For years the debate has raged. To kick to Devin Hester or not. That is the dilemma. Many teams have tried different approaches with mixed results.
To be sure Hester is the greatest return man in the history of the game. Sometimes there is nothing you can do except kick and pray.
That is unless you are the Oakland Raiders who have a knack for keeping Hester in check.
Given Oakland’s success you’d assume teams would be studying game tape to unlock Oakland’s secret. In reality there is no secret. The Raiders do things the Al Davis way. They kick to Hester and dare him to do what he does.
Of course it helps when you have an All-Galaxy punter like Shane Lechler doing the honors. Yesterday Lechler boomed one of the most memorable punts in NFL history as he sent the ball 80 yards downfield forcing Hester to attempt a Willie Mays style catch.