Vikings ST coordinator: “All things are on the table” at kicker

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Reliable kickers have been tough to come by in Minnesota in recent seasons and the man who will be charged with leading the effort to find the right person to end that streak met with the media on Thursday.

The Vikings hired Marwan Maalouf as their special teams coordinator this offseason and the topic of kicking woes came up during his first media session.

After dealing with Blair Walsh‘s missed field goals and Kai Forbath‘s missed extra points, the Vikings drafted Daniel Carlson in the fifth round last year and then cut him after he missed three field goals in Week Two. Dan Bailey was signed, but his 21-of-28 record on field goals hasn’t guaranteed him a return engagement in 2019.

“As of right now, all things are on the table,” Maalouf said, via the Pioneer Press. “We are starting to look at [draft-eligible] kickers and free agent kickers. That’s something that I’ve had good luck with in the past. We have always had good kickers where I’ve been.”

Maalouf said that he’s learned from working with kickers like Adam Vinatieri and Phil Dawson at past stops that he wants “football players who happen to kick.” The Vikings would settle for anyone who happens to put the ball through the uprights on a regular basis.

18 responses to “Vikings ST coordinator: “All things are on the table” at kicker

  1. The fact that the Raiders were able to fix Carlson’s problem with a minor change in his steps makes me think that the Vikings had no idea how to coach a kicker. I’m hoping this new special teams coach either knows how, or is willing to bring in whatever resources are needed to help his kicker if he struggles. Seriously a fifth round draft pick for Carlson and we don’t know how to coach him? Not too awful sad Priefer is gone. I blame the coaching for all the kicking failures.

  2. #PrieferProblem gone. Should be all the correction needed. But if you really have “All things are on the table”, how about relying in the analytics guy and going for it on 4th down more. Going for two, instead of kicking the extra point. Just take the dam kicker out of the scoring and get on with it.

  3. Dan Carlson is a pretty good kicker who needed a little bit of patience and some good coaching. The Vikings just EXPECT players to come in and coach themselves. Messing Cousins up also. Zimmer needs to go….it starts at the top.

  4. I blame the coaching for all the kicking failures.

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    Blame Zimmer. Blame yourselves. Forbath made 47 of 53 field goals while in Minnesota but missed a few extra points and you invest draft capital in a kicker you cut after one bad game.

    All because the misconception you are so close to having an elite team. You aren’t.

  5. Interesting that in the interview he said is important to not over-coach at times and allow muscle memory to work. I remember it’s Carlson’s last interview with the Vikings he said prior to his last kick the coach told him to just go out the and kick like you do in practice…just make sure you get the ball up…I bet the kid was thinking about that last comment instead of just muscle memory during his last kick.

  6. You’ve gotta place the blame squarely on Kirk Cousins here. If the Vikings wouldn’t have given him all the money in the cap, we could have gone out and gotten ourselves a Morten Anderson or someone else who is elite

  7. exinsidetrader says:
    February 22, 2019 at 9:45 am

    Kicking is the position in which Coaching is most impactful. No surprise the Vikings sucked at it.
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    No surprise that you don’t understand that quarterback is the position for which coaching is most impactful.

  8. The one thing that is on the table is his job, let’s start there. Missing 26 yard FG’s to advance in the playoffs is not usually something a coach even thinks about but a Viking Special Team coach has to ponder that when picking his kicker.

    After that, the Special Teams coach has to choose his two kickers very carefully. The first one will start the season and the second one will come in after Zimmer fires the first one for missing an FG.

  9. novusordoseclorum1776 says:
    February 22, 2019 at 10:45 am
    You’ve gotta place the blame squarely on Kirk Cousins here. If the Vikings wouldn’t have given him all the money in the cap, we could have gone out and gotten ourselves a Morten Anderson or someone else who is elite

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    Morten Anderson? He retired in 2007. How about Jan Stenerud? Or Fred Cox?

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