overall, the club has averaged 22.1 yards a return since 2001....
  2. CCBoy

    CCBoy Well-Known Member

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    My first comment here, would be this could ease concerns in drafting as heavily with regards to kick-offs and player developments there.

    Punts rarely yield for Dallas, and now, kickoffs and field positioning won't be nearly a negative. Buehler earns his pay, here...
  3. burmafrd

    burmafrd Well-Known Member

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    Kickoff returns will have less value now. Punt returns will be doubly as important. We have Dez, so that is good. Overall a plus for us.
  4. CCBoy

    CCBoy Well-Known Member

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    Question, burma, et al, I don't have a solid and stat reinforced picture of punting trends in our own NFC East. Someone care to open this can-of-worms in tendencies?

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