Let the Kicking Tryouts Begin!

Here we are, safely ensconced in the bye week, and the Niners have reverted to mini-camp mode in the kicking department. Because of the status of one David Akers, hurt or not, he’s been sucking the big one. His accuracy rate of 69% is good enough for 31st in the league. Only Green Bay has a worse kicker in (Jackie) Mason Crosby, who is an abysmal 64%.

The season for Akers started out with such hope as he tied the NFL record with a 63 yard kick in Green Bay. But he had costly misses in the Giants game early, and both the StL games (1 miss in the OT tie, and 1 miss in the OT loss) among a whole bunch of other botched attempts. With those kicks, the Niners could have ended up 13-3 and holding the #1 seed, but in the end the Niners still have the bye, and Atl will lose so the NFC Championship game likely goes through SF anyway.

The difference between this year and last is the distance of Akers’kicks. Last year, Akers was 31-32 in kicks from 0-39 yards. This year, he’s 20-23 for the same distance. 40 and up last year, he was 13-20 with an astounding 7-9 on 50+ kicks. This year, the numbers are much worse at 9-19, and 2-6 from 50+.

So, by the numbers, Akers isn’t getting the short kicks he got last year. He’s being asked to kick longer ones, and it isn’t working. He was hurt at some point in the season, but nothing has been done about his problems, til now. The Niners yesterday signed Billy (what, me worry?) Cundiff. He of the blown 32 yarder in the AFC championship game last year. Cundiff has the wonderful stat of being signed to 10 teams in as many seasons. He missed the cut with 5 of them, and played his way off of 4. Sure, he’s got experience, but he also has experience missing big kicks.

Let the competition begin.

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65 Responses to Let the Kicking Tryouts Begin!

  1. Spitblood says:

    Atlanta stinks on Matty Ice. I hope they end up facing Seattle. Another one and done could really decimate the Falcons. Mike Smith makes Mike Nolan look a techni -colored dream coat. Schneider sent Smith and Nolan some more vanilla ice cream for New Years.

  2. unca_chuck says:

    It’s Snyder, skippy.

  3. snarkk says:

    So, if Akers was / is hurt, and we won’t know somehow because Harbaugh never tells, why are they waiting till now to do this. Yeah, they had Cundiff and another guy in two or so weeks ago for a cup of coffee kickfest, but nothing happened. Now, this is the real deal because they actually put him on the roster. I put this on Harbaugh and Seely, the genius ST coach. How is it possible you’re going into a division playoff game and your FG kicker, whoever he will be, is a 37 yard miss waiting to happen? Total crap. At least it’s taking media time away from the loss of J Smith. There’s no way he’s going to play, or if he does, he won’t play long or effectively. From what I’m hearing, that injury, with surgery, would take at least 3 months to recover…

    • phil fan says:

      Seely was pretty good until the Niners cut his handpicked ST leader Costanzo. For what? Hey I know, let’s get rid of the ST leader! Brilliant. And don’t tell me “it’s just one guy”. Montana was just one guy. Ronnie Lott. Cowboy Smith. Seely’s not so smart without his field general. And neither is Baalke and whoever made this genius move.

      • 12th man says:

        You are right Phil, Costanzo was a bad call, but hindsight and all that.

      • phil fan says:

        Yep, hindsight Man. And foresight tells me this: The honeymoon is ovah with this buncha 49er leaders/management. That was a serious fuck up and we haven’t been the same since on ST. The same unit that cost us a trip to the Dance, hey let’s cut the head off. Ok who made that brilliant move? Man? Anybody?

        Very Poor decision. = “Let’s kick Seely in the nuts, what the fuck”. What could possibly go wrong?

        Fuckwads stand up and be counted

      • 12th man says:

        Weird thing about it Phil was they picked up the RB Cartwright to supposedly take Costanzo’s place and then cut him too. Didn’t make a ton of sense to me at the time and less now.

  4. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, i heard the injury would take 8 weeks to recover from without surgery.

    Don’t see it happening. The D got better as the game went on, so the hope is they are getting used to Smith’s absence. If we end up playing Minn or Sea, the run defense could be in for it.

