Skip to content

Quintin Mikell suggests Akers’ struggles arose from off-field concerns

David Akers

The Eagles lost to the Packers by five points on Sunday.  Eagles Pro Bowl kicker David Akers missed two field goals, which will cause some of the Philly faithful to claim that, if Akers had made those kicks, the home team would have won.  (It’s never quite that simple when a missed kick comes at any point other than the very end of a game.)

After the loss, Eagles safety Quintin Mikell suggested that Akers’ struggled may be related to something other than a sudden disappearance of his skills.

“I don’t want to put him out there, but he’s been going through a lot this week,” Mikell said, per Tim McManus of PhillySportsDaily.com.  “He has some stuff going on.  And for him to even be out here was big.  He fought through a lot today and this week.”

Neither Mikell nor Akers’ agent would share details regarding the “stuff” to which Mikell was referring.

“He was dealing with a lot of stuff this week, and he came out, he fought and he did as well as he could,” Mikell said.  “I’ll let everybody else talk about it, but he was going through a lot this week.”

Regardless of the details, the question becomes whether the Eagles should have considered signing another kicker and deactivating Akers for the week.  More specifically, the question becomes whether coach Andy Reid should have opted against kicking a field goal when down by 11 points early in the fourth quarter and facing fourth and one from the Green Bay 16.

“You kick it and it’s an eight-point game,” Reid said following the elimination of the EAgles.  “The right thing to do is kick it.  The guy is a Pro Bowl kicker, so I’m thinking he’s going to make it.”

It’s likely that, in time, the details regarding Akers’ distractions will emerge.  And if the “stuff” to which Mikell alluded was significant, look for critics to point a finger at Reid, both for opting to kick the second field goal Akers missed and for using him at all in the game.

UPDATE:  ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio has more details. “It’s nothing major,” agent Jerrold Colton told Paolantio. “David is not using anything going on in his life as an excuse for those two misses. It’s a private family health concern and we hope nothing major.”

Permalink 35 Comments Feed for comments Latest Stories in: Green Bay Packers, Home, Philadelphia Eagles, Rumor Mill, Sprint Football Live - Rumors
35 Responses to “Quintin Mikell suggests Akers’ struggles arose from off-field concerns”
  1. iluvwikileaks says: Jan 10, 2011 6:45 AM

    I can say with complete confidence that the Philadelphia Eagles will NEVER win a Super Bowl:)

  2. krow101 says: Jan 10, 2011 6:53 AM

    He felt uneasy sharing a locker room with a sociopath torturer of small animals. The city of Philadelphia had no such qualms.

  3. jharmon64 says: Jan 10, 2011 7:13 AM

    Seriously krow101, a poke at Vick, that’s all you got?

  4. angrycorgi says: Jan 10, 2011 7:20 AM

    I can say with complete confidence that the Philadelphia Eagles will NEVER win a Super Bowl:)
    —-
    I second that confidence…

  5. 8man says: Jan 10, 2011 7:30 AM

    I could understand missing one, the longer one, but two? No way.

    If he made just one, the Eagles could have kicked another at the end of the game to win it. There is too much at stake here. An entire season of work and 52 other team members hopes, desires and effort were on the line.

    If he wasn’t right he shouldn’t have been in the game. And honestly, he had three FG attempts, one PAT and three or four kickoffs. What is that, about 90 seconds worth of work? Regardless of what he was facing, he couldn’t focus for 90 seconds? Some of us have to work a full eight hours with something bothering us.

    Statistically, the Eagles were superior in this game and very well should have won and did not, largely because he missed two FGs.

  6. skoobyfl says: Jan 10, 2011 7:31 AM

    Excuses don’t pay the bills in the NFL, so of to Manby Panby land you jackwagon.

  7. realitypolice says: Jan 10, 2011 7:34 AM

    Regardless of the details, the question becomes whether the Eagles should have considered signing another kicker and deactivating Akers for the week.

    =========================

    Short of being charged with torturing animals, being accused of operating a multi state organized crime organization or having someone get shot at your birthday party, there is no personal situation that should lead to the deactivation of one of the best field goal kickers in NFL history.

  8. rugdaniels says: Jan 10, 2011 7:37 AM

    If the Packers didn’t let that easy TD slip away at the end of the 1st half no one would be really talking about the Akers missed kicks. He’s not the reason the Eagles lost this game.

  9. lawyermalloy says: Jan 10, 2011 7:43 AM

    “Regardless of the details, the question becomes whether the Eagles should have considered signing another kicker and deactivating Akers for the week”
    You’re an idiot for suggesting sitting a pro bowl kicker in a playoff game! Unless his kicking leg is falling off, you play him!

  10. chapnastier says: Jan 10, 2011 7:45 AM

    “And if the “stuff” to which Mikell alluded was significant, look for critics to point a finger at Reid”

    Most of us have been pointing fingers at Reid for years.

