Recently, Minnesota punter, Chris Kluwe — I’d never heard of him either — decided to take several NFL players to task over the labor strife nonsense. Kluwe’s quotes aren’t worth mentioning, mostly because he’s a punter. But, what is worth mentioning is former NFL tight end Nate Jackson’s response to Kluwe. Yesterday on Deadspin, Jackson authored a pretty classic response in which he made his feelings about Kluwe’s statements very clear and put punters in general in their respective replaces.
I am big fan of Mat McBriar. The Australian is great at his job, and, perhaps more importantly, he keeps his mouth shut. However, if he ever started calling out other players like Kluwe did, I imagine that I wouldn’t really like McBriar anymore. There is nothing worse than a mouthy punter — not even a mouthy place kicker.
Just to be honest, I wouldn’t mind if they got rid of punting all together. They could just throw the ball downfield. Is that completely ridiculous? Probably, but I’m not sure it’s any more ridiculous than having a player that is completely incapable of doing anything besides kicking the ball in the air. In other words, my disdain for punters is pretty high. Although, I don’t think I dislike them as much as Jackson.