    • snarkk says:

      I’ll hand it to J Smith. If he’s not having surgery for the only reason to keep the charade of him playing open so that the opponents have to game plan for him, I hope he’s compensated for it. If he actually plays and is effective, the guy is superman or doesn’t care about risking his career by tearing the damn thing to shreds, if it isn’t already…

      • phil fan says:

        He’s quoted as saying something like: “I’m having surgery guaranteed so if it’s for a partial or a full tear what’s the difference? I’m playing, fuck it”. Gotta love the Cowboy

  5. Alleykat says:

    Cundiff sucks ,he’ here to light a fire under Akers Ass.No way are they gonna make.a change going.into the playoffs.Akers even if he’s hurt,has a stronger leg then Cundiff for Kick offs which is huge for field postion in the playoffs.My moneys on Akers.Then he’s gone next year for sure.

  6. Flavor says:

    *lighting a fire* under his ass isn’t gonna get it done. I don’t doubt Akers’ motivation to do well—I think he had a minor injury that threw off his mechanics, he missed some field goals and now it’s all in his head. Creating a competition isn’t going to fix this. And I agree, if Billy Cundiff is waiting in the wings we are fucked (from a field goal kicking standpoint).
    This should have been dealt with weeks ago and now JH is standing in his own shit and there isn’t a good solution…..

    • 12th man says:

      Agree Flav, this time of year is no time for tryouts and unless they really think Cundiff is an upgrade, in which case we are royally screwed, it ain’t gonna put Humpty back together again. Even a shitty Akers has to be better than Cundiff.

    • phil fan says:

      “Creating a competition isn’t going to fix this. ” Quoth Flavor.

      You don’t know that Flav. You’re speculating simply against the judgment of the HC.

      “lighting a fire under his ass isn’t gonna get it done.” Simply a guess Flavor. A nice well considered guess but that’s all it is.

      Akers yanks a couple wide right, then maybe. Meanwhile let’s let this play out
      and see if maybe Harbaughs method of “competition” works. And historically his record is pretty damn good, agree?

      Otherwise the game time facts, actual evidence, will have me agreeing with your view.

      JimBO may not know shit about the grand philosophy of the Offensive Attack but he shore does about motivating the squad.

      Let’s see

  7. Spitblood says:

    Maybe Cundiff is on the team if the wheels just completely fall off the Akers train, and Akers has a mid -game meltdown. I mean, think about Akers missing kick after kick like he did against Arizona and then needing to hit a big one with little time left on the clock in a playoff game. No way Akers makes it. Maybe Cundiff is a safety net if the shit hits the fan mid-game. Good to have options. If Cundiff is the starting kicker, say goodnight Gracie.

    • Grumpy Guy says:

      That only works if both are active – who do you sit to have two active kickers though?

      • Alleykat says:

        Agree Grumpy…No sane team keeps two FG kickers.Shit lets sign another punter as well so Andy Lee doesnt feel left out.And the same with long snapper Brian Jennings.Then we can just eliminate three key STplayers from the playoff roster.That should go over about as well as a “Turd in a Punch Bowl”.

  8. snarkk says:

    Get this Norwegian dude in here…

    • unca_chuck says:

      Hey, he’s a lefty, like Akers . . . Sign him up . . .

    • Alleykat says:

      Well any dude can make his “own” video and look great,edit out his misses as well.Send it to all 32 teams and wait for a call.Put him in a game situation with 11 madmen rushing you and see how he handles that,instead of hitting all those FG with no pressure.
      Then again if Billy Cuntdriff can still get freaking tryouts after 10 teams,this kid should atleast get one.

  9. unca_chuck says:

    I don’t think it’s a charade, Snarkk. I think J Smith is doing all he can to get back on the field. A week or three delay won’t make too much difference in the end.

    Either way I still don’t think he plays, but he doesn’t want to lose the option by going under the knife.

  10. snarkk says:

    Article on triceps tear injuries. Not a simple deal at all. Basically, you can’t bend your arm with a bad tear. Not surprisingly, according to the MD author, steroid use is a contributing factor to injury in some cases…
    http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2012-10-31/health/bs-hs-expert-tricep-tear-20121031_1_triceps-tears-physical-therapy-long-recovery

  11. unca_chuck says:

    According to the team,. Smith’s is a partial tear. Which may respond to nonsurgical treatment.

