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SI's Punter Ratings

Dec. 21, 2009
Dec. 21, 2009

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Dec. 21, 2009

LEADING OFF
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
PUNTERS
THE YEAR IN MEDIA
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SI's Punter Ratings

As the booming 55-yard punt that rolls into the end zone illustrates, raw numbers don't always tell the story of a punter's effectiveness. So to quantify a punter's value to his team, SI adapted the quarterback rating. For completions, we substituted fair catches, downed punts and punts out-of-bounds. Incompletions we replaced with returns and touchbacks. Instead of passing yards and touchdowns, we plugged in net yards and punts downed inside the 20. Assuming a 99-yarder with no return as the best outcome and one returned for 109 yards and a TD as the worst, we used a series of multipliers to arrive at a perfect punter rating of 100 and a lowest possible rating of -68.1. Like the quarterback rating, this isn't a perfect system—it doesn't take into account factors such as outkicking your coverage (see Shane Lechler, who leads the league with a 51.4 gross average)—but it shows who consistently combines the elements of effective punting. Here, then, are SI's inaugural punter ratings, for the 2009 NFL season through Dec. 7 (minimum 40 punts).

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Punter, TeamRating
MAT MCBRIAR(above), Cowboys41.24
BEN GRAHAM,Cardinals39.76
DUSTIN COLQUITT,Chiefs39.22
MIKE SCIFRES,Chargers38.90
DAVE ZASTUDIL,Browns37.80
BRAD MAYNARD,Bears36.98
DANIEL SEPULVEDA,Steelers36.34
JEFF FEAGLES,Giants36.15
DONNIE JONES,Rams35.79
SAV ROCCA,Eagles35.70
MICHAEL KOENEN,Falcons35.19
BRANDON FIELDS,Dolphins34.80
MATT TURK,Texans34.52
SHANE LECHLER,Raiders34.13
ANDY LEE,49ers34.02
JON RYAN,Seahawks33.74
JASON BAKER,Panthers33.55
PAT MCAFEE,Colts33.43
SAM KOCH,Ravens33.20
ADAM PODLESH,Jaguars32.89
CHRIS KLUWE,Vikings32.74
KEVIN HUBER,Bengals32.55
NICK HARRIS,Lions32.40
BRIAN MOORMAN,Bills32.07
STEVEN WEATHERFORD,Jets31.79
DIRK JOHNSON,Buccaneers31.67
CHRIS HANSON,Patriots31.60
THOMAS MORSTEAD,Saints29.99
JEREMY KAPINOS,Packers25.98
PHOTOERIC GAY/AP