Former Falcons punter Michael Koenen is averaging 49.3 yards per punt with Tampa Bay, which ranks seventh in the league. He also has five touchbacks.
Falcons rookie punter Matt Bosher is averaging 36.8 yards per punt, which ranks 32nd in the league. He has two touchbacks.
HERE’S THE ON THE HOT SEAT ITEM that ran in today’s print editions: Falcons punter Matt Bosher is on the hot seat.
Former Falcons punter and kickoff specialist Michael Koenen hit the jackpot in free agency and signed a six-year, $19.5 million contract with the Buccaneers. Bosher, who was selected in the sixth round of the draft out of Miami to replace Koenen, has been inconsistent.
Last week against the Eagles, he averaged 34.7 yards on seven punts. He had an 18-yard punt while trying to boom one out of the end zone. He also had a nice 49-yard punt and a solid 39-yarder against the Eagles.
The coaching staff is looking for Bosher to smooth things out as he adjusts to the NFL.
“He just needs to realize when you’re in a backed-up situation, don’t try to save the day,” Falcons special-teams coordinator Keith Armstrong said. “You don’t need to come out of that situation with a 60-yard punt. You don’t need to try to be perfect. What you need to do is get your foot on the ball, get some hang time, get it down the field and guys will go cover it.”
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog