Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said Monday that he still believes that Blair Walsh can be a successful kicker in the NFL, but that doesn’t mean he’s going to keep getting chances to miss kicks while on Minnesota’s payroll.
Zimmer confirmed that the Vikings will be bringing in kickers for tryouts this week after Walsh had a field goal blocked and missed an extra point during the team’s 22-16 overtime loss to the Lions. Walsh has now missed four field goals and three extra points on the year, something that made it easy for Zimmer to explain why the Vikings were checking out their options.
“Have you been watching all year? At some point in time, you have belief and confidence in guys, because you know what they’ve done in the past,” Zimmer said, via ESPN.com. “We’ve missed three extra points this year. We’ve missed several field goals. The way our games are being played, they probably come down to a lot of close games — I’m hoping, at least, anyway. We have to look at all avenues as far as what gives us the best opportunity to win football games.”
In addition to the lost points, Walsh also kicked the ball into the end zone after the Vikings’ go-ahead touchdown with 23 seconds left when Zimmer said the plan was for a mortar kick that the Lions would have fielded inside their 10-yard-line. That would have taken some off the clock at a moment when the Lions needed every available second to pull off their comeback.
Kai Forbath and Randy Bullock are expected to be among the kickers in Minnesota for a look this week.