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Longwell thinks it's "odd" he's no longer kicking off for Vikings

When the Minnesota Vikings paid a $500,000 roster bonus to kicker Ryan Longwell in March, that made him feel secure in his job. But on the same day they paid him that bonus, Longwell did find out he was losing half his job.

Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com reports that the Vikings called Longwell to say they were trying to sign kickoff specialist Rhys Lloyd on the same day they gave Longwell the $500,000 bonus that pretty well ensured they expected him to keep handling the field goal duties. Longwell says he finds it strange that kickoffs have been taken from him.

It’s odd,” Longwell said. “As I’ve told all of you guys it wasn’t like I asked to not do it and it’s not like I prefer not doing it. It’s definitely something that I’ve never had to deal with before. We kicked off yesterday and I was with the [second] team. It’s just something that you’ve got to kind of take it a day at a time and we have a long ways between now and the final roster and we have a long ways between now and the 45-[man] active roster. So you just kind of let it play out and see how it goes.”

But while Longwell thinks it’s odd, the fact is that Lloyd has a stronger leg than Longwell on kickoffs, while Longwell is more accurate than Lloyd on field goals. As long as the Vikings are comfortable using one roster spot on a field goal kicker and another on a kickoff kicker, there’s really nothing odd about the move at all.

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36 Responses to “Longwell thinks it's "odd" he's no longer kicking off for Vikings”
  1. Bears and Packers Fans are HOMO says: Jun 2, 2010 5:39 PM

    Childress Grab Oshiomogho Atogwe!!

  2. Bears and Packers Fans are HOMO says: Jun 2, 2010 5:40 PM

    Vikings 4 Atogwe!! SKOL VIKINGS!!

  3. Bears and Packers Fans are HOMO says: Jun 2, 2010 5:42 PM

    Oshiomogho Atogwe!!!

  4. Bears and Packers Fans are HOMO says: Jun 2, 2010 5:46 PM

    I think it’s “odd” that there is no report of Brad Childress inviting Oshiomogho Atogwe to the facility….Get this guy Childress!!! SKOL VIKINGS!!!

  5. WarrenMoonGOAT says: Jun 2, 2010 5:50 PM

    the Cowboys did this when they drafted David Buehler

  6. Charisma says: Jun 2, 2010 5:51 PM

    Because next year they plan to take a knee and kick a 56 yard field goal! It won’t be Detroit! It will be the Super Bowl!

  7. Citizen Strange says: Jun 2, 2010 5:51 PM

    “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life. It goes on.”
    - Robert Frost

  8. pilot08 says: Jun 2, 2010 5:52 PM

    Rhys is the man, I wish Carolina kept him… but, he did go to school at Minny i think, so maybe Englishman prefer Minnisota over North Carolina.. oh well, good luck Rhys.

  9. TrueFan says: Jun 2, 2010 5:57 PM

    Nope. It is not odd at all. And it will hopefully be something that helps their defense as well.
    I was SICK of seeing other teams constantly start at the 30 yd line or better on just about every drive because they Vikings rarely (if ever) had a touchback on a a kick-off.
    Plus it puts him at less risk of getting drilled on a kick-off and possibly hurt.
    I like the move.

  10. robert ethen says: Jun 2, 2010 6:01 PM

    They took the “long” out of Longwell.

  11. Vikes-N-Favre says: Jun 2, 2010 6:03 PM

    I understand Longwell’s feelings on this, but he needs to realize that his lack of leg power on kickoffs was seriously hurting the Vikings in field position. With Lloyd now kicking off, I expect the Vikings to have the upper hand in field position on both kickoffs and returns with Percy Harvin.

  12. Evpimp says: Jun 2, 2010 6:06 PM

    Longwell kicks it to the 10 yard line
    Lloyd can kick it out of the endzone
    enough said!

  13. mrcmos says: Jun 2, 2010 6:06 PM

    The Queens are Just ODD!

  14. Bears and Packers Fans are HOMO says: Jun 2, 2010 6:09 PM

    I don’t think it’s “odd” that hes not kickin off ryan longwell only had 5 touchbacks last season Rhys Lloyd had over the last 2 years

  15. rcunningham says: Jun 2, 2010 6:09 PM

    Wow what a great news story.

  16. STTBM says: Jun 2, 2010 6:31 PM

    How is this different than Tim Ruskell in Seattle when he considered keeping Brandon Coutou to do field goals (He can boot 55 yarders all day) and Olindo Mare to kickoff (He boots kickoffs, yet cant hit a field goal past 49 yards)?
    Seriously, PFT ragged on him all year for keeping two kickers, yet now that its Minnesota considering the same move, its all good in the hood?!
    Way to be consistent!

  17. Bears and Packers Fans are HOMO says: Jun 2, 2010 6:34 PM

    I don’t think it’s “odd” that hes not kickin off ryan longwell only had 5 touchbacks last season Rhys Lloyd had 51 over the last 2 years

  18. dee-bow says: Jun 2, 2010 6:38 PM

    sounds more stupid than odd, vikings stupid…

  19. GBfanForever says: Jun 2, 2010 6:58 PM

    Is it odd that as a professional kicker he hasn’t kicked a touchback in about 8 years?

  20. purpleguy says: Jun 2, 2010 7:28 PM

    Didn’t he watch the NFC Championship game?

  21. SkolVikes26 says: Jun 2, 2010 7:31 PM

    @GBfanForever Don’t tell me you wouldn’t take him back in a heartbeat. If he isn’t the most reliable kicker in the NFL, he’s definitely No.2.

