Pete Carroll has high praise for Blair Walsh

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Roughly 19 months ago, kicker Blair Walsh helped the Seahawks get to the NFC divisional round. Indirectly.

This year, his efforts will have a more direct correlation to the team’s success, or otherwise.

Walsh signed early in the offseason with the Seahawks, getting a shot at redemption after a career disintegration that began when he shanked a chip shot that should have delivered a home playoff win for the Vikings under classic, old-school, throwback, ultra-cold, outdoor conditions in Minnesota. So far, the Seahawks are happy with what he’s done.

Beyond the gift he gave them in January 2016.

“He was looking for a new challenge, a new setup, which we were offering of course, as were other teams,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll told reporters on Wednesday.  “He liked what was going on here. He has had great seasons.  We are getting him at a time when he really has something to prove.  He has been a tremendous worker for us, really diligent worker.  He is a very good athlete, too.  You can see he has soccer background in him and all that.  He has a big leg though, too.  We haven’t seen a ball pop up in the air like this in years, so. . . . We are really excited about what he’s bringing in and now it’s just about consistency.  He has been on it for five or six straight days.  He has hit everything, so he is doing good.”

Walsh excelling in Seattle would further explain the Vikings’ decision to stick with him through the struggles that plagued him in 2016. They gave him chance after chance before finally realizing that Walsh needed a full reset in order to get his career back on track.

And maybe he will, right up until he’s trying a potential game-winning field goal for Seattle, in a playoff game against the Vikings.

31 responses to “Pete Carroll has high praise for Blair Walsh

  1. No.. as a Viking fan I do not want him to have that chance. He doesn’t deserve it. I doubt that’ll happen, he has the yips.

  2. Great last line, Florio!!

    Pete, Blair is gonna break your heart. He’ll look incredible in practice and preseason but he’ll lose more than just a couple of games for the Seahawks in the regular season and potentially the playoffs.

  3. The Vikes gave him chance after chance. Everyone wanted him to succeed, but he kept on choking when he got the opportunity to produce. It was quite sad. I wish him luck, but I wouldn’t bet the farm on him.

  4. When it comes to field goals it’s all about pressure and how you handle it.The part about kicking the ball as long as most NFL kickers have been kicking the ball its second nature.

  5. As a life-long Vikings fan, I think I’ve earned the right to admit that there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that Walsh will kick a winning FG against the Vikings, probably in the playoffs, and probably within the next season or two. It’s kind of what we’ve come to expect.

  6. And maybe he will, right up until he’s trying a potential game-winning field goal for Seattle, in a playoff game against the Vikings.

    Yea, I have to admit I laughed way too hard at this.

  7. AS a life long Viking supporter I wish him the best.. He deserves it.. Hard worker.. Good guy and teammate. It is funny how so many Viking fans are so un-forgiving.. Players, teams and coaches aren’t perfect and neither are you.. If you are looking for perfection look within yourselves..

  8. “We are getting him at a time when he really has something to prove.”

    He’s had so many chances AFTER the shanked kick and desperately needed to prove himself- he just couldn’t get it done. The Vikings lost games since then that could have went the other way if he would have made the extra point or field goal. A missed extra point vs. Detroit comes to mind- and there were others. Maybe he’s been seeing a shrink.

  9. I think part of Walsh’s problem was getting screamed at until Zimmer’s eyes bulged out.

  10. The problem was the long snapper. The season they got rid of their long snapper Clint Gresham to save a few bucks in cap space, their kicker started missing kicks. Snaps were high sometimes and that mess up the timing of the kicker. They just cut their long snapper of last season, but we don’t know how good the new one is.

  11. The long snapper was the problem?
    After Walsh was let go, Kai Forbath didn’t miss a single FG with the same long snapper….

    I do wish him well, he was a terrific kicker until he wasn’t. Kickers are fickle, there have been ones who sucked in one place then suddenly excelled again. Green Bay had a horrific season from Crosby, stuck with him and he turned it around. Walsh needed a cleaner reset, apparently. Dunno. I remember when we drafted him it was noted he had been terrific at Georgia most of his seasons but then slumped as a senior, but we drafted him anyway. I was kind of puzzled at that, but then he went and had that pro bowl rookie season, arguably the best season a vikings kicker has ever had.

    But he needed to go somewhere else. It wasn’t just the Seattle game. game after game, routine kicks, extra points. He straight up lost that second detroit game, he missed a mid-range FG and then Prater turned around and nailed a very long one to win it for them at the end. Plenty of other games he stressed an already stressed team.

  12. kamthechancellor says:
    August 10, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    Vikes fans hate this guy for missing the game winner in the playoff game versus Seattle. Yet, wasn’t he the only one responsible for any of their points in that game?
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    So he hits a couple from 50 yards out and misses a simple chip shot, so we should just be perfectly fine with the missed chip with the game on the line. That’s what you call not delivering when the pressure is on. Glad you’re so happy to have him- good luck with that.

  13. truthbetold109 says:
    August 10, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    Another former viking that does well AFTER they leave Minnesota.

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    You fired up the ol’ crystal ball? Who makes it the the Super Bowl? TIA.

  14. Of course he looks fantastic when it doesn’t matter. He is extremely weak minded though so good luck when it actually matters. He could kick 55 yard FG’s like they were extra points but missed a bunch of extra points. I wouldn’t want my teams fate tied to him making a kick.

  15. beer4guy says:
    August 9, 2017 at 8:48 pm
    As a life-long Vikings fan, I think I’ve earned the right to admit that there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that Walsh will kick a winning FG against the Vikings, probably in the playoffs, and probably within the next season or two. It’s kind of what we’ve come to expect
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    It will actually happen in the NFL Title game in Minnesota with 0 seconds on the clock because he missed the first kick but the defense was offside and his retry will be good to send Seattle to the Super Bowl that we could have played in our own home stadium. Fans will break every window in the place so that it will take longer than 2 weeks to play forcing the game to be played somewhere else.

  16. For a coach who frittered away a Super Bowl chamoionship one yard from paydirt, this is a interesting move. Hope he doesn’t have to rely on Walsh to win a playoff game.

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