RENTON, Wash. — For most of his career, Jon Ryan’s task was to change field position with booming punts.
And then the Seattle Seahawks decided they wanted to change their punting approach. They wanted Ryan to pull back and use hang time and directional punting to take away the danger of giving up long returns.
“That’s been my whole career is going after the ball and smashing it. So it’s a little bit different,” Ryan said. “For me, it’s taking the driver out of my hands a little bit. It seems to be working, so I’m not going to complain.”