  22. Mrsteve says: Jun 2, 2010 7:34 PM

    In OT in the NFC Championship the idiot kicked off to the 20 & the Saints returned in to the 40. Needed only 30 yds to get to the Superbowl as compared to 60.
    Longwell sucks

  23. TheVerve says: Jun 2, 2010 8:24 PM

    This is good for the Vikes. Special Teams return coverages haven’t been good at all.

  24. jebdamone says: Jun 2, 2010 8:32 PM

    i think it is odd that you can’t kick it into the endzone and you are wondering why we got a kick off specialist. that was the other reason we lost the nfc championship game.

  25. Franchise says: Jun 2, 2010 9:26 PM

    I thought it was cool they signed Lloyd to return to Minnesota, but lets be clear on something.
    Every team brings in more than one kicker for camp and preseason.
    I’m not saying the Vikings wont carry both into the year, but thhey have roster room (unless they bring in a FA).
    I dont get why Longwell is having an issue with not getting kickoffs. The possibility for injury is much higher than on FGs.

  26. Bob Nelson says: Jun 2, 2010 9:49 PM

    A team starts with a 45 player game day roster.
    They then reduce it for a Long Snapper, a Punter, a Kick off Kicker, a Placekicker, and a Return Specialist.
    Now they have a 40 player game day roster.
    I’m sure during the final cuts the Offensive Coordinator and Defensive Coordinator will be thrilled by this decision.
    Even for the optimist 5 kickoffs a game times 16 games is 80 kickoffs.
    Lloyd is at least a 3rd year player so his minimum salary is $550,000. That is $6875 a kickoff (and the difference in yards between his kicks and Longwell’s). If only 4 kickoffs a game it is $8594 a kickoff.
    For a team that is 31st in revenue, it does not make roster sense or economic sense.

  27. Wiscdave says: Jun 2, 2010 9:49 PM

    Longwell is 35 years old and has one year left on his contract. Do the math.

  28. GBPackers says: Jun 2, 2010 9:57 PM

    # SkolVikes26 says: June 2, 2010 7:31 PM
    @GBfanForever Don’t tell me you wouldn’t take him back in a heartbeat. If he isn’t the most reliable kicker in the NFL, he’s definitely No.2.
    ————————————————-
    Not too often I agree with the likes of your kind, but Mason Crosby is way too shaky when the game is on the line.

  29. MNFANINAZ says: Jun 2, 2010 10:03 PM

    Shut up “kicker”
    I find it odd, that you can’ seem to get a F*cking touchback, EVER!
    Again, SHUT UP, Kicker… you haven’t earned the right to say anything. Just because you hang with Tiger Woods and Brett Favre doesnt mean you deserve their level of respect, now shut the F up and kick.

  30. Allied Biscuit says: Jun 2, 2010 10:09 PM

    Stick to the field goals Ryan. You’ve been great.
    Kickoffs….not so much.

  31. Norseman says: Jun 2, 2010 10:38 PM

    Hey, if my boss wanted to give me a bonus and then hire another guy to do half my work, I’d be fine with that. Really fine with that. Seriously. Please.

  32. GB3Pack4 says: Jun 2, 2010 10:49 PM

    Here we go.
    When performance-based changes can’t recall specifics) re Ryan were made in GB, he began talking publicly about not being treated fairly, almost immediately thereafter. It went on for a long time. If you’re responsible for doing twothings well, and you do one VERY well and the other NOT very well, you cannot expect your team to keep praising you for the one while ignoring the other. If you are either unable or unwilling to improve to the skill level needed, because you can’t face the fact that you’re not Practically Perfect in Every Way, you don’t have the right to behave as if you’re getting screwed.
    It isn’t true, and it isn’t nice.

  33. Supersuckers says: Jun 2, 2010 10:58 PM

    Hey Ragnar. Why would you use two roster spots on placekickers?

  34. RC IV says: Jun 3, 2010 2:00 PM

    Supersuckers says:
    June 2, 2010 10:58 PM
    Hey Ragnar. Why would you use two roster spots on placekickers?
    ==========================
    I dont know. Why would you use 3 on fullbacks?
    ————-Bob Nelson says:
    June 2, 2010 9:49 PM
    A team starts with a 45 player game day roster.
    They then reduce it for a Long Snapper, a Punter, a Kick off Kicker, a Placekicker, and a Return Specialist.
    ———————————-
    Well idiot, Reynaud on Punts and Harvin on Kickoffs are already on the roster as RB and RB/WR. SO there goes your specialist theory out the window. Essentially, it’s giving up 1 roster spot. I hardly think it’s a big deal. The difference of starting on the 2o versus the 30 or 40 is huge.
    31st in revenue has nothing to do with whether they meet the cap or not. All teams in the NFL are making money, it isn’t the difference in being in the red or not, just less profit.
    You are an imbecile. You are posts are filled eith 1/2 truths and blatant lies. i wish you would have took another posters advice about Christmas morning , you know the one where you had a gripper and spread balls, tinsel and dreams all over the floor?

  35. JimmySmith says: Jun 3, 2010 10:26 PM

    I think the Vikings overpaid for Longwell but the same can be said for their head coach, their 2nd and 3rd string QB’s and most of the tickets they sell to that dump of a stadium.

  36. RC IV says: Jun 4, 2010 10:54 AM

    JimmySmith says:
    June 3, 2010 10:26 PM
    I think the Vikings overpaid for Longwell but the same can be said for their head coach, their 2nd and 3rd string QB’s and most of the tickets they sell to that dump of a stadium.
    ===============================
    Well, Crosby has missed how many kicks for you already?
    Packers players have to leave GB, it’s the only way they can get paid their actual worth.
    TT spends his cap money on Trips to Fire Island with his “life partner” and the rest on feeding Mccarthy.

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