If there's one thing all of us armchair jocks are guilty of, it's hollering advice at the pros on the field as if we really have any clue as to how they could do their jobs better than they do.
This is more or less why Sports Illustrated writer Peter King and Vikings punter Chris Kluwe found themselves in a Twitter fight today.[jump]
Kluwe linked approvingly to a Deadspin post by Nate Jackson, the former former Broncos tight end, who said it's not cool for the team and the coach to blame the kicker for a losing game's worth of crappy play.
Here's the real link (I blame my phone). Take note of the author. This may enlighten some people. http://tinyurl.com/25zwqb9
Jackson's post centered on a flubbed kick by Giants punter Matt Dodge. King caught wind of Kluwe's tweet and responded with the suggestion that Dodge had no one to blame but himself.
@SI_PeterKing Amazing how expert some people are at things they don't know how to do. Tell me, technically, what should he have done?
And away we go:
@ChrisWarcraft (Minn p Chris Kluwe): Punt the ball out of bounds. An NFL punter should be able to do that consistently.
@SI_PeterKing Be precise please, including details such as his drop, his body angle, and the inclination of the ball.
@ChrisWarcraft: It's not my job. It's yours. You and Dodge are professional punters.
See how it wraps up -- on a high note -- after the jump.
@SI_PeterKing Was it a bad punt? Yes. But kicking it successfully out of bounds is not as easy as some would like to pontificate on.
@SI_PeterKing Just as I thought. No idea on how to actually do it. Just a blanket statement of 'Aim the Madden arrow and hit the button'.
@SI_PeterKing Tell me, do you frequently call for pitchers to 'just throw strikes all the time', or qb's to 'just throw a touchdown'?
RT @ChrisWarcraft: Do you call for pitchers to 'just throw strikes all the time.' ... Don't make act of directional punting rocket science.
My last word on this: Coach has right to yell at player who errs. Dodge erred. Ridiculous to blame coach for what coaches have done for yrs.
@SI_PeterKing Seriously though, if you want me to show you exactly what goes into it, I'd be more than happy to :)
Just off phone w/@ChrisWarcraft. He'll write section of MMQB, with his feelings on directional punting, coach-reaming, etc. Should be great.