Thanks to cwu91 for calling my attention to the story of our crappy long snapper getting the axe. Let’s hope this leads to a more stable situation on special teams.
I still believe Plackemeier takes too long to kick the ball, regardless of who the snapper is. The same way baseball coaches time a pitcher’s time to the plate, I’d love to be able to compare his time to release a kick versus other punter’s.
One thing I will say is that a good snapper can make a significant difference in the kicking game. I remember years ago when we added JP Darche–the best long snapper in Seahawks history (apologies to Trey Junkin fans)–that Feagles punts suddenly got longer and more accurate. It was overnight, and he credited the snaps.