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PostPosted: Sat Jun 08, 2013 11:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

HighHopes wrote:
Randomish question. Do you guys think Kickers are just told to kick it as hard as they can in Kickoffs or do they want to try to hit the very end in hopes of a stupid KR who gets tackled before the 20?


Other factors to be considered are quality of the return specialist and the confidence of your coverage unit. I wouldnt want to give a dangerous return specialist a chance, but it could be a viable strategy to lob a kick six yards deep in hopes that you can trust your coverage unit to make a stop before the 20.
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Minnesota Vikings' special teams coach Mike Priefer and Blair Walsh sat down after the kicker's stellar season and watched every kick to see where the rookie Pro Bowler needed to improve on to avoid a sophomore slump. Walsh took notes as he and Priefer studied every kickoff, field goal and point after touchdown to analyze his footwork and speed to the ball among other techniques.

Priefer: "[Walsh] kept a journal and continually refers back to it. He did it in the spring and will this season. In the spring, he was a little of on his footwork and basically he figured it out. He watched the tape on it and went out the next day and fixed it. I've mentioned to him several kickers in the NFL that have had wonderful rookie seasons and have gone on to have two or three poor years and are out of the league now.

Walsh: "There are a ton of guys in this league who have kicked consistently over a long period of time. I still have a ways to go to get on their level. I'm confident and know I can be the best."

http://www.1500espn.com/sportswire/Vikings_kicker_Blair_Walsh_striving_to_avoid_a_sophomore_slump072713


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Green Bay’s Mason Crosby had a strong rookie season, despite making just 80 percent of his field goals. He wouldn’t make 80 percent again for four years and, coming off a dismal 2012 season in which he missed 12 of 33 field goal attempts – a league-worst 64 percent – his job is clearly on the line in training camp this year.

Billy Cundiff appeared to have the Dallas kicking job locked down in 2003, when he scored 99 points in 16 games, but when his field goal percentage dropped in each of the following two seasons he was cut by the Cowboys and has played with four different teams since.

Nick Folk appeared to have a long career ahead of him in Dallas when he made 87 percent of his field goals his first two seasons, but after a case of the yips in 2009 (missing 10 of 28 field goals) he was cut and has never recovered. He hasn’t made 78 percent of his field goal attempts in any of this three years with the Jets.

Rian Lindell hooked on with Seattle in 2000 and responded by making 88 percent of his field goals (15 of 17) in 12 games as a rookie to win the job. Over his next two seasons, he made just 43 of 61 attempts (70 percent) and his Seattle career was over.

Lawrence Tynes made an impact on the 2007 champion Giants, making 85.2 percent of his field goal attempts. In the four full seasons he has played for the Giants since, he has never matched that percentage.

http://min.scout.com/2/1310574.html
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 04, 2013 5:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

60 yarder from Walsh. Outdoors


http://www.vikings.com/media-vault/videos/Blair_Walsh_Connects_From_60Yards_Out/d70d08c1-75c1-4eda-9ef2-abd5db0c2727
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60 yarder from Walsh. Outdoors


http://www.vikings.com/media-vault/videos/Blair_Walsh_Connects_From_60Yards_Out/d70d08c1-75c1-4eda-9ef2-abd5db0c2727

It was cool. To bad they didn't show the 3 straight misses for 40, 42, and 45 before that. Laughing
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It has not been a particularly smooth camp for second-year kicker Blair Walsh and his new holder, Jeff Locke. Walsh made 7 of 10 field-goal attempts during Saturday night's scrimmage. He pushed kicks wide right from 48, 45 and 33 yards, including one after Locke bobbled a good snap from Cullen Loeffler. During 2-minute drills last week, Walsh missed kicks of 43 and 50 yards.

Special-teams coordinator Mike Priefer said Monday "timing issues" are causing problems within the kicking threesome.

http://www.twincities.com/vikings/ci_23799193/minnesota-vikings-kicker-blair-walsh-struggling-but-undeterred
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 06, 2013 9:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

People downplay the value of a good holder, but as the Cowboys showed a couple of years back, not having a good one can ruin your season.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 06, 2013 10:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Walsh had a historical season for any kicker. He has knowwhere to go but down from a statistical standpoint. Hopefully the timing improves, kluwe was taken for granted in that regard.
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i'm sure Kluwe bobbled some snaps early on in his holding career too. Locke will be fine.
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Day 15 Training Camp:

Doing his best to avoid a sophomore slump this season, Vikings kicker Blair Walsh has been pretty quiet so far in Mankato. That is until today when Walsh riled up the fans by kicking a 63-yard field goal that bounced off the crossbar and through for three. If the kick had been in a regulation game, it would have been a record.

Walsh spent the rest of the session kicking 7-for-7 on contested field goals and added two more with no defense from 57-yards.

http://www.kfan.com/pages/vikingsblog.html?article=11575260#ixzz2c8Or7eHS
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Vikings Pro Bowl kicker Blair Walsh was wide left with a 42-yard attempt in the fourth quarter of the Vikings' 24-23 victory over the Titans. Later, he kicked a 25-yard field goal to clinch the win. Walsh took the blame for the miss, even though rookie holder Jeff Locke bobbled the ball as he set it down.

Walsh: "Honestly, I put that one on me from the right hash. I've got to make that. We needed it. No I'm not [being kind to Jeff Locke.] I really think I should have made it. We'll continue to get better. We haven't had many reps this preseason, which doesn't help us. But we'll be fine. We'll get it down."

Walsh noted that last preseason, when he was a rookie, he had a dozen field-goal attempts to work out any kinks with former holder Chris Kluwe, but only six attempts this year with Locke.

http://www.twincities.com/vikings/ci_23979056/olsen-carted-off-field-after-concussion
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Walsh had a historical season for any kicker. He has knowwhere to go but down from a statistical standpoint. Hopefully the timing improves, kluwe was taken for granted in that regard.


I stand by this still, I think we need to assume that Walsh may not be as reliable as last year. He was insane as a rookie. Doesn't help that Locke keeps fumbling the snap.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 30, 2013 3:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Webb would be an interesting holder to have.

Obviously he's no threat throwing the ball, but he sure can run.

and he has really big hands, so fumbling shouldn't be an issue. Laughing
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Webb would be an interesting holder to have.

Obviously he's no threat throwing the ball, but he sure can run.

and he has really big hands, so fumbling shouldn't be an issue. Laughing


This really isn't a bad idea. If there is a bad snap of rather have Webb back there trying to run for a first then Locke. Webb is also a reserve, only downside is how much practice time would he need to become a reliable holder. How will that impact his ability to be a wr or to be on the scout team
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 30, 2013 3:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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i'm sure Kluwe bobbled some snaps early on in his holding career too. Locke will be fine.


You are sure of that, or assuming that?
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