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NFL Football: Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings
Sunday
Minneapolis, MN
30-SEP-2007
X78777 TK1
CREDIT: John Biever
What is “hang time” and why does it matter?
NFL Football: Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings Sunday Minneapolis, MN 30-SEP-2007 X78777 TK1 CREDIT: John BieverSo what is hang time? Well put simply, it is the measure of the amount of time between when a punter kicks a ball and the ball either hits the ground or is received by an opposing player. That’s the definition, but why does it even matter? You could make an argument that distance is more important and that is certainly part of what makes a punt effective. Good punters however, strike a balance between the distance the punt goes and the amount of hang time in order to give their team an advantage. When a punt has good hang time, it allows the kick coverage team time to run down the field and reach the kick returner in order to limit their ability to gain any yardage.

Punts that don’t have a lot of hang time are easier to return, since the coverage team cannot get downfield fast enough to cut off the returner. Punting the ball for a long distance is meaningless if the returner has plenty of space to work and can make a big gain (thus nullifying the long distance of the punt in the first place). A hang time of more than four seconds is generally considered to be very good.

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Adrian Janson

Adrian Janson (AJ) is one of the AussieguysNFL team and a (fairly) one eyed Charger supporter. His favourite player (was and) is Junior Seau and he is wondering why he is writing this in the third person. He has no idea!

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