Saints will bring in kickers

Saints kicker Garrett Hartley missed a 29-yard field goal in overtime today, setting up the Falcons on their game-winning drive.

It could have been his last kick as a Saint.

Peter King of NBC’s Football Night in America reports that the Saints will bring in kickers for tryouts this week. That doesn’t necessarily mean Hartley is gone, but it certainly means Hartley is on the hot seat.

Within a week of being named NFC special teams player of the week for his performance on Monday night against the 49ers, Hartley could be out of work.

36 responses to “Saints will bring in kickers

  1. I’d cut him too. You just absolutely CAN NOT miss a kick like that. With as limited a role as kickers have, they have to be nearly 100% accurate when called on. Absolutely have to.

  2. Payton is doing the right thing to light a fire under Hartley’s butt. With divisional games often coming down to a single play, you need a reliable kicker 20-40 yard kicker.

  3. After a good postseason people started talking about him like he was Adam Vinatieri. I knew he was overrated. But I don’t think he will be cut… it just doesn’t make sense

  4. 29 yarders should be gimmies in the NFL. Miss one or two in a season is horrible.
    Missing a 29 yarder in OT for the win….unaccecptable.
    Sure he kicked the winner to get the Saints to the Super Bowl but they want to get back to the big game. Kickers that miss easy ones like that will only hold them back from their goal.

  5. I’m amazed that Hartley has made this long. I question Payton not giving this hack any competion in training camp. All Hartley does is kick field goals and extra points. Morstead handles punting and kickoffs. I’m glad he got us in the Super Bowl and set a record but come on…..a 29 yarder in overtime? That line, you see Hartley, it’s called unemployment.

  6. They should try out some new head coaches too.
    Try a FG on 1st down with one of the best offenses in the NFL. BRILLIANT!!
    WHO DAT! WHO GONNA DO THE DIRTY BIRD IN THE HOUSE OF DEM SAINTS!!
    The Saints are who we thought they were. Average.

  7. Fickle. I think the Saints would be crazy to cut Hartley.
    He may have missed this kick, but he has built up enough credit to let this one slide IMO.
    It’s better to have a kicker that has built up a body of work than most they can bring in.
    Would you rather have Hartley, an antique, or a well-below average FA kicker?

  8. I smell Viqueens fans already. I know those crybabies will be here. So I’ll strike first.
    Viqueens should bring in head coaching candidates, quarterbacks, wide receivers, offensive linemen, defensive lineman and defensive backs.
    Flame on Viqueens!

  9. It’s correct that a kicker needs to make a 29 yarder. But will they really be able to find a better kicker right now, who is not on a roster?

  10. Good. But Falcons have a great team, they deserve the win. Not hangin’ the head. Should be a good race in the dirty, dirty south.

  11. Isn’t this the same guy who got them to the Super Bowl? WOW the Aints fans are already acting stupid. Just like every other team don’t leave the game up to a kicker. So since Drew threw 2 int he should be benched…shut up, you lost a game get over it. Your really not that good, better be prepared for more……

  12. Franchise?
    Are you sauced?
    1 bad game all in all …….and a “new coach and avg. team?”
    Take out some cash and go buy a clue.

  13. Franchise says:
    September 26, 2010 8:19 PM
    Try a FG on 1st down with one of the best offenses in the NFL. BRILLIANT!!
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    I totally agree!
    Who Dat?!?!

  14. Dude messed up, definitely doesn’t justify losing his job though… Every kicker misses an important kick at some point. His leg has helped get them more wins than losses. Plus… the kickers in FA are there for a reason.

  15. # Franchise says: September 26, 2010 8:19 PM
    They should try out some new head coaches too.
    Try a FG on 1st down with one of the best offenses in the NFL. BRILLIANT!!
    WHO DAT! WHO GONNA DO THE DIRTY BIRD IN THE HOUSE OF DEM SAINTS!!
    The Saints are who we thought they were. Average.
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    Yep…right on cue, you purple pussy.

  16. # Go Saints says: September 26, 2010 9:01 PM
    Franchise says:
    September 26, 2010 8:19 PM
    Try a FG on 1st down with one of the best offenses in the NFL. BRILLIANT!!
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    I totally agree!
    Who Dat?!?!
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    Or, here’s an idea: How about an NFL kicker makes a 29-yard field goal kicking in his own dome? If the Saints don’t kick there and they fumble (as Chris Ivory did on a fourth-and-1 earlier in the game), then you’re all screaming about what dumb decision it was not to kick the field goal. How about occasionally we blame the players?

