Since joining the New York Giants in 2011, punter Steve Weatherford has established himself as one of the most consistent players on the team. It's for that reason his poor performance on Sunday afternoon is so alarming.
But rather than shy away from it, Weatherford immediately stepped up and accepted full responsibility for his poor play. He even took to Twitter in an effort to apologize to both his teammates and the Big Blue faithful.
"I punted poorly today. I apologize to my team and the fans. I will work hard and stay positive to improve next week," he tweeted.
The Special Teams play was so bad on Sunday that it was one of the first things head coach Tom Coughlin addressed in his post game press conference.
“Our punting game was not up to standards tonight,” Coughlin said. “We had talked all week about not punting the ball down the field, and that’s pretty much all it was, down the middle of the field. The last one, which was a poorly punted ball, really rose up to bite us in the tail.”
Trailing by 15 in the fourth quarter, Weatherford booted the ball deep, having it land and bounce inside the 20. Unfortunately, he out-kicked his coverage by just a large enough margin that Denver Broncos return man Trindon Holliday — a man they game-planned to avoid — was able to pick it up off the bounce and return it 81-yards for a touchdown.
"It was a poor punt," Weatherford said. "I’ve gotta give my coverage guys a better punt to cover, but you can’t take anything away from him. He’s very fast and they blocked [for] it very well. But it starts with a good punt and I didn’t execute on that play. And it’s frustrating, because I know I can do it. I’ve done it before."
When it rains, it pours, and even Weatherford wasn't immune on Sunday afternoon. It was, and has been, a terrible case of Murphy's Law for the Giants.
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