Monday, October 20, 2008

Signs That Your Team Has Bigger Problems: Cutting the Punter

Posted By on Mon, Oct 20, 2008 at 9:33 PM

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Photo lifted from Deadspin

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So the Saints decided to cut punter (and team timekeeper) Steve Weatherford after yesterday's game (they had to have done it in the locker room to keep him from getting on the plane to London. That's harsh.) Which should be little consolation to Saints fans after yesterdays' 30–7 loss. The Saints' cited Weatherford's "poor outing", as if his net punt average was the reason the Saints defense couldn't cover Steve Smith or why Drew Brees had his worst outing of the season.

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So the team cut Weatherford and signed former Jets punter Ben Graham, while they're in freaking London. Does anyone else think that there is something else going on here? After all, how much better can you improve on a position when you have to scout people from across an ocean? Also, if how much can cutting a guy who averaged 42.1 yards per punt really benefit your team?

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I never heard of any ill will towards Weatherford in the locker room or from the coaches, so I'm not insinuating that he's done something bad and getting cut is his reprimand. Rather, I'm thinking that, after an utterly lifeless outing in what was supposed to be a crucial division game, the Saints brass maybe starting to grasp at straws.

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I've said it before and I've said it again: It's high time to start figuring out what the real problem is when you think cutting your kicker will improve the team.

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