Tag:Robbie Gould
Posted on: April 22, 2011 12:39 pm
Edited on: April 22, 2011 12:41 pm

Hot Routes 4.22.11: Sand-bagging special

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • In case you missed the CBSSports.com draft chat with Andy Benoit, Will Brinson, Rob Rang and Mike Freeman (with a cameo appearance by yours truly), you’re in luck. Click the link for the archived version.
  • Read this story from Fox Sports’ Alex Marvez about the potential of players sand-bagging their baseline concussion tests. It’s scary, and I’m sure it will happen.
  • All Falcons WR Roddy White wanted was some of his jerseys framed. Now, he’s asking for an arrest warrant to be taken out on the person who, according to White, is demanding $10,000 for the jerseys to be returned. Apparently, the two originally had agreed on a $400 fee for each jersey to be framed.
  • Former Ravens coach Brian Billick on why it’s so hard to get that first-round quarterback pick right. Money line: “I am living proof that if you miss on a first-round quarterback, as I did with Kyle Boller, you end up broadcasting games and writing about the NFL instead of coaching.”
  • Boomer Esiason sympathizes with any future Bengals QB. Said Esiason: "I have to completely sympathize with Blaine Gabbert if he does get drafted by the Bengals. I do believe he would make a great fit there, but as Cris (Collinsworth) and I both know, he is going to have to be a better player than advertised in order to be successful there because of the lack of support."
  • Lynn Chandis, who starred on Steelers teams in the 1950s and is second only to Gayle Sayers for career kickoff return average, died at the age of 86.
  • Positive news story of the day! Falcons owner Arthur Blank has donated $3 million to the Child Protection Center at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Nice gift.

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Posted on: August 22, 2010 1:12 pm

Bears miss their long snapper

D. Clark is shown here doing what he does best. Not long snapping (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

If you were watching the Bears-Raiders game Saturday night, you might have noticed how bad Chicago’s long snapper performed. Well, there’s a reason for that. The long snapper isn’t a long snapper by trade.

Instead it was TE Desmond Clark snapping the ball on punts and field goals, filling in for the injured Patrick Mannelly, who suffered a neck stinger last week against San Diego. His first two snaps were bad – an extra point and a punt – and then he bounced another one to holder Brad Maynard on a 38-yard field goal attempt. In the end, kicker Robbie Gould had to field the ball and throw it toward the sidelines, which earned him an intentional grounding penalty.

After that snap, Clark shook his head like he couldn’t believe how bad he was snapping. Well, if he’s not a long-snapper, you have to cut the guy some slack.

Of course, this leads to a question posed by the Chicago Tribune’s Brad Biggs: since Mannelly didn’t practice all week and the Bears knew he wouldn’t play, why wouldn’t they sign a free agent long snapper to take his place? Why throw the veteran tight end into the mix? Why put your holder, kicker and/or punter in jeopardy of having to field a punt against a rush?

Biggs investigates:

The alternative would have been for the Bears to release the 80th player on the roster and sign a long snapper this week for the game so they could be prepared for the game. It would have given special teams coordinator Dave Toub an opportunity to evaluate a street free agent in the event an emergency arises.

"That's not for me to decide," Maynard said. "We were comfortable with Dez and obviously they made the decision to go with him. I would be comfortable going with him next week. I think it's a learning experience for him."

The upside, of course, is that if Mannelly is injured in a regular-season game and cannot continue, Clark now has live game experience, even if it's preseason action.

"For me tonight, in the first couple snaps I just had to trust my technique and not try to be perfect," Clark said. "I was just trying to do everything absolutely perfect instead of just doing what I have been doing for the last six years.

"If I had to go in there again, I would put money on myself that the job would get done."

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