    A dream perhaps, but hey, you never know.

  12. phil fan says:

    Lott: “1 inch of one finger? Fuck that, I got 40 inches on 10 fingers. So I’M PLAYING”.

    Capice? I wonder if folks really can remember what it took for our guys to get the first 5.

    Maybe some a youse ain’t as old as somma us old fuckwads…??

    Cowboy will play, no bluff

  13. NoFear49er says:

    Akers hasn’t been “right” since his barely reported non-specific pelvis injury. Hey, kickers miss some, it’s inevitable, but when they miss in batches over a span of games, that’s a reason for concern.

    If he can’t demonstrate near perfect kicks it would be pretty foolish to go into the playoffs with an iffy kicker. Where’s that Steelers guy that replaced Nedney his last year? He did alright for us.

    Better to worry about RJF and his ability to stop RBs running at him, or lack thereof I should say. Teams have tape on him and it’s not very good. We played a lot of base defense against the Cards to share the load with Sopoaga, and the Cards can’t even run.

    He’s too easily fooled and too easily blocked out of plays. Maybe he can do better seeing the film on his play. I hope so because I can’t believe Justin’s going to be of much help. One of his strong points was taking on the guard in front of him and also the tackle so Aldon could stunt inside. He may well be a super human but I can’t see how he can be effective lined up as either DT or DE when his inside arm can’t push or strike a blow.

  14. NoFear49er says:

    RE Costanzo:

    Apparently they were of the opinion that they couldn’t afford another S/T specialist on the roster. It’s difficult to say we’d be any better with Costanzo.

    Every time I see his name it brings to mind the Seinfeld show, with George’s coach calling him “can’t stand ya.”

  15. TOUCHDOWN TOMMY says:

    Costanzo was an Unrestricted Free Agent and went for the money in signing with the Bears.
    His documented stats with the Bears are 3 tackles and 1 assisted tackle for the entire season.
    Can you say Overrated?

  16. Spitblood says:

    I have faith in Akers and I have faith in Jenkins and I have faith in Cowboy…… because I have faith in Harbaugh. Last year the 49ers went to the NFC Championship and almost won with Alex Smith. This year we have an upgraded passing attack. Can anyone refute or dispute that? I don’t care about the injuries. Kaep is a better passer year two than Alex ever will be. And what’s the one thing that can make-up for team deficiencies? It’s a passing attack. Cowboy will essentially play with one arm and he’ll be okay. If the 49ers win their first playoff game, Cowboy — and how Fangio uses him — will be heavily scouted. I could see Fangio lining Cowboy up on the outside. If Cowboy’s right tri is hurt, line Cowboy up at RDE and let him engage his left arm to push the pocket. Then if he can get seperation, great….. I’m not worried about Cowboy making tackles. It’s when Cowboy is pushing the pocket that I’m concerned. But if the 49ers win their first playoff game, the second team will see how Fangio is using Cowboy and it’s my guess that Cowboy will be less effective in his second game.

    Jenkins will do fine. He won’t get off jams, but Harbaugh will get him open with schemes and Jenkins will make plays. I’m just worried about Jenkins putting the ball on the ground. Run your skinny ass out of bounds, Jenkins. Don’t try to be a hero like Vernon still thinks he is. Run out of bounds. Let the D be physical and the O be finesse.

    • Irish Kevin says:

      Uh…upgraded the passing game, well the only way you upgrade the passing game is to use it more. and unless Harbaugh is forced into passing more(see the seattle game) we the fans are going to continue to see…what his name oh yeah FRANK GORE. and when absolutly neccessary…(see 3rd and long) we will see Crabtree make some catches and runs. everyone here had better be prepared for the tried and true, the RUN. and run somemore.

