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    I was very happy with Doug Brien as our FG kicker last year. When it comes to FGs, I'll take accuarcy over distance anytime. 40 yards or less, I expect a kicker to make it. Anything over 40 is a pleasant surprise. But his kickoffs were horrible.

    Now, there are probably a million free agent guys who can kick a football 60 or 70 yards but have no accuracy. All you need is a head coach with some imagination to put together a roster with one spot used for a long kick off specialist. If the guy is accurate enough to at least attempt the real long FGs, that's a plus. But to me, when you have a guy like Brien who consistently kicks the ball 10 to 15 yards shorter than the average, you cannot live with that. Over the course of a season, that is a lot of yardage to give up for no good reason. Unless, of course, the head coach has no imagination or brains.

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    I believe the punter Gowin we signed from Dallas handled KO's last year. He will probably do the same for us.

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    [quote][i]Originally posted by TANK[/i]@May 5 2004, 12:46 PM
    [b] I believe the punter Gowin we signed from Dallas handled KO's last year. He will probably do the same for us. [/b][/quote]
    Correct.

    This is what gives him a leg up (no pun intended) on his punting competition in camp.

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    [quote][i]Originally posted by dmaynard[/i]@May 5 2004, 03:48 PM
    [b] I was very happy with Doug Brien as our FG kicker last year. When it comes to FGs, I'll take accuarcy over distance anytime. 40 yards or less, I expect a kicker to make it. Anything over 40 is a pleasant surprise. But his kickoffs were horrible.

    Now, there are probably a million free agent guys who can kick a football 60 or 70 yards but have no accuracy. All you need is a head coach with some imagination to put together a roster with one spot used for a long kick off specialist. If the guy is accurate enough to at least attempt the real long FGs, that's a plus. But to me, when you have a guy like Brien who consistently kicks the ball 10 to 15 yards shorter than the average, you cannot live with that. Over the course of a season, that is a lot of yardage to give up for no good reason. Unless, of course, the head coach has no imagination or brains. [/b][/quote]
    I thought I was alone in my disappointment with Doug's kickoffs. Has he ever kicked it into the endzone in his life? I love his accuracy, though. If Westhoff, is happy with him, who am I to argue.

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    [quote][i]Originally posted by TANK[/i]@May 5 2004, 01:46 PM
    [b] I believe the punter Gowin we signed from Dallas handled KO's last year. He will probably do the same for us. [/b][/quote]
    I didn't know that. That would save the roster spot. One way or another, we have to get someone else to do the kickoffs.

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    Gowin is a sure touchback guy everytime if you want him to be. I live in Texas and I was forced to watch the plowboys, with our coach, every weekend on FOX because of regional coverage! Angry

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    Clearly, the most glaring need right now is OL. We need a starting guard or 2. The OL is the key to the success of the offense in protecting Chady, running Cmart/LJ, passing to our awesome receivers, our pro bowl caliber FB and TEs.
    :( B)

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