Mike Zimmer looking at hiring kicking coach

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In Mike Zimmer’s five seasons in Minnesota, the Vikings employed four kickers who made 80.6 percent of their field goals and 90.3 percent of their extra points.

The Vikings continue to search for an answer as Zimmer enters his sixth season.

“I think part of it is we allow them to — especially young guys — make some mistakes, make sure they understand we’re behind them,” Zimmer said. “I’ve also really been thinking hard about trying to get someone [to help the team’s kicker]. These golfers have swing coaches. Everybody’s got coaches now who do these things. So I’ve been thinking really, really hard about trying to find a true kickers coach, where that’s all he does.”

The Buccaneers have former NFL kicker Chris Boniol to work with their kicker, but few teams employ a true specialist coach.

Former NFL kicker Michael Husted is among the private kicking coaches.

“Most of them are former kickers you’re talking to or things like that,” Zimmer said. “We’ll just have to see if I can find the right one. Those guys have to fit in with the rest of the staff, too.”

The Vikings gave up on Daniel Carlson too soon after drafting him in the fifth round last year. He went 1-for-4 in two games with Minnesota in 2018 but finished the season going 16-of-17 in 10 games with Oakland.

Dan Bailey, who once was the NFL’s all-time most accurate kicker, finished up the season with the Vikings and was only 21-of-28 on field goals and 30-of-31 on extra points.

“Probably too much,” Zimmer said when asked how much he thinks about the kicking game. “You sit there, and you think about we missed a 27-yard field goal [by Blair Walsh] in Seattle in the [2015] playoffs. Then, this happens. Then, you bring a guy in, and he misses an extra point. Then, maybe you’re a little bit more jumpy than maybe you should be, I think. It’s like everything else you might overreact.”

23 responses to “Mike Zimmer looking at hiring kicking coach

  1. “I think part of it is we allow them to — especially young guys — make some mistakes, make sure they understand we’re behind them,”

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    Didn’t he cut the Daniel Carlson, a 5th round pick, like 2 weeks into the season? And then he side with the Raiders and went 16 for 17.

    A lot of patience there, guy.

  2. I think he realizes he made a mistake in giving up on Carlson too soon, but at the time the expectation was that they were going to have a really good season. You can’t go 0-3, missing two game-winners in OT, and think that you can stick with that guy. They stuck with Walsh for half a season after he choked against Seattle and that wound up costing them a playoff berth in 2016. Carlson’s misses against Green Bay cost them a playoff berth last season. Even though they were mediocre in 2016 and 2018, they would have four straight playoff appearances if they just had a competent kicker.

  3. Why doesn’t the entire state of Minnesota just wake up and realize that they are snake bitten and will never win anything?

    Then they can save the money and not hire a kicking coach. They can disassemble the bird killing stadium and allow life to flourish again. Then they can spend the entire fall and winter on real pursuit of walleye and perch under 18 inches of ice.

    0-58 and soon to be 0-59, the 60, 61, 62, 63…. ad infinitum.

  4. Lot of packer fans out today – oh I forgot your kicker didn’t completely collapse against Detroit and you won more than 6 games right?

  5. If they win the Super-bowl, he can hire a dancing bear as far as I am concerned. This is a hard decision to find fault with but there seem to be a lot of “extra” coaches ( see Kubiak hiring) so for Zimmer’s sake it better work.

  6. A little dang late.

    Oh, and for all the cheesers concerned about the Vikings kicking game above — the Vikings haven’t lost to the Packers in 796 days.

  7. packertruth says:
    February 28, 2019 at 6:08 pm
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    they would have four straight playoff appearances if they just had a competent kicker.
    ++++++
    Kai Forbath was plenty competent for the Vikings, making 47 of 53 field goals over 23 games (including 17-21 at 40+ yards).
    But the brain dust decided it would be a smart use of resources to draft a kicker in the 5th round, and give up on him after 2 games.

  8. I have a sneaking hunch Crosby going to be available. Whenever a kicker gets put out to pasture they sometimes extend their career in a domed, soft, cushy, no-wind, pumped-in “encouragement,” environment requiring less talent and effort.

    Maybe he could help.

  9. packertruth says:
    February 28, 2019 at 6:14 pm
    packertruth says:
    February 28, 2019 at 6:08 pm
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    they would have four straight playoff appearances if they just had a competent kicker.
    ++++++
    Kai Forbath was plenty competent for the Vikings, making 47 of 53 field goals over 23 games (including 17-21 at 40+ yards).
    But the brain dust decided it would be a smart use of resources to draft a kicker in the 5th round, and give up on him after 2 games

    @@@@@@@@@@@@

    Are you talking to yourself?

  10. stellarperformance says:
    March 1, 2019 at 3:52 am
    I have a sneaking hunch Crosby going to be available. Whenever a kicker gets put out to pasture they sometimes extend their career in a domed, soft, cushy, no-wind, pumped-in “encouragement,” environment requiring less talent and effort.

    Maybe he could help.
    ————
    How’s your overrated team fared at US Bank?

  11. Sitting at a bar watching a game near a Bears fan – fun. With a Lions fan – fun. Hell, even next to a Patriots fan is all right, they have plenty to brag about but they really don’t seem to as much as they probably could. But sit near a packers fan, not so much, just arrogance & talking about me me me—yawn.

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