What’s Going on with Sam Koch in 2013?

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What in the world is going on with veteran punter Sam Koch this season?

Koch, the Ravens sixth-round draft pick in 2006, is certainly having a down year and the Cleveland game was just another example of “when it rains it pours” for a team that is struggling mightily.

Koch’s costly 25-yard shank in the fourth quarter allowed the Browns to start with decent field position – that ultimately resulted in a field goal – when pinning them deep could have been a game-changer for the Ravens.

“Sam will be the first to tell you that he’s just got to play more consistently in games with punts, especially in critical situations,” John Harbaugh stated on Monday. “Sam has punted really well in practice. He’s punted really well most of the time throughout the course of the season. But one or two not-so-good punts in a game, those are the things that cause you problems.”

Against Cleveland, Koch punted seven times averaging 42.6 yards per kick resulting with a net average of just 34.9 yards. Could it be that the Ravens punter is just tired? After all he has punted 50 times this season already after just eight weeks. With the Ravens offensive woes continuing, Koch is on pace to break his career high of 86 punts in a season (2006). For the season thus far, Koch is averaging a mere 44.8 yards per kick and a net average of 37.6 yards. To compare, in 2012 he averaged 47.1 yards per punt with a net of 40.8.

While it is unlikely – in my opinion – that the Ravens will bring in another punter to challenge Koch mid-way through the season, it does provide something to keep an eye on in the offseason.

Koch’s cap hit next season is $2.8 million and his production certainly doesn’t justify that amount by any means.

 

 

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9 Raves on “What’s Going on with Sam Koch in 2013?

  1. Anonymous on said:

    Right, but if they release him, what’s his hit against the cap? Could they bring in an adequate replacement for the difference? And should we be spending draft picks on a punter when we have so many other needs?

    • BSHU on said:

      If we replaced him, chances are that it wouldn’t be through the draft. It would be through free agency (either a UFA or UDFA). I don’t think Sam has any trust in his blocking which is causing him to shank some punts. The punt protection has been less than stellar this year. While I didn’t notice anything the last game the protection from the rest of the season seems to be having an effect on Koch.

  2. joe d on said:

    Don’t make excuses for Koch. These problems began to surface somewhat last year but are a lot worse this year. Don’t write off drafting a punter or signing one as an undrafted free agent. Look how it worked out for Justin Tucker. Koch definitely needs to have some legitimate competition in training camp next year. Let the better punter win.

    • BSHU on said:

      I’m not a fan of any punter having a $2.8 million cap figure, so I agree. I was just pointing out that there could be other factors at play.

  3. joe d on said:

    Maybe Koch’s punting didn’t cost us the Cleveland game but I would have liked to have seen what Cleveland did on their last drive starting at their own 9 yard line instead of at their 29 following Koch’s 25 yard shank.

  4. Voice of Reason on said:

    I am sure there are serviceable punters in this year’s draft. This is an area where there could be some cap savings for the Ravens. I would use a 7th round draft pick a get a good one.

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