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PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2013 12:10 pm    Post subject: Is the Kicking job a foregone conclusion? Reply with quote

Does Randy Bullock have the kicking job wrapped up or does he face competition? i think the plan was to have him kick last season until 1. he was very slightly out done by Shayne Graham 2. he got injured i think the injury gave the texans an excuse to sit him a year on IR

any debate or do we go into training camp with 1 kicker?
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2013 12:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We use that IR resort once a season so im expecting Bullock to be the place kicker and kickoff specialist this year.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2013 2:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

David Akers vs Bullock in camp would be nice
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2013 2:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bunnyracin wrote:
David Akers vs Bullock in camp would be nice


David Akers is done and not worth the money to bring into camp.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2013 2:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

buckwild wrote:
bunnyracin wrote:
David Akers vs Bullock in camp would be nice


David Akers is done and not worth the money to bring into camp.
Did you not see Akers last year? Absolutely horrible..
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2013 2:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Blaze wrote:
buckwild wrote:
bunnyracin wrote:
David Akers vs Bullock in camp would be nice


David Akers is done and not worth the money to bring into camp.
Did you not see Akers last year? Absolutely horrible..
Yeah, Akers was REALLY bad. We'd be better served by bringing Kris Brown back.

I'm sure we go into camp with two Ks - a vet we're not even thinking about will end up in Houston, with an outside chance of winning the gig. Kubiak is going to give Bullock every chance to win the job, but Bullock has to actually live up to the expectation.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2013 3:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bullock was such a high pick for a kicker, and he is good from anywhere inside 55, could be a pro bowler

Does anyone think his injury was very servere lady season?
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2013 3:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Blaze wrote:
buckwild wrote:
bunnyracin wrote:
David Akers vs Bullock in camp would be nice


David Akers is done and not worth the money to bring into camp.
Did you not see Akers last year? Absolutely horrible..


He had a double sports hernia surgery prior to season and had complications with it throughout the season.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2013 3:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kicking competition is always a good thing, especially with vets who teach young guys some nuances in camp. You always need to have guys "on call" in case your kicker gets knicked up in season. Bullock would have to really tank to lose the job this time around whereas last year they might have found another excuse to have him sit and watch a year if the injury hadn't sealed the deal (Graham was slightly better in camp). Bullock should have blown Graham out of the water on kickoffs, but didn't so he'll need to prove that that was because of the injury. I watched him 4 years in Aggieland and while he was accurate, the leg never struck me as anything special. Simple fact is that kicking for the Texans is a cushy job kicking indoors 1/2 the season and very few bad whether games. Kris Brown, Rackers, and Graham were all marginal kickers when they got here only to put up glowing #'s (just don't let Kubiak ever again have Schaub take a knee on 2nd down with 20 seconds left to center a 50 yarder).

Kickoffs, however, need to be a major priority as there is no excuse for exposing ourselves to 62 friggin kickoff returns (including 1 TD that cost us playoff seeding vs. Colts and 1 TD that almost cost us Jets game) is unacceptable. Although Graham's consistency as a FG kicker was a pleasant surprise and going 5-5 from 50+ yards downright shocking, his 28% touchback % was pathetic especially considering the only 3 worse kicked in notorious kicking deathtraps in windy Buffalo and the Meadowlands. League median was 45% and we were 48% in 2011 with Rackers & The Roider (sounds like a Fox sitcom). College kickers regularly nail it through the end zone from the 35, so there is no excuse for exposing ourselves to 20-30 extra dangerous kickoffs, especially when we are also 6th worst in coverage (which also HAS to change).

BTW - just to illustrate how pointless keeping a dedicated roster spot for a kickoff returner is, league average for touchbacks in 2010 was 15%. Jumped to 44% in 2011 and 45% in 2012. Average kickoff returner contributed less than 600 yards last year vs. 1,100 in 2010 and averages 1.5 kickoff returns per game almost all of which are 18-24 yards with 1 or 2 long returns now drastically skewing the average. I would love to see a breakdown of % of kickoffs that were fielded 5 yards deep in the end zone and returned for less than 25 yards, costing teams field position as goodness knows that was Trindon's MO here. Remember kickoffs are measured from where they are fielded, so averaging 22 yards or less likely means starting field position INSIDE the 20 (literally worse than letting all kicks roll into the end zone). Jacoby's 108 yard return may have worked out well for him this time (unlike his ill fated decision to field that punt for us the year before), but on balance 1 or 2 kickoff return td's is not worth the regular risk of pinning your team inside it's own 15 which ultimately will cost you more than 2 td's throwing from there on 3rd down or punting from your end zone.

There were a grand total of 13 kickoff return TD's in 512 NFL games last year vs. 27 fumbles returned for TDs and 72 pick 6's. BTW - That's why you don't stick Daniel Manning back there on kickoffs until critical situations as he and J Joe (and now Ed Reed) are our few playmakers on defense and they'll get 1,000 chances to make a play in a season back there vs. 24 playable kickoffs that still carry high injury risk.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2013 4:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bunnyracin wrote:
Blaze wrote:
buckwild wrote:
bunnyracin wrote:
David Akers vs Bullock in camp would be nice


David Akers is done and not worth the money to bring into camp.
Did you not see Akers last year? Absolutely horrible..


He had a double sports hernia surgery prior to season and had complications with it throughout the season.


Another reason to pass on him. Injury prone. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2013 5:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would expect it to be Bullock and Graham in TC again this year. Competition at K is always a good thing.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2013 9:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wolf6151 wrote:
I would expect it to be Bullock and Graham in TC again this year. Competition at K is always a good thing.


My thoughts exactly.
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