  17. Spitblood says:

    Andy Reid to the Chiefs could be really interesting. The AFC West is wide, wide open. Peyton Manning is old, the Raiders will forever be in perpetual suckitude much to everyone’s enjoyment on this blog, and the Spanos family has decided to go cheap. Scott Pioli made a huge mistake firing Todd Haley only to land Romeo, Romeo, Where For Ought Thou, Romeo Crennell who stinks on ice worse than Del on a five day bender sleeping under the bleachers at the pony track. You can get the first overall two different ways – lose more games than anyone else, or go on a blind staggering bender and booze dementia will tell you that you’ve be granted the first overall. Your choice. But I digress and my digressions aren’t as funny anymore, but I digress again and laugh at your contempt.

    Andy Reid could have the first overall with Duane Bowe, Jamal Charles, Moaki, Berry, McClusterfudge (Super Fudge’s cousin), and a host of LSU D linemen who haven’t lived up to their billing. The Walrus could be positioning himself to be sheatin’ in high cotton for a while if ……. if……… IF he can find himself a qb. And that’s never been Andy Reid’s strong suit. Sure, he can sell you qb, but can he develop one? McNabb, Vick and Kolb? P….. U. And I don’t watch much college football (but when I do, I usually watch games in something really exotic) but this year doesn’t seem like a great year for qbs. I haven’t studied it yet to bring you the gems like Andy Dalton and Cousins, but I will, and I’m sure Pioli and Reid will, too. Both men — Pioli and Reed — need a success in a big way. And you can’t be successful without a qb unless you have a time machine and set the clock back to “leather helmets.”

    In short – Reid to the Chiefs has a lot of potential if Reid and Pioli can find a replacement for Cassell. Don’t say Alex Smith…… just don’t. I beseech you.

  18. unca_chuck says:

    Smith is apparently practicing again, per Maiocco. Me? I’m in Smell A for the time being. Learn succinctness, Spitty. These tomes of yours are brutal.

  19. Flavor says:

    I don’t believe anything the NIners say about their player’s health. I feel like we now have fairly good confirmation that it’s Smith’s tricep that is injured but it wouldn’t surprise me if he’s suffering from temporary blindness, or some shit like that.
    If it is his tricep, as I’ve said from the day we heard about it (as opposed to the elbow) that he won’t play. If he does, it will be substandard–waaaaay substandard. Educate yourselves on what the tricep muscle is responsible for doing when it comes to basic human movement. Whether it’s torn, partially torn, whatever, he would be out there with one arm. I’ll take a 2 armed Ricky-Jean over a 1 armed Justin Smith all day long. You can’t play DT with one working arm…….

  20. Grumpy Guy says:

    Interesting stats from Pro Football Focus via Matt Maiocco:

    Middle linebacker Patrick Willis was the only 49ers player chosen to Pro Football Focus’ All-Pro team. Four other players received second-team mention.

    “Willis has used this year to reinforce his claim to being the greatest linebacker currently in the game,” PFF wrote about Willis’ season.

    Those chosen to the second team were: left tackle Joe Staley, left guard Mike Iupati, right guard Alex Boone and “edge defender” Aldon Smith.

    PFF grades every player on every play at every position. They were nice enough to send along some of their findings on the 49ers’ recently completed regular season:

    –Alex Smith and Colin Kaepernick both attempted 218 pass attempts, both falling short of qualifying for any NFL passing categories by six attempts. Smith would have led the NFL in completion percentage (70.2 percent), and Kaepernick would have led the NFL in average per attempt (8.33 yards).

    –PFF compiles its own quarterback accuracy percentages, consisting of completions plus drops against attempts minus throwaways, spikes, batted balls and hit-as-throwing passes. Smith ranked first in the NFL at 81.3 percent, while Kaepernick was seventh at 76 percent.

    –Smith had 12 passes dropped by intended targets, while 19 of Kaepernick’s passes were dropped.

    –Smith attempted deep passes (defined as throws that traveled 20 or more yards in the air) just 8.3 percent of the time (33rd in the league), while deep throws accounted for 15.1 percent of Kaepernick’s total attempts. Smith completed 50 percent (9 of 18) of his deep passes, tied for fifth in the NFL, for 293 yards with three TDs and one interception. Kaepernick completed 57.6 percent (19 for 33), first in the NFL, for 595 yards with five TDs and one interception.

