Back in the early part of the century, there was a brief period when it seemed like Dante Hall(notes) was returning a kick for a touchdown every week. Just when the hype about his special teams prowess reached its height and it seemed like he couldn't possibly do it again, there was Hall, defying expectations and racing into the end zone.
The San Diego Chargers punt unit is like Dante Hall, only the exact opposite. Instead of rising up to the highest of expectations, the Chargers live down to the lowest ones. Early in their eventual victory over the Houston Texans on Sunday, San Diego had its fifth punt of the season blocked.
If you wonder how the Chargers, with the NFL's top-ranked offense and defense, can still be a middling 4-5 on the season, look no further than plays like this.
- Dante Hall