Re: Anyone else concerned by Gostowski?
posted at 11/23/2012 2:00 PM EST
In response to Neal Page's comment:
I am done with it. Flat out unacceptable behavior It's a lack of focus. He needs to adjust his "stroke", so to speak.
It's no different than a baseball player or a golfer, maybe a tennis player. He gets his distance from a longer kick stroke, but he needs to shorten the area from where he delivers the kick. In other words, in the contact zone, be quicker and shorter to the ball. It's not hard. He's not just taking it seriously, because he keeps doing it.
It would reduce the ridiculous lack of control. Last night, he simply over-kicked the ball.
Infuriating and unacceptable for the highest paid kicker in the league. It will also make BB make decisions to go for it when he shouldn't have to.
They've had kickers in for a look, but I think the only thing keeping him here is his touchbacks.
As a kicker myself, I can tell you that there is a lot at play during a field-goal, and the sole blame shouldn't always fall on the kicker himself.
The hold has to be correct. Generally speaking, there should be a slight tilt on the hold, with the tilt being towards the holder.
In terms of shortening his stroke, that isn't necessarily the best idea either. You get your height and control from a solid follow-through. If you 'punch' the ball, you lose control and often the ball takes off at a lower trajectory. When I first started kicking, I did exactly what you were recommending -- I would 'punch' the ball. I had a shorter stroke, less of a follow-through, and I approached the ball at a sharper angle. I've since adjusted my stroke and approach. I now approach the ball more straight on (at less of an angle), and I now have more of a follow-through, and find that I'm getting more height and control on my kicks.
It's easy to blame the kicker, and in most cases it is his fault, but it isn't always that simple. What exactly is wrong with Ghost? I don't know, but I still have faith in him. If it continues down the stretch then I'd start looking at FA's, but for now I'm okay with a 'wait-and-see' approach.
Perhaps he should visit kicking guru, Coach Zauner.