Rocca calls shanked punt 'not acceptable'

Rocca calls shanked punt 'not acceptable'
October 27, 2013, 9:30 pm
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Washington Redskins punter Sav Rocca (6) on the bench during the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. The Dallas Cowboys beat the Washington Redskins 31-16.

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DENVER—A number of miscues led to the Redskins’ 45-21 loss to Peyton Manning and the Broncos at Mile High. One that helped accelerate the late slide was Sav Rocca’s fourth quarter shank.

With the score knotted at 21, Rocca attempted to punt the ball away from Trindon Holliday. Instead, Rocca kicked the ball off the side of his foot and out of bounds. The punt traveled 15 yards and set the Broncos up at the Redskins’ 35-yard-line.

“It was just a bad kick on my part,” Rocca said. “It’s something that is not acceptable as a punter. It was just a bad punt.”

One play after the shanked punt, Manning connected with Knowshon Moreno for a touchdown that put the Broncos ahead for good, 28-21.

Rocca said he simply misjudged how much time he had.

“I wanted to it to go out of bounds,” Rocca said. “But that was a little bit too much. I tried to get the ball off quickly so they didn’t have a chance of blocking it. I just over-strode on my last step and that caused me to shank it like that.”

Until that mistake, Rocca and the punt coverage team had done a solid job against Holliday, including four that pinned the Broncos inside their own 20.