Apparently Philadelphia decided to take TMQ's advice and used the short and high kickoff all game long to keep the ball out of Hester's hands. I have this terrible feeling that many teams are going to copy this "trend," taking away a major weapon for us.
Hat tip to Akers for being able to consistently make those kicks. I know that can't be easy to pop it up high and short isn't easy.
The solution I came up with while watching the games this week - move Hester up in the kickoff formation. Manning was a good returner for us before we unleashed the 23 beast last year. Why not drop Manning deep and move Hester up in the formation?
The first time we do this, we might be able to hookwink the team. After that, the kicker has to start identifying which returner we have deep - a process likely to be difficult enough to get some kicks booted directly to Hester.
We can't allow directional or short kick to eliminate one of our best weapons. Time to shake up the formation to get 23 the ball.