Whether you’re a McCarthy fan or not – gotta love this quote (from jsonline here). Especially love the bold part (my bold):
“The punting performance is the finest punting – I can’t tell you how good this feels to say this – this is the finest punting performance I’ve – I’m not exaggerating, I’m not dramatic – the finest punting performance that I’ve ever been a part of in all my years on both sides of the ball. I can’t tell you how happy I am for Tim. It makes me want to cry. I thought he was tremendous. That was, you talk about a field-position game. I thought that was remarkable. He just needs to do it every week now and we’ll be fine.”
While this does seem like over-the-top gushing, the fact is, anytime a punter has a game putting 5 punts inside the 20, it’s a great game. (Ironically, of his 9 punts yesterday, Seattle’s Jon Ryan put 5 punts inside the 20 too.) Still, Masthay was fantastic yesterday and considering he’s still a rookie – I think it’s not unreasonable to believe that he will end up being a considerable upgrade over the guys who’ve been here in recent years.