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Chargers’ punter loses holder job after drop on Sunday

OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 09:  Drew Kaser #8 of the San Diego Chargers dives after the ball after fumbling the snap on a field goal attempt in the fourth quarter against the Oakland Raiders during their NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on October 9, 2016 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) Getty Images

Like almost every team does in almost every game, the Chargers used their punter as their holder on field goals on Sunday against the Raiders. It did not go well.

Chargers punter Drew Kaser dropped the snap on a game-tying field goal attempt, costing the Chargers a chance at coming back and winning the game. As a result, backup quarterback Kellen Clemens will serve as the holder tonight against the Broncos.

Clemens, who has handled the job in the past when he played for the Jets, said he has done it in practice this year and doesn’t anticipate any problems.

You stay ready for everything,” Clemens said. “I took some holds today, but I’ve been taking holds every week, just nobody has been paying attention.”

Teams generally prefer to have the punter be the holder simply for logistical reasons at practice, as the punter, kicker and long snapper already spend plenty of time working together. But it may be wiser to have the holder be a player who is good at catching snaps and handling the football. Switching holders is a move the Chargers wish they had made earlier.

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26 Responses to “Chargers’ punter loses holder job after drop on Sunday”
  1. MTLighthouse69 says: Oct 13, 2016 6:22 AM

    The Chargers fumbled the ball five times during that game, losing two of them to the Raiders. One of the fumbles was a Gates fumble on the Raiders’ 13 yard line.

    Gordon fumbled for the second week in a row.

    Rivers threw two interceptions.

    The punter is taking too much heat for that muffed snap in a game where the Charger offense continues to implode with turnovers.

    That said, glad the punter is no longer the holder. Now he can concentrate on punting and hopefully improve in that area.

  2. Quavo says: Oct 13, 2016 6:38 AM

    When will Mike McCoy lose his job?

  3. asgrimsnorrison says: Oct 13, 2016 7:22 AM

    having a backup QB as the holder used to be common in the 70s. If nothing else it makes fakes easier to pull off if the holder is someone actually good at throwing a pass…

  4. skoobyfl says: Oct 13, 2016 7:24 AM

    Romo was a great holder as well, oh wait.

  5. jaronowitzcpa says: Oct 13, 2016 7:39 AM

    How about firing McCoy? Whether or not you agree with trying for a FG with 4th and less than a yard, you can’t agree with his handling of the end of the 1st half. With less than 2 minutes and 2nd and 16 deep in his own territory he tries 2 long passes.

  6. exinsidetrader says: Oct 13, 2016 7:47 AM

    It should always be the second or third-string QB should the team ever wish to do a fake by design or necessity in a scramble.

  7. justafanofnfl says: Oct 13, 2016 8:12 AM

    As long as he remains stoic after losses he should work out just fine.

  8. simplec72 says: Oct 13, 2016 8:19 AM

    Switch to Trump as the holder. Make the Chargers great again!

  9. kneedragr says: Oct 13, 2016 8:41 AM

    Good call. Its probably his fault the kicker smiled after the game, better nuke this nobody to send a message.

  10. kcchefs58 says: Oct 13, 2016 8:42 AM

    Yeah, that’ll fix their problems. You don’t fix the foundation of a house by working on the roof.

  11. greygooseandsprite says: Oct 13, 2016 8:43 AM

    Desperation.

  12. realityonetwo says: Oct 13, 2016 9:03 AM

    Do less work and get paid the same? I’d say the punter made out on this one.

  13. THX 138 says: Oct 13, 2016 9:18 AM

    They should have cut him as he has cost them 2 games alone.

  14. joetoronto says: Oct 13, 2016 9:24 AM

    Right through his hands.

    SMH.

  15. raiderapologist says: Oct 13, 2016 9:39 AM

    Some kickers don’t like it when they get a different holder. If the Chargers lost this game on a missed kick it wouldn’t be a surprise.

  16. carloswlassiter says: Oct 13, 2016 9:40 AM

    I look forward to seeing the new and creative way they lose this game on Thursday.

  17. johnnyjagfan says: Oct 13, 2016 9:49 AM

    Man, this is reactionary. Did the Cowboys dump Romo? He did it in the playoffs!

    Sometimes you have to give your player another chance. Melvin Gordon fumbled the game away and he’s a starter.

    More San Diego. Folks think the Cubs are cursed…

  18. bartpkelly says: Oct 13, 2016 9:51 AM

    Punters are used not because of the reason you stated only .. Puntets also regularly receive long snaps

  19. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Oct 13, 2016 10:14 AM

    Um…. Punters shouldn’t be expected to be good at “catching snaps and handling the football”?

    Given the amount of reps a backup qb gets during the season compared to the punter who is catching and kicking balls all throughout the week, it would seem that the punter should have far more opportunities to perfect catching snaps.

  20. JSpicoli says: Oct 13, 2016 10:19 AM

    There is a game tonight? Since i don’t gamble with fairy tale football and currently have the league on ignore anyway, I’ll be rearranging my sock drawer.

    I read these articles and pay the little attention that I do because the league has decided to back these anti-American dumb punks and ruin what was a fun experience for the past 45 years. I’m pissed, yeah.

    Malls are full of hot women on Sundays.

  21. sindiegosage says: Oct 13, 2016 10:31 AM

    Maybe Kaser was still thinking about his previous 16 YD punt? Maybe it was his back injury? Either way, he’ll be the holder again next year.

  22. Getoffmylawn! says: Oct 13, 2016 10:31 AM

    johnnyjagfan says:
    Oct 13, 2016 9:49 AM

    Man, this is reactionary. Did the Cowboys dump Romo? He did it in the playoffs!
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    Yes, as a matter of fact they did the exact same thing. They relieved Romo of holding duties but he kept his other job on the team.

  23. marmac2768 says: Oct 13, 2016 10:41 AM

    Switch to Trump as the holder. Make the Chargers great again!

    **************************************************

    He’s going to need a job in a few weeks!! Wait, you don’t want a guy who fumbles and Trump has fumbled his candidacy a lot over the past few months, especially in the last week.

  24. v2787 says: Oct 13, 2016 10:55 AM

    Mike McCoy is not a great coach, admittedly, but let’s remember this: he’s not the one who’s fumbling the football, muffing the snaps, or throwing interceptions. He can only coach the players he has, and if they screw up it’s hardly McCoy’s fault.

  25. carloswlassiter says: Oct 13, 2016 12:03 PM

    v2787 says:
    Oct 13, 2016 10:55 AM

    Mike McCoy is not a great coach, admittedly, but let’s remember this: he’s not the one who’s fumbling the football, muffing the snaps, or throwing interceptions. He can only coach the players he has, and if they screw up it’s hardly McCoy’s fault.
    ———————————————————-
    Do you think fumbles, muffed snaps and interceptions just happen randomly? Or is there some element of coaching involved in trying to minimize these errors?

    I would suggest you that it’s the latter – either through specific drills and practice habits, points of team emphasis, or finally in just sitting a guy down who fumbles too much.

    Credit to MCoy for taking a step here with the holder, perhaps there are other things he could have done or should do now rather than simply lamenting his bad luck.

  26. asgrimsnorrison says: Oct 13, 2016 1:04 PM

    He made a snap decision.

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