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Jim Schwartz still says he believes in David Akers


Last year on the 49ers, David Akers ranked 30th in the NFL in field goal accuracy. This year on the Lions, Akers ranks 29th in field goal accuracy. So with back-to-back seasons near the bottom of the league, is it time to accept that the soon-to-be 39-year-old Akers just doesn’t have it anymore?

Not according to Lions coach Jim Schwartz, who continues to back Akers despite a missed 31-yard field goal on Thursday against the Packers. In fact, Schwartz said he approached Akers right after that miss at the end of the second quarter and told him that the team was ready to go to him if it needed a clutch field goal late in the game.

“I told him after halftime that if we need a game-winner, we’re going to put him right back up,” Schwartz said, via the Detroit Free Press. “We’re not going to be going for it on fourth down.”

As it turned out, the Lions didn’t attempt any field goals in the second half, but Schwartz said he was pleased to see Akers make all three extra points.

“You watch his next extra point, he stepped up, he drilled it. He bounced back,” Schwartz said.

That’s great, but NFL kickers are supposed to drill extra points. And they’re supposed to drill 31-yard field goals. If the Lions need a game-winning field goal next month with a playoff berth on the line, it’s hard to believe that Schwartz will be completely confident in Akers.

Akers doesn’t handle kickoffs for the Lions, but that’s also an area of concern in Detroit: Punter Sam Martin booted two kickoffs out of bounds on Thursday. If the Lions could find a kicker who can kick field goals and kickoffs long and straight, that would give their special teams a significant boost as they attempt to win the NFC North. Cutting Kickalicious may have been a mistake.

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49 Responses to “Jim Schwartz still says he believes in David Akers”
  1. 2dmo4 says: Nov 29, 2013 7:56 PM

    Damn it!!!

  2. lks311 says: Nov 29, 2013 8:00 PM

    Well, that’s 1.

  3. cali49er707 says: Nov 29, 2013 8:02 PM

    Sounds like me last year before I saw him miss a FG attempt against ATL in the NFC championship gm. That almost cost the 9ERS the game. Then witnessed the missed FG in the Super Bowl that was luckily re kicked on a BAL flag.

    Dude should receive the best supporting act in a drama if they handed out such awards in sports.

  4. bennyb82 says: Nov 29, 2013 8:04 PM

    The Lions should just call Hanson and see if he wants to make a little extra cash on Sundays.

  5. afcdomination says: Nov 29, 2013 8:05 PM

    hah! he DRILLED that extra point though.

  6. thetruthcampaign says: Nov 29, 2013 8:06 PM

    Lol, “made all 3 extra points.” That is classic. “He drilled it. He bounced back.” Well, I guess we can ascertain that at least he doesn’t play scared either.

  7. 50milessouthofdetroit says: Nov 29, 2013 8:06 PM

    he HAS to say that….

  8. dtownsportslions says: Nov 29, 2013 8:07 PM

    I want the Lions to make the playoffs and have a GW field goal on the line and Akers (so we think) come in and nail it from 50 but then the kicker takes off his helmet and its Jason Hanson

  9. doctorrustbelt says: Nov 29, 2013 8:09 PM

    Jim Schwartz believes in Santa Claus, too.

  10. logicalvoiceseys says: Nov 29, 2013 8:15 PM

    Ask the Niners last year about how much you can trust David Akers.

  11. detroit20iron says: Nov 29, 2013 8:33 PM

    Hope he is not on next years roster

  12. ahs2 says: Nov 29, 2013 8:36 PM

    What’s the head coach supposed to say?!?! If there was a better option, he’d be replaced. Until then, support him.

  13. raiders85 says: Nov 29, 2013 8:48 PM

    Better sign a kicker Lions have a really good shot this year but turnovers and missed fg will cost you when it matters

  14. seatownballers says: Nov 29, 2013 8:52 PM

    Well akers would have made that kick that the Steelers missed.

  15. vusnu says: Nov 29, 2013 9:18 PM

    Akers hasn’t had it since he cost the Eagles a playoff game to the eventual SB champion Packers in 2011. They let him walk for a reason.

  16. thatwasntsological says: Nov 29, 2013 9:19 PM

    As an eagles fan, it’s sad to see his career on such a decline. It’s really bad when a coach cheers the fact that he made all three extra points. I mean that should be automatic for every kicker or they would have no right being a kicker in the NFL. But he should really retire now. He’s the best eagles kicker in my lifetime, too late to go out on top, but definitely stop the hurt now before it gets any worse!

  17. ocdn says: Nov 29, 2013 9:22 PM

    I miss Jason Hanson.

  18. packmanfan says: Nov 29, 2013 9:30 PM

    Remember that this praise is coming from the same guy that a former Lions player said was full of BS.

  19. zenofobe says: Nov 29, 2013 9:30 PM

    I live in Michigan. A lot of football watchers here think Schwartz’s, Gunn’s, and Linehan’s sell-by dates have long passed.

    We debate whether it’s better for the Lions to have lots of talent and be mediocre or no talent and be terrible. Those seem to be our choices.

  20. afcdomination says: Nov 29, 2013 9:32 PM

    how would he have made that kick when he just missed from 31 indoors?

  21. johnnyjagfan says: Nov 29, 2013 9:39 PM

    He kicks indoors, too.

  22. raiders85 says: Nov 29, 2013 9:40 PM

    Come to think of it take Janikowski now keep in mind he never makes a pressure kick its always everybody else’s fault and he has to make a ridiculous amount of money but he looks awesome in warm ups just ask Phil Simms he only said it 30 times yesterday

  23. vegasgreek says: Nov 29, 2013 9:43 PM

    The Lions will lose the next 3 straight games. BOOK IT ! LMAO!

