For most players, a large disconnect exists between the no-pads offseason practices and the live fire of a regular-season game. For kickers, the job is pretty much the same no matter what the calendar says.
It’s a round of golf, with a leg serving as the club.
In Seattle, Olindo Mare has nailed every single kick during the offseason, in both individual and team drills. In all, he has nailed 104 of them.
“He’s incredible,” special teams coordinator Brian Schneider told the team’s official web site. “He’s so accurate and consistent. It makes you feel confident
that you’re going to get points when you get the opportunity.”
Mare’s perfection in practice has transferred of late to the field. He has made 21 straight field goals, a streak that started in Week 3 of the 2009 season.
Even more surprising is the fact that the Seahawks actually drove into field-goal range 21 times since Week 3 of the 2009 season.