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Old 05-11-2018, 10:15 AM
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Originally Posted by GalileoSmith View Post
I don't mean to be a prick about this but I know of no data that would indicate that Ray Guy consistently punted the ball inside the 5 yard line significantly more often than the average punter. Perhaps no such data was taken at the time.

Let's compare Ray Guy's career with one of his contemporaries, the long-forgotten Dave Jennings. Jennings career was slightly longer. He had 1154 punts and averaged 41.2 per punt. Guy had 1049 punts and averaged 42.4. They averaged about 5 punts per game. According to mathematics, the difference between Jennings, and Guy, over the course of their careers was about 5 yards per game. To me, that is not significant and is back-up running back territory.
My understanding re Ray Guy and punts within the 5 yard line is that he was okay at this, if probably not that much better than the norm. His average yards per punt is only okay -- he currently ranks 74th, and at the time of his retirement was 16th. Not particularly distinguished, unfortunately. He was considered the best punter of his time, which certainly counts for something, though whether he was among the best all time is another question. Stats suggests he wasn't.

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Old 05-11-2018, 10:22 AM
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Here's an interesting article re Ray Guy and his punting abilities. The evidence suggests he wasn't anything special when it came to placing punts within the 5-yard line or in avoiding touchbacks.

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