Dec 30, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets punter Robert Malone (3) gets off a punt as Buffalo Bills defensive end Kyle Moore (54) rushes during the second half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Bills beat the Jets 28-9. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

2012 Jets Unsung Hero: Robert Malone


In a year when your team goes 6-10, it’s tough to identify great performers, as there aren’t many to find. There are the obvious ones, like Antonio Cromartie, and Jeremy Kerley. There are the steady guys, such as Nick Mangold, D’Brickashaw Ferguson, and David Harris. There are the new Jets that stole the show, such as LaRon Landry. But, many don’t pay attention to the punter. For the Jets, he was a diamond in the rough. Robert Malone was an excellent weapon, and the numbers tell the story. Let me show you.

Out of regular punter, Robert Malone has the 5th lowest percentage of punts returned, with 36.9%. He also had the 5th most punts that were fair caught with 24, and the 5th most punts out of bounds with 11. 27 of Malone’s punts resulted in the opposing team starting inside their own 20 yard line. With 5.5 seconds, he had the second longest hang time of any punter in the sport. What does this all tell us? That Robert Malone is one of the best at pinning Jets’ opponents deep on their side of the field, which is an excellent weapon when your own offense can’t score against a high school team.

Imagine how good Malone would have been if the offense could actually score points!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/john.szeligowski John Szeligowski Jr.

    Malone was a gift fromt he almighty himself and I’m surprised Ryan and Tanenbaum actually saw it in him. How nobody ever publicly let those two have it for letting go Weatherford for Connelly is completely mind boggling and it told me long ago that Ryan plays favorites to a fault. He just gets completely blinded by his heart and shouldn’t be a personnel evaluator. At one point I could’ve screamed everytime a Giant fan thanked me for pretty much giving them Weatherford. Great job Malone!!!

    • TheJetPress

      agree on all points John.

    • dsch

      Well, let’s remember that Weatherford played himself out of Florham Park. He drove Paul Westhoff insane. 1. Remember how Weatherford, on his own, decided to fake-punt against the Packers and blew it, giving the Packers great field position during a scoreless tie? 2. Weatherford boomed a 12-yard punt(!) against the Pats in the early going of the 45-3 rout, that helped the Pats get a big jump that game. 3. Following that game, Weatherford became the touchback king, and his lack of ability to pin opponents inside the 20 down the 2010 stretch run caused Westhoff and Ryan fits. And those are the reasons why the Jets let W go.

      • TheJetPress

        Hi John,
        I had forgotten about the Patriot game punt, but not the fake. God that was a ridiculous fake punt wasn’t it? He did make Westhoff go nuts. Can you believe how he badmouthed the team after he was gone too.