Jags make a punting change

AP

The Jaguars are 1-4, and with an upcoming slate that includes games against the Steelers, Ravens, and Texans, 1-7 is looking like a virtual certainty.

So what will they do to avoid the seemingly inevitable?  They’ll change punters.

The team has announced that Nick Harris is in and 43-year-old Matt Turk, whose effort on Sunday included a 22-yard punt, is out.

Championship!

34 responses to “Jags make a punting change

  1. I want to see Tom Tupa make a comeback. And where is Morten Andersen? Didn’t he say he was going to be the first 50 year old nfl player?

  2. Jack Del Rio wants Wayne Weaver to know that he has this team heading in the right direction. I’m not a coach, GM, owner, or anything like that, but I don’t think this move sends the right message.

  3. What difference does the “virtual certainty” of their record at the bye have to do with this?

    The fact is, Turk was terrible. Some of his punts put the Jaguars defense is terrible situations, and some of them (including the short one on Sunday) might have been the difference between a win or a loss. I witnessed it. The punt, along with five tacked on by penalty, put the Bengals at the Jaguars 22. A few plays later, they banged it in to take a lead. Had he not shanked the damn thing at got it past mid-field, the defense (which player pretty well, all things considered) would have had a better chance of stopping their drive in the short time that was left.

    He had to go. You make the changes you need to make when you can. As for the future, we’ll see. Gabbert gets better each week, so we have some hope at that position. Right now, that’s the best thing we can have.

  4. gtorlone:

    This move has nothing to do with sending a message to Weaver. Wayne’s office is right in the building; he’s completely aware of what’s going on.

    The move was made because Turk was old, awful, and possibly what cost the Jaguars two of their four losses.

  5. I know nobody watches Jacksonville games but if you did you would know Matt Turk cost that team 2 wins against Carolina and the Bengals.

    Against Carolina he fumbled the snap on a punt, put Carolina in position to take the go ahead lead with the very short field.

    Same thing with the Bengals except that time it was a 22 yard punt to put the Bengals on the 23 yard line only needing to go that many yards for “Dalton’s game winning drive.” I think even Donovan McNabb can lead a comeback 23 yard drive.

    This move is bigger for Jacksonville than any of you people realize.

  6. Not a good sign when a Jag’s fan has a farther walk from the hotdog stand to the condiment table than Turk’s punts travel

  7. jagfan14 says:
    Oct 11, 2011 5:48 PM
    Our previous punter was really, really bad! He also taunted the crowd after a 22 yard punt on Sunday. Dude needed to go
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    I saw that. There is something to be said for backing out of the bar room door with your guns blazing.

  8. i get sad hearing this talk of the jags demise. as a bills fan being in a smallish type region, i always pull for the jags to prosper. they have had some bad breaks this year and i think they are much better than their record indicates. i also think del rio is a solid guy at the helm. from what i read he still has the locker room. ok, they rolled the dice with letting garrard go, do i think they would be better with him? personally yes, but look how newton and dalton are balling. i say chill jags fans and see what comes down the road a few games.

  9. We shouldn’t have let Podlesh go. Why burn a draft pick on a punter and then let him go after he succeeds and its time to pay him? Was it not worth it in the first place? And for the effin BEARS to be willing to pay more? Just more good stuff from this year’s winners of the NFL Miss Management Pagent!

  10. If you’re an old vet* like Turk, you don’t have the same leg power you used to. A team that signs you is giving up a few yards of distance to get a reliable veteran.

    If you can’t be reliable either, then you’re gonna be out.

    (*: And when you played on the same 1994 NFC Pro Bowl team as your head coach, you’re definitely an old vet)

  11. @polishkingski: Fans definitely do need to chill. Gabbert isn’t the problem, outside of being a rookie and going through the learning process every rookie QB does. He’s protecting the ball and he’s just narrowly missing on a lot of plays. He’s still adjusting to the speed. He’ll get there, and just like for the Bills, the thing that makes a difference is getting a QB who can play.

  12. Same thing with the Bengals except that time it was a 22 yard punt to put the Bengals on the 23 yard line only needing to go that many yards for “Dalton’s game winning drive.” I think even Donovan McNabb can lead a comeback 23 yard drive.

    That’s kind of conveniently ignoring the 4th and 6 conversion the defense allowed on that game-winning drive, and the bad turnover by the offense immediately after when they had the ball trailing by 3 with two minutes left and a couple of timeouts.. Isn’t it?

