Should kick returners bring the ball out of the end zone?
At DallasCowboys.com, I examined whether or not NFL kick returners should bring the ball out of the end zone, especially from deep. The numbers might surprise you.
Ultimately, the 2012 kickoff return results are a great example of how stats can be useful. Our memories seem impeccable to us, but the truth is that they’re often flawed. We remember Jones fumbling the opening kickoff in Seattle and the instances that he has failed to reach the 20-yard line, but we forget plays like Dunbar’s 44-yard return against the Giants on Sunday because, well, that’s what he’s “supposed to do.”
The truth is that, outside of deep directional kicks near the back corner of the end zone, returners can probably help their teams by not taking a knee. And maybe instead of exclaiming “What is he doing?” when the Cowboys bring the ball out from deep in the end zone, I’ll instead be wondering, “How could he take a knee!?”