On the first day the NFL was allowed to conduct business, the Bears reportedly notified punter Brad Maynard that he would not be re-signed. Thus ends a pretty storied 10-year veteran career. My favorite sarcastic afternoon sports talk show hosts yesterday were mocking the sentiments being expressed by some over Maynard’s departure. Say what you want, but Maynard really solidified a position that had been a shambles under Dave Wannstedt and during Dick Jauron’s two seasons.
Think it doesn’t matter a bit who the punter is? I will never forget Maynard pinning the Saints with their backs to the end zone in the NFC Championship game. Before that point, momentum had clearly swung to News Orleans’ side. Following the perfect punt, Drew Brees committed a safety, and the rest of the game went to the Bears. That was one of the key plays in that game to me.
So Brad Maynard, class act, I say you will be missed.