    Not to mention the TV mics made it sound like that game was being played inside a wind tunnel or something, when Turk was kicking into it (and seemed to be hitting some pretty decent ones leading up to that, regardless).

    Doesn’t seem like all the blame should be laid on Turk’s foot. But he is the easiest one to make a show of firing.

  13. Turk motioned to the crowd in response to the boos resulting after his crappy punt before the awful 22 yarder. He hung his head in shame after the 22 yard shank.

  14. Every game is a blank slate, pretty much. Look at the Bills. Or the Colts. Whodda thunk? Jags have as good a chance of winning the next three as losing them. Jack be fine. He still has a winning record in the league overall, I believe. Same with the team. Only half the franchises in the league can say that, and probably only half the coaches.

  15. This article pokes fun at the Jags, but they made a good decision. And not for publicity, desperation, or for Del Rio to maintain his job, but because Turk had a few bad games leading up to this and pressure was building. Sunday’s crowd taunting incident showed his own frustration and was ultimately icing on the farewell cake. They signed Harris, who’s no guaranteed stud, but he can’t really do worse than the numbers Turk put up. No championship expected, just better punting.

  16. That’s kind of conveniently ignoring the 4th and 6 conversion the defense allowed on that game-winning drive, and the bad turnover by the offense immediately after when they had the ball trailing by 3 with two minutes left and a couple of timeouts.. Isn’t it?

    Not to mention the TV mics made it sound like that game was being played inside a wind tunnel or something, when Turk was kicking into it (and seemed to be hitting some pretty decent ones leading up to that, regardless).

    Doesn’t seem like all the blame should be laid on Turk’s foot. But he is the easiest one to make a show of firing.

    All true. But the point is… if Turk punts even a measly 35 yarder… I say the Bengals don’t get enough 1st downs to get a TD. Both teams offenses completely stalled in the 2nd half except for Jax’s 74 TD on busted coverage. 23 yards… TWENTY THREE YARDS, you can’t minimize the absurdity of punting the ball with no return and it ending up on the 23.

    Also, Cincy didn’t get the 4th and 6 play off in time, the play clock expired, Del Rio was too unsure to challenge (Although I didn’t know you could challenge that?) but he reported this after game and later it was confirmed by video. So thus that’s a 4th and 11. A lot harder.

    Bottom line, they still gave up the TD and the center inexplicably snapped the ball early driving the nail in the coffin. But Turk put them in that coffin. You can’t deny that because it’s common sense.

  17. voyager6 says:
    Oct 11, 2011 7:50 PM
    What took Del Rio so long? He should have cut him immediately after the game!

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    He should of cut him after the Panther game and this woulda never happened

  18. so the punter is the problem…

    now that you mention it, it seems so obvious that the punter is the reason they’re terrible.

  19. johnnyjagfan says:Oct 11, 2011 6:39 PM

    We shouldn’t have let Podlesh go. Why burn a draft pick on a punter and then let him go after he succeeds and its time to pay him? Was it not worth it in the first place? And for the effin BEARS to be willing to pay more? Just more good stuff from this year’s winners of the NFL Miss Management Pagent!

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    The Jags didn’t “let Podlesh go” – they matched the offer that the Bears made. Podlesh chose to take the Bears offer. That’s what Free Agency is all about…

  20. *Legion* says:Oct 11, 2011 7:17 PM

    @polishkingski: Fans definitely do need to chill. Gabbert isn’t the problem, outside of being a rookie and going through the learning process every rookie QB does. He’s protecting the ball and he’s just narrowly missing on a lot of plays. He’s still adjusting to the speed. He’ll get there, and just like for the Bills, the thing that makes a difference is getting a QB who can play.
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    In other words, Blaine shouldn’t have been a top ten pick and he belongs on the bench…Funny how rookie QBs like Cam and Andy Dalton get pick apart for every little mistake made even if it isn’t directly their fault but so much excuses are being made for the media choosen NFL ready off the bench rookie QB that is Blaine. Can’t say I didn’t call it back in April.

  21. @jagmania65

    matching an offer and watching him turn it down is the very definition of letting him go.

    Countering the matching offer and retaining a draft pick for what the market has set for that player is what free agency is all about

  22. If I was Matt Turk, I’d say, “Hey, what the heck. I am 43 and was getting paid high 6 figure money to punt a football”….. If he has been smart for the last 20 seasons, he never has to work another day in his life…

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