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Pagano guarantees McAfee will make a 60-plus-yard field goal

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The Colts’ 27-26 preseason loss to the Giants on Saturday night ended with Pat McAfee missing a 64-yard field goal, wide left. But Colts coach Chuck Pagano says seeing McAfee miss that kick did nothing to diminish the teams confidence in McAfee from beyond 60 yards.

McAfee is the Colts’ punter, but he has a stronger leg than kicker Adam Vinatieri, so when the Colts want to try a field goal beyond 55 yards, they go with McAfee. Pagano says he’s so confident that he promises that McAfee will win a game with a long field goal this season.

“We see him make them all the time in practice, so I’ve got great confidence,” Pagano said. “I was completely confident and the kid was confident. Obviously he had the distance, just a little bit wide left is what I saw. Before this season’s over, he’s going to hit a game-winner from 60-plus yards, I guarantee it.”

That’s an odd thing to guarantee, as Pagano obviously has no way of knowing whether the Colts will even be in a position where they need a 60-plus-yard field goal at the end of a game this year. But Pagano seems eager to send McAfee out for a very long field goal at some point this year. Maybe even Week One at the elevation of Denver, where McAfee says he can make one from 75 yards.

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19 Responses to “Pagano guarantees McAfee will make a 60-plus-yard field goal”
  1. 12444uggg says: Aug 17, 2014 7:03 AM

    I think he could hit one that long also..Dude is the colts best kept secret

  2. luxinterior78 says: Aug 17, 2014 8:20 AM

    Forget long field goals, dude does some nasty hitting on the punt team as well. Opposing special teams players have learned the hard way the need to account for him on the field.

  3. mkar1835 says: Aug 17, 2014 8:25 AM

    I bet T-Rich could hit a 65 yarder now that he’s had a complete off-season with the team.

  4. nextmanup81 says: Aug 17, 2014 8:30 AM

    People use the word “guarantee” the same way the use the word “literally,” which is way out of both words accurate context.

  5. canetic says: Aug 17, 2014 8:36 AM

    Worst coach in the league.

  6. mataug says: Aug 17, 2014 8:47 AM

    Don’t the Colts visit the Broncos in week-1 :)

  7. talkingproud says: Aug 17, 2014 9:41 AM

    How much you wanna bet I can kick a football over that mountain?

  8. vikinganswer says: Aug 17, 2014 9:58 AM

    Big deal. Walsh hit from 70 in warm-ups. The record will be his if he gets the chance.

  9. We, the Steelers, support the immediate relocation of the Bills, Raiders, Vikings, Jaguars, Buccaneers, Rams, Ravens, Chargers, Colts, and Cardinals. Their current cities are an embarrassment to the NFL and the game Pittsburgh invented. #6 says: Aug 17, 2014 10:35 AM

    13th in punts inside the 20, 11th in average distance, 25th in net average, top ten in touchbacks. Maybe work on being a better punter.

  10. ajas95 says: Aug 17, 2014 11:13 AM

    Pat McAffee, Destroyer of Worlds.

  11. hyprcaffeinated says: Aug 17, 2014 11:16 AM

    That 64 yarder was damn close last night. Was worth the try at the end of the game. Can also see him lining up at the end of a half for a long one.

  12. learysdisciples says: Aug 17, 2014 11:58 AM

    I guarantee I can hit the toilet with a piss from 60 + yards.

  13. mattblairfan59 says: Aug 17, 2014 12:47 PM

    Blair Walsh of the Vikings kicked a 70 yard FG in pre-game warm-ups. He also made a 74 yard FG in pre-game last week. He did miss a 51 yard FG last night (hit the upright), however.

  14. renbutler says: Aug 17, 2014 1:02 PM

    Walsh hitting from 70 in warm-ups is meaningless, as there is no kick rush or pressure and he can drive it as low as he wants.

    If McAfee does it in practice with a legitimate rush, it becomes a lot more impressive….

  15. buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons says: Aug 17, 2014 1:03 PM

    A lot of guarantee from a coach who hasn’t done squat.

  16. greengoldandbold says: Aug 17, 2014 2:02 PM

    Sure, on turf indoors.

  17. flipzm says: Aug 17, 2014 2:22 PM

    The hit McAfee laid on Holiday was just one of many. The man could have easily been a linebacker. He takes out guys on the punt team all the time.

  18. viracocha711 says: Aug 17, 2014 2:39 PM

    Like all sports we humans are getting better & better with time…Eventually we will see a kicker hit a 70+ yard FG in a regular season/post season game.

    The question is who will it be?

  19. boogerhut says: Aug 17, 2014 3:11 PM

    Practice and warmups. EVERYONE is a beast.

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