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PostPosted: Fri Aug 30, 2013 5:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

PrplChilPill wrote:
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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?


Locke will improve with practice. Fact.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 30, 2013 5:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

PrplChilPill wrote:
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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?

Positive on that; it was even brought up by Greg Coleman & Rick Spielman during last night's broadcast.
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Blair Walsh had perhaps the finest rookie season by a kicker in NFL history. He made 35 of 38 field-goal attempts. His NFL-record 10 field goals of 50 yards or longer came without a miss. His 141 points ranked second by a rookie in NFL history. And he also crushed the team record for touchbacks with 53. Can he keep that going with a new holder [Locke] and three more outdoor games [seven] than a year ago?

Walsh: “There’s always room for improvement. We’ve gone through every kick, every kickoff from last year. There are things I can do to improve. It’s really a never-ending process to maintain the kind of consistency you need at this level. The sophomore slump is a good thing to acknowledge and understand, but yeah, you don’t want to dwell on it.”

http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/221948491.html
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Blair Walsh is a prime example of the evolution of a field-goal kicker. I hate to admit it, but I can (vaguely) remember when guys kicked the ball straight on -- Don Chandler, Jim Bakken, Lou Groza. Then kickers went soccer-style, and there were a bunch of foreign fellows with limited English traipsing around the field -- Garo Yepremian, Rafael Septien, Benny Ricardo. There was a "Saturday Night Live" comedy sketch: "I keek de boll."

A generation ago, big-time field-goal kickers rarely even attempted 50-yarders. Kevin Butler made 16 from that distance over a 13-year career. Tony Franklin made 10 over a decade-long career. Walsh made 10 in his rookie season. Let's say he finished second to Adrian Peterson in the team MVP race.

Walsh: "It feels a little bit different because you're not meeting everybody, meeting coaches, for the first time. People aren't looking at you going, 'You're unproven.' You've got to continue to prove yourself, but at the same time, it's a little bit different. Throughout the year there were little moments here and there where you're like, 'Wow, I can't believe that this is where I'm at right now.' This time around it feels more normal, more natural."

http://www.twincities.com/vikings/ci_24041012/tom-powers-blair-walsh-no-worries-vikings-kicking
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 09, 2013 4:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well Walsh is off to a good start. 1/1 from 50+ Dancing
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 09, 2013 4:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

VikeManDan wrote:
Well Walsh is off to a good start. 1/1 from 50+ Dancing

or 11/11 is another way to see it.
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Well Walsh is off to a good start. 1/1 from 50+ Dancing

or 11/11 is another way to see it.


Haha, putting that did actually cross my mind.
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Walsh made a 54-yard field goal on the opening drive to set a team record for most career 50-plus-yard field goals. He is now 12-for-12 on field goals of at least 50 yards. He had shared the record with Ryan Longwell, who made 11 from that distance in his six seasons with the team.

http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/225749741.html



too bad he missed that 44 yarder with 6 minutes to go that would have put us up by 10 though.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 30, 2013 10:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Walsh made a 54-yard field goal on the opening drive to set a team record for most career 50-plus-yard field goals. He is now 12-for-12 on field goals of at least 50 yards. He had shared the record with Ryan Longwell, who made 11 from that distance in his six seasons with the team.

http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/225749741.html



too bad he missed that 44 yarder with 6 minutes to go that would have put us up by 10 though.


First thought when he missed....Gary anderson..I cringed
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 30, 2013 2:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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too bad he missed that 44 yarder with 6 minutes to go that would have put us up by 10 though.


It might not have been his fault though. That might have been on Locke.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 30, 2013 2:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Let the kid take 50 yard field goals by long snapping it further.
The tragetory can actually be lower, since the defense is further back.

I wish there was actually some evidence on this Razz
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 30, 2013 2:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kluwe's take on the miss, via his Twitter account

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Missed spot with the hold, couple inches inside to Blair. Causes leg swing to come across your body to adjust, ends up with a hooked ball.

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The difference of an inch or two on the ball spot can literally mean the difference between a miss and a make on field goals.

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That's why it's so important to have a routine for putting it down that doesn't change. Mine is making sure my elbow always comes back to

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rest against the inside of my back leg, which means my hand is going to mechanically fall at the same spot every time.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 30, 2013 2:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I really appreciate Kluwe's perspective as he has love tweeted a couple Vikes games.
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