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(Washington Post)   Good: You are in competition to be the kicker on an NFL team and the other guy gets cut. Bad: The next day they cut you too, and bring in the guy who blew the AFC Championship game as your replacement   (washingtonpost.com) divider line 48
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2012-08-28 10:46:46 AM
Lee Evans is a kicker?
 
2012-08-28 11:23:44 AM
The ravens had a timeout left in those final seconds but John Harbaugh in his infinite wisdom thought it would be better to rush the special teams onto the field like chickens with their heads cut off and attempt a field goal with the clock ticking at seven seconds. AFAIK Cundiff has been a pro bowl kicker and the blame for that loss shouldn't be on his shoulders but on dropped passes in the endzone and bad coaching.
 
2012-08-28 11:49:26 AM
Well, Cundiff is a solid kicker and teams have been kinda retarded with cutting pretty good kickers this preseason.
 
2012-08-28 11:49:45 AM
Add me to the list of people who don't blame that on Cundiff. Evans is the only scape goat I need.
 
2012-08-28 11:51:56 AM
I remember watching that Ravens game with some friends. I saw Billy run out there for that kick and said out loud, "Remember when the Cowboys had him?"

Then he shank-a-potamused the kick and we all laughed.

/dan bailey is siiiiiiiiiick
 
2012-08-28 11:54:19 AM
Kicking in the NFL must be one of the sweetest jobs on the planet. Some of them make over $2,000,000 a year, they rarely have to worry about contact, they have relatively long career potential, your job is to watch NFL games from the sideline 99% of the time, you get a nice 3 month vacation between seasons, and you can brag that you are, in fact, an NFL player.

What's not to like?
 
2012-08-28 11:54:46 AM
Next thing he knows Bettis will be dancing with his wife and laughing at him to his face.
 
2012-08-28 11:54:48 AM

degenerate-afro: Add me to the list of people who don't blame that on Cundiff. Evans is the only scape goat I need.


+1
 
2012-08-28 11:55:47 AM

Boba Fettucini: The ravens had a timeout left in those final seconds but John Harbaugh in his infinite wisdom thought it would be better to rush the special teams onto the field like chickens with their heads cut off and attempt a field goal with the clock ticking at seven seconds. AFAIK Cundiff has been a pro bowl kicker and the blame for that loss shouldn't be on his shoulders but on dropped passes in the endzone and bad coaching.


Please don't remind me, I have blocked that awful memory from my mind!
 
2012-08-28 12:04:46 PM

my_cats_breath_smells_like_cat_food: What's not to like?


Other than being utterly expendable and replaceable due to your relatively low cost, and thus making a perfect scapegoat for the failings of the highly-paid pretty-boys who drop passes and the feckless coaches who want to shift as much blame as possible onto player execution and away from their poor decision-making.
 
2012-08-28 12:09:20 PM
Regardless of blowing the AFC game, the other kicker in Baltimore looks really good.
 
2012-08-28 12:11:05 PM

kronicfeld: my_cats_breath_smells_like_cat_food: What's not to like?

Other than being utterly expendable and replaceable due to your relatively low cost, and thus making a perfect scapegoat for the failings of the highly-paid pretty-boys who drop passes and the feckless coaches who want to shift as much blame as possible onto player execution and away from their poor decision-making.


As much as they get fired, they find a new team almost immediately. These same kickers (Gano, Suisham, Rackers, etc) seem to have a new team every year. In terms of specialty talent, there aren't a lot of people out there to fill their shoes. So, while team jobs seem insecure they are secured for League employment.
 
2012-08-28 12:41:29 PM

thecpt: kronicfeld: my_cats_breath_smells_like_cat_food: What's not to like?

Other than being utterly expendable and replaceable due to your relatively low cost, and thus making a perfect scapegoat for the failings of the highly-paid pretty-boys who drop passes and the feckless coaches who want to shift as much blame as possible onto player execution and away from their poor decision-making.

