Originally posted by cciowa:
Originally posted by KegBert:
why did they set on this for over a month when they knew this was a problem and it cost us two games ? i know it is the job of many to protect the coaches but they really f**ked this up waiting this long and then not signing the best guy among the group in kaeding when they had the chance. they just kicked the can down the road and when that can no longer kicks, then they act. reactive b******t in my opinion
Originally posted by Wodwo:
It's kinda hard to blame Harbaugh for thinking Akers was good to go for the season after he tied the record for longest FG in NFL history.
Akers wasn't perfect before he had the complication against NO, but it wasn't really that alarming to me at that point. He was kicking a high percentage of long FGs, IIRC.
When he had the complication, they did start looking at other kickers. Just because you feel those kickers would be an upgrade over Akers, it doesn't mean that the coaching staff agreed.
The issue was compounded in the Cardinals game because Akers took some hits and hurt his foot.
So now they signed Cundiff to compete in case Akers has can't get it together.
It all makes sense to me. Saying that they should have swapped him right away after the NO game is hindsight bias. We don't know if a new kicker would have done better.
We also will never know what the best decision would have been if any kicker on the roster struggles in the playoffs.
Good post. Refreshing to see a little rational thought in a thread that's full of "OMG Harbaugh is the sux! The coaches are stupid and throwing away our SB blah blah blah...."
Didn't they bring in cundiff and Keading a few weeks ago to evaluate them? Although they didn't make a signing then, it shows that they where checking other options. We also didn't have an open roster spot then like we did just recently by letting Jacobs go, so I'm guessing we would have had to cut Akers to sign one of them, which would have been an even riskier move in my opinion.
Trust me, I understand your frustrations with the kicking game, it's been pretty abysmal but it's not like there was a wealth of good kickers out there and the coaches where just sitting on their thumbs while they all got snatched up. For the record though I'm not defending Harbaugh, I'll let his W-L record do that, I'm just stating my opinion.