Originally posted by BobS:
How many old fans like me remember when we didn't give a crap who our kickers were (place kicker and punter)? All we needed was someone to make extra points and have a 35 yard punting average and it didn't matter cause we always had a top 5 offense and defense.
A kick is basically half a td, they add up even with an amazing offense and good defense when you're facing any half decent team. It is even more critical with our shaky situation at qb.
Punter...Well it sucks when your best player is the punter but at least you're starting in good position most of the time.
Anyway, I don't see the point in spending a 4th on a kicker, seems high with all of the needs we've got to address this offseason. There's no way we stack up depth at cb, pass rush(olb/de), QB, rb(tailback since we lost coffee and are probably losing westy), i'd even spend the 4th on another WR to compete against morgan before I spend that on a kicker...
It's easy to say half of those needs could be met in FA, but with the uncertainty of the CBA I don't see us leaving many needs unfulfilled and as of now we've got a couple decent kickers available already.
I prefer nedney when he's healthy, but how long is he going to be healthy? We won't always be able to find a guy who can just step in like reed did whenever nedney goes down and we don't want to have two kickers since that's a spot we could have someone else fill.
Reed does a good enough job to me, especially if we aren't making him try for 50 yarders all the time.
[ Edited by mike on Feb 21, 2011 at 12:09 AM ]