Re: is Gost not mentally tough enough?
posted at 12/17/2012 4:48 PM EST
In response to redsoxfan94's comment:
listening to felger and mazz on the radio for a few minutes......i dont usually take much of what they say seriously....but i think they are right on this one. they brought up the kickoff where lamichael james returned it for 63 yards.....he had been booming the kick out of the end zone on most of his kicks all night, but yet barely managed to get it to the goal line on the most important kick off of the night? so was that the gameplan or did he choke? its easy to say he isnt a clutch kicker because he misses so many kicks, but now im starting to wonder if he really just doesnt have it mentally to be a kicker.
Felger and Mazz are morons. Granted they can be funny morons at times but morons just the same.
First is the obvious. 49ers had 6 KO returns. If Gost was booting every single one out of the endzone then how did they have 6 KO returns? Pats did not KO to start the game just the 2nd half. Only scored 4 TD's I think and 2 field goals. What is that? 7 KO's? So ONLY 1 KO if I am not mistaking was not returned.
If I was accurate above(?), that kills their mindless drivel right there but I will go on...
Lets say Gost kicked most KO's 3-5 yards deep in the endzone most of the night but in the middle of the field. Lets say he kicked them deeper but on more of a line drive, out kicking his effective coverage. Middle of the field gives the returner more opportunity to work the entire field for his return. The speed at which the KO gets to him on a line drive potentially out kicking his effective coverage. Are those really good things?
Situational football and pros and cons... While kicking it out of the endzone might eliminate a possible big runback it ALSO eliminates any chance for a turn over as well as the possibility of forcing a kick returner into a corner with an angled very high(more time for better coverage) KO and trying to pin him deep in his own end. Essentially forcing a young inexperienced QB to start a possession deep inside his own redzone, late in a critical game.
Felger and Mazz nor anyone else including myself have any idea what Gost's marching orders were for a particular KO.
As far as wanting to question his dependability because of a few past misses in previous games? Sure if you want to but botom line is that the Pats don't even really have a reason to try an onside kick if he doesn't come in at a critical time under junk conditions and nail that FG just prior. I'd say he showed his mental toughness on that.
It's complete nonsense.