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Entry from January 06, 2013
“If every offensive series ends with a kick, that’s not all bad” (football adage)

New York Jets head football coach Herman Edwards told his team in 2005:

“I’m happy as long as we’re kicking the ball. Extra points, field goals and punts, doesn’t matter. As long as a possession ends with a kick.”

The point of the saying is that the team on offense doesn’t turn the ball over to the other team, such as after a fumble or an interception. “Any drive that ends with a kick—a field goal, a point after touchdown, even a punt—is a successful one” was said in another NFL newspaper story in January 2006.

College football coach Nick Saban (Alabama) said in 2012 that it’s an “old saying” that “if every offensive series ends with a kick, whether it’s a punt, a field goal or an extra point, that’s pretty good.” College football coach Will Muschamp (Florida) was reported in 2013 that he “likes to joke that any possession that ends with a kick—an extra point, a field goal, even a punt—is a good thing.”


Jets Insider.com Forums
LesterLyles
10-02-2005, 07:55 PM
[QUOTE=NYRAGE]Yeah, Hermie said, “It’s a priviledge to play in the NFL, we play to win the game, and we had a chance to win as long as we didn’t make any turnovers and our defense scored a few times”.

How about the great quote that Dierdorf realyed to the viewers: I’m happy as long as we’re kicking the ball. Extra points, FGS and punts, doesn’t matter. As long as a possesion ends with a kick.

If this doesn’t scream “attention getter” I don’t know what does. I feel like he tries so hard to be clever w/ these quotes. Screw the cleverness, Herm, and coach your frigging team!

Google Groups: alt.sports.football.pro.ny-jets
buRford
10/01/05
(...)
Herm wasn’t telling the team this week, that if a series ends with a kick, he’d be happy.

New York (NY) Times
PRO FOOTBALL; Year Older and Wiser, and No Longer Scrambling
By JUDY BATTISTA
Published: January 22, 2006
(...)
He is now so in tune with his role that he has embraced an N.F.L. axiom that Dan Dierdorf, the CBS analyst, explained to him before the Colts game: any drive that ends with a kick—a field goal, a point after touchdown, even a punt—is a successful one.

Scout.com
Coach Nick Saban’s Monday Press Briefing
This story originally published on BamaMag.com
By Combined Reports
Posted Oct 10, 2007
(...)
“If every offensive series ends with a kick, and maybe you’ve heard me say this before, whether it’s an extra point, a field goal, or a punt, that isn’t all bad. Because all the rest of the stuff that happens is not worth a darn.”

ChiefsPlanet
Reerun_KC
11-14-2008, 12:22 PM
(...)
“All drives that end in a Kick, are good drives” /Herm

Behind the Steel Curtain
Opponent Spotlight: P Sam Koch
By Neal Coolong on Jan 15, 2009 7:15a
A good possession ends with a kick. Extra point, field goal or a punt.

Sports Illustrated
Alabama’s mystery man has gift of gab, bright coaching future
By George Schroeder
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.—Jim McElwain met with the media the other day. Alabama’s offensive coordinator was articulate, funny, insightful when he wanted to be—and articulate, funny and vague when he didn’t.
(...)
But that’s OK with McElwain, whose offensive philosophy fits neatly into one sentence: “Let’s figure out a way to win, and let’s run off the field.” And here’s a little more: “Every offensive possession should end in a kick. Sometime in the world of football, you have to reserve the right to punt.”

Broncos Forums
admin
12-04-2011 12:47 PM
MileHighReport: #Broncos offensive mentality - Every drive ends with a kick - punt, XP or FG attempt… #Patience

Rill Bama Roll
The Jumbo Package | 11.1.12
By Todd on Nov 1, 2012 7:48a
“We have an old saying that I’m sure our fans don’t like: ‘If every offensive series ends with a kick, whether it’s a punt, a field goal or an extra point, that’s pretty good—could be worse,’” Saban said. “When you give the ball away to the other guy, that’s never a good thing, and it has a really significant impact on the outcome of games.”

Oregon Live
Sugar Bowl: Can No. 22 Louisville surprise everyone and outplay No. 4 Florida? (poll)
By Sporting News
on January 02, 2013 at 1:15 PM
(...)
Muschamp likes to joke that any possession that ends with a kick—an extra point, a field goal, even a punt—is a good thing.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CitySports/Games • Sunday, January 06, 2013 • Permalink