    –Smith was sacked 33.3 percent of the time when pressured (worst in the NFL), while Kaepernick was sacked just 17.6 percent when pressured (tied for 15th in the league). When blitzed, Smith completed 70.3 percent of his passes with a 126.8 passer rating. Kaepernick completed 59 percent of his throws when blitzed for an 88.7 rating.

    –Amount of time to attempt a pass only: Smith 2.53 seconds (28th highest in league), Kaepernick 2.88 seconds (second highest).

    –The quarterbacks had a 119.5 rating when targeting wide receiver Michael Crabtree, tied for fourth-highest among NFL wideouts with 100-plus targets.

    –Crabtree’s 2.56 yards per pass route was third among WRs with 100-plus targets, and better than Calvin Johnson’s 2.55 yards. Crabtree’s 3.74 yards per route run in the slot was best by far of any other wide receiver. And his 543 yards after the catch was fourth among all WRs.

    –Mario Manningham had 42 receptions with only one drop.

    –Delanie Walker’s drop rate of 30 percent (21 catches, nine drops) was worst of any running back, wide receiver or tight end who had 30 or more targets. But Walker did have the second-best run blocking grade for any tight end.

    –On run plays between Staley and Iupati, the 49ers averaged 6.1 yards an attempt (268 yards on 44 carries).

    –Staley finished as PFF’s highest rated tackle, based greatly on his run-blocking grade, which was significantly better than any other tackle in the NFL.

    –Right tackle Anthony Davis finished second behind Staley in run-blocking among all NFL tackles. And, overall, he was the third-rated right tackle in the league.

    –Defensive tackle Justin Smith graded as the fifth-best 3-4 lineman, and he rated second in run-stop percentage behind Houston’s J.J. Watt.

    –Isaac Sopopaga ranked 82nd out of 85 defensive tackle/nose tackles.

    –Ahmad Brooks ranked fifth among 3-4 outside linebackers.

    –Willis was the top-rated inside linebacker. He was second against the run, and graded out as the best inside linebacker in pass coverage.

    –Tarell Brown led the tackling efficiency stats at cornerback. He missed only one tackle all season.

    –Chris Culliver allowed a reception every 13.7 snaps in coverage, fifth-best among all cornerbacks.

    –Of the 21 corners who had 160 or more snaps in coverage in the slot, Carlos Rogers ranked fourth allowing a reception every 11.2 slot coverage snaps. He ranked fifth allowing 0.90 yards per snap in slot coverage.

    Middle linebacker Patrick Willis was the only 49ers player chosen to Pro Football Focus’ All-Pro team. Four other players received second-team mention.

    “Willis has used this year to reinforce his claim to being the greatest linebacker currently in the game,” PFF wrote about Willis’ season.

    Those chosen to the second team were: left tackle Joe Staley, left guard Mike Iupati, right guard Alex Boone and “edge defender” Aldon Smith.

    PFF grades every player on every play at every position. They were nice enough to send along some of their findings on the 49ers’ recently completed regular season:

    –Alex Smith and Colin Kaepernick both attempted 218 pass attempts, both falling short of qualifying for any NFL passing categories by six attempts. Smith would have led the NFL in completion percentage (70.2 percent), and Kaepernick would have led the NFL in average per attempt (8.33 yards).

    –PFF compiles its own quarterback accuracy percentages, consisting of completions plus drops against attempts minus throwaways, spikes, batted balls and hit-as-throwing passes. Smith ranked first in the NFL at 81.3 percent, while Kaepernick was seventh at 76 percent.

    –Smith had 12 passes dropped by intended targets, while 19 of Kaepernick’s passes were dropped.

    –Smith attempted deep passes (defined as throws that traveled 20 or more yards in the air) just 8.3 percent of the time (33rd in the league), while deep throws accounted for 15.1 percent of Kaepernick’s total attempts. Smith completed 50 percent (9 of 18) of his deep passes, tied for fifth in the NFL, for 293 yards with three TDs and one interception. Kaepernick completed 57.6 percent (19 for 33), first in the NFL, for 595 yards with five TDs and one interception.

