Josh Huff has taken a lot of heat this week for the punt return by Green Bay. Other than saying that he did what the coaches told him to do, he made little comment, named no names, and blamed no one else.
So, let's take a look.
Huff was the left gunner, Carroll the right. We can see that Hyde has not yet caught the ball, so Huff has to respect that. Just running through the PR is a quick 15 and maybe an ejection. Note that the next closest Eagle to Hyde is 20 yards away. Green Bay did a great job of holding up our guys or maybe our guys did a lousy job of getting off the blocks...or both.
Gunners are taught to "front" the PR. Don't let him go straight ahead. Make him go sideways where the pursuit can get him. Huff is fronting the PR from his position as the left gunner, but other than Carroll, help is 20 yards away.
As we can see, Carroll has run past the PR.
Hyde is going straight for where Carroll should have been and help is still 15 yards away.
And of course, Hyde is gone. Help is now 10 yards away, Carroll is turning the wrong way, and Huff, pursuing, is lined up for a simple block.
I think Carroll owes Huff a dinner and thanks for not throwing him under the bus. I think Dave Fipp is going to get in the ears of the rest of those guys, big time. A lot of those guys are in the league only for special teams and this was not special.