Blair Walsh: In hindsight, I would have driven it more

Getty Images

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll wasn’t the only member of the organization who opted to be both literal and philosophical after a Monday night blunder. Kicker Blair Walsh, the reigning admiral of the missed field goal, served also as captain of the obvious after the loss, sealed by a 52-yard field that came up short.

“Obviously I need to drive it a little more to get it there,” Walsh told reporters. “So in hindsight, that’s what I would do is drive it more and not leave it short.”

He thought the kick was good when he hit it — as did anyone else who has gotten used to seeing kickers routinely put enough oomph on attempts in the 50-55-yard range.

“That was in our range and in hindsight, I would’ve just driven it more,” Walsh said. “I would’ve driven it more and not left it short. I was too accurate and didn’t have enough on it. . . .

“It’s tough when you’re not there for your team in a moment like that. I’ll keep working my tail off and committing to what I’m doing. I was happy with everything else that I did in the game but it’s tough that the last play is what it comes down to. That’s part of football.”

Part of modern NFL football is having a kicker with the ability to consistently drive the ball far enough to make a field goal of less than 55 yards. Ultimately, that’s what’s the most surprising about Walsh’s latest miss. It’s easy to understand wide left or wide right. Short, when the distance is anything less than 55 yards, makes no sense.

Unless the unspoken truth is that Walsh was so concerned about hitting it straight that he didn’t hit it hard enough. Anyone who has ever golfed can relate to that one, and that may be the best explanation for what ultimately transpired.

47 responses to “Blair Walsh: In hindsight, I would have driven it more

  1. This article is ridiculous. 50+ Yard field goals are not gimmes outdoors. In Pittsburgh, teams don’t even attempt them. Seattle isn’t exactly paradise either.

    This is unnecessary piling on a guy that came up a yard short, dead center.

  2. Blair Walsh: In hindsight, I would have driven it more

    Fans: In hindsight we should have kept Steven Hauschka!

  3. In hindsight, the Seahawks should have offered Steven Hauschka more money. He set an NFL record for consecutive 50+ yard field goals on the weekend.

  4. NFL records:
    Most field goals of 50 yards or more made in a season – 10 (2012)
    Most field goals of 50 yards or more made in a season without missing – 10 (2012)
    Most field goals of 50 yards or more in a game – 3 (12/26/2012) (tied with Morten Andersen, Neil Rackers, and Kris Brown)
    Most consecutive field goals of 50 yards or more made – 12 (2012–2013)
    Highest field goal percentage in a season by a rookie – 92.1% (2012)

    Quick research and found this. Hard to believe he can’t put enough leg into it.

  5. how the decision to dump Steven Hauschka has already cost them at least 2 wins. Terrible. Just admit you screwed up big time. Maybe try to make a trade with the Bills? They are in full rebuild mode.

  6. The worst blunder was the fake field goal at the end of the 2Q. The game would have gone to overtime. Stupid coaching decision.

  7. He is in the wrong sport. If he plays golf, he can give himself a Mulligan.

    The kick needs to go 52 yards, and he did not know that he should kick it hard? Give me a break. People only make that sort of mistake when they kick a chip shot under 30 yards. Wait, he missed one like that in the playoffs against the Seahawks too. ROTFL

  8. I’m shocked this guy is still in the league.

    Would you trust him to make a FG to win or tie a game in the playoffs? Of course not.

  9. IIRC the announcers noted there was no wind before the kick. It went dead straight, and the angle was high enough that there was no chance of a block.

    The Seahawks would be in first place right now and possibly alone in first at 8-2 if Walsh made his kicks. Did lack of confidence in Walsh contribute to the fake fg?
    He also doinked one on an upright for an extra point but had it carom in, or else they wouldn’t have been kicking at the end there.

    Carroll seems to think he can revive the career of anyone, and seeks to take on players that were once highly rated but failed elsewhere regularly. I’m sure that played a role in them signing Walsh, who IIRC holds the record for most 50+ yd field goals without a miss from his rookie season. But it does come back to bite ya. The vikings were bitten by Walsh and gave him every chance to snap out of it, but he couldn’t.

  10. How was the replacements for Richard Charmin and Camp Chancellor?
    =====

    You miss the game?

    Matt Ryan was held under 200 yards for the first time in 4 seasons.

  11. As a Vikings fan I have heard it all before. He might get it together for another game or two but ultimately he will break your heart. Don’t let a good kick or two fool you into thinking he has got it figured out. Let him go and cut your losses or suffer losses.