  11. discosucs2005 says: Jan 10, 2011 7:45 AM

    @iluvwikileaks

    Quote from my friend, a Falcons fan, from a few years ago: “The “Aints will NEVER win Super Bowl in my lifetime.”

  12. shackdelrio says: Jan 10, 2011 8:14 AM

    Philly fans keep getting what they deserve. The Eagles will never win a Super Bowl.

  13. jackhall00 says: Jan 10, 2011 8:19 AM

    No way could they have signed another kicker this week.
    Imagine sitting your Pro Bowl kicker and the guy he signed missed those 2 “gimme” kicks?
    No way.

  14. melonnhead says: Jan 10, 2011 8:21 AM

    how about getting a defense that doesn’t fold up like a cheap lawn chair in the red zone? or a qb that is not notorious for choking? or a culture that does not builds monuments to fictional champions in the absence of real ones?!?

  15. kev86 says: Jan 10, 2011 8:22 AM

    Always the bridesmaids. Zero rings from the loud mouth chumps from Philly. Jets are the next group of frauds going down.

  16. flyinhighwithvick says: Jan 10, 2011 8:25 AM

    Quinton Mikell needs to look at himself in the mirror. Because he has been flat out TERRIBLE since the departure of Brian Dawkins.

  17. richm2256 says: Jan 10, 2011 8:40 AM

    That a single member of the Plhiladelphia Eagles is using whatever issue David Akers was going through this week as any blame for this loss to Green Bay yesterday, instead of pointing a finger at their MVP quarterback who made the boneheaded decision to make a poorly thrown pass into what clearly was very good coverage in the endzone with another 30 ticks left, is completely off base.

    Pin this loss directly on Michael Vick.

  18. flavordave says: Jan 10, 2011 8:45 AM

    The City of Philadelphia is a better place then the place the first two posts crawled out from. I love Philly.

  19. toddm6d says: Jan 10, 2011 8:46 AM

    My buddy and I played all the games on Madden earlier in the week. Our Packers / Eagles game ended 6-3. Akers missed three FG’s in that game.

    Just sayin’

  20. bigtrav425 says: Jan 10, 2011 9:07 AM

    Akers is usually money.If he was healthy why would you sign another kicker??…He just showed no matter how good you are ,no one is perfect even Him

  21. obiewon70 says: Jan 10, 2011 9:19 AM

    Akers 1st kick into the wind is understandable. The second one from 34 yds with the wind at his back was terrible. But, just as equally important was Mikell covering a fumble on Kuhn’s 3 and 1 try. Mikell HAD THE BALL CRADLED and then let go of it. What was he thinking?!!! Then the Packers go on to score their 3rd TD when it shouldve been Eagle Ball! LOOK @ YOURSELF MIKELL!

  22. abninf says: Jan 10, 2011 9:28 AM

    Eagles fans consider the season a success if they last one more game than Dallas, since they don’t know what a championship feels like. So they should be happy.

  23. dezbryant says: Jan 10, 2011 9:30 AM

    Cowboys- 5

    Redskins- 3

    Giants – 3

    Eagles -0

    Its time to remove them from the NFC East.

  24. fan555 says: Jan 10, 2011 9:59 AM

    The coaching in that game was HIGHLY suspect.
    I used to think REID was a great coach.
    fourth and one? C’mon.

  25. osmocosmo says: Jan 10, 2011 10:06 AM

    Eagles fans are the most passionate, devoted group of people you’ll ever find. Yes, the Super Bowl eludes them. But it doesn’t change what I just wrote.

    Sooner or later, they will win the Super Bowl. They continue to get their name into the hat, unlike every other team in that division.

    The Cowboys, Giants, and Redskins have had some great teams over the years, but the Eagles have handled the NFC East for about eleven years now. McNabb, Jeff Garcia, Mike Vick–doesn’t matter. The end result is typically the same. A few fans of said teams won’t admit it, but it’s true, as yet again, the Eagles won the NFC East while the others gritted their teeth and had nothing better to do than root against the Eagles. And there are currently no signs that this will change any time soon…

    Here’s to 2011.

  26. nygdefenserules says: Jan 10, 2011 10:19 AM

    I hope nothing serios is going on his his personal life – I never wish that on anyone.

    Buyt it is much easier going to work today that the Eagles lost. I am a Giants fan living in Eagles Country.

    Yes, they beat us twice…Yes, we gave up 28 points in 7 1/2 minutes…..but the end result is the same. 10-6 regular season, and no Super Bowl.

    Awwww….and no Donovan to blame!!!!

  27. tuckercarlsonisthevoiceofreason says: Jan 10, 2011 11:06 AM

    That makes Aaron Rodgers 0-1-1 in playoff games. No wins, one loss, and one game that was given to him by a kicker who can’t make chip shots and a QB who throws into the end zone to a guy no one has ever heard of on the biggest play of the season.