As much as they get fired, they find a new team almost immediately. These same kickers (Gano, Suisham, Rackers, etc) seem to have a new team every year. In terms of specialty talent, there aren't a lot of people out there to fill their shoes. So, while team jobs seem insecure they are secured for League employment.


Directional punters are probably the only other people with similar job security and far less risk of being blamed/remembered for blowing a game.
 
2012-08-28 12:42:58 PM

nelsonal: thecpt: kronicfeld: my_cats_breath_smells_like_cat_food: What's not to like?

Other than being utterly expendable and replaceable due to your relatively low cost, and thus making a perfect scapegoat for the failings of the highly-paid pretty-boys who drop passes and the feckless coaches who want to shift as much blame as possible onto player execution and away from their poor decision-making.

As much as they get fired, they find a new team almost immediately. These same kickers (Gano, Suisham, Rackers, etc) seem to have a new team every year. In terms of specialty talent, there aren't a lot of people out there to fill their shoes. So, while team jobs seem insecure they are secured for League employment.

Directional punters are probably the only other people with similar job security and far less risk of being blamed/remembered for blowing a game.


Matt Dodge would like a word with you.
 
2012-08-28 12:48:17 PM

my_cats_breath_smells_like_cat_food: Kicking in the NFL must be one of the sweetest jobs on the planet. Some of them make over $2,000,000 a year, they rarely have to worry about contact, they have relatively long career potential, your job is to watch NFL games from the sideline 99% of the time, you get a nice 3 month vacation between seasons, and you can brag that you are, in fact, an NFL player.

What's not to like?


One bad kick and the whole world wants your head. Kicking is one of those jobs no one notices until you screw it up.
 
2012-08-28 12:48:43 PM

kronicfeld: my_cats_breath_smells_like_cat_food: What's not to like?

Other than being utterly expendable and replaceable due to your relatively low cost, and thus making a perfect scapegoat for the failings of the highly-paid pretty-boys who drop passes and the feckless coaches who want to shift as much blame as possible onto player execution and away from their poor decision-making.


EVERYBODY who isn't a union or government worker can be fired at will. If you miss a kick due if you mistime enough, you get canned. A cashier who consistently has a register that doesn't add up (either direction) gets canned. A lawyer who makes $400,000 a year can be canned (just by a majority vote of partners in one case, for cause (usually same cause) for associates. And every human being I ever had for a boss shifts the blame as much as possible regardless of the validity.

That said, Gano wasn't really all that bad. Of the 10 field goals missed, 5 were blocked and being the ULTIMATE 'skins fan who's watched every play since about 1977 (the year we got TV back); first TV was 1954 at age 3. Became a hardened 'skins fan in 1959 (a bit of time in CA, WI and WV), was BORN in W. DC, I can safely say the announcers and coaches all agree only 5 were misses the blocks were due to bad line play. He missed one or two shortish ones that either cost us the game or led to overtime and we lost if I recall. I don't generally watch the Ravens. Can Cundiff regularly get a touchback? (Oh, and how long until Guano (our little nick name) get to be Cun_iff (the d replaced by the first letter of the name Tim).

The other points Cat's Breath makes show he's forgotten that kickers spend their time in the off season working hard full time to improve or they don't last, the 1% time spent on the sidelines actually adds to the difficulty of their job by adding stress, and their particular job (all eyes focused on a crucial kick) is for one play as stressful as football gets. Occasionally one gets injured, it's rare, but they do. Sometimes the other team deliberately goes after the other teams kicker with a vengeance.

That said, Harbaugh should have called time out and had time to get things carefully set up.
 
2012-08-28 12:50:07 PM

flak attack: my_cats_breath_smells_like_cat_food: Kicking in the NFL must be one of the sweetest jobs on the planet. Some of them make over $2,000,000 a year, they rarely have to worry about contact, they have relatively long career potential, your job is to watch NFL games from the sideline 99% of the time, you get a nice 3 month vacation between seasons, and you can brag that you are, in fact, an NFL player.

What's not to like?

One bad kick and the whole world wants your head. Kicking is one of those jobs no one notices until you screw it up.


