#14 – Steven Hauschka

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Yeah, but what kicker DOESN’T lead their teams in scoring?

Well, I’ll tell ya … actually, no I won’t, because that would be too much work and I’m coming down with flu-like symptoms.

Steven Hauschka missed 3 field goals all season.  I would say that’s pretty good.  He was 24 of 27.  He was an automatic 23 for 23 on all tries under 50 yards.  I’d say THAT’S pretty good, right?

I dunno, on the one hand, you don’t want an offense that settles for field goals (thank you, New York Giants and fucking Eli Manning screwing over my fantasy team, among other players).  On the other hand, how do you judge the quality of your field goal kicker if he’s not regularly kicking field goals?

On top of that, he was 1 of 4 from 50 yards or beyond.  Pete Carroll doesn’t seem to trust him beyond 50 yards unless he absolutely has to take the chance.  That doesn’t inspire a tremendous amount of confidence.  So, the question is:  what do you want?  Do you want a guy with a mammoth leg?  So, you’ll try anywhere from 7-10 50+ yard field goals per season and make somewhere around 60-70% of them (giving the other team good field position 30-40% of the time)?  Or, do you want a guy who rarely tries field goals over 50, but is automatic from everything closer?

Legatron, from St. Louis, seems to be the standard in everything a football fan could want in a kicker.  Yet, he ended up missing 7 field goals last season, and only 3 of those were 50+.  With the way the Seahawks play close football games, I think I’d rather have a guy with primo accuracy (#6 in the league on field goal percentage) than some gunslinger who thinks he can nail them from everywhere on the field, so he over-kicks everything and ends up missing some chippies.

Of course, you can’t talk about Hauschka’s 2012 without talking about how it ended:  with a bum wheel thanks to the Washington Redskins’ “field” in that playoff game.  Will he be able to recover?  Will he be the same?

And, overall, will this front office settle for the same?  Or, will they look to improve?  As you can see, I don’t have a hell of a lot to say about kickers.  Happy Hump Day, everybody!

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