The title of this slide should’ve been, Ted Ginn is the man! However, this unit performed beautifully together in all facets of Special Teams.
Whether it was David Akers 4/4 field goals, the tackling of Leon Washington when it looked as though he might break one to the house or the beautiful 64 yard punt by Andy Lee that looked like it stalled in the air and just sat on the Two yard line.
Everyone in Brad Seely’s unit came prepared to play and play they did.
Now, Tedd Ginn is the Man! Yes, it’s true that Ginn took a pay cut last week in order to remain with the team in what looks to be a primary contributor on Special Teams, many fans were expecting to see rookie Kendal Hunter returning Kick offs and Ginn returning Punts, however, the coaches put the best players on the field and had Ginn returning both.
And return he did, Ginn became the first player to return both a kickoff and a punt for touchdowns in the same game since Eddie Royal of the Denver Broncos did it in 2009, and it’s unknown whether it has ever been done back-to-back like Ginn did it.
Considering that the Niners only had one punt returned for a touchdown all of last season and no kickoffs returned for touchdowns last year, this unit looks to be much improved, as they bested their longest kickoff return from last year of 61 yards, and that’s with the new rule moving the kick offs up five yards this year.
So, if anyone ever tells you that Special Teams aren’t a big part of the game, just tell them to talk to the San Diego Chargers.