Kai Forbath not interested in talking about Vikings drafting his replacement

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Cobra Kai Forbath may soon be trying to sweep the league of Daniel-(Carl)son.

According to Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the incumbent Vikings kicker hung up when reached by phone after the Vikings made Carlson a fifth-round pick in the 2018 draft.

When a team takes a kicker in the middle rounds of the draft, that’s a fairly clear message that the kicker will be the kicker right away. Teams typically don’t have backup kickers or punters; when making that kind of move, the decision has been made to make the rookie the kicker.

Since the draft moved to seven rounds in 1993, the Vikings have selected one other kicker: Blair Walsh, in the sixth round of the 2012 draft. Walsh held the job (and earned a contract extension) until a missed chip-shot in the 2015 postseason followed by a protracted slump to start the 2016 campaign.

27 responses to “Kai Forbath not interested in talking about Vikings drafting his replacement

  1. Can’t blame him. I know he stwrted off inconsistent, but he was money down the stretch. If Alexander doesn’t blow that coverage on 4th and 10, Forbath would have been the hero of that playoff win over the Saints.

  2. If he’s as accurate hanging up as he is with extra points, I doubt the call actually was cut off.

  3. Sadly, it wont be long before the majority of people have no idea what your entertaining opening sentence refers to.

  4. Seeing how the guy was having a yippy season in college, you might see a kicking competition in the summer and beyond.

    But missing XP and not being able to bang it out of the endzone on KO when desired has not helped his case.

  5. Think about this…. Seriously.. The NFL is so worried about returnes, and impacts, but they have narrowed the Goal Posts to 1/2 of what they used to be. The league said they wanted more scoring and less field goals????? Does this seriously make sense to you?
    Walsh was fine until the 2nd resizing of the posts.. Put them back where they were, allow field goals and move the ball 20 yards downfield on 50+ attempts.. Or keep punting and players crashing into each other. Anybody else share this or something close to common sense?

  6. He gets paid 7 figures to kick a ball through an 18 1/2 foot wide goal 2-3 times a week for 16 weeks. I think he’ll live and doesn’t need our sympathy.

  7. A newsworthy thing happened to the team Forbath’s a member of.
    He didn’t want to talk about it.

  8. I always get a kick out of watching players/coaches react to Chris Tomasson during interviews. I have no idea what that guy ever did or said or maybe it’s just his demeanor in the locker room. But it’s clear that he is not well received by the people he asks questions to. For that reason I wouldn’t read too much into Kai “hanging up the phone”.

  9. I would be livid to, the ink ain’t even dry on my newly signed contract, I’m hosting a draft brunch with family and friends. Then, BOOM!!!! Vikings select a kicker is announced… room goes awkwardly quiet..I’m in disbelief….my stomach churns…my mind goes…blank….startled by a phone ring…I check caller ID…it says press….yeah..he probably didn’t want to talk. But then again, welcome to the feeling of the anticipation of knowing he was about to attempt a FG or PAT from a Viking fan perspective last year.

  10. Okay Florio… Now that, was fricking funny!! Nice work on that first sentence. That was poetry.

  11. As a former punter and kicker…. you have one job and it should performed with perfection. Yes, you can’t help a bad snap, but in the end you have one job and you need to be consistent as much as possible.

  12. No worries… teams are constantly looking for successful experienced KIckers. 3 were DRafted and I saw atleast 6 more UDFA’s. This was actually a very good year for KIckers. Be careful if you are a marginal KIcker in the league with any salary above League Minimum. Your days are numbered for guys who can do it for $575K.

  13. norrismen17 says:

    I’ve been a big fan of MN’s recent drafts but this one falls well short.

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    Disagree. This is the kind of draft teams with good records have. CB and OL depth is an automatic with any team, and Zimmer has not been satisfied with the kicking. Who would?

    Cobra Kai was better than Walsh, so here’s hoping the Vikes make the jump again. A 6′-5″ and over 200-lb kicker? Heck yeah. Time to slay the demons, especially the Gary Anderson curse.

  14. norrismen17 says:

    I’ve been a big fan of MN’s recent drafts but this one falls well short.

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    Disagree. This is the kind of draft teams with good records have. CB and OL depth is an automatic with any team, and Zimmer has not been satisfied with the kicking. Who would?

    Cobra Kai was better than Walsh, so here’s hoping the Vikes make the jump again. A 6′-5″ and over 200-lb kicker? Heck yeah. Time to slay the demons, especially the Gary Anderson curse.

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    I agree, to a degree. This is the type of draft good teams have. Not exciting picks, Offensive Line, CB, etc. I just wish they would have gone after Offensive Line earlier in the draft. Yea I get it’s a deep class, but they passed on some top guys in that position for Huges. I feel like if anything derails the season it’s injuries to the Offensive Line. The line wasn’t even that great last year. They were better, but Case Keenum’s mobility helped them a lot to. We now have a less mobile 90 million QB. We should protect our investment.

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