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Colts Punt Coverage Unit the Worst in the League

While the Colts are still sitting pretty at 7-1 as they get set for a big Sunday night showdown with the Chargers, there is one unit on the team that has been gasping and wheezing since day one – the punt coverage unit.  Week after week the unit has failed to deliver like the team needs them to, and it tends to put the defense at certain points in games in bad situations. 

The team is ranked 32nd in the league in that department, and Sunday vs the Pats Wes Welker torched them more than once and his 23-yard return in the 4th quarter set up the game-winning score in the 24-20 heartbreaking loss.  Welker had three returns for 60 yards total, a number that the team must improve on in the final 8 games of the season.

“It’s shocking that we’re 32nd in the league. I didn’t think we were that awful,” the Colts Tim Jennings said. “I knew last game was bad, but . . . we’ve got to get better and not let that stuff happen.”  One positive about the punt coverage is with the Colts scoring a lot, they don’t get all that much work.  They have only had to cover 10 punts total in 2007, which is tied for second-lowest in the league.  The Pats have only had to cover three punts.

“Our coverage was not good (Sunday),” Tony Dungy said. “We kicked some punts that we didn’t have enough hang time to really get ’em covered. They’re long punts and one guy misses and he’s got a long way to go. We needed to do better in that area.”        

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