    –Smith was sacked 33.3 percent of the time when pressured (worst in the NFL), while Kaepernick was sacked just 17.6 percent when pressured (tied for 15th in the league). When blitzed, Smith completed 70.3 percent of his passes with a 126.8 passer rating. Kaepernick completed 59 percent of his throws when blitzed for an 88.7 rating.

    –Amount of time to attempt a pass only: Smith 2.53 seconds (28th highest in league), Kaepernick 2.88 seconds (second highest).

    –The quarterbacks had a 119.5 rating when targeting wide receiver Michael Crabtree, tied for fourth-highest among NFL wideouts with 100-plus targets.

    –Crabtree’s 2.56 yards per pass route was third among WRs with 100-plus targets, and better than Calvin Johnson’s 2.55 yards. Crabtree’s 3.74 yards per route run in the slot was best by far of any other wide receiver. And his 543 yards after the catch was fourth among all WRs.

    –Mario Manningham had 42 receptions with only one drop.

    –Delanie Walker’s drop rate of 30 percent (21 catches, nine drops) was worst of any running back, wide receiver or tight end who had 30 or more targets. But Walker did have the second-best run blocking grade for any tight end.

    –On run plays between Staley and Iupati, the 49ers averaged 6.1 yards an attempt (268 yards on 44 carries).

    –Staley finished as PFF’s highest rated tackle, based greatly on his run-blocking grade, which was significantly better than any other tackle in the NFL.

    –Right tackle Anthony Davis finished second behind Staley in run-blocking among all NFL tackles. And, overall, he was the third-rated right tackle in the league.

    –Defensive tackle Justin Smith graded as the fifth-best 3-4 lineman, and he rated second in run-stop percentage behind Houston’s J.J. Watt.

    –Isaac Sopopaga ranked 82nd out of 85 defensive tackle/nose tackles.

    –Ahmad Brooks ranked fifth among 3-4 outside linebackers.

    –Willis was the top-rated inside linebacker. He was second against the run, and graded out as the best inside linebacker in pass coverage.

    –Tarell Brown led the tackling efficiency stats at cornerback. He missed only one tackle all season.

    –Chris Culliver allowed a reception every 13.7 snaps in coverage, fifth-best among all cornerbacks.

    –Of the 21 corners who had 160 or more snaps in coverage in the slot, Carlos Rogers ranked fourth allowing a reception every 11.2 slot coverage snaps. He ranked fifth allowing 0.90 yards per snap in slot coverage.

  21. Grumpy Guy says:

    Sorry about the length, but thee are a lot of interesting numbers in there.

    • Flavor says:

      very interesting post, thanks for posting it.

    • NoFear49er says:

      Would have been shorter if not listed twice! LOL

    • Spitblood says:

      That was excellent. Soap’s numbers were eye-opening. Thought Willis was bad against the pass, but that’s relevant. Willis gets beat, but all middle linebackers get beat. Kaep throws deeper and doesn’t take sacks. How can you be 33rd in the league in sacks like Alex was when there’s only 32 teams? Lol. That’s rhetorical humor….

  22. Spitblood says:

    http://www.49ers.com/news/article-2/Justin-Smith-Returns-to-Practice/953570dd-d3b8-4864-a694-84048a5fd65b

    If you look closely in the background of this Justin Smith interview you’ll see that old sports psychologist that Bill Walsh used to love. I can’t remember the dude’s name or what his official title was under Walsh, but I hope that dude is in the building for one of two things: either to have a mastectomy or to counsel Akers.

  23. Del Mar Dennis says:

    I have a simple solution for our kicking woes…Go for it on 4th down! 4th and 4 from the 30? I like our chances of making the 1st down better than making the kick. And besides, FGs are for pussies. Score a goddamn TD.

  24. Alleykat says:

    Tweet from Mindi Bach: 49ers David Akers had off-season(Feb) surgery for double sports hernia: rehabbed& felt great until slip’d after Saints game.
    Tweet 2: 49ers Akers flew back to Philly after Seattle game to see same surgeon where he recieved a few injections.

