Ted Ginn is history. He’s the invasion of Grenada. He’s the World’s Fair. He’s the Teapot Dome scandal. He will fade into yesteryear, along with his puny stat lines. But let us not forget the important lesson Teddy taught us before he headed into the sunset. Kick returns can and will impact the outcome of games.
Patrick Cobbs is not a good kick returner. There, I said it. It was his job last season, before we threw Ginn back there. The job must not go back to Cobbs. He was the 24th best returner in the league. 22 yards and a cloud of dust, with virtually no chance of taking one the distance. Surely we can do better.
Davone Bess is a heck of a slot receiver, but The Bottlenose would like to see a change on punt returns as well. Bess ranked 21st in the league, with a long of 22 yards. These are not game-changing stats. These aren’t numbers that make opposing teams pay when our defense holds them to three and out.
Kick returns are the only area where I could see us missing Ginn. We musn’t let that happen. There are some options, CFL import Ryan Grice-Mullen (clip below), rookies Marlon Brown, Nolan Carroll, A.J. Wallace, maybe even Pat White (he’s fast, great in the open field, and how the heck else is he going to get touches?). Miami needs someone (or sometwo) to emerge.
We can’t afford to accept mediocrity (or worse than mediocrity, 21st and 24th) on punt and kickoff returns. Those aren’t throwaway plays. Those are crucial opportunities to alter the entire complexion of a game.
That’s the pearl of wisdom Ted Ginn left us with on his way up the Turnpike.