Kicker tryouts ticked off Blair Walsh “in a good way”

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The Vikings took a look at free agent kickers this week after Blair Walsh missed two kicks and botched a kickoff during last weekend’s loss to the Lions, but opted to stick with him for the moment.

Coach Mike Zimmer said that he still believes in Walsh, although special teams coach Mike Priefer thinks the perceived lack of belief in him may play a role in Walsh getting better. Priefer said that Walsh was rankled by the team’s perusal of other options and that it will be a good thing for him in the long run.

“I knew how he would react because I’ve known him now for five-plus years,” Priefer said, via the Pioneer Press. “It kind of lit a fire under him. [Walsh] got ticked off in a good way, I think, because he’s a competitive young man. … If he didn’t react that way, I would be really worried and then we probably would be looking for another guy. … If he’s going to feel sorry for himself, then he’s not the guy we want.”

Priefer described himself as “a glass half-full guy” and said he thinks Walsh will be the kicker in Minnesota for the rest of the season. With seven missed kicks for a team that can’t afford to leave points on the table if they’re going to snap their current losing streak, Priefer might get an argument about how that glass looks from a few people in Minnesota.

43 responses to “Kicker tryouts ticked off Blair Walsh “in a good way”

  1. So… put a little pressure on him and problem resolved. I’ll believe it when I see it.

    Hopefully he has a good game Sunday. This team needs to step up.

  2. a little pressure?

    how much pressure becomes too much that he misses a short FG like the Seahawks playoff game?

    Him and Steven Gostkowski show how much mental is part of their profession.

    Like Yogi said:

    Baseball is 90 per cent mental. The other half is physical.

  3. codythao35 says:
    Nov 11, 2016 11:10 AM
    Make every kick and you wouldn’t have to worry about a single thing, Blair.
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    The kicker you describe does not exist. Anywhere. Never has.

  4. conormacleod says:
    Nov 11, 2016 11:14 AM

    codythao35 says:
    Nov 11, 2016 11:10 AM

    Make every kick and you wouldn’t have to worry about a single thing, Blair.
    ——–
    The kicker you describe does not exist. Anywhere. Never has.
    ______

    It almost did. In 1998. Almost.

  5. lscottman3 says:
    Nov 11, 2016 11:12 AM

    Like Yogi said:

    Baseball is 90 per cent mental. The other half is physical.
    _____

    Maybe this is the kind of math that allows Priefer to see the glass as half full.

  6. he reminds me of our anti trump protestors,people who are so mentally fragile that he might need a therapy dog in order to deal with reality.he has not been the same kicker since his miss in the playoff game last year and he never will be again!!

  7. mrnick66 says:
    Nov 11, 2016 11:38 AM
    he reminds me of our anti trump protestors
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    Football is our escape from mentally unstable people like you. Let’s keep it that way.

  8. bullcharger says:
    Nov 11, 2016 11:42 AM
    To paraphrase Yogi Berra… Kicking is 90 percent mental. The other half is physical.

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    someone beat me to it! Should have read all the posts!

  9. I hope he does turn things around. He has been a good kicker in the past. But what I can’t figure out is that if he almost always misses to the left, how is it not something he and the coaches can’t see and fix? I just don’t think its a mind thing when it always goes left. It has to be in his mechanics.

  10. ….I think Blair is damaged goods at this point with the Vikings. I compare him to Mike Nuggent…he missed a critical kick with the JETS and was never the same with NY. It was’nt intill he landed with the Bengals that he found his groove again………

  11. He should have been ticked off when he missed all of those field goals. This is the same as players who get cut again and again, vowing it’s a “wake up” call each time they sign to a new team and saying they’re at the best of their game only to get cut a few games later.

    Bottom line? Walsh is going to miss another critical field goal when it matters most.

  12. upnorthvikesfan says:
    Nov 11, 2016 11:45 AM

    I hope he does turn things around. He has been a good kicker in the past. But what I can’t figure out is that if he almost always misses to the left, how is it not something he and the coaches can’t see and fix? I just don’t think its a mind thing when it always goes left. It has to be in his mechanics.
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    He did fix it. On the extra point, he doinked it off the right upright.

  13. He’s got the yips. That missed fg vs Seattle is in his head. To have let down so many thousands of trailer parks of fans…that has to weigh on his mind. Imagine all the innocent cattle that died so that fanbase could comfort food binge eat at McDonald’s the entire off-season to fill the hollow pit where their self worth used to be. He’ll be gone soon, just like AP, and next year’s first round pick.

  14. He was a very inconsistent kicker in college and he is a very inconsistent kicker in the NFL. I’m not sure why this comes as a surprise to anyone. It’s like the Vikings don’t know anything about football.

  15. yeah all a headcase needs is more pressure put on him…. MN fans will NEVER feel comfortable with him as their kicker and a game on the line, and he knows that.

    ‘don’t shank it, don’t shank it, don’t shank it’

  16. conormacleod says:
    Nov 11, 2016 11:14 AM

    codythao35 says:
    Nov 11, 2016 11:10 AM

    Make every kick and you wouldn’t have to worry about a single thing, Blair.
    ——–
    The kicker you describe does not exist. Anywhere. Never has.
    ______

    It almost did. In 1998. Almost.

    _______________

    Vanderjagt was 37/37 on FGs and 46/46 on PAT during the 03 regular season plus 3/3 and 12/12 respectively for the postseason. That’s 40/40 and 58/58. 98 for 98. Not bad for an idiot kicker.

  17. There aren’t any kickers available that are better than Walsh. Keeping him is the best option. What they can do is play better football. Walsh wasn’t a factor during the 5-0 streak because they were playing much better. Maybe score 1 td in the 4 or 5 trips to the red zone in that Seattle playoff game and no on is talking about Walsh. Like Zimmer said, he can think of a lot more plays and players that have cost the team more points than Walsh has.

  18. Kicker tryouts ticked off Blair Walsh “in a good way”
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    Sure they did. More importantly, does anyone care?

  19. So… he feels his job is in jeopardy because the Vikings are now bringing in other kickers, he gets “ticked off”, and because he’s ticked off he’s deciding to improve?

    What, he wasn’t giving it his best every time he steps out on the field?

    I wouldn’t bet on a big change. I would think he was giving it his best shot all along, but he’s in a mental slump. That’s not going to change because he’s now “ticked off”- or feeling threatened.

  20. Mason Crosby had the yips for most of 2012. Fans like some of these Vikes fans were calling for him to be cut … Pack essentially gave those fans the one-finger salute and stuck with him.

    Renegotiated his contract in a way that would allow him to recover the full amount of his contract if he performed.

    He performed and recovered every dime.

    Kickers are a different animal to be sure. As with Mason, cutting him isn’t the answer. The kid has a leg that won’t quit. He’ll need to work out whatever has attached itself to his psyche.

  21. Kickers occasionally get the yips. We know that. BUT…some players are more prone to them than others. Vinatieri never does. Gostkowski never did.
    Mental constitution is a major part of being an NFL kicker.
    Blair Walsh had a history at Georgia of this. He came into the NFL and kicked well. But then, when he started to miss high percentage kicks, things got ridiculous.
    This has now cost the Vikings a sure playoff victory against the Disgusting Seattle Cheathawks by missing a 22 yard FG ( of course, Richard Sherman claimed credit for this, even though he was not even on the field), and momentum shifts in several games this year, turning 7 point leads into 6, and this probably is responsible for the Lions having momentary lead in the NFC North.
    He will get better, and he will be great….until he starts to miss again.
    The Vikings cant afford this anymore.
    So cut the freaking guy, already.

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