Vikings’ special teams coach not happy with new kicker Kaare Vedvik

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Teams rarely trade a draft pick for a kicker, and especially not for a kicker who has never played in an NFL regular-season game. But the Vikings were so impressed with Kaare Vedvik‘s work in the preseason that they traded a fifth-round pick to get him. And the early returns are not great.

Vedvik missed two field goals in his preseason debut with the Vikings, and special teams coordinator Marwan Maalouf made clear that he was not happy about that.

“Disappointing. It’s unacceptable. He knows that. Hopefully this week we’ll get more opportunities. We plan on playing all the guys as much as we possibly can,” Maalouf said.

Vedvik can punt, kick field goals and handle kickoffs, and it’s unclear what role the Vikings will give him. He could supplant kicker Dan Bailey, or punter Matt Wile, or both. But not if he has another “unacceptable” outing in tomorrow’s preseason finale.

37 responses to “Vikings’ special teams coach not happy with new kicker Kaare Vedvik

  1. So the Ravens got a free 5th round pick for a guy they were going to cut AND …
    the acquiring team may be so unhappy they have to cut him?

    This is actually pretty funny.

  2. LOL, it’s almost like the entire franchise is cursed. It’s been 59 years of futility, missed FGs, wrong way runs, fumblitis, last second interceptions and general malaise.

  3. Spielman always panics. Bridgewater goes down and they waste a 1st and 3rd on an average guy in Bradford, then waste 80+ million on another average QB in Cousins. They spend a 5th on a rookie kicker, has a bad game, cut him. Now another 5th.

    You don’t overpay for average players and unproven kickers. It’s what keeps the Vikings mediocre

  4. if they cut this guy, or Sloter, it will be abundantly clear the Minnesota Vikings have coaching and management problems that can only be solved by cleaning house and starting completely over. this season has the capability to be a complete and utter disaster very quickly. I honestly believe Zimmer wants to cut Sloter so Cousins isn’t looking over his shoulder. I think Cousins knows that Sloter would run the offense better than he can. Sloter may not have Cousins’ arm, but Sloter is a winner. Cousins is not. and don’t get me started on Mannion. I simply don’t understand what Zimmer is seeing with this guy.

  5. mnrasslinggovjesse says:
    August 28, 2019 at 11:29 am
    “Vikings’ chances for the playoffs hinge on this kick… It’s up, and… No! Not again!”

    @@@@@&@&&@&&@&

    6-10 and you have Mason Crosby

  6. Okay, calm down. He missed two field goals in a preseason game and the coach was asked how he felt about that. You can’t be happy with two missed field goals but that doesn’t mean he’s unhappy with him overall. They were never going to give him the kicker job this year anyway. Bailey is a veteran and he’s been doing fine since they got more consistency with the long snapper and holder. Vedvik will be the punter this year and they’ll open up the kicking competition again next year.

  7. You broke him Zimmerman and you oNLY had him for 2 weeks!. I hope you do cut/trade him to a team with smart coaching & gets him back on track. I like this kid and the fight it took for him to get back after being mugged. Just trade him for a 6th rd pick to the Atlanta Falcons and recover some draft equity…..and then watch him kick succesfully for the next 10 years!

  8. Between my Vikings and the Bears, I’m not sure which is the bigger circus right now. What a joke. All because their GMs are too stupid.

  9. Who’s the common denominator with all these kicking woes? We’re looking at you, Rick Spielman. As a Viking fan I’m used to every single season ending in failure….this is setting up to be another season of failures.

  10. He’ll make the team because they spent a fifth round pick on him. That said, it’s worth remembering they were too quick on the trigger with Carlson last year. It’s best they not make the same mistake with Vedvik. Dan Bailey has been consistently missing kicks at an unacceptable rate since arriving to replace Carlson last season.

  11. lol. I love how all the Trolls are making a bigger deal than it is. So what if they gave up a 5th. 5th round picks hardly every workout anyways, and this kid could end up being good even thou it’s been a rocky start. Plus they still have Bailey.

  12. It might behoove these coaches to realize that calling out their kickers publicly every time one of them makes a mistake might not be the most productive way to handle this situation. Young kickers are going to miss some kicks; coaches need to have enough patience and discretion to realize this, and not jump the gun with public criticism.

  13. “It might behoove these coaches to realize that calling out their kickers publicly every time one of them makes a mistake might not be the most productive way to handle this situation. Young kickers are going to miss some kicks; coaches need to have enough patience and discretion to realize this, and not jump the gun with public criticism.”

    That approach worked so well with Blair Walsh…..

  14. The Pack just released a 2107 2nd round pick, have no 2016 picks left, have a questionable first rounder already injured, fired their coach, fired their GM, hired a 17 yr old head coach who knows McVay, have a cap guy that hates the GM, a president that takes 3 years to make a decision, and hasn’t beaten the Vikings for 976 days — and those out east are trashing the Vikings organization? Yeah, right, makes complete sense.

    And also, lets jump to a bunch of pre-season conclusions over a kicker traded for a 5th round draft pick. Makes one wonder what folks do when there are real problems.

  15. Curse of Blair Walsh and/or Chris Kluwe??

    Man am I getting old if I’m the only one who remembers the Curse of Gary Anderson which caused all of the above….

  16. Kickers seem like closers in baseball, the can come out of nowhere, be great for a while then falter. It is very rare to find the great closers and seems to be so with kickers. There are like 10 rally good ones for 32 teams, all the more reason when you have one, you may want to keep him.

  17. The kid id better than that, reassurance he isn’t getting cut will settle him down. He is better than both kickers we have now. My guess is he gets the punting job and some game FG reps if Minnesota has a lead in the 4th to let him clear the cobwebs in his head. he will be fine and eventually be Minnesota’s long term kicker. Fred Cox needs to have a couple beers with him and get into his head.

  18. The only thing the TC media loves more than a QB controversy is a kicker problem. They know it irritates coach Zimmer so they will bombard Zimmer with questions on it.

  19. Vikings4Life says:
    August 28, 2019 at 12:06 pm
    Between my Vikings and the Bears, I’m not sure which is the bigger circus right now. What a joke. All because their GMs are too stupid.
    —————–
    The Bears have a kicker (who actually kicked a 58 yarder last week). Dude cost us a 7th. You’re half right about the stupid GM comment. But only one is stupid. Pace traded for Mack who helped us win the North; whoever works for Zimmer signed Cousins, who helped us win the North. You should be able to figure out which one is stupid. LOL

  20. So far in the Zimmer era, kickers have cost the Vikings 1 playoff victory,(Blair Walsh) and indirectly cost them a playoff berth (Daniel Carlson). This is embarrassing.

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