First, returning kicks is problematic as most successful ones result in penalties and with our offense we do not need a great return. Second, the chances on an injury on special teams with headhunters flying all around with an average return blocking team is an unnecessary risk. Third, we have plenty of studs who need playing time for kickoffs.
We've seen that good teams are able to largely take ETN out of the game, and KO returns are a spot where we can potentially get him the ball out in space and let him make a play. We do need to be more selective about what kicks we return though.
Re: Absolutely a Planned Move to Make Other Teams Now
Dec 3, 2019, 9:58 AM
I like him returning kicks but the only problem I saw with that is he ran it back to about the 40(good) but then took the first hand off and by the time we got inside their 30 yard line he looked a little gassed. Could cause lack of focus and a turnover if not careful on how they use him.
What are you saving him for? He has only 3 games left in his college career. This board is full of scaredy-cats. Etienne shouldn’t return kickoffs. Lawrence shouldn’t run with the ball. Our receivers shouldn’t run slant routes because they are going to hit. Why don’t we just put tutus on them and let them just play squat tag.
I asked the same question Saturday. He is a dangerous return guy no doubt, but you're also taking away from the amount of plays he will see at RB. While I believe Lyn J is an adequate backup and gonna be a really good RB, he's not ETN right now. Ngata and Kendrick would be the two guys I would put back there, but that's just me. ETN getting 15 or 20 carries in the backfield is more valuable to this club than returning kicks.