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Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Starman, Jan 16, 2014.

  1. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    The greatest placekick holders of all time had to come from the era when most teams had backup (and occasionally starting) QBs or WRs do the job, since in the case of a fake or a bad snap you had someone back there who could actually accomplish something offensively, instead of now where it's usually the punter and if the snap goes bad you've got two pencil-necked Waldos running around back there who haven't played actual competitive football since high school simply hoping to fall on the ball before they get annihilated.

    Didn't the Steelers have Randle-El hold for a couple seasons?
  2. 3_Octave_Fart

    3_Octave_Fart Well-Known Member

    Belichick has actually addressed this.
    When he is at his most charming - discussing football wonkery.
    He says the ideal holder is a punter since it won't keep a quarterback from spending practice with those of his position.
  3. joe king

    joe king Active Member

    Not Tony Romo.
  4. joe king

    joe king Active Member

    Tom Tupa.
  5. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    Oh yah. Like the No. 3 QB gets a lot of snaps in practice.


    For the 17-0 Dolphins of 1972, Earl Morrall, who was the starting QB almost the entire season, was the holder.
    Last edited by a moderator: Dec 15, 2014
  6. Jake_Taylor

    Jake_Taylor Well-Known Member

    "Not Dan Marino."

    - Ray Finkle
  7. Flying Headbutt

    Flying Headbutt Moderator Staff Member

    If the number 3 QB holds, doesn't he have to be the number 2 during the game? And then if your starter gets hurt, your primary backup is out?
  8. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    Matt Flynn and it isn't close.

  9. joe king

    joe king Active Member

    QBs were often holders in the days of smaller rosters, when there weren't specialists available. Wasn't the Dolphins' punter also a TE?
    Last edited by a moderator: Dec 15, 2014
  10. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    Nope. The No. 3 QB is now just another roster position (as of the 2011 season). He's the guy who gets paid $800,000 for never ever setting foot on the field during the season.
  11. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member


    Jeffrey Hostetler, winning QB and holder in Super Bowl XXV.
  12. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    Active rosters are 46 now; they haven't been below 45 since 1978.

    (Yet, since then, virtually every single team has come to devote a roster spot specifically to long snappers.)
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