Vikings kicking the tires on kickers this week

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In the annals of #asexpected, there may not be a story more #asexpected than this one.

According to Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network, the Vikings are working out kickers this week, keeping their options open if they decide to move on from Blair Walsh.

Walsh missed an extra point and had a field goal blocked in yesterday’s loss to the Lions, continuing a slide which began with his missing a game-winner in the playoffs last year.

The 26-year-old kicker got tired of the questions yesterday, which frankly is a reasonable response. After enough high-profile misses, he’s running out of things to say.

And depending on what they see this week, he might be running out of chances, as well.

44 responses to “Vikings kicking the tires on kickers this week

  1. Is there anyone on the Vikings who can kick Walsh to the curb? I doubt it.

  2. I was a Walsh supporter as long as I could be. He’s a great kicker when his head is right, but it clearly isn’t right. And it’s been 8 weeks with no sign of being right.

    I seriously doubt there’s a kicker out there that’s automatic just sitting at home, so I think we’re stuck with Walsh for the foreseeable future. But, doing nothing and giving time hasn’t helped him.. Maybe bringing in some competition will be a wake up call.

  3. I’m not entirely sure you can place the blame on him for the blocked field goal… but he absolutely needs to make extra points. If I’m the Vikings’ coaching staff, send a message by going for two after every touchdown. I mean, you probably have a better chance of getting in from that distance than Walsh hitting an XP.

  4. I applaud the Vikings and Mike Zimmer for sticking with this kid through all the misses. His first significant miss cost the Vikings a playoff win. Ok, forgive, encourage, and move one. However, this season he leads the league in missed extra points and has missed 4 FGs as well. If you watched the blocked kick, it was clearly going wide left by a lot! He just can’t be counted on and its time to move on. He’s like a golfer who has a bad slice and over compensates to a nasty hook, then back to the slice. We as Vikings fans wish him the best.

  5. Cutting Blair Walsh would give the Vikings $1.6M in dead money vs. the cap next year. Given the offensive line situation, Vikings aren’t going deep into the playoffs this season regardless of who kicks for them.

  6. Going for 2 would be a great alternative to Walsh missing extra points. Only one problem……our offense can’t get inches on 4th and inches inside the 5 yard line. NO WAY can we get 2 yards for a 2 point conversion!!

  7. I doubt anyone out there is much better, but this guy is about as tough between the ears as a wet Kleenex — Kleenex that I needed after watching him kick yesterday.

  8. It’s about time. They should have done this before training camp, and forced Walsh to win the job.

    Most kickers don’t recover from misses like the one Walsh had against Seattle.

  9. tjacks7 says:
    Nov 7, 2016 1:05 PM

    Maybe it’s just me, but isn’t Seattle a 4-3-1 team in what is by far the worst division in the NFC?
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    So what does that have to do with the fact that the Vikings have the worst kicker in the league?
    So I guess, it is just you!

  10. tjacks7 says:
    Nov 7, 2016 1:05 PM
    Maybe it’s just me, but isn’t Seattle a 4-3-1 team in what is by far the worst division in the NFC?
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    It is just you. Seattle won’t be 4-3-1 until Sunday night.

  11. Cutting Blair Walsh would give the Vikings $1.6M in dead money vs. the cap next year. Given the offensive line situation, Vikings aren’t going deep into the playoffs this season regardless of who kicks for them.

    Must of missed the game yesterday. The Vikings line isn’t great, but it is average when the offense isn’t tailor made to expose it. The Vikings gave up one, maybe two sacks yesterday. Compared to 11 or so the previous 2 games.

    I expect the Vikings offense and offensive line to be middle of the Pack under Shurmur. Kicking game can’t be overlooked this year in a very weak NFC. Plus, the Vikings will have ample cap space next year with about $30 million or more coming off the books.

  12. PurpleRaid18 says:
    Nov 7, 2016 12:56 PM
    I’m not entirely sure you can place the blame on him for the blocked field goal… but he absolutely needs to make extra points. If I’m the Vikings’ coaching staff, send a message by going for two after every touchdown. I mean, you probably have a better chance of getting in from that distance than Walsh hitting an XP.

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    If the kick wasn’t block you can see from how it was going it would have missed wide. So he should be happy that it was blocked

  13. Getoffmylawn! says:

    So what does that have to do with the fact that the Vikings have the worst kicker in the league?
    So I guess, it is just you!

    I thought it was obvious, but it has to do with 2012s chiming in on a thread like they have a great team when their team might not even make the playoffs and is clearly worse…

  14. It’s always amazed me how kickers are just taken for granted, they don’t get any respect from their teammates, EXCEPT when they miss a few. Then everyone realizes how important they are to the outcome of games AND seasons.

  15. On a defensive oriented team whose offense doesn’t put many points on the board, having a reliable kicker is crucial.

  16. Is there anyone on the Vikings who can kick Walsh to the curb? I doubt it.
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    Well, you can’t expect Walsh to do it. He’d miss the curb.

  17. Finally cost the team a game. Make the extra point and Detroit has to score a TD at the end instead of a 58 yard FG. Very short leash indeed.

  18. tjacks7 says:
    Nov 7, 2016 1:21 PM

    Must of missed the game yesterday. The Vikings line isn’t great, but it is average when the offense isn’t tailor made to expose it. The Vikings gave up one, maybe two sacks yesterday. Compared to 11 or so the previous 2 games.

    I expect the Vikings offense and offensive line to be middle of the Pack under Shurmur. Kicking game can’t be overlooked this year in a very weak NFC. Plus, the Vikings will have ample cap space next year with about $30 million or more coming off the books.
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    The change of offensive coordinators doesn’t bring the Vikings O-line up to average. They can hide the weaknesses in pass blocking with the plays they call but that doesn’t change the line. They still can’t run the ball at all.

  19. He may be tidying up his locker just in case. Too bad. You know the talent he has. Solid touchback guy, and reliable from 45-55 out. Those misses have to affect the team beyond the lost points during these games.

  20. Best way to accept this constant disappointment by the Vikings(since 1961) is to live by my philosophy: “Where there are no expectations, there is no disappointment”. On second thought, maybe they should also put this in the Vikings locker room……

  21. In another Walsh related thread, I wondered if there was anybody worth bringing in, now that Gould was signed off the scrap heap. I just realized Kai Forbath is still available. If he doesn’t have some sort of injury, he could be a great replacement for Walsh, if they can work our the cap/salary thing.

  22. The Blair Walsh project needs to be put to bed. When he steps on the field it brings out bad feelings. Similar to the feelings that one would experience with Ponder have to make a big play. Just isn’t good.

  23. Walsh is upset that people are questioning his effort. Seriously – if all you’re going to do is point the way toward the endzone, why even bother running over there and pretending to try and make a tackle?

  24. Blaming Walsh for the loss yesterday is BS. How about the offense not punching it on 3rd and 4th for a paltry 12″ and a first down? Or getting an INT on the Detroit 18 yard line and having to punt a few plays later? Or the defense trying something odd like tackling? Or crushing the pocket?

    There’s plenty of blame to go around, it’s not all on Walsh. Had the offense and defense made a few plays, his missed PAT and blocked FG would be moot.

  25. When they kicked the tires on the kickers, one of them flopped off the wheel before they even made contact, another knuckled crazily off to the right, and the third just went straight up and back down again.

  26. Maybe when AP gets back he can kick as we have no chance at a running game.
    Just a suggestion.

  27. It’s not his fault they gave up a touchdown in overtime or the offense continues a theme of getting zero points in the red zone. You gotta make an extra point though when every yard is a struggle for your offense to move the ball.

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