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I started a thread during the preseason about Bosher's inability to kick it out of the end zone. I was wondering if he simply couldn't, or if he was told to do it on purpsose so that we could evaluate our special teams. Well, after watching the Bears game, I'm afraid the answer is he can't, and we'll be in for a long season on kickoffs...

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I can't stand the new kickoff rule. They should just start teams on the 20 yard line. I agree though, we need to be able to eliminate the other teams kick returner like everyone is doing with us.

I can't stand the new kickoff rule. They should just start teams on the 20 yard line. I agree though, we need to be able to eliminate the other teams kick returner like everyone is doing with us.

or trick them into thinking that its an awesome idea to come out of the endzone like weems just to be tackled at the 12..

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You guys recognize that the Bears started from the 23, 9 and 8 when they returned the kick? Penalties or not, that sounds a bit better than starting from the 20 all the time. We also tried to nail Hester to the corner rather than just booming one straight forward to the -8 where the best returner in the game can still make something happen. Bosher did just fine in what he was asked to do, and that includes the high punts from which Hester only returned the one he muffed.

May he ever boom the kick through the uprights? Maybe not. But he doesn't have to in order to be successful with the new kick rules.

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I think people are overating Koenen a bit too much - he was good on kickoff's but just an average punter. Definately not worth the kind of money Tampa paid. I don't think Bosher looked too bad yesterday, I remember one where he made the endzone and Hester brought it out and two got drilled deep into the corner. His punting was about on par with Koenen's play the last few years he was here.

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You guys recognize that the Bears started from the 23, 9 and 8 when they returned the kick? Penalties or not, that sounds a bit better than starting from the 20 all the time. We also tried to nail Hester to the corner rather than just booming one straight forward to the -8 where the best returner in the game can still make something happen. Bosher did just fine in what he was asked to do, and that includes the high punts from which Hester only returned the one he muffed.

May he ever boom the kick through the uprights? Maybe not. But he doesn't have to in order to be successful with the new kick rules.

Good post!

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We need to use Boshers weakness to our advantage. He consistantly kicks low kicks to about the 1 yd line which gives good returners a great opportunity. I would like to see if he can land it on the 10 yd line consistantly with higher kicks giving the coverage more time and less distance to run. Many returners may fair catch or allow the ball to go by in which case we could hopefully down the ball inside the 10.

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In 6 games (GB playoff, 4 preseason, 1 Regular Season) the truth about this team, coaching, Ryan/OL and the positioning/play/scheme of the CB are starting to show up. Teams have caught on to our style of play and they've started to turn up the heat. It's not gonna get better in terms of the defenses we face. They'll load up to stop Turner, wait for a mistake, get the lead and so on. So, the coaches need to think of something quick, on both sides of the ball. The good thing about that game and the Philly game...while they are NFC, they are not divisional AND everyone in our division lost.

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Not to mention Weems KILLED us with poor decisions on KO returns as well as punt returns .. Like 4 times he put us inside the 15.

Yea Weems was terrible. I held my breath more times on him than on 3rd and longs. I know somebody told him the Bears play strong field position football. Even Hester was fair catching the shanks.

But here is an ESPN Insider scouting report of Bosher from the Draft:

2006: Redshirted. 2007: 58 punts, 40.2-yard avg., nine punts inside the opponent's 20-yard line; 9 kickoffs, 58.0 avg., no touchbacks. 2008: 18 of 20 FGA, long of 52 yards; 40 of 40 PAT; 66 punts, 40.3 avg., 19 punts inside the 20. 2009: 14 of 16 FGA, long of 51 yards. 50 of 50 PAT; 51 punts, 42.5 avg., 23 punts inside the 20; 45 kickoffs, 57.4 avg., 6 touchbacks. 2010: 13 of 17 FGA, long of 51 yards; 37 of 40 PAT; 59 punts, 44.0 avg., 19 punts inside the 20 yard; averaged 63.5 yards per kickoff, 15 touchbacks.

63 yards gets the ball to the 2 if we are kicking off from the 35.

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