Dan Bailey back to kicking like Dan Bailey again

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The Vikings asked Dan Bailey to take a pay cut in the offseason and then traded for Kaare Vedvik in the preseason.

Bailey, though, won the job and has looked like Dan Bailey again so far this season. He is 8-for-9, missing a 47-yarder wide left in Week Two.

“I think the smoothness of the operation with the holds and the snaps and all that has helped,” Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said, via Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press. “He’s kind of been on roll lately, so just try and keep it consistent.”

It wasn’t that long ago that Bailey had the highest field goal percentage in NFL history. Then, he had a hip injury and lost his job in Dallas.

He struggled last season with the Vikings, going 21-of-28. After making 88.2. percent of his kicks in his first seven seasons, Bailey made only 75 percent last season.

Bailey, 31, agreed to drop his base salary from $1.98 million to $1 million in the offseason.

“My mentality is I want to be playing this game as long as I can,” Bailey said Friday. “I don’t want to squeeze myself because of money. I don’t think that’s a good strategy as far as what my goals are.”

The Vikings replaced their long snapper and holder before the season with rookie Austin Cutting now long snapping and punter Britton Colquitt holding. Cutting and Colquitt have helped make Bailey’s job “easier.”

26 responses to “Dan Bailey back to kicking like Dan Bailey again

  1. Great stadium conditions to kick in too. I thought the Auburn kid they drafted was a great choice but he lost his mojo for whatever reason and Bailey seems to have rediscovered his.

  2. I cant believe people once mentioned Bailey and that Patriots kicker in the same breath as Tucker.

  3. Lol @ Fred Cox. What about some Jim Turner, Frank Corral, Jim Bakken, Efrin Herrera, and Toni Fritsch?

  4. Yeah… remember back then if you got a guy who could make 60% of his kicks you had a good kicker. And you kept him. The good old days.

  5. “Bailey, 31, agreed to drop his base salary from $1.98 million to $1 million in the offseason.”

    Smart move, having had a so-so year, and kickers being a dime a dozen, like cats Easily replaceable.

  6. I want the last 11 seconds of my life back.

    This is why I normally don’t read any Vikings articles. Totally irrelevant team and a total waste of time.

    Maybe I will read a Vikings article again in 2020 when they hire a new head coach, GM, and start on the process of building towards something that could be relevant in about 4 years.

  7. theitalianarmy says:
    October 18, 2019 at 8:59 pm

    Lol @ Fred Cox. What about some Jim Turner, Frank Corral, Jim Bakken, Efrin Herrera, and Toni Fritsch?

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    Well, you see, Fred Cox was a Vikings kicker. Like Dan Bailey. And unlike any of the five kickers you mentioned. The NFL version of “one of these is not like the others”.

  8. He re-found his mojo when the Vikings told him it wasn’t about the money, It was about the privilege.

  9. Maybe I will read a Vikings article again in 2020 when they hire a new head coach, GM, and start on the process of building towards something that could be relevant in about 4 years.
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    New GM, new head coach, total rebuild ? Sounds like the Packers of 2017-2019. If only the Vikings could ever get referees like the Packers have.

  10. Trash talking in the comments on an article about a kicker who is doing well. I guess you guys have to do something to entertain yourselves after that badgers game.

  11. cheeseisfattening says:
    October 19, 2019 at 11:38 am
    New GM, new head coach, total rebuild ? Sounds like the Packers of 2017-2019. If only the Vikings could ever get referees like the Packers have.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    You have to pay them, and pay them a lot! It just about breaks me every season! can put you in-touch……….if you’re serious.

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