Week Fourteen was an eventful one at the special teams position. As noted in yesterday’s blog post, Matt Prater of the Broncos kicked an NFL record 64 yard field goal, aided by a great snap from Aaron Brewer.
There was also a key blocked punt by the Jets against the Raiders that was recovered for a touchdown. After the game, a number of stories about the block described how the Jets special teams coach Ben Kotwica noted in film study that snapper Jon Condo did not drop back fully to block after snaps. The Jets were able to exploit that fact when coming after the punt.
After the Texans lost to the Jaguars on Thursday Night Football, the Texans fired their head coach as well as long-time special team coach Joe Marciano. Marciano has been replaced by assistant Bob Ligashesky, who has prior experience as a special teams coach.
Five snappers recorded tackles in punt coverage this week, as Andrew Economos (Bucs), JJ Jansen (Panthers), Matt Overton (Colts) and Zak DeOssie (Giants) had solo tackles, while John Denney (Dolphins) added an assisted tackle.
The NFL Long Snappers Chart after Week Fourteen is below.
Week Fourteen NFL Long Snappers Chart
Any successful field goal kick depends on the snap and hold in addition to the kick. An NFL record was broken yesterday when Matt Prater of the Broncos kicked a 64 yard field goal in Denver.
Aaron Brewer made the flawless snap on this history-making kick, although he acknowledged after the game he had no idea at the time the kick would break the record. Instead, Brewer admitted he was more concerned about running down the field to cover the kick to avoid an Auburn-Alabama situation from a couple of weeks ago, when a long field goal attempt was returned by Auburn for a game-winning touchdown.
Week Thirteen is complete and Kyle Nelson of the Redskins received the national attention that no snapper seeks. Nelson had a poor punt snap late in the Monday Night game against the Giants and was called for holding on the same play.
Multiple snappers recorded tackles in punt coverage this week. Matt Overton (Colts) and Garrison Sanborn (Bills) recorded two tackles, with Overton tallying a solo and assisted tackle and Sanborn had two assisted stops. Jon Condo (Raiders), Cullen Loeffler (Vikings) and Andrew Economos (Bucs) had solo tackles while Carson Tinker (Jaguars) and Josh Harris (Falcons) had assisted tackles. Sanborn leads all snappers with nine total tackles.
The NFL Long Snappers Chart after Week Thirteen is below.
Week Thirteen NFL Long Snappers Chart
Week Twelve of the NFL season is complete and marked the return of veteran snapper Patrick Mannelly to the Bears. Mannelly missed two games due to injury and was replaced by Jeremy Cain.
Although there have been very few major snapping incidents this season, some snappers have struggled at times, including Beau Brinkley of the Titans. After the Titans win this weekend, in which Brinkley had some poor snaps, he went to Twitter to take full responsibility and to do better. Attached to his post-game tweet was the note attached in full below which should serve as a great lesson to all snappers regarding to the ups and downs of a life in football, especially in a position that demands excellence each and every time.
On the tackle front, Brinkley recorded a solo tackle in punt coverage, as did Brett Goode (Packers) and Danny Aiken (Patriots). Jon Weeks (Texans) added an assisted tackle. The NFL Long Snapper Chart after Week Twelve is below.
Week Twelve NFL Long Snappers Chart
Note from Beau Brinkley
As noted here many times before, there are tremendous and inspiring stories of the people who fill the role as long snapper at all levels of football. One such story that has received national attention is that of Jake Olson. Jake is a high school snapper at Orange Lutheran High School in California.
What makes Jake’s story so unique is that he is blind in both eyes due to cancer. He became blind in one eye when he was 10 months old. In 2009, when facing surgery that would blind him in his other eye, Pete Carroll, then the head coach at Olson’s favorite team, USC, brought him to a Trojan practice and game.
Jake could not get football out of his system and figured that long snapping would be a way to get on the field despite his loss of vision. Four years later, after much hard work and dedication, Jake is snapping for his high school team on placements and was recently featured on ESPN’s College Game Day.
For many years, I have spent countless hours pouring over college football team websites in order to compile Longsnap.com’s annual and exclusive listing of Division One college snappers. At last, there is a tremendous resource for obtaining the depth charts for all 125 college football teams in Division One thanks to Ourlads’.
Ourlads recently debuted its compilation of depth charts and rosters. Importantly, the depth charts include long snappers. The depth charts are also color-coded to reflect NFL Draft prospects. To date, just one senior snapper, Trevor Gillette of Rice, is listed as a prospect.
Week Eleven of the NFL Regular Season is complete and there were no major snapping issues. Patrick Mannelly of the Bears remains sidelined with a calf injury, so Jeremy Cain handled the snaps for the second straight week, including a good snap on a game-winning field goal in overtime.
Just one snapper, Carson Tinker (Jaguars), recorded a tackle in punt coverage this week. The NFL Long Snappers Chart after Week Eleven in below.
Week Eleven NFL Long Snappers Chart