Yeah, I do honestly believe it's bad enough to be banned.
As for punts, if angled correctly near the boundaries, the returner will try to catch it but the ball will just bounce off their leg. I've had that happen to me as well.
Just another cheap way to get the ball back.
Weird. I don't even think my returner was getting to the ball in time. The way the game was reacting to the punt, it was like in the preseason when your kicker would get put in to punt. The screen would kind of zoom in when it flipped around, and it looked like the ball was hitting off the side of the punter's foot. But it would go maybe 30-40 yards. I was able to recover it every time...but by the time one of my guys got to it, his defenders were right there too, so it was pretty nerve racking.
I'd like to hear Hemingway's explanation of what he was trying to do because there was just something about it that didn't feel right. Like I said, if the intent is to not allow a return, then angle it out of bounds. Skipping it along the field does make it seem like you're trying to get the ball back. I do feel this needs to be looked into.
As for completely banning the squib kick...I do think Joely Poley's example is relevant...and like he said, even if he did somehow manage to recover it, it wouldn't make any difference...as long as it was at the end of the game and he was winning. You would have to limit a similar situation at the end of the 1st half though...because if the kicking team recovered the squib with time left, they could be in field goal range or have a decent shot at a hail mary.
That would basically only leave one situation where kicking a squib is ok... :05 or less with a lead in the 4th quarter. Honestly, it's just another example of EA's horrible programming, and the fact that they have no clue how the sport is supposed to play.