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Coughlin gives up on Matt Dodge

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Giants coach Tom Coughlin recently defended punter Matt Dodge against fans who booed him.  But loyalty has its limits; as MDS pointed out in the team-by-team cutdown tracker, Big Blue has given Dodge the boot.

The job goes to former Jets punter Steve Weatherford, who’ll be kicking in the same building.

Dodge’s claim to infamy came in late November 2010, when he punted the ball on the final play of regulation to Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson — and then got an earful from Coughlin.

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22 Responses to “Coughlin gives up on Matt Dodge”
  1. bw82b says: Sep 3, 2011 3:40 PM

    thank the good lord….he literally was the worst punter I’ve ever seen and cost us games and tons of field position with his antics

  2. jewseverywhere says: Sep 3, 2011 3:41 PM

    Guess he couldn’t ‘Dodge’ the axe!

    Thank you I’ll be here all day.

  3. rcampore says: Sep 3, 2011 3:43 PM

    This was the best news I heard all day. Good riddens to him. Horrible directional kicker and Weatherford can kick just as deep but actually direct the punt out of bounds.

  4. giantfan92 says: Sep 3, 2011 3:46 PM

    Strong leg… If only he could punt out of bounds he would still be on the team, who knows what would have happened in that eagles game.

  5. gcsuk says: Sep 3, 2011 3:53 PM

    It was an uphill, almost imposssible battle for Dodge this pre-season. Any decent competition and Coughlin had no choice but to let him go.

    It shouldn’t take THAT long for a punter to acclimate to the NFL. Either you can directional kick, or you can’t. He couldn’t.

  6. giantfan92 says: Sep 3, 2011 3:58 PM

    Yup, jerry needs to stick with drafting running backs in the 7th.

  7. bluefan204 says: Sep 3, 2011 4:06 PM

    It was obvious last season that he was scared to death out there. Every now and then, he’d show why the Giants drafted him by nailing a really good punt, but the Eagles game, at least for me, was the nail in the coffin. If you can’t do the job, you won’t have a job.

    He looked better this pre-season, but he looked good last pre-season too. It’s not enough when the games count.

  8. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 3, 2011 4:08 PM

    After midseason, I was done with him. The fact that he indirectly cost us 3 games after that was on Tom and his reluctance to cut him. I was calling for Dodge’s head by Week 5 last year.

    The timing is dubious, even with cuts coming up (we had two extra days) but Weatherford has been great thus far.

  9. littledill says: Sep 3, 2011 4:08 PM

    Gotta feel a little sorry for the kid, but Giants fans shouldn’t have to chew their fingernails while they watch this guy punt.

    Going from Feagles to Dodge makes you realize you don’t what you’ve got til it’s gone.

  10. gmenmunny says: Sep 3, 2011 4:11 PM

    this was the worst punter we’ve ever had. Thank goodness we got rid of him!

  11. gpete1962 says: Sep 3, 2011 4:21 PM

    we were wondering if Dodge was secretly married to TC other daughter ?

    I guess not !!

  12. pnut87 says: Sep 3, 2011 4:26 PM

    Almost wanted to keep him on the practice squad or something. Kid has leg for miles. Should have gotten Feagles back in to show him how to aim that cannon of a foot.

  13. lexnekst says: Sep 3, 2011 4:29 PM

    Dang! Eagles fans were hoping he’d make the cut.

  14. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 3, 2011 4:35 PM

    You Eagle fan clowns are laughable. The mere fact that you realize your miraculous wins were aided by a PUNTER only negates that “six in a row” meaninglessness that you hang your hats on to begin with.

  15. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 3, 2011 4:35 PM

    Rodney Williams was worse, though/

  16. dannymac17 says: Sep 3, 2011 4:37 PM

    @jewseverywhere

    we know you will, cause uh, you dont have a life.

  17. zaggs says: Sep 3, 2011 4:40 PM

    I love how idiots still blame that return on Dodge. Fact is Jackson didn’t just muff the punt, he fumbled something fierce. Yet the coverage team still couldn’t tackle the guy.

  18. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 3, 2011 5:18 PM

    Yes, the tackling was poor, but the inability to even punt the way he was supposed to made it even worse. Had the punt been directional, as instructed and/or at least HUNG, Jackson would have fair-caught it.

  19. couldntthinkofaname says: Sep 3, 2011 5:35 PM

    zaggs says: Sep 3, 2011 4:40 PM

    I love how idiots still blame that return on Dodge. Fact is Jackson didn’t just muff the punt, he fumbled something fierce. Yet the coverage team still couldn’t tackle the guy.

    ________________________

    At least someone had a good post on this. Zaggs is right. But hey, I guess fans need a scapegoat to pile on.

  20. dd393 says: Sep 3, 2011 8:01 PM

    As a Packer fan, I hated to see him go. Still, I’m not convinced that “The Return” was all his fault. It takes ten other guys to knock someone on his can.

  21. fmwarner says: Sep 3, 2011 11:01 PM

    Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 3, 2011 4:35 PM

    You Eagle fan clowns are laughable. The mere fact that you realize your miraculous wins were aided by a PUNTER only negates that “six in a row” meaninglessness that you hang your hats on to begin with.
    ==================================

    So it’s really not six in a row because you “won” that one? There’s only one clown here. The punt was fumbled, which puts more of the blame on the coverage team. Not to mention the fact that the punt return was only the last nail in the coffin. Dodge wasn’t playing offense or defense in that fourth quarter to the best of my recollection. Everyone wearing blue that day has to own this one.

  22. nyjalleffingday says: Sep 4, 2011 12:12 PM

    He’s excellent in the regular season, but he’s choked up in the playoffs two years in a row. Luckily for Giants fans, they won’t have to worry about that.

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