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I don't watch college football, what's the difference between kicking in college and kicking and the pros? I don't like Priefer either and wouldn't mind seeing him gone but surely there has to be something more than just some little trick Gruden whispered in his ear. What made him successful in college?

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I don’t think it’s really something that Gruden told Carlson, more than it’s something that Carlson identified and worked on. 

Go back into training camp/pre-season when Carlson had some issues with his accuracy, and he discussed how tall/long kickers have a tougher time with accuracy, because it’s easier to lose control of their leg, or “levers” as he called it. Reading this article and how Carlson talks about staying more compact, it’s really the same thing. 

ST coordinators really don’t teach kicking, they don’t spend a lot of time with the kickers. So, I don’t really think Priefer is necessarily the problem with the kickers. 

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I don't understand how there was an issue that didn't present itself in the pros. How could he have been a successful college kicker with this issue? Did it develop over night?

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It’s not really an issue, it’s just fundamentals. Like every position, when someone starts getting lazy with their fundamentals, their performance slips. 

Carlson was an 80% kicker in college, so there were obviously some issues to be worked on plus, college kicking is just different enough from the NFL that college kickers are evaluated more on their attributes than their collegiate production. 

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20 hours ago, Freakout said:

Priefer needs to be gone.  Talk about embarrassing that he goes to the Raiders and receives better coaching.

I think it's pretty much a given that his run has ended here.  He has been pretty good for the most part, but it's over for him, even though he is not completely at fault for this, as I think it's high time that they hire a kicking coach.  

Edited by swede700

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35 minutes ago, swede700 said:

as I think it's high time that they hire a kicking coach.  

Right on the nosey!

 

I’m also of the opinion that Zimmer’s approach, and general attitude towards kickers has been key factor in the issues this team has had. He’s spent offseasons adjusting his approach for the rest of the team, it’s time to change that approach when it comes to specialists. 

Edited by SemperFeist

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Priefer: “What happened with Blair Walsh, in my opinion, is that he lost a lot of weight. He was trying to be more fit, and when he lost the weight he lost the strength. He lost the strength, he changed his technique and then he wasn’t as successful. That’s something I tried to stop and didn’t get it stopped.”

“I don’t think I’m doing anything different than other coaches, in fact, I think I understand the craft of kicking better than most coaches. I’m trying not to over-coach them. Certainly not over-coaching Dan Bailey. It’s a product of the whole battery working together and being more consistent.”

https://bringmethenews.com/minnesota-sports/vikings-coach-claims-blair-walsh-got-too-fit-to-kick-effectively?fbclid=IwAR2Lzzj77cr92jBkVaS6oJI7FAIw3EGOnXGNQit0fp1FSNGsTUemtHztYK4

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