Robbie Gould goes 18-for-18 in December, earns player of month honor

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The 49ers were 1-10 heading into December. They went 5-0 in December. A player who had a big role in that is getting some recognition.

That player is not quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who was the biggest part of the 49ers’ turnaround. But the player who might have been the next-most important part of the 49ers’ December improvement was kicker Robbie Gould, who has been named NFC special teams player of the month.

Gould went 18-for-18 on field goals in December, including 5-for-5 in a 15-14 win over the Bears and 6-for-6 in a 25-23 win over the Titans. Gould hit the game-winning field goals in the last minute of both of those games.

The 35-year-old Gould was cut by the Bears in 2016 and has missed just two of his 51 field goal attempts since then. Gould is under contract to the 49ers for 2018, and they feel good knowing they have their kicker in place.

16 responses to “Robbie Gould goes 18-for-18 in December, earns player of month honor

  1. Aside from being a reliable kicker, this guy was a fan-favorite in Chicago. I’m sure they’re “kicking” themselves now! Hey ohhhh!!!

  2. The antithesis are the Chargers who missed the playoffs as Koo “Kan’t” missed field goals and extra points. Management keeps screwing up the Chargers with bad decisions. What a ‘relocation’ mess!

  3. Ahahaha, and the Seahawks chose to sign Blair Walsh instead (Gould was signed by Niners nearly one month later). I guess Danny S. forgot that the Seahawks are built on Defense and Special Teams.

    Imagine, if Gould were a Hawk they’d be in the playoffs. Possibly with a home Wild card game.

    Blair Walsh… smh

  4. This has been a costly mistake for the Bears. Kicking outdoors is tough. Kicking outdoors in frigid temps is extremely tough. Kicking outdoors in frigid temps and the swirling winds inside Soldier Field is the toughest kicking gig in the NFL; by far.

  5. donttrollonme says:
    January 4, 2018 at 11:36 am
    Do we need yet more examples as to why the Chicago Bears are one of the worst run franchises in the NFL?

    Why did you guys let this guy walk out the door again?

    We cut him because he was eating up a lot of money and had played like garbage the year before. He lost at least two games for us because he missed late field goals.

  6. One and two point wins in games they won by one or two points and everyone is proclaiming Graroppolo is the next Montana.

  7. Garappolo made a 1-10 team 5-0 without any other independent variables.

    Maybe logic wasn’t your forte in school.

  8. i thumbs down your comment says:
    January 4, 2018 at 12:47 pm
    Garappolo made a 1-10 team 5-0 without any other independent variables.

    Maybe logic wasn’t your forte in school.
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    Interestingly enough in their last 6 games Kaepernick has more touchdowns, less interceptions and the same exact passer rating as your savior Jimmy G. And I’m a Jimmy G fan, but, just saying!

  9. Gould is a definite upgrade over Dawson because he still can kick the ball into and even through the end zone on kickoffs. Dawson cannot do that and he is less accurate than Gould. Good pickup.

  10. “Interestingly enough in their last 6 games Kaepernick has more touchdowns, less interceptions and the same exact passer rating as your savior Jimmy G. And I’m a Jimmy G fan, but, just saying!”

    The most important stat for a baseball pitcher and a QB is wins and losses. It is not passer rating, TDs or lack of interceptions. It is not earned run average or strikeouts for pitchers. Steve DeBerg had the starting QB job under Bill Walsh but he kept losing even though he is likely a better QB than Montana in terms of physical ability. Bill Walsh claims that DeBerg plays just good enough for them to lose. Of course, Kap was a winner too but too bad he chose to leave the 49er. He for whatever reason would rather risk unemployment than to stay the 49ers. For better or worse the Kap era is history, and we can all appreciate what he did for the Niners but now we have to move on.

  11. omeimontis says:
    January 4, 2018 at 1:57 pm
    Gould is a definite upgrade over Dawson because he still can kick the ball into and even through the end zone on kickoffs. Dawson cannot do that and he is less accurate than Gould. Good pickup

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    Bradley Pinion (the punter) kicks off for the 9ers, not Gould. But yes a good pickup

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