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The Falcon's offense has punted a total of 39 times this year, all by the foot of Michael Koenen. 19 of these punts have been downed inside the 20. This gives our defense better field position, and creates more opportunities to attack the offense - this was a big part of the victory over the Saints. While Koenen may not be leading the league in average punt distance, he is the league leader in punts downed inside the 20 per attempts.

Granted, a punt is not the ideal outcome for an offensive drive. But this team is extremely consistent in this area of the game, keeping us in games that in years past might have gone out of hand.

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The Falcon's offense has punted a total of 39 times this year, all by the foot of Michael Koenen. 19 of these punts have been downed inside the 20. This gives our defense better field position, and creates more opportunities to attack the offense - this was a big part of the victory over the Saints. While Koenen may not be leading the league in average punt distance, he is the league leader in punts downed inside the 20 per attempts.

Granted, a punt is not the ideal outcome for an offensive drive. But this team is extremely consistent in this area of the game, keeping us in games that in years past might have gone out of hand.

I have been saying this for Koenen's whole career. He doesn't get talked about with the other top punters because he doesn't have an insanely great average but when it comes to downing the punt inside the 20 he is one of the best. It pisses me off Madden only rates him in the 70s. :angry:

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I have been saying this for Koenen's whole career. He doesn't get talked about with the other top punters because he doesn't have an insanely great average but when it comes to downing the punt inside the 20 he is one of the best. It pisses me off Madden only rates him in the 70s. :angry:

What punters get talked about? Serious question. Punters are not heralded players. If your punter is talked about, your team must have nothing else going for it. The 3 punters leading the league are on teams with a combined 5-25 record (Oak, STL, and KC). Seriously, you don't want your punter talked about. Keonen has been awesome, we all know it, and that's enough.

Punters with high averages have one thing in common, they are punting from their side of the field more often, which allows them to boom it as far as possible on every punt.

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Koenen is definitely a Top 5 punter and kick-off specialist, and he has been for a couple of seasons now.

He does not have the best Average or Net Average, but as stated above we are holding teams to 1.4 yards a return.

To put that in perspective, Koenen has punted 39 times ... 10 times the ball has been returned, for only 14 yards, which far and away is best in the NFL this season.

He has 19 punts inside the 20 which ranks #6 in the league. That's 49% of his punts that land inside the 20, which is #1 in the league.

He also has had 17 punts that were fair caught by the other team, which is #2 in the league. That's 43% of his punts which are fair caught by our opponents - another statistic in which he is #1 in the NFL.

Net Average is usually the statistic by which punters are judged, but I think Koenen's statistics show that he has a HUGE impact in our field position week in and week out, pinning our opponents inside the 20 and giving them NO chance to return the ball.

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The one thing I'm curious to know is the hangtime for the different punters. I'm not sure why it's not well-documented considering it's one of the most significant one's for kickers. That ultimately dictates the coverage. With us not allowing any yards on punt returns, I'd have to assume Keonen is tops in the league for this one.

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I've always loved Koenen. He did both duties at Western Washington and was godawful at FGs, so I knew what to expect when he tried it here. His punting and kickoffs have always been phenomenal. Anyone else remember in 05 when he kicked the 58 yarder as the first half ended against the Pats?

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Hey, everyone!

I wrote Pat Yasinkas over on ESPN.com an e-mail that included a lot of the information we've posted above before the game today.

He sent me this reply around 11:30 AM:

Hey, thanks very much for the note. Yes, you bring up a good point.

Koenen is an excellent punter and those guys often get overlooked. I

will try to give him some props in an item sometime this coming week.

Keep an eye on the blog for it.

Thanks for writing,

Pat Yasinskas

ESPN.com

So... keep an eye out on his blog for some Koenen love! :wub:

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I love Michael Koenen (not literally). He is a great punter, kick-off kicker. I wouldnt trade him for anybody for the job he does. He is under-appreciated, but every Falcon fan loves him to death.

Someone should take him out to dinner to Sizzler one night. If I still lived in Atlanta I would/

Phew. Thanks for clarifying. I had long suspected you of having a loving relationship with our punter.

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