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Lions bring in Jason Hanson as a kicking consultant

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After 21 seasons as the Lions’ kicker, Jason Hanson retired in 2013. Now he’s back. Sort of.

The 43-year-old Hanson would probably be a better option than either of the two kickers currently under contract to the Lions, John Potter and Giorgio Tavecchio. But when the Lions brought Hanson to their minicamp this week, it wasn’t to lure him out of retirement. It was because special teams coordinator John Bonamego wanted to get Hanson’s perspective on how the Lions’ two young kickers looked.

He just wanted another set of eyes for the guys they want to kick,” Hanson told the Lions’ website. “He wanted my opinion – somebody else to give feedback to him. They have a short time to look at the guys, to see if they feel they have the guys they want or if they want to look at other people. . . . I appreciate that he wants another set of eyes. While I’m out there, they’re asking me stuff. I’m glad to help them any way I can.”

Hanson added, however, that there’s only so much you can tell from watching a kicker at a minicamp. After all, there are lots of guys who can boot 50-plus-yard field goals in practice. The key is finding a kicker who can do it consistently, when a game is on the line.

“Here’s the problem: everybody’s good,” Hanson said. “If you brought them in, they’re good.”

Unfortunately for the Lions, it’s unlikely they’ll find any kicker as good as Hanson, one of the best in NFL history.

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9 Responses to “Lions bring in Jason Hanson as a kicking consultant”
  1. bennyb82 says: Apr 24, 2014 9:40 AM

    They should bring Hanson in and have two kickers just miss a bunch of easy field goals in front of him. That might lure him out of retirement.

  2. thestrategyexpert says: Apr 24, 2014 9:44 AM

    Well this is a good move. The Lions have no business winning a Super Bowl without Jason Hanson being part of the team, so pay up and start winning some games!!

  3. wiskybuck says: Apr 24, 2014 9:46 AM

    He probably should steer away from any advise about kicking in Lambeau….he’s never won a game in Wisconsin.

  4. gibbstastic says: Apr 24, 2014 9:53 AM

    where’s Kickalicious?

  5. mazenblue says: Apr 24, 2014 10:46 AM

    UHHHH, Wheree’s Kickalicious. Why is he not there? Doesn’t make any sense.

  6. greenbaysmacker says: Apr 24, 2014 11:10 AM

    Kickalicious told the Lions that he appreciated the opportunity they gave him last year but now he’s ready to try out for an NFL Team.

  7. cfballfan1 says: Apr 24, 2014 11:41 AM

    Best kicker of the modern era – bar none.

  8. rickyrello says: Apr 24, 2014 3:43 PM

    you guys realize that kickalicious hasnt been signed by ANYONE, he didnt not only make the lions team or practice squad but 31 other teams passed as well

    give it up

  9. chunkydonkey says: Apr 25, 2014 9:35 AM

    I wouldn’t buy a Kickalicious jersey. And he hasn’t really proven himself yet for a team that deems itself ready to “win now.”

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