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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2012 8:16 am    Post subject: Kluwe Reply with quote

The Vikings, on the Tuesday off-day for players, often conduct tryouts for players and today they worked out a free agent punter, Brian Stahovich, a former San Diego State punter who was with the Colts during the preseason. Vikings punter Chris Kluwe had a rough game in Thursday's loss to Tampa Bay, but it is unlikely the Vikings have any intention of making a move.

http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/blogs/176519121.html


Stahovich was signed by the Colts in April as an undrafted free agent. He did not have any punts with Indianapolis. He is a rookie from San Diego State, where he averaged 42.9 yards per punt.

Vikings punter Chris Kluwe is averaging 43.8 yards on 37 punts this season.

http://www.twincities.com/vikings/ci_21891350/minnesota-vikings-try-out-punter-brian-stahovich


a little motivation to inspire Kluwe regaining his focus, perhaps...?
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2012 8:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think Kluwe and this team knows we need him to step up.

Allthough we'd all rather not see the punter at all during gameday, given his situation, he needs to make a play when called upon.

Realistically, I think its too early to cut our ties with him.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2012 8:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Realistically, I think its too early to cut our ties with him.

particularly for a rookie punter who's averaged less yards per punt in college than Kluwe has during his worst year in the pros.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2012 8:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

vike daddy wrote:
SteelKing728 wrote:
Realistically, I think its too early to cut our ties with him.

particularly for a rookie punter who's averaged less yards per punt in college than Kluwe has during his worst year in the pros.


Blair Walsh was a 60% kicker as a senior, he's doing pretty well.

Not that I expect the team to get rid of Kluwe just yet.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2012 8:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

vike daddy wrote:
SteelKing728 wrote:
Realistically, I think its too early to cut our ties with him.

particularly for a rookie punter who's averaged less yards per punt in college than Kluwe has during his worst year in the pros.


this, but man, the loonies that think players should have no outside life are all over this on the strib ...what a sad place we live in sometimes.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2012 9:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kellerman wrote:
vike daddy wrote:
SteelKing728 wrote:
Realistically, I think its too early to cut our ties with him.

particularly for a rookie punter who's averaged less yards per punt in college than Kluwe has during his worst year in the pros.

Blair Walsh was a 60% kicker as a senior, he's doing pretty well.

huh, whut?

field goal percentage and average punt distance seem to be different stats entirely. but maybe not.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2012 9:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This does sound like a shot across the bow.

Leslie Frazier is one of those coaches who will never criticize a player publicly. He'll just quietly replace the guy when the opportunity presents itself.

I believe that Kluwe, Kevin Williams and Antoine Winfield are the only players left over from the Mike Tice era.
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This does sound like a shot across the bow.

Leslie Frazier is one of those coaches who will never criticize a player publicly. He'll just quietly replace the guy when the opportunity presents itself.

I believe that Kluwe, Kevin Williams and Antoine Winfield are the only players left over from the Mike Tice era.

shot across the bow... Mike Tice...

too many Love Boat memories...



and let's keep in mind at least this year that Spielman makes personnel decisions, Frazier makes coaching decisions.
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It's typical for a team, when a punter has a bad game, to bring in someone just to scare him a little bit. I don't take it very seriously. It's one of those moments where it's just to put Kluwe on notice that we need you to do better.

milanb wrote:
I believe that Kluwe, Kevin Williams and Antoine Winfield are the only players left over from the Mike Tice era.


And Cullen Loeffler.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2012 9:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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shot across the bow... Mike Tice...

too many Love Boat memories...



and let's keep in mind at least this year that Spielman makes personnel decisions, Frazier makes coaching decisions.


Yes, but Spielman would have no reason to work out a marginally talented punter unless Kluwe was hurt or Frazier was looking to send Kluwe a message.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2012 10:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like Kluwe, but he's 27th in the league in punting. It seems like he could be upgraded.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2012 10:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

vike daddy wrote:
Kellerman wrote:
vike daddy wrote:
SteelKing728 wrote:
Realistically, I think its too early to cut our ties with him.

particularly for a rookie punter who's averaged less yards per punt in college than Kluwe has during his worst year in the pros.

Blair Walsh was a 60% kicker as a senior, he's doing pretty well.

huh, whut?

field goal percentage and average punt distance seem to be different stats entirely. but maybe not.


What I'm trying to say is that you can't always use college performance when judging kickers or punters, as coaching or technique can be an important issue.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2012 10:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think Kluwe has gotten a little complacent here. This could spark a fire under his arse and getting him playing better.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2012 11:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

milanb wrote:
vike daddy wrote:

shot across the bow... Mike Tice...

too many Love Boat memories...



and let's keep in mind at least this year that Spielman makes personnel decisions, Frazier makes coaching decisions.

Yes, but Spielman would have no reason to work out a marginally talented punter unless Kluwe was hurt or Frazier was looking to send Kluwe a message.

I know Childress did this same thing at least once with Kluwe. It worked last time.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2012 12:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Punting stats are goofy. Since Frazier punts inside the other teams territory a lot, how do we judge distance? I am not saying he is great, but a ton of stuff goes into gross and net yards outside of the punters control.
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