  24. schmokes says: Nov 29, 2013 9:44 PM

    The rest of the NFC north is thrilled to have Schwartz coaching in this division. They celebrate a regular season win like it was the Super Bowl, and their coach celebrates an extra point like it was the longest kick in NFL history.

  25. Fly Eagles Fly says: Nov 29, 2013 9:56 PM

    with all the single thumbs down votes, it appears either Jim Schwarts or David Akers are voting

  26. flavordave says: Nov 29, 2013 10:02 PM

    Dont worry Akers, we in Philly will always love you even if these Detroit dirtballs dont.

  27. liontuss says: Nov 29, 2013 10:20 PM

    What’s a farmer get when you kick him in the nuts? Two Akers.

  28. suhmonster90 says: Nov 29, 2013 10:31 PM

    He was so bad last year his statistics have actually improved.

    Signed to be the reliable veteran, he kicks like a rookie that wouldn’t last long in the league.

    I would have a lot more trust in Rugland, was really hoping they’d roll the dice. If there’s something the Lions have done roght over the last 25 years its kick, and Akers is crapping all over that.

  29. hartlylion13 says: Nov 29, 2013 10:47 PM

    How spoiled have we been as far as kickers go for the Lions? Murray then Hanson for as long as I can remember. Both were money. But on teams with so much losing.
    I will happily trade winning for a FEW missed field goals along the way. But man, something inside of me is screaming that we may hear
    “Akrers kick to win the NFC Championship. It’s up……. Has the distance ….. Wide right. Oh my. Lions that close to the Super Bowl”
    Lord baby Jesus please let it only be my paranoia!!
    Go Lions!! Beat Philly!!!

  30. foolsgoldstandard says: Nov 29, 2013 11:07 PM

    As an Eagles fan it’s disappointing to see Akers fading away like this. I’ve met him many, many times and I know how much he loves the game but it’s clearly time to let the game go.

  31. thegreatgabbert says: Nov 29, 2013 11:15 PM

    Of course he does. Akers was the guy that delivered the Schwartz children. All by himself, holding them carefully in his long curved beak, when he flew in from wherever the babies are kept.

  32. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Nov 29, 2013 11:28 PM

    So the Packers should have lost 43-10?

  33. bearshaterseverywhere says: Nov 29, 2013 11:40 PM

    It’s common knowledge the Schwartz is a goof ball with no control over his team of dirt bags.

  34. roarmachine8109 says: Nov 29, 2013 11:55 PM

    I don’t know stats for kickers and never needed to. We had Hanson and all was good. Now with Akers its just cross your fingers and close your eyes. I hope he can step up as we make this push but I do wonder if Hanson is starting some stretching. If we got past the first round of the playoffs I wouldn’t be surprised if Hanson wouldnt want to claim a little of that for his own efforts over the years with little return. “I really wonder if he’s in shape?”

  35. nextmanup81 says: Nov 29, 2013 11:55 PM

    I was an All Greater Houston 3rd team kicker in High School back in 98-99. I could probably still hit from 35 yards and kick a ball off a tee straight – if they’re okay with the ball going to the 5 yard line…err, probably not. Good luck with Akers.

  36. elliottcovert says: Nov 30, 2013 12:11 AM

    My guess is that Akers is pretty close to hanging ’em up anyway. I know you can play kicker for a good long time, but Dependable Dave is closing in on the big 4-0, and the Lions should look to the future in the draft.

  37. lennydpocketqb says: Nov 30, 2013 12:11 AM

    #BelieveInAkers #TheAkeyNationGrows

  38. ravenswhat says: Nov 30, 2013 1:09 AM

    Cut his a$$ and get kickaliscious in there, stat.

  39. jimboslice1 says: Nov 30, 2013 2:53 AM

    Lions should sign Sharkeisha!

  40. northstarnic says: Nov 30, 2013 3:49 AM

    Schwartz says a lot of stupid things.

  41. pc1976 says: Nov 30, 2013 5:57 AM

    I can see the Lions with a different journeyman kicker next year, and Kickalicious knocking through the winning 50yrd FG for the opposition to knock us out of the playoff race

  42. souldogdave says: Nov 30, 2013 7:06 AM

    He also believes in the tooth-fairy.

  43. patsfan92 says: Nov 30, 2013 7:55 AM

    believe in him until he misses a crucial kick lol

  44. orivar says: Nov 30, 2013 8:40 AM

    Akers is missing more and more. Age catching up but I don’t care he was and still is the man. The man has had a long career and was always dependable on the Eagles. Though the fans showed their loyalty after two key misses when two seasons before that he was what kept the Eagles in it, were terrible for more than half a season at the redzone.

  45. lioncrazy says: Nov 30, 2013 10:17 AM

    As usual, the Schwartz is giving us the standard BS. Liar, nobody should be confident the way Akers has played this year.

  46. backdapack4evr says: Nov 30, 2013 3:03 PM

    Doesn’t matter
    Lions are going nowhere

  47. yourfriendcole says: Nov 30, 2013 4:25 PM

    I feel bad for Akers. He broke records in 2011. He fell off pretty damn quick.

  48. partsman193509 says: Nov 30, 2013 6:23 PM

    They should have kept Kickilisious in the first place he could kick ’em and was accurate too.

  49. suhcity says: Dec 1, 2013 2:46 PM

    I had misgivings about him since he was signed. Wasn’t he cut for missing FG’s? There wasn’t anyone else they could have signed? The Lions are getting ready to play with the big boys in the playoffs. If they could put together games with no mistakes on either side of the ball….they could beat anyone. I’m sorry to say I get nervous every time he attempts a FG…..and I’m more surprised when Pettigrew catches a ball than when he doesn’t.

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