It happens on all levels of football. The punter stands 5-7 yards back of the line of scrimmage and he kicks the football and then he gets credit for where the ball was snapped from and not where he kicked the ball from…
If the ball was snapped from the 40-yard line and when punted travels to the opposite 20-yard line(crossing mid-field in the process), going left-to-right and it rolls dead there, then the punter gets credit for a 40-yard punt….In reality he should get credit for 45-47 yard punt, based on where the ball left his foot and not from where the ball was snapped…..
When you stop and think about it for a second, this is crazy….I have never been a punter or even been a big fan of punters, but something doesn’t add up right here…..
The quarterback throws a pass one or two yards up the field and the receiver, or the back out of the backfield, catches the ball and they run/travel 50 yards for a touchdown and the QB gets credit for a 52-yard TD pass and he threw the balll for two yards and the receiver or back, carried it 50 yards for the score and the QB is getting just as much credit as the receiver, for completing a two-yard pass…..
I get the part about the TD pass play, being measured for distance from the line of scrimmage, just like the punts, but again, the QB is getting credit for a 52-yard pass-play and all he did was complete a two-yard pass…..If the QB throws a couple of those, then he has 104 yards passing, on two, two-yard passes….
Is there something skewed about this football math?????
The QB is getting much more credit than the punter, for doing the same amount of work(or maybe even a lot less work), on a single play…..
The field goal kicker is getting a better deal than the punter too…..The field goal kicker gets credit for where the ball is placed down for the FG attempt and not where the ball is snapped from…..
If the field goal attempt is going down from the 33-yard line, then the FG kicker will get credit for the placement from the 33-yard line and the extra ten yards for the end zone and he has himself a 43-yard field goal if he was kicking left-to-right….(Going right-to-left, he just booted a 77-yard field goal….
The point is that the FG kicker is getting credit for where the ball was placed down and not from where the ball was snapped, by the long-snapper, at the line of scrimmage…
The punters are getting a raw deal and they are being ripped off, if you ask me and nobody did, but I was thinking about this overall yardage equation, while studying quaterbacks’ passing numbers this morning…..
What do you think, are the punters getting ripped off?????
Are the field goal kickers and especially the quarterbacks, getting credit for more yardage than they deserve?
It looks like on the surface, that the punters and the receivers are doing most of the work and that that the QB’s and FG kickers are coming away with all the glory and they’re taking credit away from the punters and receivers……
A long look at the problem here, any thoughts?????
This could get detailed and complicated……