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Carney creates informal kicker camp

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While teams around the league come together for practices, you have probably had one thought: What about the kickers?  (Okay, you probably didn’t have that thought.)

John Carney, who has bounced between player and coach of late, has them covered.  At a soccer field in Carlsbad, California, the 22-year-veteran oversees a loose practice for specialists around the league.

Jenny Vrentas of the Newark Star-Ledger writes that Jets punter Steve Weatherford, Jets kicker Nick Folk, Jets kicker Nick Novak,  Chargers kicker Nate Kaeding, Cowboys punter Mat McBriar, and Packers punter Tim Masthay are among the folks that have come out this offseason.

The specialists share techniques and workout methods unique to their positions.    They find fields around the San Diego area, and then head to a first-class gym.  In Carney’s garage.  (He includes a photograph of Arnold Schwarzenegger on the wall.)

“He does a lot for specialists all over,” Folk said.  “It’s great to work out at team facilities, but when you get 80-plus players in there, you can’t personalize to each position. Not only kicking-wise, but workout-wise, it’s beneficial to be down there.”

Unfortunately, we have a feeling that player-run practices like Carney’s kicking extravaganza will be the only practices we’ll hear about it in a while.

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8 Responses to “Carney creates informal kicker camp”
  1. ghostrider25 says: May 5, 2011 1:04 PM

    Carnies. Circus folk. Nomads, you know. Smell like cabbage. Small hands.

  2. nard100 says: May 5, 2011 1:07 PM

    Can somebody pay for ticket for Matt Dodge to fly out?!!!! PLEASE

  3. blmonroe12 says: May 5, 2011 1:07 PM

    Someone please make sure Trent Dilfer finds out about this…

  4. ken0west says: May 5, 2011 1:11 PM

    Everyone knows that kickers practice all the time year round, probably more than any position. How else do they get so good at golf?

  5. CJ says: May 5, 2011 1:28 PM

    nard100 says:
    May 5, 2011 1:07 PM
    Can somebody pay for ticket for Matt Dodge to fly out?!!!! PLEASE
    ________________________
    Why? He had a great season last year.

    Signed,

    Eagles fans everywhere

    …and Desean Jackson

  6. mvp43 says: May 5, 2011 3:03 PM

    That’s roughly 1 Zendejas per attendee……

  7. kernelreefer says: May 5, 2011 6:24 PM

    I’ll bite. Kicking in football is extremely specialized and hard to replicate. It takes years to get good enough for the NFL and it only takes a few mistakes to get your ass on the curb.

    I’d like to think we here in Minnesota have one of the best punters in the league in Chris “Warcraft” Kluwe. Also, probably the funniest.

    But seriously? Kluwe practiced for two hours this entire summer and considered that enough (or at least a distraction from his video games). He’s probably right. Once you get there, it probably doesn’t take a lot to stay there.

  8. MichaelEdits says: May 5, 2011 10:07 PM

    We are kickers
    We kick ball
    We play with ball
    We kick the ball

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