Shiat, I've never made one bad kick in my life and the whole world still wants my head.
 
2012-08-28 12:55:24 PM

flak attack: One bad kick and the whole world wants your head. Kicking is one of those jobs no one notices until you screw it up.


Exception: fantasy sports players.

/especially if you pull a Jay Feely and get a million points in a game
//or if you have Bironas when he breaks the "most FGs in a game" record
///or if you had Akers last year
 
2012-08-28 12:59:09 PM

MartinD-35: I don't generally watch the Ravens. Can Cundiff regularly get a touchback?


Yes, he kicked 40 in 2010 and 44 in 2011 (after they moved the kick off line last season).
 
2012-08-28 01:06:01 PM
I may not totally blame Billy Cundiff for that loss in the AFC Championship game (I was happier to see Lee Evans get cut), but he had one major flaw which made me glad that he was cut in favor of Tucker. Cundiff is terrible at 50+ yard field goals. He was 1 for 6 last year and not terribly good even in his Pro Bowl year of 2010. When Tucker his that 53 yard field goal dead center that would have been good from 63, I knew Cundiff was done. When you're the kicker for the Ravens, a team that relies on defense more than offense, you need a kicker that can make really long field goals and Cundiff was just not that guy.
 
2012-08-28 01:11:55 PM

kronicfeld: my_cats_breath_smells_like_cat_food: What's not to like?

Other than being utterly expendable and replaceable due to your relatively low cost, and thus making a perfect scapegoat for the failings of the highly-paid pretty-boys who drop passes and the feckless coaches who want to shift as much blame as possible onto player execution and away from their poor decision-making.


As others have said, being replaceable has a flip side, of you being the replacement sometimes. And what do I care if fans want my head, I'll laugh all the way to the bank. Hell 3-5 seasons at $2mil/year, and I'd be practically set for life. And feckless coaches? Fark them, a good one will make rational decisions and a kicker has to face reality if he isn't getting the job done (just like any other professional), and a feckless one, well good riddance if you part ways. And the "pretty boys" can enjoy their concussions and post-career brain conditions.

As far as working in the off season, aside from just general stay-in-shape, stay felxible, and maybe some strength training, I doubt their routines are that rigorous. And anyways, compared to other jobs? Oh darn, I have to go outside in the spring/summer, kick a football around a bit, maybe go for a jog... I'm still not seeing why this isn't the best job in the world? Hell I forgot to mention the free travel all over the country to all the largest metro areas. The only downside I can think of is while active you have to worry about failing piss tests and probably have to be careful about diet/alcohol since your body is your money-maker at that point. Of course after retirement? Bring on the booze and buffet! Hell, the Viking punter plays World of Warcraft like a full time job while holding down his kicking duties at a pro bowl level...and punters have to tackle people sometimes!

Stress from the sideline? Hell, I guess that would be a little rough, knowing that if you *do* screw up, you might lose THE BEST JOB IN THE WORLD, but if the worst thing about your job is the possibility of losing it is so stressful, due to its awesomeness, I personally think I could handle that for 7 figures annually plus travel and benefits.

Huh...I had no idea I cared so much about kicking...rant over
 
2012-08-28 01:12:34 PM
well the good thing for the Ravens is that I got an easy nick name for Tucker if he misses a game winner, since coontlip was released.
 
2012-08-28 01:25:58 PM

IAmRight: flak attack: One bad kick and the whole world wants your head. Kicking is one of those jobs no one notices until you screw it up.

Exception: fantasy sports players.

/especially if you pull a Jay Feely and get a million points in a game
//or if you have Bironas when he breaks the "most FGs in a game" record
///or if you had Akers last year


Akers went undrafted in my league. I had Kaeding, who went down for the year. Though, "gee, Akers is good. And the Niners don't score in the red zone ever."

/Helps that I'm a Niners fan.
//First time in a decade that I'm excited entering the season.
///But also oddly doubtful.
 
2012-08-28 01:32:22 PM

iron_city_ap: Next thing he knows Bettis will be dancing with his wife and laughing at him to his face.