  28. innoculo says: Jan 10, 2011 11:52 AM

    Rodgers 1-1 in the Playoffs. Now what will the Farverites say? Oh that’s it. Just don’t accept it and live in la la land and pretend it didn’t happen. Good luck with that.

    ——————————————
    #
    tuckercarlsonisthevoiceofreason says: Jan 10, 2011 11:06 AM

    That makes Aaron Rodgers 0-1-1 in playoff games. No wins, one loss, and one game that was given to him by a kicker who can’t make chip shots and a QB who throws into the end zone to a guy no one has ever heard of on the biggest play of the season.

  29. Beer Cheese Soup says: Jan 10, 2011 1:44 PM

    iluvwikileaks says:

    I can say with complete confidence that the Philadelphia Eagles will NEVER win a Super Bowl:)
    _____________

    Easy now. They have won world championships before. Not their fault the Super Bowl wasn’t created yet. Despite what Steelers fans will try to tell you, the NFL did exist before 1970.

    The Eagles played well all year, despite having a “rebuilding” season. They will continue to dominate their weak division for the foreseeable future. They’re obviously nowhere near as good as the Packers, but they’ll get there.
    ___

    8man says:

    Statistically, the Eagles were superior in this game and very well should have won and did not, largely because he missed two FGs.
    ____________

    A win is a win is a win. Eagles played a solid game, but they simply didn’t make the plays when it counted. Akers was only one small part of that.

  30. purpleisreallypinkyouknow says: Jan 10, 2011 2:05 PM

    Did anyone notice the way the holder had the balls leaning before he kicked them…? Never seen that.

    I’ll echo the same sentiments as a few others.

    Had the Packers receivers not dropped a few balls…wide open, no less….no one is talking about the FGs. Game could’ve been over if JJ catches that pass. McCarthy pussing out and leaving a FG attempt and a timeout on the table in the first half for the Packers was another stupid move, which will come back and bite the Packers at some point, if he keeps that crap up.

  31. tuckercarlsonisthevoiceofreason says: Jan 10, 2011 2:45 PM

    purpleisreallypinkyouknow says:
    Jan 10, 2011 2:05 PM
    Did anyone notice the way the holder had the balls leaning before he kicked them…? Never seen that.

    I’ll echo the same sentiments as a few others.

    Had the Packers receivers not dropped a few balls…wide open, no less….no one is talking about the FGs. Game could’ve been over if JJ catches that pass. McCarthy pussing out and leaving a FG attempt and a timeout on the table in the first half for the Packers was another stupid move, which will come back and bite the Packers at some point, if he keeps that crap up.

    ——-

    The thing is, you expect James (Earl) Jones to drop balls. He does it all the time. It’s a miracle he caught the touchdown. You don’t expect Akers to miss easy field goals. Face it, Packer fans: It was a lucky win.

  32. carlgerbschmidt says: Jan 10, 2011 2:58 PM

    tuckercarlsonisthevoiceofreason says: Jan 10, 2011 2:45 PM

    purpleisreallypinkyouknow says:
    Jan 10, 2011 2:05 PM
    Did anyone notice the way the holder had the balls leaning before he kicked them…? Never seen that.

    I’ll echo the same sentiments as a few others.
    Had the Packers receivers not dropped a few balls…wide open, no less….no one is talking about the FGs. Game could’ve been over if JJ catches that pass. McCarthy pussing out and leaving a FG attempt and a timeout on the table in the first half for the Packers was another stupid move, which will come back and bite the Packers at some point, if he keeps that crap up.

    ——-

    The thing is, you expect James (Earl) Jones to drop balls. He does it all the time. It’s a miracle he caught the touchdown. You don’t expect Akers to miss easy field goals. Face it, Packer fans: It was a lucky win.

    ———–

    That’s okay. Jonesy will be seeing a slight reduction in passes thrown his way now that we have tom crabtree more involved. Crabtree is all world! Packers 4th string te is better then phillys 1st!

  33. tuckercarlsonisthevoiceofreason says: Jan 10, 2011 3:54 PM

    carlgerbschmidt says:
    Jan 10, 2011 2:58 PM

    That’s okay. Jonesy will be seeing a slight reduction in passes thrown his way now that we have tom crabtree more involved. Crabtree is all world! Packers 4th string te is better then phillys 1st!

    ——-

    After Saturday, none of the Packers will be seeing any passes thrown their way until training camp opens.

  34. packerbacker12 says: Jan 11, 2011 2:02 AM

    @ tucker,

    Based on the high number of your unintelligent posts, I assume you are a Viking fan?

  35. michaeledits says: Jan 11, 2011 7:10 AM

    Reid’s reasons for not going for it on 4th and 1 from the 16 are so unconvincing that all I can think is “that dog won’t hunt.”

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!