  12. 2 losses now in which Walsh has figured prominently in. Given this guy’s history, it is hard to understand why a playoff caliber team would roll with the guy knowing he is likely to cost games you would otherwise win.

  13. As a Seahawks fan when we signed Blair Walsh and let HAUSCHKA walk, I immediately thought “GREAT HES GONNA COST US A GAME!” He’s already cost 2 games and as much as I love Pete and John they’re screwing up. They’ve fallen in love with trading out of the 1st round and act like every player drafted in the 3-4 rounds is a star. I would rather watch the flop from Tampa Bay or Cairo Santos(just signed) kick then Blair Walsh. I would rather watch Forrest Lamp(yes I know he prematurely was done for the year) or Reuben Foster(I know hes been hurt and hasn’t played much) drafted instead of trading back to replace Line issues or the hole Bruce Irvin left.

  14. Yeah, Walsh. It’s really weird that in order to make a 52 yard field goal, you have to kick it hard. I guess being a kicker in the NFL, you should kinda already know that. It’s too bad somebody didn’t tell you that before the kick. What a moron. He’s cost the Seahawks 2 games this season. 8-2 is a completely different world than 6-4. Thanks, Walsh. Thanks, Senile Pete. It’s time for both of you to hit the road.

  15. omeimontis says:
    November 21, 2017 at 10:58 am
    Seattle fans love to say “next man up.” LOL

    They are not saying it about Blair Walsh. How was the replacements for Richard Charmin and Camp Chancellor?
    ________
    They aren’t? That’s cute. Every single Seahawk fan in the world is calling for his head right now. And Sherman’s and Chancellor’s replacements did ok. Lane got burnt a couple times, but it’s to be expected when lining up against the best receiver in the league. And McDougald has been more than solid filling in for Earl and Chancellor.

  16. He missed a 21 yard field goal in the playoffs against you guys. You were standing there on the sidelines and saw it happen and said wow that guy blows.

    Then you signed him.

  17. Don’t get me wrong….I love watching the Seahawks lose just as much as everyone else does,
    BUT…
    How is this guy still employed?
    Why did they sign him in the first place?

    More power to him! It’s a great gig if you can get it!

  18. This is way too harsh, Crazy Pete gives up a 35 yard shot and then lives or dies on a 50+ shot. How is this the Blair Witch’s fault. This sits with Crazy Pete.

  19. “I was happy with everything else that I did in the game but it’s tough that the last play is what it comes down to.”
    Classic Walsh. Always tiptoes up to the accountability line only to read his resume immediately afterwards. Take it from a Vikings fan….it only gets worse from here. Next is snapping at the media and fans for criticizing him. But make no mistake, he will always tell how great he is.

  20. “This article is ridiculous. 50+ Yard field goals are not gimmes outdoors. In Pittsburgh, teams don’t even attempt them. Seattle isn’t exactly paradise either.

    This is unnecessary piling on a guy that came up a yard short, dead center.”

    ——————————————————————————

    There was no wind. When was the last time you saw an NFL kicker short from 52? I can’t remember it. Dude is not an NFL kicker. I can’t believe he will still be kicking for SEA next week. (Not a hawks fan and don’t really care)

    And really Blair? In hindsight you wouldn’t have left it short? My God, that is brilliant self-scouting there.

  21. commentawaitingdeletion says:
    ———————-
    Whose decision was it to replace Hauschka with Walsh? Was Walshes unpredictability part of that decision making process?

  22. “I would’ve driven it more and not left it short. I was too accurate and didn’t have enough on it. . . .”

    Unless the unspoken truth is that Walsh was so concerned about hitting it straight that he didn’t hit it hard enough.
    _________

    It looks like the unspoken truth was spoken by Walsh. He essentially said that he was trying to be accurate and didn’t get enough on it. He probably thought being short would be better than shanking it into the stands.

  23. Hawks fans, I’d normally say I feel your pain, but you won’t know real Blair Walsh pain till this guy misses a winning FG in a playoff game.

  24. One must be mentally challenged to hit the ball with less than maximum force when attempting a field goal of over 50 yards. Anyone who lets up on a long field goal to make sure he is accurate should not be an NFL field goal kicker.

  25. I was happy with everything else that I did in the game but it’s tough that the last play is what it comes down to. That’s part of football.

    >>>

    You’re happy with it?? You’re such a damn LOSER Walsh, so unbelievably glad your ‘ah shucks’ mentality is no longer on my team and losing games for my team. You suck.

  26. I could see Steven Hauschka sitting on the couch…..snickering, as this dude comes up to try and make that kick.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!