Canadian punter Jon Ryan was not spectacular when he was with the Green Bay Packers, but he was consistent; which made his release shortly before the start of the 2008 season very puzzling.
Thompson felt that the team needed someone who could do a better job of directional kicking and pin opposing offenses near their own goal line. Since Ryan's release,the Packers punting game has struggled to find any sort of consistency.
The Packers replaced Ryan with Nick Frost, who did not even finish the season before being replaced by Jeremy Kapinos.
Although below average in his time with the Packers in 2008, Kapinos was given the punting job in 2009 and had one of the worst net punting averages in the league.
This year the Packers have brought in Tim Masthay. who was released by the Colts before the season last year, and Australian rules football player Chris Bryan, neither of whom have any real NFL experience.
And although the coaching staff has had very positive things to say about both players, there is some doubt on whether or not either one will be the starting punter for the Packers when the season starts.