If you don’t appreciate the value of solid special teams play, then are you really a true football fan? I’ll tell you who does love special teams: Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Peterson. How many times has kicker Jake Elliot made a crucial kick to give his Super Bowl-winning team the edge in 2017? Rhetorical question. And as for the punting game, it’s just as important. Take this rocket-launched kick that not only flipped the field, but turned it on its head.
That right there was an 81-yard punt off of the foot of Cameron Johnston with expert commentary from former Colts punter Pat McAfee.
Unfortunately, the flags on the field negated the play, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that he booted that ball as if it was shot out of a cannon.
That kind of play may not have put points on the board, but it cannot go underappreciated.