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Kicking Struggles

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Has anyone noticed how many kickers have been struggling this season? Akers (21-30), Crosby (15-24), Vinatieri (21-28) Gostkowski (24-30) and Prater (17-22), all considered elite kickers, have all had horrible misses at key times. Who could forget Gostkowki's miss at the end of the Cardinals game?! I shall refer to this is Cundiff's Curse from here on out.
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[quote name='flaccopoe' timestamp='1354692376' post='1247176']
Has anyone noticed how many kickers have been struggling this season? Akers (21-30), Crosby (15-24), Vinatieri (21-28) Gostkowski (24-30) and Prater (17-22), all considered elite kickers, have all had horrible misses at key times. Who could forget Gostkowki's miss at the end of the Cardinals game?! I shall refer to this is Cundiff's Curse from here on out.
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Maybe it's time for the tucker era
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These guys you named are all up there in age. It sucks having to go with a rookie (not for us right now =) but usually) so teams just stick with vets. Eventually they need to be replaced. Plus for some reason the standard for kickers now a days is being able to kick 100% inside 50 and around 80% between 50-60%.

Just like every QB now is supposed to be top 5. Standards are drastically increasing.
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Gostkowski, Crosby, and Prater are all 28. Not old by any means for a kicker and it should be their prime in terms of physical strength (unless kicking is like gymnastics and you want underage flexible people).

It's definitely odd, but I'm glad we're part of the new wave of kickers (Tucker, Zuerlin, and Walsh)
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Crosby continues to dig his own grave. Other than that, it was a pretty good week for FG kickers! My boy Kai Forbath is continuing his perfect season... at the cost of the Ravens losing.
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It looks like Akers and Crosby are almost guaranteed to be replaced in the offseason. However, as disappointing as a lot of veteran kickers have been this season, there's a bright future on the horizon. Several young kickers have really taken the NFL by storm.

Blair Walsh, aka "The Blair Walsh Project", has stunned the league with his kangaroo kicks, hitting 9-of-9 FGs of 50+ yd in his rookie season, beating the NFL record previously held by Jason Hanson and Morten Andersen.

Greg "Young GZ" Zuerlin is close behind with 7 50+ yd FGs, including a 60-yd rocket that ties him with Morten Anderson, Dan Carpenter and Rob Bironas for the 3rd-longest FG ever made.

Kai Forbath has the longest NFL debut kicking record, making all 17 of his kicks in his rookie season, replacing the dinosaur Billy Cundiff.

Dan Bailey continues to impress in his 2nd season, perfect from under 50 and 3/5 from 50+.
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[quote name='flaccopoe' timestamp='1356376864' post='1278102']
It looks like Akers and Crosby are almost guaranteed to be replaced in the offseason. However, as disappointing as a lot of veteran kickers have been this season, there's a bright future on the horizon. Several young kickers have really taken the NFL by storm.

Blair Walsh, aka "The Blair Walsh Project", has stunned the league with his kangaroo kicks, hitting 9-of-9 FGs of 50+ yd in his rookie season, beating the NFL record previously held by Jason Hanson and Morten Anderson.

Greg "Young GZ" Zuerlin is close behind with 7 50+ yd FGs, including a 60-yd rocket that ties him with Morten Anderson, Dan Carpenter and Rob Bironas for the 2nd-longest FG ever made.

Kai Forbath has the longest NFL debut kicking record, making all 17 of his 1st kicks in his rookie season.

Dan Bailey continues to impress in his 2nd season, perfect from under 50 and 3/5 from 50+.
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There's also this guy named Justin Tucker. Not sure if you've heard of him.. ;)
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[quote name='ravens__' timestamp='1356378343' post='1278134']
There's also this guy named Justin Tucker. Not sure if you've heard of him.. ;)
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Thanks for pointing him out!

Tucker is 29/31 (93.5%), kicking 4/4 from 50+, including a 56-yd rocket. It's worth noting that one of his misses came in the kicking hell that is Heinz Field.
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[quote name='flaccopoe' timestamp='1356379603' post='1278160']
Thanks for pointing him out!

Tucker is 29/31 (93.5%), kicking 4/4 from 50+, including a 56-yd rocket. It's worth noting that one of his misses came in the kicking hell that is Heinz Field.
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And the other came during a rainstorm.
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These teams need to sign the Norwegian

Apologies if the video is already posted on this site, I didn't see it

[media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDwbjHV8jLo[/media]
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[quote name='Irish Raven' timestamp='1356590836' post='1279915']
These teams need to sign the Norwegian

Apologies if the video is already posted on this site, I didn't see it

[media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDwbjHV8jLo[/media]
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Dropkick Murphys! Great soundtrack! The guy's got good taste!!! [size=2]not to mention the amazing leg! :D[/size]
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[quote name='Irish Raven' timestamp='1356590836' post='1279915']
These teams need to sign the Norwegian

Apologies if the video is already posted on this site, I didn't see it
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[font=trebuchet ms,helvetica,sans-serif][i]And just think, if he doesn't make it as a kicker, you could always use him as a kicking-QB.

[img]https://dl.dropbox.com/u/42171653/BR.com/Sigs/00%20Cosmic%20Red%20Panda/00.gif[/img] Cosmic[/i][/font]
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Ah yes, if the NFL doesn't work out there will be rugby teams lining up to sign him

Could make a great out-half

I believe Haloti Ngata was a rugby star when he was in high school
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[quote name='INRavensgirl' timestamp='1356591949' post='1279923']
Dropkick Murphys! Great soundtrack! The guy's got good taste!!! [size=2]not to mention the amazing leg! :D[/size]
[/quote]wow; what a leg!
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It has been a crazy year for kickers overall. Phil Dawson has been in the league since '99 and honestly his last two seasons have been his best. One of the few long-time kickers that is doing well lately it seems.
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Glad to see Crosby ended his season on a high note! I wonder if Hanson will retire at the end of the season?
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Billy Cundiff signed with the 49ers.

https://twitter.com/JasonLaCanfora/status/286221418696409088
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[quote name='Mt. Crushmore' timestamp='1357077768' post='1286121']
Billy Cundiff signed with the 49ers.

[url="https://twitter.com/JasonLaCanfora/status/286221418696409088"]https://twitter.com/...221418696409088[/url]
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Teams are getting desperate. Akers has been trash all year but I wouldn't sign Cundiff for a postseason run. He's better than Akers (sorta) but are the options really that small?
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