Tim Masthay: Why the Packers Are In the Super Bowl for the First Time Since 1997

February 4, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Like any Green Bay fan could tell you, watching the Packers' special teams over the past few years has been an excruciating task.  From horrible kickoff coverage to missed field goals, it’s been common for the fans to look to the current specials teams coach and to call for his head—a position where the Packers had consistently experienced a great lack of production since 2008 is punter. 
Punters had come and gone, but nobody had been able to get the job done to the coach’s satisfaction.  Why couldn’t the Packers find any consistency in their punting game?
It started on September 1, 2008, a day which many fans still question the decision making of Packers GM Ted Thompson.  It was on that date that the Packers released their punter, Jon Ryan.  Ryan was coming off a great season in 2007 when he posted the highest net yards average in Packer’s history since 1969.  His gross yards average of 44.4 was fourth best in team ...

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