Greg the aging leg

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  1. gimmesix

    gimmesix Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life

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    It bugs me that we didn't bother to bring in any competition for Greg Zuerlein. He's 33 and has been kicking for 10 seasons, so his struggles from long range last year may just be a sign he's wearing down.

    I guess Dallas is riding with the fact that he made all but one kick inside the 50 (31 of 32), but he was 3 of 9 from 50 and beyond. If we're not going to challenge him in camp, then we need to at least limit our 50-plus-yard attempts this season to end of half/game situations. No use giving the other team great field position if he's likely to miss those kicks.
     
  2. NorthTexan95

    NorthTexan95 Well-Known Member

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    Doesn't one of the punters in camp also kick? You need two kickers in camp just so you don't wear out one. Real competition would be nice, though.
     
  3. Setackin

    Setackin radioactivecowboy88

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    I would been down with taking 1 in the draft and signing one as a UDRFA. It’s not popular but, ya really don’t want issues kicking field goals. Anyone remember 05 until we got Bailey?
     
  4. gimmesix

    gimmesix Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life

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    Bryan Anger kicks off and is good at it, so he'll probably take that role off Zuerlein. In fact, that's one reason I think he'll be kept over Niswander, even though I'd prefer that we keep the younger punter who had slightly better numbers than Anger last year.
     
  5. gimmesix

    gimmesix Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life

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    That and the end of Bailey's run. His last two years weren't very pretty.
     
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  6. JoeKing

    JoeKing Diehard Zone Supporter

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    I'm not concerned about our kicker.
     
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  7. jazzcat22

    jazzcat22 Well-Known Member

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    oh I don’t know, howl old was Eddie Murray when he kicked the game winning FG in OT against the Giants to give us home field advantage in 1993, when Emmitt played with an amputated arm.
     
  8. Hawkeye19

    Hawkeye19 Well-Known Member

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    Yep.

    And handling the KOs will preserve Zeurlein’s leg. He has a great relationship with Fassel, and now his longsnapper is on the team.

    He may not be reliable from 50+ out anymore, but anything from 45 or less should be money
     
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  9. John813

    John813 Well-Known Member

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    Adam V just retired at 400 years old.

    Age for a kicker means a lot less due to lack of wear and tear.

    Imo they can go mental at any time/age though. Some rebound others don't
     
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  10. Jipper

    Jipper Well-Known Member

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    33 as a kicker is like 29 as a rb....know you have a few very good years left but that the drop off could happen at any time.

    It’s not a big deal but there is definitely risk every year that we go....I’d say plan about 3 years from now for a new guy
     
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  11. MWH1967

    MWH1967 Boys#1 95

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    Yeah but he is like Brady. I don't think they have ever made two of those guys. Well, maybe Ray Guy.
     
  12. Bullflop

    Bullflop Well-Known Member

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    We should get a good look in OTAs and the minicamp as to what's going on with Zeurlein and his FG attempts. Maybe the team would see fit to bring in another kicker if the situation calls for it. Perhaps we'll see how things go in that regard before that happens.
     
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  13. John813

    John813 Well-Known Member

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    Of course. Not every kicker can go into their 40s but early 30s for good kickers doesnt mean as much compared to RBs for example.

    I mean guys like Folk was still in the league last(?) Year and we all remember his mental collaspe here when he was young.

    The op has a point in that as they get older their range does seem to drop. But iirc range wasn't an issue as it was accuracy, unless he was hooking kicks due to getting away from his technique in order to kick it that far.
     
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  14. Risen Star

    Risen Star Likes Collector Zone Supporter

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    I hope this doesn't cost us the Super Bowl.
     
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  15. SwensonDC

    SwensonDC Well-Known Member

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    It probably will. This is our year...
     
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  16. Rockport

    Rockport AmberBeer Zone Supporter

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    It never ends.
     
  17. Rockport

    Rockport AmberBeer Zone Supporter

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    Me either. He was rock solid last year. I don’t get the hate.
     
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  18. big dog cowboy

    big dog cowboy THE BIG DOG Moderator

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    It's still May. Lots of time if needed.
     
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  19. blueblood70

    blueblood70 Well-Known Member

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    stop kicking FGs from that long of range, how about scoring more TDs, getting more First downs, picking on kicker because he isnt great at over 50 is well making excuses for are overrated Offense..

    i rather have consistent kicker form 48 in then the Maher type who could nail 70yarders but inside 40 sucked balls..

    think of it this way the coaches know the situations and knowing so will make them be more aggressive to avoid FGs..
     
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  20. blueblood70

    blueblood70 Well-Known Member

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    they want maher back LMAO!!!
     
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