the study of the kicking components within sports

Monday, October 8, 2012

NFL Week Five: Shaun Suisham has the Sickness & Mason Crosby gets Weird

Pittsburgh kicker Shaun Suisham hit field goals of 20, 34 & 34 yards yesterday. That latter came on the final play of the game, giving the Steelers a 16-14 come from behind win over the Eagles. 

Afterward he tried to describe the feeling.
"I don’t know if it’s a sickness or what it is, but you can’t get that feeling doing too many other things. It certainly is a thrill."
Head coach Mike Tomlin was more concerned with logistical matters.
"I wasn’t worried about the rain. I was just worried about his range. That was pre-determined before the game and we don’t vary from that. We don’t let the game circumstances get us tight in terms of our decision-making. We knew where he was."
Green Bay kicker Mason Crosby missed two long field goal attempts wide right yesterday during the Packers 30-27 loss to the Colts. The first was a 52 yarder in the third quarter and the second was a 51 yard attempt with eight seconds remaining that would have tied the game.
"Everything up until the hit felt good, and it just came off a little weird. I haven’t had a ball move like that in a long time. It’s weird. It came off straight, and then it just jumped over to the left, like a knuckleball kind of. So obviously I have to look at the tape, try to slow it down, see what happened at contact. That’s all we can do at this point. We’ve got to come through there. That’s a big disappointment....

The operation seemed weird, didn’t seem as normal as we always have it where it’s just automatic. [Holder] Tim [Masthay] had to spin the ball a little bit [but] like I said, we have to look at the film. In the heat of the moment, it’s just from what I see, it’s something that doesn’t matter. The ball’s down, I’ve got to hit it through. That’s always my mindset. The balls on the spot, I’ve got to drill it. It’s disappointing, obviously – not being able to get us to a tie and get us into overtime."

No comments:

Post a Comment