Lions Bring in Long Snapper

Posted by Tara Altman on December 17, 2009 – 9:56 pm

With the uncertainty of LS Don Muhlbach’s status for this Sunday’s game against the Cardinals after suffering a concussion last week at Baltimore, the Lions signed LS Nathan Hodel to step in, in case Muhlback is unable to play.

Schwartz: “It’s in case (Muhlbach) isn’t able to go on Sunday. We needed to wait as long as we could to make that move and we did. It still doesn’t shut the door on (Muhlbach), there’s still a possibility that he’ll be able to go but we just wanted to make sure that if he wasn’t, we’d have somebody who had been practicing and was ready to go that we could pull the trigger on rather than bringing a guy in who never worked with the punter or the placekicker before.”

While the long snapper position often goes unnoticed, it serves a crucial role and can make or break a kick.

Schwartz: “Well, everybody always looks at the placekicker but the snapper and the holder are every bit just as important. Snap, hold, protection when you have field goals and for the punter, the location of the ball is huge and the velocity of the ball is huge. Those guys are unsung heroes. If they make good snaps nobody knows about the, but if they make bad snaps, it’s painfully obvious. It’s a very, very important part of the team.”

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  1. By Detroit Lions #1 on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Muhlbach has always been steady. Except for that Minnesota game of course…

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