A+ would read again
 
2012-08-28 01:48:35 PM
The Ravens cut the ref that made that godawful not-a-TD call? How does that work?

// also, Torrey Smith makes my pants tight
// a better Lee Evans than Lee Evans, and much cheaper, too
 
2012-08-28 01:53:22 PM

Dr Dreidel: The Ravens cut the ref that made that godawful not-a-TD call? How does that work?

// also, Torrey Smith makes my pants tight
// a better Lee Evans than Lee Evans, and much cheaper, too


The call was correct. Lee Evans did not have possession of the ball.

(the replacement refs would probably screw that play up and give NE a touchback somehow)
 
2012-08-28 01:56:13 PM

MartinD-35: I don't generally watch the Ravens. Can Cundiff regularly get a touchback?


He's very good at kicking touchbacks.
 
2012-08-28 02:12:01 PM
Motherfarkers cut Cooley? And a collective, "God Dammit!" is uttered by the entire group of white Redskins fans.
 
2012-08-28 02:14:30 PM

RsquaredW: Motherfarkers cut Cooley? And a collective, "God Dammit!" is uttered by the entire group of white Redskins fans.


Just saw that. Woe and lamentation! Hope he gets picked up.
 
2012-08-28 02:16:57 PM

kronicfeld: RsquaredW: Motherfarkers cut Cooley? And a collective, "God Dammit!" is uttered by the entire group of white Redskins fans.

Just saw that. Woe and lamentation! Hope he gets picked up.


There's a dong-shaped hole in every Redskins playbook this season.
 
2012-08-28 02:18:35 PM

Dafatone: IAmRight: flak attack: One bad kick and the whole world wants your head. Kicking is one of those jobs no one notices until you screw it up.

Exception: fantasy sports players.

/especially if you pull a Jay Feely and get a million points in a game
//or if you have Bironas when he breaks the "most FGs in a game" record
///or if you had Akers last year

Akers went undrafted in my league. I had Kaeding, who went down for the year. Though, "gee, Akers is good. And the Niners don't score in the red zone ever."

/Helps that I'm a Niners fan.
//First time in a decade that I'm excited entering the season.
///But also oddly doubtful.


Akers was my top point getter last year. Moved him up in the priority this year. Consistent points.
 
2012-08-28 02:45:27 PM

RsquaredW: Motherfarkers cut Cooley? And a collective, "God Dammit!" is uttered by the entire group of white Redskins fans.


No surprise, Davis fits in Shanahan's schemes better. Plus he's younger. Cooley was awesome though.
 
2012-08-28 03:04:53 PM

RsquaredW: Motherfarkers cut Cooley? And a collective, "God Dammit!" is uttered by the entire group of white Redskins fans.


Guess they wanted to blaze a new trail with Davis
 
2012-08-28 03:24:57 PM
The fact that it's the Redskins makes it even worse.
 
2012-08-28 03:25:08 PM

koniver: nelsonal: thecpt: kronicfeld: my_cats_breath_smells_like_cat_food: What's not to like?

Other than being utterly expendable and replaceable due to your relatively low cost, and thus making a perfect scapegoat for the failings of the highly-paid pretty-boys who drop passes and the feckless coaches who want to shift as much blame as possible onto player execution and away from their poor decision-making.

As much as they get fired, they find a new team almost immediately. These same kickers (Gano, Suisham, Rackers, etc) seem to have a new team every year. In terms of specialty talent, there aren't a lot of people out there to fill their shoes. So, while team jobs seem insecure they are secured for League employment.

Directional punters are probably the only other people with similar job security and far less risk of being blamed/remembered for blowing a game.

Matt Dodge would like a word with you.


That video never gets old
 
2012-08-28 03:28:50 PM
Laces out, Dan!
 
2012-08-28 04:31:09 PM

meddleRPI: Dafatone: IAmRight: flak attack: One bad kick and the whole world wants your head. Kicking is one of those jobs no one notices until you screw it up.

