...that is, according to a recent in-depth analysis.
"I've found that, throughout the course of a football game, having the ball is really important and good," said Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, widely regarded as the league's greatest football mind. "Given that the idea behind punting is to willingly and knowingly give the ball away, one would not expect it to be a very popular thing to do. Understood?"The funny thing is, this Onion article perfectly captures the state of punting in the NFL. Offenses have become good enough to tip the balance further and further toward going for it. Having the ball is good. Not having it is bad. It even discusses the fact that the kickoff following a score has to be factored into the equation.
"You have to give the ball away after you score by kicking it off, and no one likes that, but that's different from punting," Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said. "For one thing, you're in a good mood because you just scored. And you can't score more than one touchdown each time you have the ball—that's the rule. So you have to kick the ball away, but it's sort of okay, since you can't really do anything else."Helmet-knock to Eddy Elfenbein for the link.