In an effort to decide which team will win the NFC South in 2013, I’ve decided to rank the four players in the division at each of the 11 positions on offense, 11 on defense, punter, place kicker, and one specialist. Each team will have one representative at each position and will be given points based on where their player lands in relation to the others who play the same position in the division. The best player in the division will receive four points while the worst will receive just one. We will then tally the points up, and come up with the a ranking of the four teams in the NFC South.
Today we have the guy you don’t ever want to see on the field for your team, the punters.
#1 – Thomas Morstead – New Orleans Saints – 4 points
It’s always hard to separate players like punters because the stats don’t always tell the whole story. But Morstead had more than 50 yards per punt a year ago. That actually makes him a legitimate weapon when the Saints decide to punt it away. It also means you can almost guarantee a touchback on kickoffs if Sean Peyton decided that’s what he wants.
Tie #2 – Michael Koenen – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 2.5 points
Koenen’s strength is getting the ball way up in the air and giving his gunners a chance to cover the punt. His average punt distance isn’t terribly impressive, but he’s really good at putting the ball down inside the 20. Koenen got paid, and I mean paid, by the Buccaneers. So far I think he’s deserved it. He can also kick long field goals, and with Lawrence Tynes’ as the new Buccaneers kicker, he might be called upon.
Tie #2 – Matt Bosher – Atlanta Falcons – 2.5 points
Bosher is a lot like Koenen. Not overwhelming numbers in any category, but you can feel safe putting him out there that he’ll get the punt off, it’ll have some hang time, and it’s not likely to come back for a TD.
#4 – Brad Nortman – Carolina Panthers – 1 point
Not good. Only 43 yards per punt. He shanked a few too. Nortman must get better if he wants to have a job this time next year.
The rankings are now complete. Be sure to check out the NFC South Position Rankings roundup to see point totals and observations based on the rankings.