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Punters might be the players who get less respect or attention than anyone else on any football team. Sadly, they get noticed more often when something goes wrong. When something goes right, people just shrug and say "they're doing their job."
But teams who really rely on field position battles -- like the Ravens -- need punters who are consistent. They need a guy who can pin other teams deep and punt in ways that help their coverage. That's why Sam Koch's been so helpful to them throughout his career.
However, Koch's desire for Sunday's Super Bowl game is kind of interesting. He'd be fine if most of his time at the Superdome was spent on the bench.
"I like to punt as much as I can, but if I'm punting, it's usually not a good thing for our offense," Koch said when speaking to the media on Tuesday."When our offense is rolling, there's a good chance that we many only have one or two punts."
The Ravens' offense has been rolling so far throughout the playoffs. They've scored 90 points in three games -- averaging 30 points per game in wins over the Colts, Broncos and Patriots.
Koch's had to punt some, but struggled a bit at times. The Superdome might fix some of his troubles as there won't be any weather problems, something the Ravens have dealt with in the wins over Denver and New England.
The Ravens will need the help that Koch and Justin Tucker give them. As we've written about several times, special teams have gone from being a weakness to a very strong point in 2012-- a big reason the Ravens are ready to play the Super Bowl.
Koch said he just tries to go out there and do his job each week and help the team. And he's just fine with that.
"When you have guys like Ray Lewis and Joe Flacco, they deserve all of the respect that they get," he said. "There and try to earn my respect from the coaches on the field and from my teammates on Sunday.”