  25. Alleykat says:

    Still say they go with Akers.You have the same comfort zone all year with Center Jennings,Lee,Akers,you go with Cundriff now Lee switches to the right and it could be a major adjustment period and timing issues.Stick with the comfort zone going forward IMO.

  26. Spitblood says:

    I wonder if Akers losing all that money in that real estate ponzi scheme at the end of his career with a young family made him feel like he had to kick through the double nut drop. I wonder if Harbaugh had some added responsibility to Akers knowing that Akers and his family would be living the rest of their lives on the money Akers made with the 49ers. If Akers had the double nut drop, that’s a horse of another color.

    If Harbaugh calculated that he could still make the playoffs with a falty kicker and Harbaugh stuck with Akers, that’s the kind of stuff the team hears about and runs through walls for. That’s the kind of stuff that brings Harbaugh’s humanitarian side through, and that’s much needed. And Harbaugh has that side to him. He might hate the press, and because the press is the lens we see Harbaugh through, we get a skewed view of Harbaugh. This story, if it shapes up the way it looks to be shaping up, makes me like Harbaugh and Akers that much more. The playoffs, however, are a horse of another color and bringing in Cundiff makes a lot of sense. Personally, I’d suit ’em both up and let Cundiff kick the kickoffs and let Akers focus completely on making field goals. But like Grump said, who do you scratch from the playoff roster? I’m showing my ignorance (but don’t care), but don’t you get an expanded playoff roster? Can’t you suit more guys up for the playoffs?

  27. snarkk says:

    Wouldn’t Akers get paid his full contract even if he were shut down halfway through the season. Anyway, the rumor about injury has come true. How can you kick consistently with a double hernia problem? I say go with the Cundiff option — I’d rather have a healthy, crap kicker, than a guy that was good, but has an injury that could “slip” right in the middle of the kick to win or save a playoff game. How could Harbaugh wait this long to fix an injured kicker problem?…

  28. unca_chuck says:

    Benching your starting QB who isn’t hurt rings louder than backing your kicker, Spitty . . .

  29. snarkk says:

    Hell, let’s go with the Norwegian guy. Check him for hernias, larder in some tins of herring, and he’s good to go…

  30. Del Mar Dennis says:

    I got a kick outta this stat…Joe Flacco has more playoffs starts (9) then the other seven QBs (7) combined this weekend. Playoff King: Joe Fucking Flacco.

  31. Del Mar Dennis says:

    And Spit, if the Niners keep both kickers for the playoffs I’m gonna send that horse of a different color and his size 9 (that’s huge for horses) bar shoe to kick you in the goddamn throat. Keeping two kickers would be the dumbest move since Tim Geithner was appointed Treasury Secretary.

    • Spitblood says:

      Who has a bigger impact on a game? A kicker or a backup lineman?

      I think the Vikings go into GB and beat ’em, and I think the Redskins game is a pick ’em. I also think the Colts beat the Ravens. Lewis passes the torch to Luck. Houston beats the Bengals, but Houston stinks. I hope the Bengals win because that could be the start of something big for the Bengals (Steelers and Ravens stink).

      Vikings
      Seattle
      Indy
      Houston

      GB is a bunch of pussies.

  32. Irish Kevin says:

    Cincy
    Seattle
    Indy
    Green Bay

    IMFHO!

  33. unca_chuck says:

    If the Niners keep 2 kickers, Harbaugh will be asked to donate his brain for concussion studies in the locker room. GB may be pussies but they aren’t going to lose at home to Minnesota. Yer wrong so many times a day you cant keep yer shit straight, skippy. Yer like 15 broken clocks.

    Hou beats Cincy
    Green Bay over Minn
    Wash over Sea
    Balt over Indy

  34. unca_chuck says:

    New thread is up.

  35. Alleykat says:

    Double Check Rogers and GB easily wins at home over Minnesota
    Houston gets by Bengals in a shootout!
    Baltimore even with chump Joe Flacco and now with Ray Lewis back for his spirited pregame speech farewell ,take down Luck and the Colts with their D.
    Seattle ,just to strong overall for Washington!!
    Moving on:
    Green Bay
    Houston
    Baltimore
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