Vikings hire Nate Kaeding as part-time kicking coach

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The Vikings have run through a number of kickers during head coach Mike Zimmer’s tenure as the team’s head coach and the common thread between them has been a penchant for missing important kicks.

That led Zimmer to say in February that the team was in the market for a coach who would work with the kickers on ways to reverse that trend. The Vikings found their man in a former NFL kicker.

Former Chargers kicker Nate Kaeding has joined the team on a part-time basis. He was at Wednesday’s organized team activity working with Dan Bailey.

“Nate’s done it before,” special teams coordinator Marwan Maalouf said, via the Pioneer Press. “So that’s somebody that you can trust and that’s experience that you can’t find just with any coach. So we’ve been lucky. He’s local. It only takes him a few hours to get here. He’s with us a few days a week. Communicates consistency through emails and video.”

Kaeding had a lot of success during his nine-year career, including a selection to the All-Pro first team in 2009. He also knows what it is like to have big misses as he was 8-of-15 on field goals in the postseason over eight appearances with the Chargers.

The Vikings will be hoping that his instruction leads to more of the former than the latter.

14 responses to “Vikings hire Nate Kaeding as part-time kicking coach

  1. As a Jets fan, I will never forget the look on his face on the sidelines after that 40 Yard Missed Kick in the 2005 AFC Wild Card Round.

  2. What did they hire special teams coordinator Moron Malouff to do?

    This is the funniest crap I have heard all day. “Part-time kicking coach”😄

    You see why the whole league laughs at this team.

  3. Kaeding to pretend to be Vikes kicker and take all the wrath from Zim, keeping Bailey free to not deal with the distraction.

  4. Coach, heck, the Bears would have given him a tryout. He hit up the wrong NFC North team.

  5. There are plenty of very good coaches in the league at various levels who weren’t stellar, or even good players- and many coaches who weren’t even NFL players. Just because someone didn’t play their position well doesn’t mean that they don’t have the ability to be a good coach or have something to offer. Conversely, their are plenty of very good players who have been lousy coaches. Doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of correlation between coaching ability and playing ability.

  6. freefromwhatyouare says:
    May 29, 2019 at 1:48 pm

    What did they hire special teams coordinator Moron Malouff to do?

    This is the funniest crap I have heard all day. “Part-time kicking coach”😄
    ————
    Where you see the humor, I see an owner willing to pay a guy for results that might payoff or not…

  7. It should be better now that the Vikings have addressed the front line. It was like trying to stop water with a kitchen strainer the past 6 years! It is also why the running backs have a 3 YPC average. This just addressed the mental part of the game, so the kicker feels like he has the whole world on his shoulders. I think it is a good move.

  8. The NFL is a copycat league – the best kicker in the game is Justin Tucker with the Ravens – they are the only team that employs a kicking coach why not give it a go.
    Agree 100% with Frank as well, great players don’t always make great coaches – think of Gretzky, Patrick Roy, Bart Starr, Isiah Thomas, the list goes on and on. Look at most championship coaches they were either role players or career minor leaguers. But trolls don’t like to look at facts.

  9. freefromwhatyouare says:
    May 29, 2019 at 1:48 pm
    What did they hire special teams coordinator Moron Malouff to do?
    This is the funniest crap I have heard all day. “Part-time kicking coach”😄
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    Not as funny as a green bay team who constantly whines about injuries and their bad luck with injuries having 4 strength and conditioning coaches. Seems like they lack strength and overall conditioning.

  10. Boy we really need to address the kicking situation as that’s the only thing keeping this dynasty from really taking off.

    Let’s see if we can get someone in here part-time to fix it. (a world-class organization would probably pay someone full-time, yes?)

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