Found January 05, 2012 on Ultimate NYG:
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One of Bill Parcells' pet peeves was letting a punt hit the ground.  According to former Giant Phil McConkey, this was sacrilege.  "It was against the law, punishable by beheading, if you let that ball hit the ground." said McConkey.   Current Giants punt returner Will Blackmon, fortunately for his sake, Bill Parcells is not his coach.  Otherwise, Blackmon would not be wearing blue at all.  This past week, in a critical game against the Dallas Cowboys, Blackmon broke a cardinal Parcells rule.  DO NOT LET PUNTS hit the ground.  Because when a punt returner allows a punt to hit the ground, field position is surrendered.  In the 1986 NFC Championship game, Parcells attributed McConkey's outstanding performance as a difference maker in this game.  Because McConkey caught each punt, the Giants did not lose valuable field position. On the other hand,  the Washington returner did not do a good job at all.  By not catching punts,  Parcells calculated the Re...
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