  17. # Franchise says: September 26, 2010 8:19 PM
    They should try out some new head coaches too.
    Try a FG on 1st down with one of the best offenses in the NFL. BRILLIANT!!
    WHO DAT! WHO GONNA DO THE DIRTY BIRD IN THE HOUSE OF DEM SAINTS!!
    The Saints are who we thought they were. Average.
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    Yep, you’re right. We played like crap (horrible 3rd and 4th down defense, Brees pulling a Favre x 2, fumbling when we were driving, etc.) and yet, we lost because for some reason a coach that usually has more stones than Mt. Rushmore decided to let the kicker shank a chipshot.
    As it happened, it was my 4 year old son’s first game today, and we had a great, actually perfect time. He was standing up in his seat yelling “who dat!” when we thought we recovered a fumble.
    The Falcons deserved the win, and they are a good team. They pressured Brees – which few teams are ever able to do. The upshot is this, when the Saints play well, they win. When they play poorly, they usually win. And when they play like crap, they lose because the kicker shanks a gimme. If that’s “average”, then the rest of the league must really suck.
    🙂

  18. all those dropped passes .. missed field goal .. dity birds look great .. even with double coverage (not good double coverage i might add) ryan was on the money. should hartley be dropped . NO! should hartley have to win every game for the saints? hell NO! conclusion: saints need to wake up . shake off the past years hype . and secure themselves under the elite teams in the past present and future … WHO DAT!?!?!?
    ps viqueens looked like they were playing the lions today …

  19. # Bowman53 says: September 26, 2010 10:30 PM
    Typical Taints fans, dances change when the same losing song starts to play. Welcome back to reality.
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    Like I said……

  20. The Saints are 2-1, idiot. Your “reality” has them on course for a 10+ win season. How is this a bad thing?
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    Bowman53 says:
    September 26, 2010 10:30 PM
    Typical Taints fans, dances change when the same losing song starts to play. Welcome back to reality.

  21. PurplePeopleBeaters says:
    September 26, 2010 8:20 PM
    I smell Viqueens fans already. I know those crybabies will be here. So I’ll strike first.
    Viqueens should bring in head coaching candidates, quarterbacks, wide receivers, offensive linemen, defensive lineman and defensive backs.
    Flame on Viqueens!
    -its funny how you bring up the vikings before any viking fan even comments on here. you think Franchise is a viking fan but I’m not completely sure he is. get a life. its pretty pathetic man. but anyway back to what this thread is about.
    I agree with whoever said it before…i’m suprised he has made it this long. one of the most on and off kickers i’ve seen. he misses a couple the 1st week makes the game winner the 2nd and misses the game winner the 3rd. and it wasn’t even a far kick.

  22. # what about bob says: September 26, 2010 8:33 PM
    Isn’t this the same guy who got them to the Super Bowl? WOW the Aints fans are already acting stupid. Just like every other team don’t leave the game up to a kicker. So since Drew threw 2 int he should be benched…shut up, you lost a game get over it. Your really not that good, better be prepared for more……
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    And has missed 3 in 3 games, this one a chipshot game clincher. No one here is whining, so the “get over it” comment is actually pretty stupid. Projecting?
    And yes, we are really that good. When we play well, we win, when we play poorly, we usually win, and when we play like crap we sometimes lose because the kicker shanks a gimme.
    Keep hoping, you can watch me on TV in Dallas in February. Loser.

  23. tig 0 bitties says: September 26, 2010 11:22 PM
    -its funny how you bring up the vikings before any viking fan even comments on here. you think Franchise is a viking fan but I’m not completely sure he is.
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    Think again. Those sore losers ALWAYS hurl insults and comment first, which of course they did again on this article. It’s funny how you didn’t identify the team you root for.

  24. Paging Morten Anderson…….
    Paging Morten Anderson……..
    I did not agree with trying a FG on 1st down, even with the percentages. Should have been a play action pass with a one look and throw if open, or throw away if covered. Try that twice and on 3rd down line up the ball in the middle of the field. Then try the FG.
    All in all the Falcons played a near flawless game, Saints played ok at best and Brees had 2 INT’s. Without the turnovers the Saints win………ever heard a fan base blame a loss on turnovers? I sure have…..

  25. When fools say their not whining their whining about someone saying their whining. Who Dat average teams ass gona get stomp AGAIN by the BOYZ (remember). Your like the Giants when they one their last SB good run w/lotza luck. Your team; however, will not hold up under the pressure, just as the giants could not. Why because they were really not that good. Welcome back girls now take your necklasses off.

  26. # what about bob says: September 27, 2010 11:37 AM
    When fools say their not whining their whining about someone saying their whining. Who Dat average teams ass gona get stomp AGAIN by the BOYZ (remember). Your like the Giants when they one their last SB good run w/lotza luck. Your team; however, will not hold up under the pressure, just as the giants could not. Why because they were really not that good. Welcome back girls now take your necklasses off.
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    Maybe your right, maybe we get our things together and start going again, time will tell. One thing you are right about is you guys have a hell of a team and will have a tough not losing next time we play. Great game.

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