Exception: fantasy sports players.

/especially if you pull a Jay Feely and get a million points in a game
//or if you have Bironas when he breaks the "most FGs in a game" record
///or if you had Akers last year

Akers went undrafted in my league. I had Kaeding, who went down for the year. Though, "gee, Akers is good. And the Niners don't score in the red zone ever."

/Helps that I'm a Niners fan.
//First time in a decade that I'm excited entering the season.
///But also oddly doubtful.

Akers was my top point getter last year. Moved him up in the priority this year. Consistent points.


If I were you I'd take Akers in the 5th round, just to be certain you get him. Consistent points win championships.
 
2012-08-28 05:05:14 PM
If I were you I'd take Akers in the 5th round, just to be certain you get him. Consistent points win championships.

Taking a kicker in the 5th round is a great way to ensure that you have no chance at winning your fantasy league.
 
2012-08-28 05:22:05 PM

Why Would I Read the Article: If I were you I'd take Akers in the 5th round, just to be certain you get him. Consistent points win championships.

Taking a kicker in the 5th round is a great way to ensure that you have no chance at winning your fantasy league.


A TFette who will not be named drafted David Akers in the first round a few years back and went to the league championship game.
 
2012-08-28 05:30:49 PM
A TFette who will not be named drafted David Akers in the first round a few years back and went to the league championship game.

Wasn't that the plot to an episode of The League?
 
2012-08-28 05:35:15 PM

Why Would I Read the Article: A TFette who will not be named drafted David Akers in the first round a few years back and went to the league championship game.

Wasn't that the plot to an episode of The League?


Are you talking about the season when Jenny took over Raffi's team or the season where everyone's team was autodrafted because they got locked out of Andre's apartment while Raffi and Dirty Randy were filming a porno?
 
2012-08-28 05:54:21 PM

FriarReb98: The fact that it's the Redskins makes it even worse.


The fact that it's the Redskins automagically changes the Fail tag into Obvious.

/ in general
// maybe not in this case, who knows?
// wasn't evaluating redskins kickers that closely, because fark them.
 
2012-08-28 06:10:43 PM
Are you talking about the season when Jenny took over Raffi's team or the season where everyone's team was autodrafted because they got locked out of Andre's apartment while Raffi and Dirty Randy were filming a porno?

I think it was the season before, when they drafted in Vegas. Raffi had the first overall pick, reached into the pile of stickers, grabbed one at random and haphazardly threw it onto the board.

I think it was Adam Vinatieri who ended up being the first one chosen in that draft.
 
2012-08-28 06:29:38 PM

Boba Fettucini: The ravens had a timeout left in those final seconds but John Harbaugh in his infinite wisdom thought it would be better to rush the special teams onto the field like chickens with their heads cut off and attempt a field goal with the clock ticking at seven seconds. AFAIK Cundiff has been a pro bowl kicker and the blame for that loss shouldn't be on his shoulders but on dropped passes in the endzone and bad coaching.


QFT
 
2012-08-28 07:22:22 PM
Interesting-

With the 5 blocks Gano is a 75% accuracy kicker- below league average.

However without the 5 blocks (just drop 5 attempts) he's a 86% accuracy kicker- which is in the upper % of the league. Who's fault are the blocks?

But that is just field goals. He's middle of the pack on kickoff avg yds. The other stats are more an indictment of crummy special teams- 3 TDs against kickoffs and 700 something return yards (actually kickers in his bracket generally have a few more return yards but less TDs against).

So... .I'm going with scapegoat for a poor special teams group.
 
2012-08-29 04:48:44 AM
I call Shannahanigans.

The thing I miss most about him coaching the Broncs is being able to say Shannahanigans a couple times a week.
 
2012-08-29 07:48:45 AM
I swear I'm going to pistol whip the next guy that says Shannahanigans.
 
2012-08-30 09:38:54 AM

my_cats_breath_smells_like_cat_food: I swear I'm going to pistol whip the next guy that says Shannahanigans.


Let me know when you find him and I'll hold him down for you.
 
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