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Preseason Gameday Research: Ravens Edition

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The thing that really sticks out to me is our non-use or even non-attempt at kicking field goals. Did you realize the Carolina Panthers were last place in field goals attempted and made.

 

If you take the success rate of our two kickers and add in the extra attempts they should have gotten, we would probably have won those 4 games.

 

http://espn.go.com/nfl/statistics/player/_/stat/kicking/sort/fieldGoalsMade/qualified/false

 

http://espn.go.com/nfl/statistics/team/_/stat/kicking/sort/fieldGoalsMade

 

Breaking Carolina Panther News:

This seasons MVP will be our kicker if he makes 30 field goals. Coach of the year our Special Teams Coach!

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Upon further reflection I have found our greatest flaw.

 

For whatever reason Carolina has been using FG kickers with decreasing frequency. Since 2010 we made 25/29 FG's, then 22/28 in 2011, and finally 16 of 21 in 2012. 2012 was good (bad) enough for last place in the NFL.

 

If we kept attempting kicks with the same frequency as some of the top kickers in the league would have added possibly 10 field goals as a minimum to our scoring. To illustrate the point I give you these games.

 

Atlanta (Game 1) 1 fg during regulation

Seattle 2 fg's

Dallas 2 fg's

Chicago 1 fg

Tampa (Game 2) 1 fg during regulation

KC 2 fg's to tie the game

 

That's six games that could have been changed by just using a field kicker at least 30 times a season

 

Despite their Kicker being horrible SF attempted 42 fg's and made only 29.

 

Atlanta with their prolific offense kicked 33/38 fg's  that's 99 points.

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Interesting Note about Kick Returns

Sione Fua a fan favorite has a 9 yard average.

 

 

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we haven't been using them because they have all done poorly.

 

we don't use them because we don't trust them.

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Whether we trust them or not if we get a 30 fg's during a season, we are most likely a winning team with all other things being equal.

 

Gano for MVP! Special Teams Coach for Coach of the Year!

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Hmm.... we won by 2 fg's

Hmm... We increased turnover margin on defense

Genius!!!

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