This link is from last last Monday's column by Peter King at si.com. I'm not sure if it jumps right to the relevant page, but if not the piece is on page 2 of the article.
King ragged on Dodge after the Eagles game, and Vikings punter Chris Kluwe came to his defense. Now I'm sure many will say "oh, he's just sticking up for his own". Brothers in arms and all that. But Kluwe's explanation is sound, and it's not just his own opinion he's espousing; he enlists a "panel" of punters (including the beloved Feagles) to help him make a clear, articulate, and expert discussion on why something that seems so basic and simple really isn't. The most salient point is in the next-to-last paragraph, so at least read that part.
I realize it was over a week ago, and we've had another horrible loss to digest, so who really cares at this point? I however think that Dodge will stick with the team, and WILL become an excellent punter. He wasn't the second-rated punter in the entire nation in college for nothing. Remember also, that man responsible for taking this kid and trying to give him a whole new method of kicking is a coach we all generally agree is not qualified for his own job. I know many don't share this view on Dodge's potential, but given how much people have hated on him for the whole season, maybe this will give you something to think about before you pound your keyboard in frustration. Probably not. Agreeing or disagreeing is entirely up to you, but if you disagree I challenge you to please give a logical explanation that shows why five professional punters (including maybe the preeminent authority on the subject) are wrong.
After reading Kluwe's defense, and a season's worth of watching, what is your opinion about Dodge's prospects?
He will learn and develop his considerable natural ability, and become a good or even great NFL punter. (31 votes)
He will learn and develop his natural ability enough to become at least an adequate punter, one that can play in the league for many years. (17 votes)
He is shot, and any chance of his contributing positively has been destroyed by Quinn's meddling and his own inconsistency. Tough break, but let's cut our losses. (7 votes)
He sucks. Why is he still earning a paycheck? (5 votes)
60 total votes