Saints spin the Wheel of Kickers again, land on Josh Scobee

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The Saints treat kickers as disposable, and they’ve found another one they’ll just eventually discard.

According to Mike Triplett of ESPN.com, the Saints have signed veteran kicker Josh Scobee.  They tried him out in February, and obviously thought he was well enough to help after struggling with some injuries last year.

Incumbent Kai Forbath is a free agent, and if Scobee ends up being the guy, he’ll be the 11th kicker the Saints have used in 11 years under coach Sean Payton.

The Steelers traded for the long-time Jaguars kicker last summer, but he lasted just four games in Pittsburgh, making 6-of-10 field goals before being released. Prior that that he was a reliable kicker, hitting 81 percent during an 11-year run in Jacksonville.

The Saints started with Dustin Hopkins last year, but cut him in camp and he went onto kick well for Washington. Then came Zach Hocker and Forbath, leading them to look around again.

 

 

22 responses to “Saints spin the Wheel of Kickers again, land on Josh Scobee

  1. The quarterback wheel is spinning throughout the league. What wheel will stop on Big John Football?

  2. The Saints started with Dustin Hopkins last year, but cut him in camp and he went onto kick well for Washington.
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    Enough said! Now make the right call this time Sean..

  3. When a team has had 2 years or more of awful kickers, its time to suck it up and draft one in a late round. They’re worth it. They can win or lose you a couple games a year

  4. Unless their defense improves, special teams is that much more important for the Saints. I wouldn’t mind seeing them draft a kicker. Everyone laughed when they drafted Thomas Morstead, but he has been an amazing asset in his time with the team.

  5. typicalnipple posts on every story with something eluding to “Big John Football”… dude has a creepy fascination with the guy… the stuff restraining orders were made for…

  6. 11 kickers in 11 years? I’ve never heard of that much turnover before. Sounds like a combination of a hair trigger when it comes to giving up on guys with some bad choices mixed in.

    And the kicker (pun intended) is they play in a dome and their conference has probably the fairest weather in all the NFL. Nobody else in their conference churns through kickers.

  7. As long as the Saints don’t rely on him to score all the points like the Steelers did, he should be fine. It’s when your QB is so inept that you put way too much presssure on one person to do everything.

  8. Scobee was an absolute choker last year. As if his actual performance was not poor enough, he chose to make excuses by way of injury after he lost the job. Not a stand-up way to conduct yourself after you blew a second and third chance to contribute to a contending team.

  9. Given the kickers they’ve had the last few years they might want to talk Morten Anderson out of retirement.

  10. Best of luck to him. Players always seem to thrive once they wriggle free of that rotten franchise. Look at Emmanual Sanders. He has a Super Bowl ring that he never would have had if he’d stayed and waited for Big Ben to put up his one TD/playoff game. LOL

  11. TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonAndNeverToReturn says:
    Mar 4, 2016 4:03 PM

    Players always seem to thrive once they wriggle free of that rotten franchise.
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    Proving just one more time that you really know very little about football or the Steelers. Santonio Holmes and Mike Wallace come to mind…

  12. Sorry, I got cut off. Forgot to mention Ravens Superbowl Champ Rod Woodson. LOL.

  13. The Saints actually did draft a kicker once…Remember Taylor Mehlhaff, the first kicker to miss a PAT of any kind in London? If Sean Payton uses a wheel for kickers, what does he use for defensive coordinators, a Ouija Board?

  14. TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonAndNeverToReturn says:
    Mar 4, 2016 4:03 PM
    He has a Super Bowl ring that he never would have had if he’d stayed and waited for Big Ben to put up his one TD/playoff game. LOL

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    I know, right. Almost as good as Flacco’s one TD/int ratio that he’s hit or approached two of the past three seasons. Definitely worth the $$$ the Ravens are throwing at him. Joe Linta went in for the cash grab and scored.

  15. To be fair to him, Scobee was a decent kicker for the Jags before last year’s trainwreck. Not sure if it was nerves or what, but if the Saints don’t have anyone else available and the associated costs are negligible, doesn’t hurt to bring him in for a look.

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