Yesterday Tom Coughlin and Justin Tuck came to the defense of Matt Dodge, who was booed robustly upon taking the field at New Meadowlands Stadium (it was still called that on Monday) for the first time since his infamous performance against the Eagles last December. Today it was Lawrence Tynes’ turn to stand up for the popular punter.
"Get over it," Tynes said. "He lives with that every day. You don't think it bothers him?
“I’m happy for him that he’s overcome all of this,” Tynes added. “I understand people’s anger and they want to boo, but that was last year. Let’s move on. He’s improved, he’s doing a great job and I’m just happy for him.”
Dodge said he was not surprised by his greeting. “I’m getting kind of used to it,” he said. “I just have to keep trying to do well and win them back over.”
He did say that the booing he received on Monday was “pretty brutal.” But his 62-yard punt in the midst of those jeers did turn the crowd around. “They were boo-ooh good job!” Dodge said. “It was pretty interesting.”
As for his battle with Steve Weatherford, Dodge appears to be holding his own.
“It’s pretty close,” Dodge said after two games of alternating opportunities. “We’re both punting well. He punts really well all the time so I have to step my game up just to be on the same field as him.”