In response to PatsEng's comment:
In response to zbellino's comment:
Ghost basically cost NE a game last season.
He had that great season in 2008, but he really gets hype because he is consistently in the top ranking for points. But when you are top three in XP attempts virtually every season, you get a bit of boost there.
Percentage-wise ... he has steadily regressed ... he is a middle of the pack kicker.
9-13 beyond 39 is really bad. And you can tell BB doesn't have faith in him either because NE so often goes for it on 4th and long in that wierd bridge part of the field. I know it is only a few times a season, but if they had faith in the guy, they wouldn't ever.
Really, they need to recuperate the special teams. NE also needs to address KR.
They haven't had a legit top-10 KR since Hobbs left, and they so rarely get a boost from that spot. Back in the day, it was a mainstay for NE with guys like Faulk, Hobbs, Johnson, et al being top-5 type returners.
I'm really hoping that is how Leon Washington can help out. He sported a nifty 29 ypr last season, which is exactly what NE needs.
Z, look at the top kickers % wise. They are dome kickers and warm weather kickers. There is a very good reason for that. The conditions in NE are unforgiving, cold, windy, and dead pockets of air. How many kickers have we seen come into NE and fail trying to kick balls that look like knuckle balls heading towards the uprights? A middle of the road % kicker in NE is a great feat everywhere but here apparently. You should really look up Veniteri's numbers in NE sometime as he missed more FGs than Ghost especially long ones.
Well, I'm always willing to give a Patriot the benefit of the doubt, but the theory (based on NE weather) is just not jibing wit the facts of his kicks.
1.) Of his missed kicks last season none were in weather colder than 42 degrees, the others were all in the 60s and 70s.
2.) Of his missed kicks last season none were in wind faster than 7 MPH, and the others after that were 1, 2, and 1 MPH wind days.
3.) Of his missed kicks none featured precipitation effects, he is 100% kicking in the rain/snow on his career.
4.) All of his missed kicks happened on artificial surfaces.
5.) His FG Home % is better than his FG Road % 85.2 to 83.
6.) His "dome" kicking splits are only 2% higher than his outdoors, meaning he is a subpar kicker in domes too.
7.) His worst kicking percentages come in September and November when weather runs mild not cold, nor windy like December, January, and February.
8.) His "windy" kicking percentage is only 2% less than his overall, meaning it probably only brings him down a percent of a percent total, given that it's less than a quarter of his total kicks. In fact, the 2% difference is likely neglible and an aspect of sample variation.
Of the top 10 kickers last season only two played in domes, and one is an open dome in Dallas.
The rest of the top five were from such good weather cities as Washington DC and Cleveland, Ohio, and Oakland, CA. All of them had fg% above 90.
The deal breaker?
Missed kicks of 36, but 49, 42, 49, 42. He has no accuracy after 40. We can dream up hypothetical Nor'Easters that he is kickign into, but in those conditions you punt, and most FG opportunities over 35 are really not attempted unless it's last ditch.
Adam V, by the way, was a really overrated kicker. He made three really big kicks in the playoffs. After that ... he was just an average kicker by any measure. I was glad when they didn't pay him. Sad to see a guy who won here go, but glad they didn't pay that crazy contract to an average kicker.
Long story short ... he is a JAG that Pats fans on this board love for some reason. Also, your contention about him being a cold weather kicker who misses because of it doesn't hold water statistically. There are other, far, far better cold weather kickers who also have great percentages.
Sadly, I'd love to give Ghost a pass ... but again ... he is average, really. Totally replaceable. In fact, it's an area I would be actively trying to improve via the draft, because I don't think he is even clutch. I think he gets nerved up by big kicks ... something that (at least) you couldn't say about Adam V.