Originally posted by Raul98:
Why does Williams fair catch everything? i don't understand it hes super fast and shifty if he tried to return the punts he could get some good yardage. Does he not want to get hit? For the second half of the season I want some one else returning punts. Hes also not that great of a wide receiver he fumbled yesterday that caused that fight.
I honestly believe Harbaugh and his staff simply HATE having to deal with the unknown. More than likely, they encourage KW to be extremely judicious in his determination of when to take off and when to fair catch. No doubt they'd prefer to have a dynamic kick-returing threat back there, but with no "trusted agents" as far as kick returners on the roster at the moment, they'd rather go with the devil they know (KW and his risk-averse dependability) than the devil they don't (the other untested/unproven returners on the roster). If our offense had been consistently explosive and we didn't have to dig out of an early-season hole, the coaching staff would likely have been much more experimental in terms of touches in the return game. But with very little room for error as far as keeping up with Seattle, Harbaugh and Co. are probably much more comforable getting nothing in the return game but not having to worry about turnovers than having to hold their breath every time the opposition punts.
Although I'm doing "the Picard" every time I see a KW fair catch with the closest defender some five yards away, I'd be hesistant to change things at the moment as well. Perhaps when we're healthier and better able to recover from momentum changers (like a muffed punt), we'll see somebody else worked in back there.
[ Edited by au8277 on Oct 21, 2013 at 9:37 AM ]